The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 7

Bart's Inner Child

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer sees an ad in the paper for a trampoline and he goes to Krusty's and picks it up. The kids love it and he charges the neighbors to use it. When all the children get injured on it, Marge makes him get rid of it. He pushes it off a cliff, a la Wile E. Coyote. Homer and Marge have an argument in which he says that Marge is no fun. With this realization, she gets very angry and goes to her sisters' house. Patty and Selma show her a self-help video. When Marge starts looking at the self-help information starring Brad Goodman with Homer their relationship improves. They go to a seminar with the kids. Bart acts out while there and the lecturer brings him on stage. The guru tells the town that Bart is the "inner child" that they should all strive to be. Lisa of course is skeptical, thinking that the guru is just selling easy answers, but the town is buying it. So much so, they hold a "do what you feel" festival. It breaks out into a riot when everybody starts to act irresponsibly and the "be like Bart" era comes to an end. We end with the Simpsons watching the newest episode of "MacArnagle" together.moreless

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  • superb

    what i liked- Bart lying about his name being Ruttiger, "Be like boy, be like boy" and the senior citizens thinking they were saying "we like Roy, we like Roy", the ending with everyone being mad at Bart because of the do what you feel festival, Kent Brockman swearing on live news, the end of act 2, etc.

    good outing for season 5. not one of the best episodes of the season, but like always, had some good laughs and a decent enough plot for me to give it at least a B for my final grade, i think is fairmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons homer buys a trampoline and most of all the kids in springfild get injured and he wants to get rid of the trampoline and marges tells them maby they should cominacate better until a guy a comes to springfiled saying they should get intouch with there inner child like bart has been doing with all the pranks lisa thinkgs its wrong or something is up. and it ends disatrious for the twon in this ep for doing that. this was a good ep i thought and it had some funny moments and that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
  • The townspeople become a rebel like Bart after a self-help guru tells them to 'Do what they feel like' like Bart.

    This episode wasn't the strongest of episodes in this season as there weren't many jokes. However, every Simpsons episode has a good side. The 'Do what you feel' festival was funny and when Homer tried to get rid of the trampoline á la Coyote from Coyote and Road Runner was funny too. Normally Bart episodes are good but this one lacked a lot of what makes The Simpsons good. It was a bit preachy and I felt like I was watching Brad Goodman's self-help program, not The Simpsons. There are definately worse episodes of the Simpsons than this and at least it made me laugh even it was only a couple of times.moreless
  • Good episode, but not what we have come to expect from this amazing season...

    Homer and Marge are entranced by a charismatic self-help guru named Brad Goodman. While attending a Brad Goodman seminar with his parents, Bart is asked to appear on stage with the man himself and, as usual, misbehaves. Rather than be annoyed by Bart's sarcastic comments, Goodman uses Bart as a role model for his audience, a boy completely unafraid to listen to the squeaks and squawks of his "inner child." The people of Springfield take Goodman's words to heart, hosting a "Do What You Feel Festival." James Brown sings at the festival, but things go terribly wrong when the stage collapses because the carpenter responsible for building it didn't "feel" like making it sturdy. Soon, everyone realizes that the only person who can truly be like Bart is Bart himself and go back to repressing their inner children.moreless
  • another great simpsons episode

    this was another great installment of the fith season of the simpsons it had alot of great moments escpeialy the trampoline part now that was my favorite part of all

    the episode starts off with homer buying a trampoline and then using it for money but ends up harming everyone and now he is in trouble with marge and the only way to solve it ids to use a self help man. they are cured but also want to help bart so they take him to seminar but he tells them all to act like bart and that will be the true path to happiness.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

James Brown

James Brown


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (35)

    • (While bouncing on the trampoline)

      Todd: Each leap brings us closer to God.

      Rod: Catch me lord! Catch me! (They both bump into each other and fall to the ground) What have we done to make God angry?

