The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 23

Bart's Friend Falls in Love

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 07, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Bart gets jealous and decides to do something about it, when he discovers that Milhouse has a girlfriend and suddenly doesn't have as much time for him any more. Meanwhile Lisa worries about Homer's weight and convinces Marge to order some subliminal weight loss tapes, instead Homer's vocabulary improves dramatically when subliminal vocabulary tapes are sent instead.


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  • this is a great ep

    in this ep of the simpsons there having sex ed at the springfild school and so milhous sees and it and starts to fall in love with a girl and barts gets jealious becasue he does not have much time for bart anymore. and bart decides to break them apart and gets her to go to cathlic school. and homer is having problems losing weight and lisa feels worried so she decided to have marge order some sublimal weight loss tapes but it turns out it was sublimal vocaulary and hoemers vocab increses instead of losing weight this had some hilirous parts in it and this was a good epmoreless
  • Milhouse in Love

    Milhouse falls in love with a beautiful girl named Samantha Stanky. They soon spend all their time with each other making Bart jealous enough to get Samantha's father to find out about them, and so her father switches her to a Catholic/Christian school. Milhouse is now totally bummed all the time, so now Bart realizes that he must find Samantha again and reunite Milhouse with her one final time.

    A pretty good episode in some parts. The opening parody was well-done, some very clever jokes, a good, strong plot. The sub plot in this episode was also really funny and well-donemoreless
  • Clever episode; absolutely hilarious in parts

    I liked this episode because it was very clever and funny. I loved Homer building his vocabulary. He sounded so funny saying all those big words. The best line was after he weighed himself. Also very funny was Bart telling Milhouse they are living in the age of cooties. Reminds me of people talking about the dangers of AIDS and STDs. The highlight of the episode, though, was definitely the sex-ed video. I am a huge Troy McClure fan, and I think this is the funniest he's ever been. Overall, it was a strong episode and was enjoyable, unlike the episodes they are currently putting out. Season three was a very funny season and this episode was no exception.moreless
  • Milhouse finds the one of his dreams!!!! Great episode yet again feel bad for Milhouse though

    After a close encounter (Indiana Jones style Indiana Bart), Bart Simpson manages to retrieve Homer's jar of change to take to school. His best friend, Milhouse, in the meantime, has chosen to take his Magic 8 ball. Bart asks the ball whether he and Milhouse will still be friends by the end of the day, and the ball predicts no. Both are puzzled by how this could happen.

    A new girl from Phoenix, Arizona, called Samantha Stanky starts at Springfield Elementary School and Milhouse falls in love with her. She also starts falling for him. To Bart's dismay and anger, Milhouse and Samantha start a relationship and, rather than playing with Bart after school in his treehouse, Milhouse brings Samantha with him and spends the entire time kissing her. They ignore Bart, leaving nothing for him to do but leave. Marge finds this incredibly sweet (although she hopes they are not "opening their mouths, are they?"). In order to restore the previous status quo, Bart calls Samantha's father and lets him know what's happening, and Mr. Stanky rushes to Bart's treehouse and takes her away before she can even explain. She is sent to St. Sebastian's school for Wicked Girls, an all-girls convent school. Bart lets Milhouse know that he told on him and Samantha and they fight over Bart's actions. Milhouse visits Samantha at the convent school and Bart apologizes to her, but she say it is OK - she loves Saint Sebastian's. However, she still has feelings for Milhouse and gives him a goodbye kiss, despite her knowingly violating school rules.

    Meanwhile, Lisa is watching a documentary on the health problems of obesity. She is fearful that Homer's obesity will lead to an early death. On Lisa's suggestion, Marge orders a subliminal weight-loss tape for Homer. Humorously enough, the company is out of the tapes and sends Homer a "Vocabulary Builder" tape. Homer ends up eating more than ever, but his vocabulary is through the roof. However when he realises that the tape does not work he gets rid of it and his vocabulary quickly returns to normal (or maybe worse than that).moreless
  • A great episode with an excellent storyline. The plot (Milhouse falling in love) and the subplot (Homer trying to lose weight and building his vocabulary) are both well-written.

    This episode is an example why I like The Simpsons so much.

