The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 14

New Kids on the Blecch

6
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 25, 2001 on FOX
8.0
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New Kids on the Blecch
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Homer "runs" in the Springfield marathon, but when Bart crashes the end of the race an unruly mob is ready to lynch him. A passing stranger rescues him and offers Bart the opportunity to join a new boy band "Party Posse" as the bad boy. Other members of this new band include, Milhouse, Nelson and Ralph. Using NASA technology to enhance their voices they might just make it. And they will, until it is revealed that their videos and music are rigged to brainwash people into joining the Navy. Their manager goes crazy when the government cuts off his funding, but with a little help from N' Sync, the boys of Party Posse try to save the staff of "Mad Magazine" from certain destruction.moreless

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  • Bart is in a boy band.

    8.5
    In this episode, Bart gets chased by a mob when they find out he cheated in the marathon and is saved by a passing stranger. He offers Bart the opportunity to join a boy band called the " Party Posse" as the band's bad boy. Other kids in the band are Nelson, Ralph, and Milhouse. They use NASA technology to enhance their voices so they might make it. And they do until Lisa finds out that they are really just being set up and used for recruiting people to the Navy. The manager goes insane when the government cuts off the funding and with help from N'Sync they save the staff at Mad Magazine from destruction.moreless
  • Bart's Boy Band

    8.5
    A pretty good episode. Homer, as well as several other men in Springfield, run a race. Bart comes in from nowhere, in a disguise, and wins. Once it is revealed the winner was Bart, a mere child, the crowd is about to hurt him. Luckily a stranger comes {because of course Bart would go with him}. The stranger is L.T. Smash, and he wants Bart to be in a boy band. The boy band is called Party Posse, and consists of Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, and Nelson. They become really popular. One of their videos is on, and Lisa notices something strange. Yvan Eht Noij. What does that mean? Lisa notices that it is a subliminal message saying "Join the Navy," and that L.T. Smash, means Lieutenant Smash.



    Basically, up until the "Join the Navy" parts this is a great episode, I think. Funny parts, good musical parts.moreless
  • Bart joins a boy band.

    9.0
    When a talent agency discovers the musical abilities of Bart, Nelson, Milhouse and Ralph, it scurries to set them up as the next big boy band sensation, complete with a sinister subliminal propaganda campaign in mind: "Join the Navy".. Guest stars N'Sync This episode is really hated for no reason whatsoever. It had a decent plot line with loads of hilarious jokes. With that winning combination, its hard to believe this episode is so hated! You have to love the boys from N'sync and just the boy band parody overall. Really good satire on how the army and navy use the media to recruit people. A pretty good episode. Watch it.moreless
  • A good episode as the kids become music pops stars. This episode started out good, but got messy at the end

    8.4
    After cheating in the Springfield Marathon, Bart becomes the target of an angry mob. He is rescued by L.T. Smash, a boy band creator that wants Bart to be the rebel persona in his newest group. Bart, ready for stardom, joins Milhouse, Ralph and Nelson to form "The Party Posse". After getting some tips from the band 'N Sync, their first single and video debuts. Lisa soon discovers that the song contains hidden recruitment messages for the U.S. Navy. Things become chaotic when the Navy pulls the plug on "Project Boy Band", sending L.T. on a mission of vengeance. The Party Posse must team up with 'N Sync to help capture L.T. and restore order to Springfield.moreless
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    9.8
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Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

*NSYNC

*NSYNC

Themselves

Guest Star

Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick

Himself

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Right before Lt. Smash flips the switch to start the aircraft carrier, it says "De-Commission" for the off position and "Commission" for the on position, but right after he flips the switch, it reads "Museum" for the off position and "Ship" for the on position.

    • In past episodes, Lisa has been romantically linked to every member of the Party Posse except, of course, her brother Bart.

    • The dance N'Sync makes up is: Thrust, Spin, Turn, Pivot, Pout, Jiggy, Jiggy, Robot, Dosee-do and close with a Matrix.

    • Lenny & Carl was convinced into going to the Navy but they already did in episode #3G04 Simpson Tide.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Marge: Thank you so much for saving our son from that murderous mob.
      Smash: Well, thank you for letting me chill in your crib.
      Homer: And thank you for assuming we're hip!

    • Bart: (about L.T.) Do you think he's gonna do something dangerous?
      Nelson: How should I know? Just keep loading missiles.
      Ralph: Pop music is hard work.

    • Skinner: And now, are you adequately prepared to rock?
      Students: Yay!
      Skinner: Silence!

    • (Mad Magazine workers are coming up with ideas for the magazine.)
      Mad Magazine Executive #1: Why don't we call it "Everybody Hates Raymond."
      (The entire room laughs)
      Mad Magazine Executive #2: Well we stayed up all night but it was worth it.

    • Lisa: Cut it out you're a grown man.
      Homer: (Gasps and pouts) I wanna go home now.

    • (Chief Wiggum is starting the marathon.)
      Chief Wiggum: On your marks, get set; now get outta here before I change my mind.

    • Principal Skinner: And from now on anything caught in your zipper will be handled by the school nurse and not me.

    • Homer: Yvan Eht Nioj, you gotta love that crazy chorus.
      Lisa: But, what does it mean?
      Homer: It doesn't mean anything honey like 'Ram-a-lama Ding-Dong' or 'Give Peace a Chance.'

    • Marge: Hey! Grampa's running!
      Lisa: That's not Grampa, dad's just dehydrated!

    • Announcer: And in 1984, Portugal's Carlos Lopes becomes the oldest Olympic marathon runner ever at age 38.
      Homer: 38!? That's roughly my age! Marge! After a lot of thought...I've decided to run the Springfield marathon!