      Todd: You did it.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: (Speaking into a microphone) If elected mayor, my first act will be to kill the lot of ya, and burn yer town to cinders!
      (A man whispers something into his ear.)
      Groundskeeper Willie: I know it's on!

    • Troy McClure: You may remember me from such self-help videos as "Smoke Yourself Thin" and "Get Confident, Stupid."

    • (The Simpsons are watching TV)
      Chief: You busted up that crack house pretty bad, McGonigle. Did you really have to break so much furniture?
      McGonigle: You tell me, Chief. You had a pretty good view from behind your desk.
      Homer: Ah, McGonigle: eases the pain.
      Chief: You're off the case, McGonigle!
      McGonigle: You're off your case, Chief!
      Chief: What does that mean exactly?
      Homer: (yelling) It means he gets results, you stupid chief!
      Lisa: Dad, sit down.
      Homer: Oh, I'm sorry.

    • Lisa: Ever since that self-help guy came to town, you've lost your identity. You've fallen through the cracks of our quick-fix, one-hour photo, instant oatmeal society.
      Bart: What's the answer?
      Lisa: Well, this is your chance to develop a new and better identity. May I suggest… good-natured doormat?
      Bart: Sounds good, sis. Just tell me what to do.

    • Edna: The wireless was an invention by Guglielmo Marconi. Who can tell me what his first message was?
      Bart: Uh…
      Milhouse: I want-a change-a my name!
      (Everyone laughs)
      Edna: (chuckling) Oh, good one, Milhouse. Anyone else? The first message by wireless?
      Bart: It was…
      Martin: Our tenth caller will receive tickets to Supertramp!
      (everyone laughs)

    • Homer: Wow, for free! Surplus drums of mayonnaise from operation "Desert Storm!"

    • Marge: Homer, did you eat my whole pan of brownies?
      Bart: Uh oh. You're in for it now, Dad.
      Homer: Marge, I'm feeling a lot of shame right now.
      Marge: I'm hearing that you feel a lot of shame.
      Homer: And I feel that you hear my shame.
      Marge: I'm feeling annoyance and frustration, but also tolerance.
      Homer: I feel validated by that.
      Marge: Good! I'm glad we had this talk.
      Homer: Me too.

    • Troy McClure: And now I'd like to introduce the man who will put the "you" in "impr-you-vement"--Brad Goodman!
      Brad Goodman: Thank you so much, Troy. And by the way, I'm not happy you're still drinking. But at least you're down to one from more than fifty.

    • Patty: (to Marge) Your blood pressure is off the chart.
      Selma: And I don't like this urine sample one bit.

    • Homer: OK, the trampoline was a bad idea. But you know what? At least I'm out there trying new things. If it were up to you, all we'd ever do is work and go to church.
      Marge: That's not true.
      Homer: Name one thing you've done in the past month that was fun.
      Marge: I can name ten things! Uh…I made sloppy Joes!
      Homer: That's not fun.

    • Bart: Otto, are you okay?
      Otto: Yeah. Just pop my shoulder back in. (Bart does so) Thanks, little buddy!… Awwwww I missed my turn!

    • Homer: Ooh! It's that new show about the policeman who solves crimes in his spare time.

    • Squeaky-Voiced Teen: Mister, I can't stand the sound of your voice!

    • Principal Skinner: Eat my shorts, young man!

    • Lisa: This is madness. He's just peddling a bunch of easy answers.
      Carl: And how!

    • Brad Goodman: Let me hear what's troubling you. Don't be shy, yell it out. Everybody, go!
      Mayor Quimby: I, er, can't commit to a relationship.
      Mr. Burns: I'm too nice!
      Apu: I have problems with--
      Lenny: I'm always interrupting people!

    • Homer: Kids, kids...once you get hurt, move aside and let other people jump.

    • Mr. Burns: And I'm really enjoying this so called...iced cream!
      Smithers: Sir, in the spirit of the festival and everything I'd just like to say
      Mr. Burns: Hmm?
      Smithers: In those colors!