    The main plot: Milhouse is falling in love with a girl who just moved to Springfield. He's hanging out with her all the time and neglecting his friendship with Bart.

    The subplot: Lisa is afraid Homer will get fatter and fatter and eventually die from his obesity. So she decides to order a cassette that subliminally helps you lose weight while you're sleeping.

    Favorite scene: When Homer watches 'Smartline' (hosted by Kent Brockman) you see a report on obesity in the USA. Then you see stereotypical 'fat & happy' Americans: Don DeLuise, Santa Claus.

    Then there is a dramatization of what kind of diseases Santa would have when he'd be a real person. You see him lying in the hospital with the reindeers standing next to him crying and Kent Brockman narrating: "If Santa was alive he would have to deal with kidney stones, hard breathing, and impotence." Then, the doctors are loading the defibrillator and trying to reanimate him.

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

Kimmy Robertson

Kimmy Robertson

Samantha Stanky

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • During the fight scene in Milhouse's room, a Spinal Tap poster can be seen. Harry Shearer (Principal Skinner, etc) played Derek Smalls, the bass player for Spinal Tap. Spinal Tap also played in Springfield in the episode "The Otto Show."

    • Mrs. Krabappel's comment on Bart's test reads, "Very poor, even for you."

    • Homer's change jar reads "Homer's Change: DON'T TOUCH!"

    • The punishment for kissing a boy at Samantha's new private school is fifty rosaries a kiss.

    • The end of the episode features Homer's presumed definitions of the phrases he learned (and lost) from listening to the tapes earlier in the episode.
      Homer Sez Increase Your Wordiness:
      Satiety: Belt-popping fullness
      Triumvirate: 3 guys giving orders
      Gourmand: Like a gourmet, only fatter
      Machiavellian: I don't know
      Boudoir: Where a French guy does it

    • Movies playing at the Springfield Googleplex: Rip Roarin' Reverend, Sing Monkey, Sing, Space Mutants VII and Hot Grits A Flyin'.

    • In Bart's test, he has written ''Eat My Shorts'' as the answer for the last three questions.

    • Homer's change jar contains only pennies.

    • Goof: On the list of movies showing, it says Space Mutants VII. But in the lobby, it says Space Mutants VI.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Bart plays with Milhouse's magic 8-ball)
      Bart: Will Milhouse and I be friends till we're toothless old men with hair coming out of our ears? (shakes the ball) "Don't count on it." Will Milhouse and I be friends when we're high-school dropouts living off Uncle Sucker? (shakes the ball) "It looks doubtful." (worried) Will Milhouse and I be friends at the end of the day?
      (shakes the ball; he and Milhouse gasp when it says "No")
      Bart: What could come between two bestest buddies like us?
      (next shot is a dramatic close-up of Samantha Stanky)

    • Lisa: Dad, do you know what today is?
      Homer: The vernal equinox?
      Lisa: No! It's been two weeks since you got that tape. Let's get you on the scale!
      (Homer gets on the scale)
      You've gained thirteen pounds.
      Homer: Disingenuous mountebanks with their subliminal chicanery! A pox on them!
      (discards tape)

    • Mr. Stanky: Samantha, you're my little girl, and sometimes my imagination runs away with me. Just, just tell me what happened.
      Samantha: Well Milhouse and I…
      Mr. Stanky: That's enough!

    • Bart: Milhouse, we're living at the age of cooties. I can't believe the risk you're running. Besides, what's so great about kissing?
      Milhouse: Bart it's just not the kissing a lot of it is waiting to kiss you know like when you open an Eskimo Pie and you wait just a little bit for it to melt?
      Bart: But she doesn't melt.
      Milhouse: Oh, yes she does.

    • Bart: You can read comics with us. Let's see...something for the lady. Ah, Radioactive Man vs. the Swamp Hog.
      Samantha: Do you have any girl comics? Like Bonnie Craine, Girl Attorney, Punkin & Dunkin, The Twinkle Twins, or Lil' Kneesocks?
      Bart: No, but my sister's got a wide selection of crappy comics.

    • Martin: This is the first time anyone has ever sat next to me since I successfully lobbied to have the school day extended by twenty minutes.

