The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 3

Double, Double, Boy in Trouble

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart meets his doppelganger, Simon Woosterfield, a member of the richest family in Springfield and the two decide to switch places. Simon adjusts nicely to his new digs at the Simpson home, while Bart discovers that his new siblings are plotting his death so they can have his inheritance.moreless

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  • Great.

    One day at the Kwik E Mart, Bart is goofing off. Homer is about to buy the winning lottery ticket, but he's yelling at Bart. Lenny wins the lottery, and throws a party for all his friends. In the gift bags he gives everyone, there are Vac U Bots, and Bart sets them loose, making them cause havoc.

    In the bathroom, he meets a rich boy who looks just like him, so they switch lives to see what it's like. Bart is the enjoying the rich life, until he finds out his half siblings are going to kill him on a skiing trip.

    Meanwhile, Simon and The Simpsons must save Bart from his siblings.

    This was a great episode, with many great jokes.

    Overall Grade: 90%/A-moreless
  • Doppelganger

    While at a party for Lenny, after him winning the lotto {even tho Homer would've had Bart not been making trouble}, Bart finds out there is a kid named Simon who looks exactly like him. So of course, smart idea: switch places! Bart finds out he is part of the richest family in town. He also finds out he has two half-siblings, a sister and a brother, who want to keep Simon{Bart} out of the way for the fortune.

    Eventually everything is resolved through skiing. His half-brother half-sister were going to kill him skiing, but Homer saves him.

    A nice episodemoreless
  • The Simpsons took a very overused and bland plot and turned it into a comedy extravanganza! Great episode IMO.

    When Lenny wins the lottery and invites the Simpson family to a celebratory party at a posh hotel, Bart meets his doppelganger, Simon Woosterfield, who happens to be a member of the richest family in Springfield. Simon and Bart decide to switch places, and Bart arrives at the lavish Woosterfield mansion only to find football great Joe Montana (guest-voicing as himself) hanging around the estate. As Simon adjusts to the simple life over at the Simpson household, Bart begins to notice his wealthy new siblings acting strangely toward him. With some frightening words of wisdom from Mr. Burns, Bart realizes his new siblings are plotting his demise so they can inherit the Woosterfield family fortune all for themselves. Lisa and Simon must reach Bart before he goes from riches to ditches.moreless
  • When Lenny wins a lottery of 50,000 dollars, he holds a party in where Bart sets vacuum cleaners on kill mode. When fleeing he meets his double, they decide to switch places. After nearly being killed by stepsiblings, he finds the value in his own family.moreless

    I have just viewed this episodes, and agree that this may just be the best episode of this season yet. The concept is well written en well executed.

    Bart gets in trouble for messing up while Homer is set to buy the last lottery ticket from Apu. Lenny comes to buy it instead and wins 50,000 dollars. Bart gets punished by the furious family. Lenny while poking fun at Homer, confirms he's going to hold a party for his friends, as he feels they make him the luckiest man in the world. Once at the party Bart takes a look at the giftbags that are set up. Bart finds robot vacuum cleaners and turns them on, they quickly start attacking all attenders. At police research they find Bart turning the vacuum cleaners on, and as he flees he finds his doppelganger Simon and older self, who is married to a woman resembling Millhouse. As they come to talk, both of them want a taste of the other class of life, and decide to switch places. Simon gets in trouble for not having the same taste in food as Bart does, and for playing up to Homer. Bart enjoys the glamorous life and at a party gets into chat with Mr. Burns. He finds out how Burns got to inheriting the full testament in a big family. All siblings were dead before the parents died, and in this Bart finds that his half-siblings are trying the same route. In an attempt to flee back home, his half-siblings invite him to Aspen for a skiing trip. Luckily Simon finds this out just in time and the Simpsons go to the rescue as Bart is scrolling down the slips, out of control. Once saved the two go back to their own lives. Bart finds out there is indeed no place like home.