    • Kent Brockman: Springfield will have it's first annual "Do What You Feel" festival this Saturday whenever you feel like showing up. It will be a welcome change to our "Do As We Say" festival, started by German settlers in 1946.

    • Bart: Lis', today I am a God!
      Lisa: Is that why you're sitting on an ice-cream sandwich?
      Bart: Eew!

    • Brad Goodman: We can all learn a lot from this young man here, this...this--
      Bart: Rudiger.
      Brad Goodman: Rudiger. And if we can all be more like little Rudiger--
      Marge: His name is Bart.

    • Ned: (inner child) Stay the course, big Ned. You're doing super!
      Homer: (inner child) Food goes in here! (talking) It sure does.
      Moe: (inner child) Hey, Moe, what's-a-matter? You no talka with you accent no more. (talking) Mama Mia!

    • Brad Goodman: Troy. This circle is you.
      Troy McClure: My god! It's like you've known me all your life!

    • Brad Goodman: Let's look at the rainbow. What's in there? Depression, insomnia, motor-mouth, darting eyes,indecisiveness, decisiveness, bossiness, uncontrollable falling down, geriatric profanity disorder or GPD, and chronic nagging...nagging...nagging... nagging...nagging.
      Patty: (Punches TV) Sorry, it does that sometimes.

    • Homer: (to trampoline) Alright, you win for now, but some day you'll rust! Rust, I tell ya! (Laughs hysterically)

    • Marge: Why do you read that 'free' column, Homer. They never have anything good!
      Homer: Oh my god!
      Lisa: What is it?
      Homer: Tramampoline! Trabopoline! (runs off)
      Bart: He said what now?
      Marge: Please, don't bring home anymore old crutches!

    • Kent Brockman: A new mood is in the air in Springfield as refreshing as a pre-moistened towelette. Folks are finally accepting their feelings and really communicating with no holding back and this reporter thinks it's about (beep)ing time.

    • Snake: (stealing the trampoline) Alright! I got myself a bed!

    • Principal Skinner: Damn! They're very slowly getting away!

    • Brad Goodman: And soon you're not a human being, you're a human do-ing. Then what comes next?
      Bart: A human go-ing!

    • Moe: They're headed for the old mill!
      Homer: No we're not!
      Moe: Well… then, let's go to the old mill anyway to get some cider!

    • James Brown: Wait a minute. This bandstand wasn't double-bolted!
      Construction Guy: I didn't feel like doing it.
      Homer: Right on, brother!
      Marge: I don't want to judge the rightness of your ego orientation, but my inner critic is telling me you should have done your job.

    • People in Audience: Be like boy! Be like boy! Be like boy!
      Senior Citizens: (in the back) We like Roy! We like Roy!

    • Krusty: There once was a man named Enos…

  • NOTES (3)


    • The Ten Commandments
      The scene in which scantily clad women are throwing flowers over a gold statue of Brad Goodman references the "golden calf" scene from this Charlton Heston film.

    • 1941
      The run away ferris wheel is a reference to Stephen Spielberg's 1979 film 1941.

    • Gone With The Wind
      The kids lying on the ground, after being injured on the trampoline, reference 1939's Gone With The Wind, where at one point the camera shows wounded Confederate soldiers lying in a field.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: If elected mayor, my first act will be to kill the whole lot of you and burn your town to cinders.
      Workman: (Whispering) The mic's on.
      Groundskeeper Willie: I know it's on!
      During his presidency, Ronald Reagan once said, "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you I have just signed legislation that outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." Apparently Reagan didn't know the microphone was on when he made this offensive "joke." Willie seems to have committed a similar error at first, but actually he doesn't care if the microphone is on.

    • The Road Runner Show
      Homer pushes the trampoline off a cliff in a desert modeled after the ones seen in Chuck Jones's Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons.