The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 13

Radio Bart

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 09, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

On his birthday, Bart receives a "Superstar Celebrity" microphone that transmits sound to an AM radio. Bart decides to use the device to play a prank on the town and places the radio deep inside a well, using the microphone to pose as Timmy O'Toole. But later, when Bart gets stuck in the well himself, the town decides to leave him there as punishment for playing the prank.moreless

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  • An absolute classic.

    On his birthday, Bart receives a "Superstar Celebrity" microphone that transmits sound to an AM radio. Bart decides to use the device to play a prank on the town and places the radio deep inside a well, using the microphone to pose as Timmy O'Toole. But later, when Bart gets stuck in the well himself, the town decides to leave him there as punishment for playing the prank.

    Overall, this episode was hilarious, and the part with homer choking bart made my day

    Overall a 9 out of 10moreless
  • Bart Falls Down A Well

    It's Bart's Birthday, so Homer needs to get him a present. He sees an advertisement for a microphone radio thing. He gets it. Bart doesn't like it so much, but soon he discovers he can play fun pranks on people, like convince Rod and Todd he is God, and convince Homer aliens are invading. But, he goes too far, and pretends he is a little boy trapped in a well. Soon Lisa discovers the boy is Bart. Bart tries to undo this by getting his microphone out of the well. But, he falls in. Now there really is a boy in the well but nobody cares because Bart tricked everyone.

    This was a really funny and well-done episode. One of season 3s bests, for suremoreless
  • Bart uses a microphone/radio kit to fool gullible Springfielders into thinking a sweet boy named Timmy O'Toole is trapped inside a well. Bart gets his comeuppance when he gets trapped inside the well himself and the townspeople learn they've been punked.moreless

    While seasons 1 and 2 gave us plenty of great episodes, this - in my humble opinion - is the first "classic" one (since the pilot, anyway). I say that because "Radio Bart" truly encapsulates the essence of Springfield: a close-knit community filled with lovably insane people prone to charitable decency and mob rage with little provocation, with strange Hollywood connections. For those of us who pine for "classic Simpsons" episodes, this one has just about everything. Homer is portrayed as a bumbling but loving father who'll go to great lengths to get Bart a present and rescue him from the well. Bart is a brat, but he's our brat, it's fun to watch in action, and you can see why his family loves him (even though you can also see why everyone else in town would just as soon as keep him in the well). Lisa and Bart's relationship is close, even if they annoy each other a lot. Basically, all the characters are their "classic-era" selves. Plus, there are great little moments throughout - Bart's comedy of disasters of a birthday party, Bart punking the Flanders kids, Homer thinking aliens have invaded, "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well," "I Do Believe We're Naked" by Funky C Funky Do... the list goes on and on. We get to see a number of secondary characters in action, plus we get a glimpse into the kind of community that Springfield is. "Radio Bart" isn't over-the-top outlandish. It isn't too preachy. It's just an everyday slice of Americana, except much, much funnier.moreless
  • Classic Simpsons Episode.

    It's Bart's birthday, and he has his party at Wall E Weasel's. but all of his presents stink. Martin gives him a sweater and hat outfit, Patty and Selma give him a labler, and Homer gives him a microphone and radio. At first, Bart hates it. But then he finds out you can pull many pranks with it. When Bart puts a radio down a well, he pretends to be Timmy O Toole and says that he's trapped down a well. Springfield is now going crazy over Timmy O Toole. Everyone has their own method on how to get him out. But then, Bart falls down the well and now nobody will save him, because of the prank. Thanks to Sting, Bart gets dug out of the well.

    This is a very funny episode. My favorite part was the "We're Sending our love down the well song."

    Overall Grade:A/95%moreless
  • this was a good ep of the simpsons

    in this ep of the simpsons bart recives a superstar microphone for his birthday and he uses it to play pranks on everyone since it tramits to am radio. and he prtends to be a boy trapped down in a well name timmy o tool and it gets the whole towns attention and including some celberties and they come to find out it was a hoax and they get angrey thing is bart really does fall down the well and this time the town does not care till he is rescued at night after his family were worring. this was a good epmoreless
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




Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • The headline that the reporter is working on says "Town to Well Boy: "No More Free Food'"

    • Krusty's "birthday pals," spent $8 each to have his/her name quickly scrolled (in very small font) across the screen.

    • Sign at Wall-E-Weasel's: We cram fun down your throat!

    • Names on Krusty's buddy list:
      Reagan Gray, Paul Greenville, Jim Gregor, Harriet Hartman, Mike Himes, Julie Hirsh, Janet Hopkins, Cara Hunter, Gracie Jensen, Loretta Kangas, Marilyn Katz, Ken Keeler, John Lanzetta, Lorna LeFever, Marle Lichterman, Iris Lowe, kim Madriga, Cammie McGovern, Bill McLain, David Moulton, Mary myron, Nigel Nelson, J.P. Patches, Ted Phillips, Randy Plut, Brody Reed, Kevin Reilly,Pete St. George, Casey Sanders, Matthew Schneider, Patrick Semple, Emma Shannon, Bart Simpson, Larry Stone, Beth Summerlin, Kate Sulberg, Dale Thomas, John Travis, Eric Van Buerden, Patrick Verrone, Lee Wallace, Jay Weinstein, Chris White, Jay Wiviot, and Henry Yeamans.

