The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 6

Dead Putting Society

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 1990 on FOX

Episode Recap

Opening Credits: Blackboard joke: I am not a 32 year old woman. Couch gag: The family runs in and squeezes in on the couch, but this time Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II squeeze in also. Act One: The episode begins with a grumbling Homer mowing the grass in the front yard, when neighbor Ned Flanders walks up to the fence to chat. Homer yells for Marge to get him a beer, and she pops her head out the front door to say that they are all out. Flanders overhears and invites Homer down to the rumpus room in his basement for a cold one. Down in the basement, Homer is in awe of Ned's rumpus room, it has a full bar, pool table, foosball table, dartboard and more. While Homer drinks a beer from Ned's tap, Maude comes down and offers up club sandwiches and Todd comes down to thank Ned for helping him with his science project. When Maude and Todd come down to see Ned, Homer observes the fact that they all have a very affectionate and loving relationship with Ned, and Homer doesn't like it. When Todd leaves to go back upstairs Homer blows up at Ned, claiming that he is showing off to Homer with his fancy rumpus room, his draft beer, Maude and her sandwiches, and Todd's science project. More or less Homer thinks that Ned is rubbing it in that Ned's family is better than his own. Ned doesn't understand what Homer is talking about but is offended and gruffly asks him to leave. Later that night, Homer can't sleep and is still upset about what took place earlier that day. He tries to explain to Marge that, while Ned didn't come right out and say it that he was saying that the Simpson family stinks. Marge defends Ned and claims he has been nothing less that a perfect neighbor, this obviously upsets Homer and he goes out for a walk to let off some steam. Meanwhile at the Flanders' house, Ned can't sleep because he feels bad for asking Homer to leave in an impolite way, so he calls Reverend Lovejoy in the middle of the night for some advice. Reverend Lovejoy, who is not amused at being awakened at such a late hour, quotes from the Bible and tells Ned to offer Homer a gentle answer. Ned then decides to write Homer a letter of apology. Homer comes back from his walk and catches Ned slipping the letter under his door. Ned hands Homer the letter and leaves, Homer reads the letter himself and chuckles under his breath. The next day at the kitchen table Homer reads the letter aloud for everyone to hear and have a good laugh. Everyone but Marge thinks the letter is funny and she tells them that she wishes their family was as close as the Flanders'. In an effort to prove that they are as close, Homer suggest they all go play mini golf. Lisa has to study for the math fair and Marge has to wash her hair, but Homer still goes, taking Bart and Maggie with him. While at the golf course Bart and Homer run into Ned and Todd. Ned suggests that they all make a foursome, and Bart and Homer agree. While they golf together it is very clear that Todd is an excellent golfer while Bart isn't too bad either. When they are finished golfing they all see an ad for a mini golf tournament, Ned announces that Todd is going to enter and Homer quickly counters saying that Bart will enter too. Later Maggie, Bart and Homer grab milkshakes at Krusty Burger, and Bart expresses his reluctance to golf in the tournament. Homer basically says that Bart doesn't have a choice and that he must not lose. Act Two: The next day Bart practices putting in the backyard under Homer's strict tutelage. Marge and Lisa look on with disapproval. Up in Bart's bedroom Homer tries to get Bart to take the tournament seriously, and forces Bart to give his putter a name. He also puts up a picture of Todd Flanders and tells Bart to stare at it 15 minutes a day and concentrate on how much he hates Todd. Bart clearly doesn't care about all of this as much and Homer does and Homer is blind to the fact that he is pressuring Bart into something he really doesn't want to do. Downstairs in the kitchen, Marge tries to make Homer understand that he is pressuring Bart, but Homer won't see it her way. He explains that if Bart wins the tournament, they can show up the Flanders family. He also says that making people feel bad is a way to make yourself feel better. Later on, Lisa approaches Bart and she understands what kind of pressure he is under from Homer to win the tournament, so she offers to help him out. Together they go to the library and grab books on putting and philosophy, Lisa shows Bart how to meditate and clear his mind, and through way of geometry she shows Bart where to exactly putt the ball so that it caroms into the hole. Through all these methods Bart becomes a much more formidable foe for Todd. Later, when Bart is in the front yard practicing meditation, Homer spots him and becomes embarrassed. He tells Bart to stop before the neighbors see him. Just then Ned happens to come out and walks up to the fence to chat. Homer, who is more interested in showing up Ned than Ned is in showing up him, baits Ned into a bet about the golf tournament. They both sign a contract, written up by Marge that states that the losing son's father must mow the other's lawn in their wife's Sunday dress. When Ned leaves with his copy of the contract he suddenly worries about what he has just done. Meanwhile, Homer takes Bart to practice at the mini golf course, and stresses the importance to win, to which Bart doesn't respond well to. Later that night Homer worried that Bart will lose tomorrow wonders which dress of Marge's he will look better in. Act Three: The next morning Lisa helps Bart prepare for the tournament while Marge makes him breakfast. Cut to the putt-putt course where through a single-elimination bracket style tournament, Bart and Todd meet in the championship match. Before the match, Lisa shows her confidence in Bart, and Homer once again bullies Flanders and they argue about which one is going to have to wear their wife's dress. Through way of a montage, Bart and Todd match each other stroke for stroke and on the last hole they are both tied at eight under par. Both Todd and Bart hit their first shots on the last hole and before hitting their second shot, Bart and Todd express to each other their feelings of nervousness. Bart suggests that he and Todd quit and call it a draw and Todd agrees. Everyone is shocked but as Todd and Bart receive their 25 dollar payout for finishing tied at first, everyone applauds them for their sportsmanship. Ned approaches Homer and tries to clear things up between them, and says he is glad neither of them have to mow the other's lawn. Homer thinks that Ned is trying to welch on their bet and pulls out the contract. Even though he has to mow Ned's lawn in Marge's dress also. he is willing to, just to see Flanders humiliated. The next day, a crowd of people gather to watch and laugh, as Homer and Ned mow each other's lawn in their wife's dress and Homer can't believe when Ned says that he is actually enjoying himself. End Credits: The normal Simpsons theme plays as the credits roll over a black background. Run Time: 23:09
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