The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 11

Marge Be Not Proud

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart sees a commercial for a new but violent video game. Marge does not want to get it for him because he is too young. Bart tries to rent it and tries to play it at Milhouse's. He goes to the store and tries to steal a copy of it. The security guard catches him. He leaves a message on the Simpsons' answering machine, in which he mentions that Bart is banned from the store for life. Back at home, Bart manages to gets rid of the message. Marge wants the family to go to that store to have a family portrait taken; only Bart sees the jeopardy in his returning to the store. The security guard spots him and he tells Homer and Marge that Bart is a shoplifter. Bart ruins yet another family picture. Later Homer yells at him, but Marge just refuses to talk to him. She thinks it is her fault for mothering him too much. Missing his own mother, Bart tries to hang around with Milhouse's mom. He decides to return to the store and have a picture taken of himself. He gives it to Marge and she is ecstatic. She lets him open his present early, a golf video game. The end credits show Bart playing his new game.moreless

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  • An episode that didn't do great, during the seasons 1-9 bracket

    I'm sorry to say this, but this episode had too much emotion, on Bart's and Marge's part. Bart has done worse, yet he doesn't get unloved by his mom. Maybe it's just the fact that Bart suffers, but this episode isn't that great. I really wish that they'd do better for a Christmas episode.
  • A great Christmas special

    This is a Christmas special of The Simpsons. Bart wants the latest video game for Christmas but Marge doesn't allow him to have it because it contains violence. Bart plans to stand at by the game looking sad at the store, in hope that someone will feel sorry for him and buy the game for him. When he sees two school bullies shop lifting, he sneakily puts the game under his coat and walks out the store. A security guard catches him, phones home and tells him never to return to the Try N Save store the message goes to answer machine, bart runs home and erases it. The simpsons are planning a Christmas family photo at Try N Save which worries Bart that he might be seen by Security guard and his parents would find out he stole. As they take the photo, Bart is pulled away and the whole family find out he stole the video game. Marge is angry and upset, but when Bart gives her a great present, a photo of him, she forgives him and they have a merry Christmasmoreless
  • Sad

    Bart wants a new video game but his parents won't get it for Christmas. So, he resorts to shoplifting. Unfortunately, he gets caught. He tries to make sure Marge and Homer do not find out, but they do. And now it seems Marge does not love Bart anymore because of what he has done. Will Bart be able to win back mother love?

    Good episode, some of it is a bit sad, especially after Marge finds out Bart tried to steal the game. It had a happy ending though and had some funny parts, and a good plot, so A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bart sees a new sequal of game that is even blooder then the last hell fighter 2 i think the name was. and bart really enjoys it thing is its alot of money and marge does not want to spend money on it and its right around the holidays. and bart finds out milhous has the game but does not want to share with bart and gets his mother to take him out of the house for swearing. and so bart sees nelson and the other steeling and so he starts to think about it. and then he decides to but as he is leaving the store the guy comes and gets him. then as the simpsons are taken there picture bart is ripped from the phote if since he came back into the store. and so then marge sees what he did .and is really upset he trys to make it up but is accused of steeling but its a photo for marge. and ends up getting him a game but its golf game .moreless
  • The Simpsons go cute.

    Uh, ehm, what a great episode in its own happy way this is. We find the Simpsons acting a bit odd and by that I mean, acting very righteous. Seriously, I find Homer's reaction to Bart's shoplifting VERY hypocrite. After all, havent' we seen Homer do all kinds of illegal things in the show? If you can overlook all that, well you can also find out that Bart is just a baby at heart acting out as a bad kid. Still a very good episode that won't make you laugh much but that atleast will show you another face of our favorite TV family.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

Lawrence Tierney

Lawrence Tierney

Detective Don Brodka

Guest Star

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

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 (2)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Bart and Lisa watch "It's a Krusty Kinda Kristmas")

      Lisa: Hey, I thought Krusty was Jewish.

      Bart: Christmas is the time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.

    • (Homer checks the answering machine)

      Homer: Hmm… we didn't have a message when we left. How very odd.

      Machine: (singing) Hello, Muddah, hello, Faddah. Here I am at Camp Granada.

      Homer: Marge, is Lisa at Camp Granada?

      (Cut to Bart in his room with the real answering machine tape)

      Bart: (chuckles) Now to put this tape where no-one will ever listen to it. (puts it in an Allan Sherman case)

    • Nelson: Shoplifting is a victimless crime. Like punching someone in the dark.

