The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 14

Das Bus

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 15, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • In the model U.N., Sherri is Trinidad and Terri is Tobago.

    • Goof: When all the kids are at U.N. Club, Wendell´s country is Mexico but he is dressed with the typical costume of Spain.

    • Otto listens to "Songs to Enrage Bus Drivers."

    • The scene where Bart dives to get the cooler is very similar to one of the original Simpsons shorts aired on the Tracey Ullman show where Bart was taking a bath and fantasized about scuba diving.

  • Quotes

    • Skinner: Poland, tell us about your country's achievements.
      Milhouse: Well, I heard they sent a rocket to the sun once, at night, and then there was that submarine, with the screen door . . .

    • Bart: Wendell, I think this is the end.
      Lewis: I´m Lewis, (pointing to Wendell) he is Wendell.
      Bart: Whatever, tell Wendell I say goodbye.

    • Homer: Ah, can't make it in today, Mr. Smithers! I have smallpox! ...Well, it wasn't wiped out in MY house!

    • Homer: (to Bill Gates) Hey, you don't look so rich.
      Bill Gates: Don't let the haircut fool you, I'm exceedingly wealthy.
      Homer: Check out the bowl job, Marge.

    • Homer: Oh, they have the Internet on computers now!

    • Nelson: Kill the dorks!
      Lewis: Bash their butts!
      Terri: Kick their shins!
      All: Kill the dorks! Bash their butts!
      Lisa: Run a-way!

    • Milhouse: It's the monster!
      Bart: No, it's not, it's my tummy, I mean stomach...gut...crap factory!

    • Ralph: I eated the purple berries, ow, oh, waaah!
      Bart: How are they Ralph? Good?
      Ralph: They taste like...burning!

    • Homer: Compu-global-hyper-meganet, Junior Vice President Homer Simpson speaking, how may I direct your call? (hands the phone to Marge) It's Patty.

    • (Nelson, Bart and Ralph roll some fruit up to the front of the bus.)
      Nelson: Hey, Simpson, race ya!
      Bart: First one to the front of the bus gets Martin's lunch money!
      Martin: What!?
      Bart: Go Apple!
      Nelson: Go Orange!
      Ralph: Go Banana!

    • Ned: Maude and I sell religious foot rugs over the internet
      Homer: Internet, eh?
      Ned: Yes indeedy, making some good scratch too.
      Homer: Scratch, eh?
      Ned: Yep!
      Homer: Maude, eh?

    • Lisa: Point of order, if we want to learn anything we must...
      Bart: Point of odor, Lisa stinks!

    • Terri (or Sherri): Thanks a lot, Milhouse, now we're all gonna die because of you!

    • Skinner: Order! Do you kids want to be like the real UN? Or do you just want to squabble and waste time?

    • Otto: Great, I'm saved. Now we can go back and save the kids!
      Chinese Fisherman #1: (in chinese) Shall we make him a slave?
      Chinese Fisherman #2: (in chinese) Sure, you can never have enough slaves!

    • Narrator: So the children learned how to function as a society, and eventually they were rescued by, oh, let's say...Moe.

    • Janey: This is all Lisa's fault! She had the idea of that stupid UN club!
      Lisa: Hey, Martin stood for the motion. It's entirely his fault!
      Nelson: People, people, let's not blame each other. We all know this is Milhouse's fault!

    • Homer: Welcome to the Internet, my friend. How can I help you?
      Comic Book Guy: I'm interested in upgrading my 28.8 kilobaud Internet connection to a 1.5 megabit fiber optic T1 line. Will you be able to provide an IP router that's compatible with my Token Ring Ethernet LAN configuration?
      Homer: Can I have some money now?

    • Troy McClure: (as Noah) Two creatures--
      God: Two of every creature!
      Troy McClure: (as Noah) Even stink beetles?
      God: Especially stink beetles!

    • Bart: It'll be like "The Swiss Family Robinson," but with more swearing. We'll live like kings. Damn, hell, ass kings!

  • Notes

    • While the title is a play on Das Boot, the correct German grammar would be "Der Bus" (as "Bus" is of male grammatical gender).

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family are frogs that jump on a lilypad to watch TV.

  • Allusions

    • True Lies
      The scene where Otto gets grapefruit juice in his eyes and starts swerving all over the lanes is taken from the 1994 movie True Lies.

    • Titanic
      The bus sinks in a manner similar to the infamous 1912 sinking of the Titanic ship depicted in the 1997 film of the same name.

    • Comic Book Guy is attempting to download nude pictures of Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.

    • The treehouse Bart imagines is similar to the one in the 1960 film Swiss Family Robinson.

    • The coconut radio is taken from the 60's sitcom Gilligan's Island.

    • Ralph paints his face like Kiss member Peter Criss.

    • The title is a take on the classic 1981 WW2 film about a German u-boat, called Das Boot.

    • (Scene): Skinner hitting his shoe on the desk.
      This scene in the model UN resembled a scene where Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev smashed his shoe on the podium at the real UN in 1959.

    • This episode is a spoof of the book/movie "Lord of the Flies." In the story, a bunch of kids get stranded on an island and turn from civilized to barbaric.

    • Ralph: I eated the purple berries ... they taste like burning.

      This is somewhat reminiscent of the scene in The Blue Lagoon where the young girl starts to eat berries she finds, and gets ordered to spit them out because they'll kill her.