    • Marge: Homer, has the weight loss tape reduced your appetite?
      Homer: Ah, lamentably no. My gastronomic rapacity knows no satieties.

    • Kent Brockman: Good evening. Did you know that 34 million American adults are obese? Putting together that excess blubber would fill the Grand Canyon two fifths of the way up. That may not sound impressive, but keep in mind it is a very big canyon.

    • Bart: Hey, what's with the skirt?
      Milhouse: I've brought friends to this tree house before.
      Bart: Yeah, but never a girl. What if I want to strut around nude?

    • Bart: How would I go about creating a half-man half-apelike creature?
      Edna: I'm sorry, that would be playing God.
      Bart: God shmod! I want my monkey-man!

    • Troy: Hello, I'm actor Troy McClure. You kids might remember me from such educational films as Lead Paint, Delicious But Deadly and Here Comes the Metric System. I'm here to provide the facts about sex in a frank and straightforward manner. And now, here's Fuzzy Bunny's Guide To You-Know-What.

    • Samantha: We just moved here from Phoenix. My dad owns a home security company. He came to Springfield because of its high crime rate and lackluster police force.

    • Lisa: Hey Bart, according to this magazine, in another million years, man will have an extra finger!
      Bart: Five fingers...ooh, freak show!

    • Milhouse: How could this happen? We started out like Romeo and Juliet but it ended up in tragedy!

    • Milhouse: Uh, that's a nice dress.
      Samantha: My dad makes me wear it, I hate it!
      Milhouse: Well I hate it too!

    • Troy McClure: That night came the Honeymoon....
      Kids: Eeeeeew!
      Edna: She's faking it!

    • Samantha: All my friends are back in Phoenix and this town has a weird smell that you're all probably used to...but I'm not.
      Edna: It'll take you about six weeks, dear.

    • Skinner: Now It's never easy to come to a new school so let's make her feel right at home. Please say a big Elementary school hello to Samantha Stinky!
      Samantha: Stanky.
      Skinner: Oh, embarrassing for you.

    • Milhouse: Let me try! Will I get beat up today? ... All signs point to yes
      Nelson: That ball knows everything. *punch*

    • Bart: Will I pass my English test? .... Outlook not so good. Wow, it does work.

    • Samantha: How do we know when we fall in love?
      Kraboppel: Oh, don't you worry. Most of you will never fall in love and marry out of fear of dying alone.

    • Milhouse: Bart, I don't want you to see me cry. Bart: Oh come on, I've seen you cry a million times. You cry when you scrape your knee, you cry when they're out of chocolate milk, you cry when you're doing long division and you have a remainder left over.

    • Lisa: Dad, what if I told you you could lose weight without dieting or lifting a finger?
      Homer: I'd say you're a lying scumbag, why sweety?
      Lisa: Arcording to Eternity Magazine, you can lose weight through subliminal learning. That's where an idea is subtly implanted in your head without you even knowing it.
      Homer: Oh Lisa, that's a load of rich creamery butter.

    • Homer: Marge, where's that... metal... dealy... you use to... dig... food?
      Marge: You mean a spoon?
      Homer: Yeah yeah yeah!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Maggie Roswell who provides the voice of the nun singing "Dominique" isn't really singing the lyrics to the song, she just made up lyrics in French.

    • According the Nancy Cartwright when Milhouse says "We started out like Romeo and Juliet but it ended in tragedy", the original line was "Someone gave my heart a wedgie".

    • Madonna was the first choice to play Samantha.

    • First Appearance: Kirk Van Houten

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "I'm Getting Buried In The Morning." Itchy officiates at Scratchy's wedding. As Scratchy kisses his bride, Itchy pulls off his broad-brimmed hat and throws it at Mrs. Scratchy. The hat slices through her neck and her body falls to the floor. Scratchy opens his eyes and is horrified to see his beheaded bride. The hat flies back toward him, slicing his head off as well. Itchy drives the wedding car, with Mr. and Mrs. Scratchy's heads tied to the bumper like tin cans.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not snap bras.
      Couch Gag: The family rushes into the room and sits on the couch which then topples making them fly into the wall.