The Simpsons

Season 6 Episode 14

Bart's Comet

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Principal Skinner releases a weather balloon, but Bart turns it into an anti-Skinner prank. Principal Skinner is upset, so Bart's punishment is to help him log amateur astronomy sky coordinates. Bart gets up at 4:30 AM to assist Skinner. When Skinner steps away, Bart discovers a comet, much to Skinner's dismay. The nerds of the school, super friends, soon embrace him. When they figure out that his comet is approaching Springfield and will annihilate the town, they warn the town. Professor Frink comes up with a plan to intercept the comet with a missile. Unfortunately the missile misses and destroys the only bridge out of town; the people of Springfield are doomed! The Flanders family let the Simpsons in their bomb shelter. The rest of the town asks Ned if they can come in as well. When the shelter is too full, one person has to leave, so they kick Ned Flanders out. Soon they feel guilty about it, so they all leave to die with him. The comet comes through the atmosphere and breaks apart due to all of Springfield's polluted clouds, destroying only the vandalized weather balloon and Flanders's bomb shelter.moreless

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  • Springfield's gonna die!

    In this ep, Bart vandalizes a weather balloon that Skinner released, and as a punishment, Bart has to log all the ameteur astronomy sky coordinates. Bart has to get up at 4:30am to assist Skinner, and when Skinner steps away, Bart discovers a comet. The nerds of the school soon embrace him and when they figure out that it is headed directly towards Sprinfield and that it will annihilate the town, Professor Frink comes up with a plan to intercept the comet with a missile. Unfortunately, the missile misses and takes out the only bridge in the city. The Flanders let the Simpsons in their bomb shelter and the rest of the town asks if they can come in too. When the shelter becomes too overcrowded, they have to kick one person out of the shelter. That person would be Ned Flanders. Soon, they feel guilty about it and they all decide to die with him. The comet enters the atmosphere and disintegrates due to all of the polluted clouds destroying only the vandalized balloon and the empty bomb shelter.moreless
  • The Town of Springfield's Gonna Die

    Bart discovers a comet in the sky, but it turns out the comet is going to hit Springfield in a few hours, meaning all will die. Or will they? Turns out not, when the comet's size decreases right when it hits. All are spared.

    An OK episode, I was never a huge fan of it. It has some good humor, but I find some of it to be rather boring, to tell the truth. But, the funny and good outweighs the bad and boring. My overall grade for this episode is a B+ or so. It's good, but not greatmoreless
  • this was a good simpsons ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bart plays a prank on the pricabl and for detention bart must calculate things in the sky for the princable and when bart wakes up at 430 am he sees there is a comet heading for earth. and its headed right for springfield.and the comet is named after bart and school neards are thinking he is cool but the flanders invite simpsons to stay in the shelter but everyone wants to stay and it gets to crowdy so they kick ned out and they feel so bad for what they did they go out and join him andcomet comes and only destroys the bobm shelter and the weather baloon this was a good epmoreless
  • A very good episode, and Homer was right dun dun dun

    When Bart is forced to assist Principal Skinner during a long night of astronomy, he discovers what appears to be a giant comet heading towards Springfield. A call to the astronomers at the observatory confirms that a comet is indeed hurtling towards Springfield at an alarming rate, and will more than likely kill all of the town's residents when it crashes. Scientists fail in their efforts to throw the comet off course and the entire town goes hysterical as the flaming ball continues along its course of destruction. Luckily for everyone, Ned Flanders has enough room in his family's bomb shelter for most of the town, but when the quarters become too cramped, one person must be expelled and risk being killed by the comet. Who will it be and what will happen to him or her once the comet crashes?moreless
  • A really solid episode.

    "The most important thing is that this, was exactly what dad said would happen." "I know kids, I'm scared too!"

