The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 1

Kamp Krusty

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart and Lisa excitedly head off to Kamp Krusty for the summer, but soon find out that the camp isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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  • The fourth season begins with Bart and Lisa heading off to Kamp Krusty for the summer. They both can hardly wait to arrive, but when they do, they see it's not the paradise they envisioned.moreless

    The fourth season of The Simpsons is definitely one of the best of the entire series. There are a significant amount of hysterical episodes in season four. "Kamp Krusty" is definitely one of them. The laughs do not stop in this episode. One of the best is when the parents start celebrating after the bus leaves for Kamp Krusty. Every scene at Kamp Krusty is rip roaring hysterical, from the opening orientation, to the sharp dialogue ("Shut up and eat your pine cone!") you won't stop laughing. The only flaw is the formulaic plot, but the laughs compensate for that.moreless
  • Fantastic Episode

    Bart really wants to go to Kamp Krusty for the summer, but he's only allowed to go if he gets above a D on his report card. He dosn't, but Homer lets him go anyway, along with Lisa.

    They soon arrive, but it's not at all what they expected. The whole camp is terrible. They are forced to eat gruel, go on death marches, and make Krusty merchandise. Meanwhile, Marge and Homer are having the time of their live without the kids.

    Krusty soon comes to camp, and after seeing what the camp is, he takes to the kids to mexico.

    This was a great episode. There were many awesome scenes, like Bart's dream, Homer telling bart to get the ball from under the lawnmower, and the end with the pictures of Mexico. This episode was also going to be the original Simpsons movie, but they made it into an episode instead.

    Overall Grade: 100%/A++++moreless
  • this was one good ep

    in the start of season 4 of the simpsons bart and lisa want to go to camp krusty after seeing the adverties ment on his show. and they ask marge and homer and they agree and homer and marge spend a really good summer togeather and bart and lisa get there they find a man called mr black and the counsuler are the school bullies . and they are forced to make bad merchindise and then there is huge revolt and bart and the others take over the camp and there is cause the news comes and shows it on tv and krusty comes to make things right by taking them to tjmoreless
  • Kamp Krappy

    Bart needs to get good grades so he can go to Kamp Krusty for the whole summer. He gets terrible grades but of course Homer and Marge let him go.

    Him and Lisa find out that the camp sucks. Krusty isn't even there, it is run by Mr. Black and the bullies Kearney, Dolph, and Jimbo, food sucks, stuff like this.

    Soon, Bart and the other kids get mad at Krusty because the camp is under his name yet he isn't there. Krusty comes to the camp and promises to take the kids to the Happiest Place on Earth- Tijuana.

    A hilarious episode. The first time I watched this I hated it but it has grown on me, for sure.moreless
  • one of the best if not the best of season 4

    just too letyou know im not doing the plot subplot thing review ok :P. anyways , this was a good and true epsiode on how selling out is a must for every celebrity . it also has one of my favorite lines " wait you didn't learn how world war 2 ended" *everyone stops* "we won"! classic line , if only the simpsons could still make episodes like this that will bring back its old charm . but this is an example of a classic episode . so if you are tired of the boring new episodes the simpsons are making . watch this you wont be dissapointed.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • 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!!

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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.

    • Brick House
      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.

    • Ben Hur
      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.

    • Apocalypse Now
      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.