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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
When Bart opens his locker, you can see the potato experiment that he was working on in the episode "Dead Putting Society."
Music from this episode
"South of the Border" by Gene Merlino impersonating Frank Sinatra. (Heard at the end of episode)
"School's Out" by Alice Cooper (Heard in Bart's dream about the last day of school and everybody was destroying the building and burning school records)
As the bus pulls past a large totem pole, a sign reads "Kamp Krusty: The Krustiest Place on Earth."
Goof: Even though Martin is shipped off to fat camp he can still be seen singing the "Hail to Thee Kamp Krusty" song.
Bart: All right, that's it! I've been scorched by Krusty before. I got a rapid heartbeat from his Krusty brand vitamins, my Krusty Kalculator didn't have a seven or an eight, and Krusty's autobiography was self-serving with many glaring omissions. But this time, he's gone too far! WE WANT KRUSTY! (the other kids join in the chant) WE WANT KRUSTY! WE WANT KRUSTY!
Barney: Yeah! We want Crunchy! We want Crunchy!
Marge: Lisa, watch out for poison ivy. Remember, leaves of three, let it be.
Homer: Leaves of four, eat some more! (Laughs)
Marge: Homer, you do remember your promise to the children?
Homer: Sure do. When you're eighteen, you're out the door!
Mr. Black: Well kids, I promised you a little treat in lieu of dinner, and here it is. The man who took an abandoned mule tannery, and turned it into a summer wonderland - Mr. Krusty the Klown!
(But instead of the real Krusty, it's a dishevelled Barney Gumble, crudely disguised)
Mr. Black: Now I must tell you kids Krusty has laryngitis and a bad back so he won't be saying anything or doing anything.
Milhouse: Krusty looks fat!
Lisa: He's really having trouble keeping his balance!
Ralph: He's still funny, but not ha-ha funny!
Bart: (angry) That's not Krusty the Klown!!
(The other kids gasp)
Mr. Black: Well, what do you think? I slapped a clown suit on some wino? (laughs nervously)
Barney: Yeah Bart, I am so Crunchy the Clown! (belches)
Bart: So I won't be able to go to camp?
Homer: Now Bart, we made this deal because I thought it would help you get good grades, and you didn't. But why should you pay for my mistakes?
Bart: Well Dad, here's my report card. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Homer: A+!? You don't think much of me do you, boy?
Bart: No, sir.
Homer: You know a D turns into a B so easily. You just got greedy.
Lisa: (writing home) Dear Mom and Dad, I no longer fear hell, because I've been to Kamp Krusty.
(Among the chaos of Kamp Krusty)
Kent Brockman: Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been to Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them put together. A group of school-aged Spartacuses have taken the camp by force. Three counsellors are missing, and presumed scared.
Mr. Black: I'll take any questions you might have... you? And then uum.... one more.
Milhouse: Can we call you Uncle Blackie?
Mr. Black: No.. last question...
Bart: Hey... hands off my pickle!
Homer: I don't see your name on it, boy!
Bart: No, but--(Licks it)
Homer: Oh yeah? (Dunks in his milk) Checkmate!
Bart: Always thinking two moves ahead.
Homer: Marge, am I crazy or is my back getting hairier?
Bart: Oh dad! You're the best father a boy could ever have.
Homer: Thanks son. Now you've got little hands.. could you reach under the mower and pull out that skate?
Otto: All right! Three whole months of spaghetti-o's and daytime TV!
Bart: Mrs. Krabappel, if I don't get at least a "C" average I can't go to Kamp Krusty! Mrs. Krabappel: Have a "D"-lightful summer.
Bart: I dreamt it was the last day of school!
Homer: Well it is!
Bart: Oh, how do I know this isn't some beautiful dream too?
(Homer punches Bart)
Bart: Ow! You know, a pinch is more traditional!
Bart: Don't we get to roast marshmallows?
Dolph: Shut up and eat your pinecone.
Krusty: I'm taking you kids to the happiest place on Earth: Tijuana!
Lisa: You're serving us gruel?
Dolph: Not quite. This is "Krusty Brand Imitation Gruel." Nine out on ten orphans can't tell the difference.
Kearney: Here's your cabin. If you don't like it, T.S.
Bart: Krusty! This camp was a nightmare! They fed us gruel, they forced us to make wallets for export, and one of the campers was eaten by a bear!
Krusty: Oh my God!!
Bart: Well, actually, the bear just ate his hat.
Krusty: Was it a nice hat?
Bart: Oh yeah.
Krusty: Oh My God!!
The 1992 Game Boy Game "Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly" was loosely based on this episode.
This episode was going to be the Simpson's first feature film, but the idea was scrapped when the writers had enough trouble coming up with 18 minutes of story, let alone 80.
Blackboard Joke: This punishment is not boring and meaningless.
Couch Gag: The Flintstones are sitting on the couch and Fred invites the family to join.
Mr. Black was meant to be a recurring character that would run a corrupt business, but died off among the staff when they tried to bring him back.
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Lisa bribes a stranger on horseback with a bottle of booze to smuggle out her letter home like Meryl Streep's character in the 1981 film The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Bart's locker combination is 36-24-36, a reference to the 1977 hit song "Brick House" by The Commodores.
Lisa: Our arts-and-crafts sessions are in fact a Dickensian workhouse.
The children being forced to make Gucci wallets reminds Lisa of a workhouse in Victorian England where children work long hours and are essentially slaves. Charles Dickens often wrote about places like this, most memorably in his novel Oliver Twist.
Disneyland / The Magic Kingdom
A common nickname for "Disneyland" theme park in California is "The Happiest Place on Earth", and for "The Magic Kingdom" theme park in Florida it is similarly "The Most Magical Place on Earth," whereas Kamp Krusty's motto is "The Krustiest Place on Earth," an obvious parody on both of the Disney theme parks. Another slightly sarcastic allusion to Disneyland comes at the end of the episode when Krusty says they are going to "the happiest place on Earth: Tijuana, Mexico!"
Far From The Madding Crowd
The scene where Lisa gives the rider on the horse the letter and whiskey as payment is taken from the 1967 film Far From The Madding Crowd.
In the arts and crafts scene, as the kids make the wallets Kearney beats a drum just like the drummer in the galley slave segment of the 1959 film Ben Hur.
The scene of the camp is chaos echoes Kurtz's camp from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
Lord Of The Flies
A boar's head on a pole, surrounded by flies, briefly appears during the broadcast of the kids' revolt. This is from the book (and later film) Lord of The Flies.
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