The Simpsons

Season 22 Episode 7

How Munched is That Birdie in the Window

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bart helps nurse an injured pigeon back to health. After Santa's Little Helper eats the bird, Bart has a hard time coping with the loss.

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  • Bart nurses a pigeon

    Bart nurses a wounded pigeon back to health, only for Santa's Little Helper to eat it, leading a therapist to suggest how to solve the problem with Bart's loss - get rid of the dog. I liked/laughed at Mr. Burns dancing at ballet, ,Moe confessing about the bird racing being a scam, Homer getting choked by the ostrich, and the ending. But the reason why my score is low is because the episode got boring after 9 minutes. I only laughed a couple times in the last two act. There were some parts that wasn't funny though. Overall, a great episode. 8.5/10moreless
  • This was a bad episode.

    This was a bad episode. I love the Simpsons and do not think they are going downhill. This episode, the 22nd Tree house of horror, and the Fool Monty almost changed that opinion. A pigeon flies through Bart's window and breaks its wing. Bart, thinking that Lisa will help him nurse the pigeon back to help is shocked to find out Lisa doesn't like pigeons has to nurse himself. Once the pigeon is healthy Bart and the towns people start using it to send messages. Santa's Little Helper eats the bird the Simpsons decide to give away the dog. Then something with ostriches happened that i didn't understand. As you can tell the plot was kind of this and then the next thing you know it's that. A couple laughs but this episode was a failure.moreless
  • Drags in some parts especially in the second half of the episode but it was overall great

    I thought that this was great episode of "The Simpsons". This wasn't my favorite episode but it was overall great and I enjoyed it for the most part. A pigeon crashes in and Bart becomes attached to the bird very quickly and cares about it more than anything in the world... that also includes the dog. Bart names the pigeon Ray and never wants to leave its sight until Santa's little helper killed it. Bart becomes very devastated when he saw that Ray died. The family goes to a psychiatrist and the only way to heal Bart's pain was to give it away. There were too many funny parts the part I was laughing hard the most was when Homer was being choked by the ostrich which wasn't until the end of the episode. I also laughed very hard when Homer said "Why won't you support my gibberish? I'd support yours if you were stupid". The thing I didn't like in this episode was that the family was gonna give away the dog at an ostrich farm to give away the dog and Bart thinks that it is okay for birds for be dead. It was nice when Bart wanted the dog back and he realizes that he loves the dog very much. Overall, an overall great episode of "The Simpsons". 8.5/10

    Note: marebear2009 requested me to review this episode.moreless
  • mediocre

    Bart finds an injured pigeon and nurses it back to health. He is then devastated when Santa's Little Helper eats it, and the family must once again make the decision of whether or not to give the dog away. The first half of this episode was great, but in the second half the quality went down. It was like, 'oh, how do we end this ep, hmm, let's throw something together with giving the dog away.' I can't help but think it could've been a lot better and funnier if Homer had actually turned it into a racing pigeon…

    Anyway, a mediocre episode, good sight gags but not a great storyline. Deciding whether to give SLH away has been done so many times (Bart's Dog Gets an F, The Canine Mutiny, Stop or my Dog will shoot, etc.) it's just lost its feeling. It was also kind of lame how Bart loved a bird more than his dog he had for 22 years. 6.5/10moreless
  • Homer: Why won't you support my gibberish?! I'd support yours if YOU were stupid!

    Okay, so in a sotmry night, Homer is telling the kids (who are all sleeping in Bart's bed for some reason) when a pigeon crashes in. Bart has to take care of it (named Ray), cause Lisa i disgusted by pigeons. Bart quickly bonds with Ray (thorugh a montage) and then, after Moe fails to scam Homer and Bart, Santa's Little Helper eats it. So Bart is devastated cause he loved Ray (more than the dog he owned for like 22 years) and the dog fails to understand what's going on as he continues to kill stuff for Bart. Then, the family goes to a physchiatrist, who tells Marge that the best way to heal Bart is to get rid of SLH. So going to an ostrich farm to give away the dog. There, Homer is talking on his cell when an ostrich bothers him, and after he opens the door, he escapes. Then, the ostrich attacks Bart. He tells SLH to kill the bird, but that ocntradicts what he previously said, so Bart strangles it till it faints.

    Then Bart learns that sometimes it's ok to kill birds (ok...), and they take the ostrich for dinner. Then is wakes up, and chockes Homer, ending the episode.

    Overall: It was a pretty good episode, with a WTF lesson but a hilarouos ending and some good gags, so 8.5/10.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When this episode is rerun, the helicopter with the funny slogan in the opening title sequence is replaced by King Kong Homer climbing the Empire State Building and grabbing the three-eyed crow as he wards off a biplane.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (The Simpson family is in the car, including the dog)
      Marge: (talking to Bart and Lisa) We're bringing the dog because we've found him a new home at a farm upstate, where he can run and play all day.
      Lisa: (shocked) You're gonna put him down?
      Marge: No! For once, a pet going to a farm upstate really is going to a farm upstate.
      Bart: What about all the other pets you told us went to a farm upstate?
      Homer: Hm.. backyard, backyard, toilet, ocean, don't know, backyard, Flanders' mailbox, Lenny's freezer, tirefire.

    • Skinner: Mr. and Mss. Simpson, Bart has been very sad lately.
      Marge: We know, and we're going to do something about it.
      Skinner: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, please don't do anything. Not only did his grades go up, but the enthusiasm has gone out of his pranks. I mean, take a look at this.
      (Skinner shows a paper bag: Insert Poop. Light Bag.)
      Skinner: (chuckles) If anything, I was wondering if you could make him sadder.
      Marge: (agitated) How can you say a thing like that?
      Homer: Marge, listen to the man. He pays Bart's salary.
      Marge: No he doesn't!
      Homer: Why can't you support my gibberish? I'd do it if you were stupid!
      Skinner: Marge, Homer, this marital discord is perfect, but please save it for home, where your son could see it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: A Fox News helicopter flying overhead bearing the slogan "Unsuitable for viewers under 75".
      Billboard Gag: Springfield Kwik-E-Mart: Thoughtless gifts for people you don't like. (with Apu pictured wearing a red Santa hat)
      Chalkboard Gag: "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is as good as "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
      Couch Gag: Professor Frink is seated on the couch as the family approaches and uses a shrink ray to zap them down to ant size. After he leaves, the Simpsons have to avoid getting stepped on by Grampa. Homer takes a bite of a piece of nacho chip before they move toward the couch again. But they're stopped by Snowball II, who chases them into a mouse hole, where they find a piece of Swiss cheese that makes a worthy substitute for the couch. Unfortunately, they realize too late that it's been placed on a mouse trap that snaps shut on them after Homer says "D'oh!"


    • Broadway Melody Of 1936
      The name of the Itchy And Scratchy cartoon is Broadway Hellody Of 1933 a parody of the 1930s musical Broadway Melody Of 1936 starring Jack Benny and Buddy Ebsen.