    This episodes is great. Really, really great. Some of the best visual jokes in ages. The penguins flying away, the bridge out joke, the Moe's Bar slide of the slide show, the list of people who are gay "Hours to Live" countdown, and Where's Wally? in the bomb shelter. Not to mention some other great lines. The one mentioned at the start of my review, Kent Brockman's "I've said it before and I'll say it again, democracy simply doesn't work!" And of course Homer kicking Flanders out the bomb shelter, and then blaming everyone else for it. A really great "whole town" episode, where nearly everyone gets to do something. I wouldn't be on my top ten list, but its great.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When the comet flies over the Springfield city zoo, penguins were seen flying away even though penguins are suppose to be flightless birds.

    • Comets are mostly made of dust and ice (including the tail), and thus would not make a flaming sound like the Bart Simpson comet did.

    • When the crowd approaches Ned Flanders on the hill singing "Que Sera Sera," Apu has yellow skin instead of his usual brown skin.

    • When Bart first discovers the comet, he sees it going to one side toward the left. But the next day, the comet is all of a sudden heading straight for Earth. Comets are unable to change direction like that in a short period of time.

    • When Kent Brockman says "The following people are gay", these names appear on the screen, most off them work on The Simpsons: Matt Groening, Ken Tsumura, George Meyer, Joel Kuwahara, Bill Oakley, Elizabeth Jacobs, Josh Weinstein, Jane O'Brien, Annette Anderson, Jennifer Crittenden, Mike Scully, Dominique Braud-Stiger, Greg Daniels, Joesph Boucher, Al Jean, Ping Warner, Mike Reiss, Craig Feeney, Richard Raynis, Don Gilbert, David Mirkin, Jacqueline Atkins, Chris Ledesma, Mark McJimsey, David Silverman

    • When the rocket misses the comet and hits the "Only Bridge Out of Town" sign, what's left of the sign reads: "Bridge Out."

    • A sign on the side of the rocket reads: ''Caution! Aim Away From Face.''

    • The newapaper headline reads: ''Rocket To Kick Comet's Tail''.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (as the air raid siren sounds, warning about the comet)
      Grampa: (sitting in front of a general store) Sounds like the doomsday whistle! Ain't been blown for nigh onto three years.
      Jasper: Tsk, tsk, tsk... trouble a'brewing.

    • Lisa: I can't believe that extra-thick layer of pollution that I've picketed against is what burned up the comet.
      Bart: But what's really amazing, is that this is exactly what Dad said would happen.
      Lisa: Yeah, Dad was right ...
      Homer: I know, kids. I'm scared too!

    • Homer: Okay, if you're that worried about it, let's go down to the bomb shelter.
      Lisa: We have a bomb shelter?
      Homer: Homer Simpson takes care of his family. (cut to Homer banging on a door) Flanders! Open up!

    • Kent Brockman: Over the years, a newsman learns a number of things that for one reason or another, he just cannot report. It doesn't seem to matter now, so… the following people are gay. (a list of names scrolls past very quickly)

    • Lisa: It blew up the bridge! We're doomed!
      Homer: It's times like this I wish I were a religious man.
      Reverend Lovejoy: (running down street) It's all over, people! We don't have a prayer! Argh!

    • Homer: Lisa, the whole reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think all the time. Just like that rainforest scare a few years back. Our officials saw there was a problem and they fixed it, didn't they?
      Lisa: No, Dad, I don't think--
      Homer: Ah-ah! There's that word again.

    • Mayor Quimby: Fellow citizens, when I learned about the impending crisis, I caught the very next plane to Springfeld ... (security gaurd whispers in his ear) Field.

    • Homer: And then I sped away without anyone seeing my license plate.
      Lisa: Sounds like you had a good day today, Dad.
      Homer: Yeah … 'cept I forgot to go to work.

    • Principal Skinner: Ah, there's nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of … sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention … Science has it all.

    • Radio DJ: Top of the hour, time for the morning news. But of course, there is no news yet, everyone's still asleep in their comfy, comfy beds. Good night, everybody.

    • Principal Skinner: I'm going to punish you for this, Bart. And it won't just be a simple caning this time. Because you have impeded science, you must now aid science. Yes... Starting tomorrow, you will assist me with my amateur astronomy, taking down coordinates, carrying equipment, and so forth. Four-thirty in the morning.
      Bart: There's a four-thirty in the morning now?

    • (After the comet burns up and Bart catches it.)
      Selma: It sure makes you appreciate the preciousness of life.
      (The sisters both take big drags on their cigarettes.)

    • Moe: Hey, uh, I got an idea. We can play a game to pass the time. Er, I'll make the sound of a barnyard animal, and, er, you all try to guess what it is. Ahem. (Makes some unidentifiable noise)
      Chief Wiggum: It's a pig!
      Bart: It's a cow, man.
      Lisa: It's a pony.
      Krusty the Clown: No, it's a goat. You know, one of them lady goats.
      Selma: There are no lady goats! A lady goat is a sheep.
      Dr. Hibbert: I believe she's right.
      Otto: You're crazy.
      Captain McCallister: Arr, what's it to you?
      Otto: What's it to me?
      (Everyone starts arguing)
      Marge: Stop it! Stop it! Can't you see this barnyard noise guessing game is tearing us apart? Say, Moe, was it a duck?
      (Everyone argues again)
      Homer: Shut up! Shut up! Stop it! Stop it. I can't take this any more. I can't let that brave man out there die alone. I'm surprised and disgusted by all of you, especially his children. I'm going out there! (Pause) It was a baby ox.

    • (Citizens of Springfield cram into Ned Flanders bomb shelter.)
      Homer: I can't get the door closed. Somebody's going to have to get out.
      Lisa: I'd get out but I don't know where I am.
      Barney: Hey! Somebody's touching me.
      Principal Skinner: I am
      Barney (Cheering up) Oh, okay!

    • Principal Skinner: And now, to top off our most propane explosion free science week ever, our grand finale. The launching of a weather balloon.

    • Homer: Get out of there. My family needs to use your bomb shelter.
      Ned: I kind of figured this might happen, so I built the shelter big enough for both our families.
      Homer: No deal. Out.

    • Homer: So there's a comet. Big deal. It'll burn up in our atmosphere and whatever's left will be no bigger than a chihuahua's head.
      Bart: Wow, dad. Maybe you're right.
      Homer: Of course I'm right. If I'm not, may we all be horribly crushed from above somehow.

    • Bart: Race you to Utah, Milhouse!

    • Superfriends: We are the Superfriends!
      Bart: Hey, shut up.

    • Moe: Let's go burn down the observatory, so this'll never happen again!

    • Kent Brockman: I've said it before and I'll say it again: Democracy simply doesn't work.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Cursive writing does not mean what I think it does.
      Couch Gag: The family comes in as black and white Disney style cartoon characters, complete with Mickey Mouse gloves.


    • The Three Stooges
      Principal Skinner points out the constellation "The Three Wise Men" who look like suspiciously like Larry, Moe, and Curly from The Three Stooges.

    • Michael Fay Caning
      Principal Skinner mentions that Bart's punishment "won't be a simple caning". This is a reference to the highly controversial 1994 caning of American teenager Michael Fay in Singapore. The case was also the basis of "Bart vs. Australia."

    • Comet Kohoutek
      Principal Skinner tells Bart he once discovered a comet but it was reported first by Principal Kohoutek. This is a reference to comet C/1973 E1, also known as Kohoutek. Relentlessly hyped as the "comet of the century", it was a notorious disappointment.

    • The Twilight Zone
      The whole concept of people wanting into Flander's shelter and eventually coming in is just like a The Twilight Zone episode named "The Shelter."

    • Where's Waldo
      Waldo of the famous Where's Waldo? books appears in the episode in the scene where everyone crowds into Flanders' bomb shelter.