The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 2

Brother's Little Helper

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Bart continually acts up in school, Principal Skinner recommends to Marge and Homer that Bart take some behavior medication. The drug initially shows promise, but it quickly alters Bart's psychosis and turns him into a paranoid conspiracy theorist.

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  • Okay Episode.

    After a mishap at the school's fire asembly(caused by bart), Principal Skinner tells Homer and Marge that Bart has ADD. They put Bart on a drug called Focusyn, and Bart soon becomes very smart and focused in school.

    When everything is going great, Bart soon goes crazy and has a theory that a satellite from space is spying everyone. He soon goes on a rampage in a military tank, and shoots down the satellite, which turns out to be an MLB satellite, and Springfield finds out MLB is spying on everyone.

    This is an okay episode. It started out GREAT, with the fire asembly. I loved Ralph saying"at my house, we call fire uh-oh's". I also loved Homer all twitchy on the ADD medicine, but the third act was a little too crazy for me.

    Overall Grade:80%/Bmoreless
  • ADD

    In this episode, Bart is diagnosed with ADD. So he needs to take an experimental drug called Focusyn. He takes it and at first, changes, becomes smarter, stuff like that.

    But later he becomes a conspiracy theorist. He goes insane and goes into the Army Base to steal a tank and shoot it into the sky. After he does so, Springfield citizens see that baseball players have been spying on them for reasons unknown.

    At the end, Bart is no longer on Focusyn, and all else is normal.

    A wacky episode with a wacky third act, but it still has plenty enough humor for me to overlook this. Well, for the most partmoreless
  • Bart starts taking drugs to help him focus after he is diagnosed with ADHD, and afterwords he goes insane.

    This has to be one of my favorite episodes in the whole series, and not to mention one of the best episodes in season 11 of the Simpsons. So many amazing jokes that were just hilarious like when Ralph says at my house we call them uh oh's haha. I don't understand how someone can watch an episode of the Simpsons like this and still say that the Simpsons are horrible and Mike Scully and all the writers should be fired and blah blah blah. This is just one of the reasons I agree with Matt when he said the Simpsons are as good as ever. Partially what makes this episode so good is its parody of American culture and society, and in the end isn't that what made the Simpsons great in the first place?moreless
  • Great and funny Simpson episode. Also shows you the effect of an overdose of drugs. works for me

    This Simpson episode has it all. It is funny, exiting, shows you the effect of an overdose on drugs and all of that bundled together equals a fantastic Simpson episode.The funniest quote for me had to be homer saying "ot oh, some ones going to have a belly ache." said homer in his sweet voice. Secondly I thought it was 10/10 funny when homer ate the Taffy with the drugs in, and rod and tod adding on "daddy does mr.Simpson have a devil in him." hiding behind the fence while homer was having a fit. this has got to be one of my top 10 simpson episode. Bart smart and riding round in a tank? COOL!moreless
  • Bart is diagnosed with ADHD..... Shows the dangers of drug overdose.

    Principal Skinner introduces Fire Saftey at Springfield Elementary. Unfortunately the Flanders catches on fire, which can't be put out because Bart is playing a prank. So Bart is diagnosed with ADHD and put on a new drug called Focusin. But after many overdoses of medication Bart becomes strange and weird, and everyone begins to worry about him. Soon Bart runs off and steals a military tank, but luckily the everyone is able to catch him. They are to late and Bart fires up a shot into the sky and destroys a MLB satellite. It turns out that all of Major League Baseball was spying on the people of Springfield. In the end Bart is taken off of Focusin, and everything is back to normal.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Bart: You know how they say most people use 10% of their brain?
      Lisa: Yeah?
      Bart: Well now, I'm one of them!

    • Pharm Team Lady: This pill reduces class-clownism by 44 percent.
      Pharm Team Man: With 60 percent less sass-mouth!

    • Bart: Thanks for coming out here mom.
      Marge: No, thank you for stopping the tank!
      Bart: It ran out of gas!

    • Homer: My god is she brave. Standing up to that freaked out junkie.
      Lisa: Dad, that junkie is your son!
      Homer: Why don't you just tell everybody!

    • Wiggum: Shoot the tires out, Lou!
      Lou: Uh…it's a tank, chief!
      Wiggum: You know what? I'm getting real tired of your excuses!