    With a great storyline and original concept this episode did not go wrong.moreless
  • one of the best of season 20 and even 19.

    i do not understand why this episode got an 8.2 out of ten. I thought this was an fantastic and well made episode with no negatives that come in thought. Why ??? it was funny and it was exciting, original, well written and a sweet taste of Bart s classic mischievousness. i thought it should have deserved a 9 out of ten. Anyway , i have read the reviews and most of them were positive, and i agree on that. i have seen this episode a few times and it had never bored me at any time of the episode .

    highly recommended.moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Joe Montana

Joe Montana


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lisa: Okay, listen, you. I don't know who you are or what you've done with the real Bart, but...G-d help me, I want him back.
      Simon: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Lisa: The real Bart would have thrown me out the window!
      Simon: (gasps) He would have defenestrated you?
      Lisa: You're just digging yourself deeper!

    • Grandpa: (telling a story to Simon posing as Bart) ...down the barrel of my Winchester rifle, I pulled the trigger, and I shot that buffalo.
      Simon: You shot a buffalo?
      Grandpa: (disbelief) You were listening!?! (groans) Now I have to come up with an ending to all this nonsense!
      Lisa: (whispering) Bart, what are you doing?
      Simon: Politely listening to our grandfather
      Grandpa: It was the war to end all wars, but Pepsi would not give up. They continued to challenge Coke.

    • Homer: Stupid grocery list, making food into work.

    • Milhouse: Hey, Bart. I think I have a crush on your new sister.
      Bart: You had a crush on my old sister.
      Milhouse: Yeah, but that wasn't going to happen.

    • Bart: Oh my, God. Simon set me up. And all this time I thought he wanted the life of a stranger he met in the bathroom.

    • Homer: (falling off a ski lift) Aw, c'mon gravity! You used to be cool.

    • (Chief Wiggum takes care of the robot vacuum cleaners gone wild.)
      Chief Wiggum: These innocent robots-- (shoots one) --couldn't have done this on their own-- (shoots another) --someone would have to turn them all on at once-- (shoots another) --and then set them on some kind of malevolent sentience.
      (Picks one up and examines a switch that reads "On", "Off" and "Malevolent Sentience" with the switch turned to the latter.)
      Chief Wiggum: Yep, there it is.

    • (Bart marvels at the things in Simon's bedroom.)
      Bart: Wow, cool poster of Joe Montana.
      Joe Montana: (steps out of the wall) It's not a poster.
      (Bart screams)
      Joe Montana: I'm the real deal. Every day I stand here the family donates a million dollars to Notre Dame. Did you know the words "Notre Dame" are French, but the team is the Fighting Irish? That's the kind of thing I think about in here.
      Bart: Back in the poster, gabby.
      Joe Montana: Yes, sir.

    • Homer: You just cost me $200,000!
      Bart: I thought it was 50.
      Homer: I was gonna bet it on the dogs!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: There's no such month as "Rocktober"
      Couch Gag: The family rushes in, sits on the couch and a tornado promptly whisks them away. In black and white, the couch along with the puzzled family drop onto a farm parodying The Wizard of Oz.


    • Homer Simpson: That boy has become a Dennis-level menace.

      This is an allusion to the old comic strip/cartoon Dennis The Menace.

    • Grey's Anatomy
      While driving up to the Woosterfield mansion for the first time Bart spots McDreamy (hedging his bushes) and McSteamy (gathering his mail). McDreamy and McSteamy are the nicknames of two characters from Grey's Anatomy, Dr. Derek Shepherd and Dr. Mark Sloan.

    • Lord Of The Rings
      Simon mentions his horse Shadowfax, which is a reference to Gandalf's horse from the Lord of the Rings novels, and subsequent film trilogy.

    • Lovin' You
      While Marge washes dishes, she puts her own spin on Minnie Ripperton's 1975 hit single, "Lovin' You".

    • Dennis The Menace
      Homer declares that Bart had reached "a Dennis-level of menace." Dennis the Menace is a television series based on the popular Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. Dennis is a nice young boy, but trouble prone and always into mischief.

    • The Prince and the Pauper
      The plot for this episode is drawn from Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper.

    • William Shakespeare
      The title of this episode is a play on the line, "Double, double, toil and trouble," spoken by the Three Witches from the William Shakespeare play, Macbeth.
      Also, Lenny's generosity with his wealth is a reference to Timon of Athens, the main character in Shakespeare's The Life of Timon of Athens play.