The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 8

O Brother, Where Bart Thou?

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 2009 on FOX
8.5
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Episode Summary

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After Lisa informs Bart that she and Maggie have a special bond that he'll never know because he doesn't have a brother, he takes a trip to the orphanage to find out what he's been missing out on.

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  • This episode mirrors my life!

    10
    When the Simpsons first started I felt some sort of a connection to them. Like Bart, I am also a male who ONLY has two younger sisters [and like Bart, I am also the oldest].

    I never expected an episode like this though. My sisters have always had a special bond between one another (like Lisa and Maggie) - and as Bart knows, it can sometimes be hard growing up being the only boy in a family mainly comprised of females.



    It was hard seeing Bart go through so much just to share his world with a brother. I used to feel the same way (whilst growing up). I never really said anything though. However, after viewing this episode, I felt compelled to write something as this is the closest I have felt to Bart [even though he is really just a toon].



    Overall, I really enjoyed this episode and it gets a 10/10 from me. It's actually funny that they would write an episode like this, as I guess we are (as a gender) better at keeping our feelings hidden, and it takes a cartoon to show you that other dudes might also feel the same way (LOL!).moreless
  • An excellent episode

    10
    After Lisa informs Bart that she and Maggie have a special bond that he'll never know because he doesn't have a brother, he takes a trip to the orphanage to find out what he's been missing out on. I thought this was an excellent episode. It was way better than that bad episode "Rednecks and Broomsticks." I liked the plot and it was interesting to find out that Bart want to have a brother. As for t he humor, I kinda laughed at some of the part such as Bart used a balloon to create static electricity to power his Itchy and Scratchy DVD, the south park parody, the dream sequence, the last part, and a few more. overall, a perfect episode. 10/10moreless
  • Eh

    7.0
    The first two acts were pretty bad in plot. They had a lot of jokes, and sadly, not all of them worked in execution.



    But the final 2 acts had great plot, but not many good jokes. Weird combination.



    This is one of the rare episodes I wanted to turn off the TV before it even ended, and it pains me to say it. But the last half of the episode made up for the first half, so it evens out in a way I guess.



    On par as 3rd worst of the season so far for me. C+/B- is what it gets overallmoreless
  • wow very nice ep and lol at the south park parody

    8.0
    the couch gag was funny XD

    otto having killed ralph and kenny was good. the fact that he couldn't remember when he killed kenny exactly made it even better.

    my guess is the snowman fps game was suposed to be some kinda nod to mw2. or just random violence like cerial killer X_X.

    charlie was a nice foil as a little brother for bart. it actually makes me miss him. but oh well his dad is enough like a kid to pass. i laughed at the tac tics/birth control joke. much better than when they tried to do something similar with sweet tarts on koth. amazing how bart was able to break that metal spoon in half. shows how mad he was :P.

    a very nice episode i wish more were like this.moreless
  • Good Episode.

    8.0
    When Bart sees that Lisa and Maggie have a special bond, Bart wnats a younger brother. He asks Marge why they can't have one, and she says that they have enough kids, and even if they did have another one, it might not be a boy. Bart keeps trying to get them to have a baby boy, but nothing is working. He soon trys to adopt a baby brother, but he's too young. Then, an orphan named Charlie follows Bart home and they soon have so much fun together. Bart tells Homer Charlie is just his friend, but he tells the kids at school he's his real brother.



    Soon Lisa finds out what Bart is hiding, and she tells Homer. Charlie is sent back to the home, but is soon adopted by a family of girls.



    Overall Grade: B/81%moreless
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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Himself

Guest Star

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

Himself

Guest Star

Cooper Manning

Cooper Manning

Himself

Guest Star

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

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the Springfield Orphanage, the sign on the front of the building says "Adopt American." Also, there is a sign on the wall behind the front desk which says "Love The One You Get."

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Bart is pestering Homer for a brother; Homer is content to have two girls instead because girls are 'easier')
      Homer: Girls are easy. Girls love daddy. Girls make birthday cards with glitter on them. Girls can marry a hockey player and get me free tickets to hockey games. Girls don't steal my lines. And girls never ask me how their body works because I have no idea.
      Bart: You never told me how my body works.

      Homer: Point and shoot.

    • Apu: Lisa, how do you like sharing a bathroom with two brothers?

      Lisa: Two brothers? Bart, who is this kid?
      Bart: He's an orphan. He's like Annie except he's a dude and he hates 'Tomorrow'.
      Charlie: I hate it so much!

    • Marge: Oh look! Bart's made us a five-course, romantic dinner!
      Homer: You had me at 'five-course'... you lost me at 'romantic', but you got me back with 'dinner'.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Homer riding on a lawn chair with balloons attached drinking a beer.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters seeing the living room furniture and electronics dancing to disco music. Homer yells "Hey!" and they all place themselves in their original positions becoming motionless again.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Bart: He's like Annie but he hates tomorrow.


      Bart makes this comment about Charlie. This is an allusion to the book, broadway musical and movie Annie, and one of its famous songs "Tomorrow."

    • Saw V
      The movie Bart and Charlie are watching is Sever Va play on the title of the movie Saw V.

    • Super Mario Bros.
      Two of the brothers together that Bart fantasizes about are Mario and Luigi, part of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. franchise.

    • Unwrapped
      Homer and Lisa watch Under the Wrapper, a parody of Unwrapped, a show on the Food Network that explains how certain foods are made. Marc Summers hosts the show.

    • South Park
      In the scene the boys are waiting for the school bus, Bart is dressed like Stan, Milhouse like Kyle, Nelson as Eric Cartman, and Ralph as Kenny. The latter gets "killed" in an unusual way just like in the Comedy Central series.

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