    • Ralph: And I want a bike! And a monkey! And a friend for the monkey!
      Forest Fire Bear: You're not going to start any fires are you?
      Ralph: At my house we call them uh-oh's!

    • Skinner: Bart will you go bother someone else?
      Bart: (yelling) Look a fire!!!!…engine.
      Skinner: Stop that!
      Bart: (yelling)Help help fire!!!!…helmet.
      Skinner: Can't you do something constructive!?
      Bart: Sure, I can do something destructive!

    • Bart: What's that stuff?
      Principal Skinner: Why, this is retardant!
      Bart: (laughs) Sure is! Hey, what's that?
      Principal Skinner: That's called a hose lengthener.
      Bart: (laughs) You need one!
      Principal Skinner: G'oh!
      Bart: What's this?
      Principal Skinner: Just read the label. It's a king-sized flamer!
      (Bart explodes with laughter)

    • Bart: But why, Mr McGwire?
      Mark McGwire: Do you want to know the terrifying truth? Or do you want to see me sock a few dingers!
      Everyone: Dingers! Dingers!
      (Mark McGwire socks a dinger, and as everyone looks at the dinger, he takes the info from the satellite.)
      Mark McGwire: Yoink.

    • (Pulling Bart out of the tank)
      Chief Wiggum: That's the end of your Looney Tune, Drugs Bunny. You're under arrest for astro-vandalism.
      Moe: And may god help you if that carried the Spice channel.

    • (Bart points the tank turret at the school)
      Principal Skinner: (Gasp) Good Lord! He's going to fire!
      Jimbo: All right! Scud the school, dude!
      Edna Krabappel: (Without enthusiasm) No. Stop. Think of the children.
      (Bart moves the turret towards the church)
      Reverend Lovejoy: Not the church! Jesus lives there!
      (Bart moves the turret to aim at the Discount Frames store)
      Homer: The frames store! You monster!
      (Bart aims at the sky)
      Sideshow Mel: Not the sky! That's where clouds are born!
      (Fires tank)

    • Marge: I understand the electrodes, but why does he have to be on a treadmill.
      Pharmaceutical company man: Oh, that was his idea... He said he felt fat.

    • Homer: So i gave up tap for jazz, and I've never regretted it... Now here's why...

    • (Ned sets his pants on fire during the skit)
      Ned: Whoa! Check it out! Mad Dog's on fire!
      Maude: Stop, drop, and roll, man!
      Ned: (laughs) That's for Clydes, baby. A little fire can't hurt you!

    • Bart: Give me an F! Give me an art!

    • (After Bart does his cheer)
      Skinner: Good Lord, he went in the pep closet!
      Homer: I'd say he's coming out of the pep closet.

    • Homer: (On Bart acting funny) Ray J. funny or O.J. funny?

    • Bart: Memo to self: shut up, Lisa.

    • Bart: All I know is my testicles won't fit in my underwear.

    • Principal Skinner: Fire can be our servant, whether it's toasting S'mores or raining down on Charlie.

  • NOTES (1)


    • MasterCard
      Bart says to Marge, "A piece of paper five cents, a mother's love priceless," Parodying the taglines for the MasterCard television ads.

    • Bart: (singing) Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
      Don't stop, It'll soon be here.

      Bart sings this when driving in the tank. "Don't Stop" was by the popular band, Fleetwood Mac.

    • Marge stopping Bart's tank by simply standing in its path is reminiscent of the famous 1989 Tiananmen Square protester incident in Beijing.

    • (Singing in the final scene)
      Bart: When I can't stop fiddlin', I just takes mi ritalin, I'm poppin' and sailin', man! (Toots smoke twice from his ears)

      This is a variation of the theme song of Popeye, the Sailor, the classic comic and cartoon character, who gains super strength from eating spinach. He made his debut in 1929.

    • Chief Wiggum: That's the end of your looney tune, Drugs Bunny.

      Chief Wiggum's line fits in two classic cartoon references: Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes. Looney Tunes is a series of classic cartoons done by Warner Bros. studios from the 1930's into the 1960's. Bugs Bunny is one of the most popular characters of these cartoons, along with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Le Pew, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and others.

    • The drawing made by the police using Marge's description of Bart was comic strip etc. character "Dennis the Menace."

    • Title: Brother's Little Helper
      The episode title is a take off of the Rolling Stones song, "Mother's Little Helper," which is about Valium.