    • Marge: (sees a beautiful watch) Oh Homie, look at that watch. I've always wanted a watch like that.
      Homer: Well, maybe someone will get it for you for Christmas.
      Homer's Brain: Now she'll really be surprised when she unwraps that ironing board.

    • Bart: (glum) Milhouse... do you ever worry that your mom might stop loving you?

      Milhouse: What? I'm more worried about piranhas. (getting excited) Did you see that movie where they send a nuclear submarine to fight the piranhas, and one of them swims right down the periscope and bites the guy in the eye, and he goes, "Aah! Aah! Aah!", and that old lady told him it would happen?

      Bart: (unenthusiastic) Yeah, that was pretty good.

    • Homer: I've figured out the boy's punishment. First, he's grounded. No leaving the house, not even for school. Second, no egg nog. In fact, no nog, period. And third, absolutely no stealing for three months.

    • Homer: Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies? For fun? Well, I didn't hear anybody laughing! Did you?! Except at that guy who made sound effects. (Homer makes sound effects and laughs to himself) Where was I? Oh yeah... Stay out of my booze!

    • (The family are getting their Christmas photo taken at the Try-N-Save)

      Bart: (to the photographer) Hey, Ansel Adams, let's go! Take the photo!

      Marge: Oh, wait! Wait, I don't want Maggie's face hidden behind that pacifier.

      (pulls it out; Maggie starts to cry)

      Photographer: Don't worry, momma:I can put a smile on baby's face. (picks up a balloon) Okay, sugarplum, it's time to meet Mr. Funny Voice. (breathes in the air from the balloon) Hello, I... oh, it's just air.

    • (Bart is racing home, so is the family)
      Bart: Gotta change that answering machine tape. Oh God, I gotta change the tape!
      Homer: Gotta change Maggie, dear God, we gotta change Maggie!

    • Brodka: Hey, kid: one more thing. If you ever set foot in this store again, you'll be spending Christmas in juvenile hall. Capisce?.... Well, do you understand?
      Bart: Everything except "capisce".

    • Brodka: I'm calling your parents! Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Simpson? This is detective Don Brodka from Try-N-Save security. That's right, Don Brodka. Your son Bart has been caught shoplifting. Uh huh. Yeah, it's a shame, I know, but...well, try and have a merry Christmas. (Hangs up) They weren't home, uh huh. But I left a message on their answering machine, that's right.

    • Brodka: If i wanted smoke blown up my ass, I'd be at home with a pack of cigarettes and a short length of hose.

    • Krusty: Hey! It's respected private citizen Tom Landry! And South American sensation Xoxchisha -- Xoxchoshe -- Xox -- oh, boy.

    • (At the Try-N-Save, a spoiled boy and his mom buy a copy of "Bonestorm")

      Gavin's Mom: Gavin, don't you already have this game?

      Gavin: No, Mom, you idiot! I have "Bloodstorm", and "Bone Squad", and "Bloodstorm II", stupid.

      Gavin's Mom: Oh, I'm sorry, honey. We'll take a "Bonestorm".

      Gavin: Get two. I'm not sharing with Caitlin!

      (The store employee picks up two copies)

      Bart: (dreamy) That must be the happiest kid in the world.

    • Homer: (Looking at a family portrait where Bart holds up an "I Stink" dialogue balloon behind Homer) Hey, I don't remember saying that.

    • (Brodka catches Bart just as the Simpsons are having their Christmas photo taken)

      Brodka: (jabbing his finger in Bart's chest) I thought I told you, don't return for busted merchandise!

      Homer: What are you doing to my son?!

      Brodka: I'm afraid your son broke the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not steal.

      Marge: That's crazy! Bart's not a shoplifter, he's just a little boy!

      Brodka: Oh sure, now he's just a little boy stealing little toys. But some day, he'll be a grown man stealing stadiums and... and quarries.

    • (A demonstration of "Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge" takes place during the closing credits)

      Carvallo: Welcome to "Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge". I am Carvallo. Now, choose a club. (beep) You have chosen a three wood. May I suggest a putter? (beep) Three wood. Now enter the force of your swing. I suggest "feather touch". (beep beep beep) You have entered "power drive". Now, push 7-8-7 to swing. (beep beep beep)

      (He swings, and the ball ends up in the parking lot)

      Carvallo: Ball is in... parking lot. Would you like to play again? (beep) You have selected "no".

    • Marge: Since I got my present early, I think you should get yours early too.
      Lisa: Bart got a present early? Then I should get a present early! I want a present.
      Marge: Lisa, you have to wait.
      Lisa: (muttering) This is the worst Christmas ever.