    • Milhouse: The Statue of Liberty? Where are we?!

    • Lisa: But you have recruiting ads on TV. Why do you need subliminal messages?
      Smash: It's a three-pronged attack. Subliminal, liminal, and superliminal.
      Lisa: Superliminal?
      Smash: I'll show you. (opens the window and shouts at Lenny and Carl, who are standing on the corner) Hey, you! Join theNavy!
      Carl: Uh, yeah, all right.
      Lenny: I'm in.

    • Burns: (whips Smithers) Faster, rickshaw driver, faster! (whips Smithers)
      Smithers: Sir, the whip isn't helping.
      Burns: Silence! You call yourself a Chinaman? (whips Smithers again)

    • Homer(running): I can't believe it! I'm actually running a marathon. (clutches his chest) Argh, I hit the wall! This is so painful! (the pain subsides) Hey, I got my second wind! (clutches his chest again) Owgh, another wall, I can't...(pain subsides) Woo hoo! Third wind!

    • Homer: Thirty-eight! That's roughly my age! Marge, after a lot of thought, I've decided to run the Springfield marathon.
      Marge: Oh, please. You get exhausted watching the "Twilight Zone" marathon. [laughs] I'm a regular Billy Crystal!
      Bart: You got that right.

    • Bart: Please Mom? It's always been my dream to be a rock star.
      Homer: And it's always been my dream to get rid of Bart. How many lives must you ruin?

    • Bart: Hellooooo Springfield! Here's a song that your Principal Skinner didn't want us to play.
      Kids: Boo!
      Skinner: That's not true! This assembly was my idea. I like your brand of inoffensive pop-rock.
      Bart: Screw you man! We're gonna play it anyway!

    • Smash: Man, they're gonna be big. And you stood in their way.
      Skinner: No, I didn't. I even came in early and made orange drink.
      Smash: Orange drink? What, do you live with your momma?
      Skinner: SHE lives with ME.

    • Joey Fatone: Those whack invertebrates will sting you... Old School!

    • L.T. Smash: Lisa, now that you know ... I can't let you leave. (sees Lisa walking outside) Dang it!

    • Bart: Dad, L.T.'s gone crazy!
      Homer: Yeah, that's the look!

    • Comic Book Guy (running the marathon dressed as the Flash): No one can outrun the Flash! (falls into a manhole) Curses! One of my super-foes has set a trap!

    • "Let's Re-Up Tonight!" Lyrics

      Had a girl in every port from here to Barcelona.
      But now I'm docked in Springfield, and girl, I'm gonna phone ya.
      Stormed a lot of beaches, but you're the one that I missed.
      Let's get back together, girl! Let's re-enlist!

      So sign me up for a hitch of love.
      Recruit my heart. Four sweet years of love...

      INSTRUMENTAL BREAK (sort of)

      Let's march all day and clean latrines all night. (vocal magic dies)
      Don't bust me down. Let's re-up tonight!

    • "Yvan Eht Nioj" Lyrics

      Oh, say can you rooooooocckk!!

      There's trouble in a far-off nation.
      Time to get in love formation.
      Your love's more deadly than Saddam,
      And that's why I gotta drop da bomb!

      Yvan eht nioj.
      Yvan eht nioj.
      Yvan eht nioj... nioj!

      This party is happenin'.
      It's no mirage.
      So sing it again.
      YVAN EHT NIOJ!

      Yvan eht nioj.
      Yvan eht nioj.

    • "Spell Out What You Mean To Me" Lyrics

      I saw you last night at the spelling bee.
      I knew right then that it was L-U-V.
      I've gotta spell out what you mean to me,
      'Cause I can no longer be... a silent G.

      I've gotta spell out what... (I've gotta spell out...)
      I've gotta spell out what you mean to me...

    • "Special Girl" Lyrics
      Party Posse, we rule the Earth,
      The greatest band since music's birth.
      We love to sweat, and we love to sing.
      We're real funky but non-threatening.
      We're the best band in the world,
      But we'd give it all up for that special girl.
      You're my special girl (Spe-cial girl!)
      You're my special girl (Only you.)

    • Ralph: I'm wearing a bathrobe and I'm not even sick!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Contrary to popular belief, N'SYNC did not provide the voices for Party Posse. Two members of another Lou Pearlman boy band 'Natural' provided some of the voices -- Marc Terenzi for Nelson and Michael 'J' Horn for Milhouse.

    • The last time the MAD magazine building was referenced was in Episode 4F22, "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", when Bart visited their headquarters. The MAD magazine mascot mentions the New Kids on the Bleech [Block], which is the title of this episode.

    • When it first premiered Mr. Burns had the line "Faster Chinaman" while whipping Smithers and riding a rickshaw. Some people found it offensive so the line was changed to "Faster rickshaw driver".

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not buy a presidential pardon.
      Couch Gag: The couch and TV are within the walls of a prison. As a siren sounds, the family, dressed in black and white jumpsuits, attempt to escape by burrowing their own underground tunnels. However, instead of escaping, each family member emerges from their tunnel and hops onto the couch. Homer clicks the TV on with a remote, just as the prison searchlight passes over them.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Bart (pretending to be Italian): I use up all my English!

      Italian actor/director Roberto Benigni said the same thing after winning an Oscar for his film Life Is Beautiful.

    • If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher (music video)

      The scene when the concert takes place on a battleship is taken from the video. Including the scene when Cher sits on the cannon just like what Bart did to the episode

    • When the "Party Posse" raises the tether-ball pole, it imitates the famous statue of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

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