    • Gavin's Mom: (seeing Brodka escorting Bart back into the Try-N-Save) Tut, tut, tut, tut. That boy's parents must have made some terrible mistakes.

      Gavin: Shut up, Mom!

    • Homer: (seeing a Time magazine cover with a photo of Ned Flanders superimposed on it, and the caption "Man of the Century") Must have been a pretty slow century...

    • Bart: Milhouse has "Bonestorm"!

      Milhouse: This is great... and all I've done is enter my name! "Thrillhouse".

      (screen shows "WELCOME THRILLHO")

      Bart: (walking in) Say, cool dude, can I play too?

      Milhouse: Uh, uh, it's only a one player game.

      Bart: Then how come it says "Second player score"?


      Milhouse: Mom! Bart's swearing!

    • Santa on TV: So tell your folks, "Buy me Bonestorm or go to Hell!"
      Bart: Buy me Bonestorm or go to Hell!
      Marge: Bart!
      Homer: Young man, in this house, we use a little word called "please."
      Bart: It's the coolest video game ever!
      Marge: I'm sorry, honey, but those games cost up to and including $70. And they're violent, and they distract you from your schoolwork.
      Bart: Those are all good points, but the problem is, they don't result in me getting the game.
      Homer: I know how you feel, Bart. When I was your age, I wanted an electric football game more than anything in the world. And my parents bought it for me, and it was the happiest day of my life. (pause) Well, good night.

    • Marge: Tuck-in time! (singing) All aboard the sleepy train / To visit Mother Goose. Barty's stop is Snoozyland / To rest his sweet caboose.

      Bart: Mom, I'm not a little kid any more! Tuck-in time is lame.

      Marge: (jovially) Well, if loving my kids is lame, then I guess I'm just a big lame.

      Bart: Mom, it's lame to be proud of being lame.

      Marge: Well, life is like a box of chocolates.

      Bart: Mom - no! Mom...

      Marge: You never know...

      (Bart puts a bucket over his head and bangs it for a few seconds)

      Marge: ...what you're going to get...

      (Bart resumes the banging)

    • (Marge opens the refrigerator to find it filled with cartons of egg nog)

      Marge: Homer, didn't you get any milk? All I see is egg nog.

      Homer: 'Tis the season, Marge! We only get thirty sweet noggy days. Then the government takes it away again. (pours some on his cereal)

      Lisa: (choking on her cereal) I think I'm having chest pains...

  • NOTES (3)

    • In the DVD commentary, one of the show's writers reveals the inspiration of this episode came from a time he was caught shoplifting and what a traumatic experience it was.

    • This episode aired on the 6th anniversary of the series.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will stop talking about the twelve inch pianist.
      Couch Gag: Homer finds a bathtub plug on the floor, pulls it out, and everyone gets sucked down the drain.


    • A Streetcar Named Desire
      One of the video games at the Try n' Save is titled A Streetcar Named Death which is an allusion to the play Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire.

    • Mortal Kombat
      During the commercial for Bonestorm, when it shows a game character fighting a tank, that game character is none other than Liu Kang from the Mortal Kombat series.

    • Marge: Life is like a box of chocolates
      This is a famous line from the 1994 film Forrest Gump.

    • Nintendo / SEGA
      When Bart is talking to his conscience about whether or not to steal the game, he sees Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong (Nintendo) and Sonic (SEGA), all characters from video games.

    • Death Be Not Proud
      The name of this episode parodies a sad and true story titled Death Be Not Proud (1949), by John Gunther which took its title from a John Donne sonnet.

    • Bloodstorm
      Bloodstorm (one of the games Gavin mentions) is an actual game. It is similiar to Mortal Kombat and you get to cut the arms, legs, and heads off your opponents.

    • Red
      Guest-star Lawrence Tierney starred in the 1993 film Red, in which he played Louis "Red" Deutsch, a real-life bartender and prank call victim. Red often received telephone calls requesting fake customer names (including Al Coholic and Stu Pitt) and went into hostile fits when he realized he'd been tricked. The bootleg recordings of these calls are the basis of Bart's anonymous prank calls to Moe.

    • Monty Python
      There is a video game in this episode titled Angus Podgorny's Caber Toss. Angus Podgorny was the name of a Scottish character in Monty Python's science fiction sketch. The sketch involved alien blachmanges turning Englishmen into Scotsmen as a means to win Wimbledon. Podgorny, a Scottish kiltmaker who had sold kilts to the aliens so they could turn people into Scotsmen, was the only person left capable of defeating the blachmanges at Wimbledon.