    • When all the townsfolk dig the hole to rescue Bart, you can see they managed to dig around a Triceratops skeleton, buried pirate treasure and a UFO with an alien skeleton inside.

    • Present at the "We're Sending Our Love down the Well" recording session include: Troy McClure, Scott Christian, Stephanie the Weather Lady, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Mayor Quimby, Krusty, Princess Kashmir, Sting, Sideshow Mel, McBain, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Lance Murdock and the Capital City Goofball.

    • At the site of the well: a vendor sells ''I survived Timmy O'Toole Getting Trapped in a Well" T-Shirts, a man sells "Timmy's Baby Teeth--$6 per bag", a sign on the well reads "Admission $2.00", and there's a hot dog stand, a 'Games" stand, and a Ferris wheel.

    • Lisa reads the magazine "Non-Threatening Boys," which is the same magazine she read in the episode "Bart's Dog Gets an F."

    • The video games seen at Wall E. Weasel's include: Larry the Looter, Time Waster, Coffee Fiend, Touch of Death, and Comic Shop.

    • The song that replaces "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well" at number one is "I Do Believe We're Naked" by Funky C. Funky Do.

    • One of the names in Krusty's Birthday Buddies was J.P. Patches, a real life clown.

    • McBain wore his gun at the recording of ''We're Sending Our Love Down The Well.''

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Bart: You know, I've done a lot of bad stuff through the years. I guess now I'm paying the price. But there's so many things I'll never get a chance to do--smoke a cigarette, use a fake ID, shave a swear word in my hair... (begins to cry)

    • Homer: It's not our fault, we didn't want the boy, he was an accident!
      Marge: Homer!!!
      Homer: Um, could you edit that last part out?
      Kent: Mr. Simpson, we're live coast to coast!
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Bart: Look, I'll level with you; there is no Timmy 'O Toole, it was just a prank I was playing on everybody.
      Lou: Well you sure fooled us, kid.
      Eddie: Hey I've got an idea for a prank. Let's go home and go to sleep. He-he-he.

    • Willy: Outta my way! Look out ya horse's ass!

    • Bart: Rod, Todd, this is God!
      Rod: How did you get on the radio?
      Bart: What do you mean "how did I get on the radio?" I created the universe, stupid kid.
      Todd: Forgive my brother, we believe you!
      Bart: Walk through the wall; I will remove it for you! (bumps) later…ha, ha, ha!

    • Homer: Mmmm...chocolate!...D'oh! Mmmm...chocolate!...D'oh! Marge! We need some more vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream!

    • Homer: Oh, there's only one can of beer left and it's Bart's!

    • Wal-E-Weasel: Hey there, I hear it's your birthday, how old are you?
      Bart: Well, I'm...
      Wal-E-Weasel: That's great! Would you like us to sing you a special song?
      Bart: Hell no!
      Wal-E-Weasel: You've got it, ready Señor Beaverotti?
      Beaverotti: I'm-a-ready! And a one, and a two!
      Song: You're the birthday, you're the birthday, you're the birthday boy or girl!

    • Bart: I'm here for my free birthday sundae!
      Guy: Eat it and get out!

    • Homer: That little Timmy is a real hero.
      Lisa: What makes him a hero dad?
      Homer: Well he fell down the well and ... can't get out.
      Lisa: How does that make him a hero?
      Homer: Well, it's more than you did!

    • Marge: Sting, you look tired. Maybe you should take a rest.
      Sting: Not while one of my fans need me.
      Marge: Actually, I don't know if I've ever heard Bart play one of your albums.
      Homer: Shhhh. Marge, he's a good digger!

    • Chief Wiggum: I'm afraid we've got a budget problem, Marge. Your boy picked a bad time to fall down a well. If he had done it at the beginning of the fiscal year, no problemo.

    • (Volunteers offer to help Marge and Homer with Bart's predicament in the well.)
      Falcon Man: Grasping the child firmly in his talons, Socrates here will fly him to safety! Just watch.
      (The falcon is released and flies away) I don't think he's coming back.
      Sea Captain: With this hook, and this hunk of chocolate, I'll land your boy. And I'll clean him for free.
      Professor Frink: Although we can't reach the boy, we can freeze him with liquid nitrogen, so that future generations can rescue him.

    • Lisa: Dad, can I have some money to buy Bart a birthday present?
      Homer: Here you go.
      Lisa: (Counts the money) Dad, this is $110!
      Homer: Oh, sorry. (Gives her the whole wallet)

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less).

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Cat Splat Fever." Dedicated to Timmy O'Toole, the short features Scratchy, who finds a note in his bedroom that reads "Good-Bye Cruel World." Looking out the window, he sees Itchy jump down a well in the backyard. As Scratchy descends into the well to save Itchy, he sees Itchy sitting on a brick. Scratchy desperately tries to stop his fall but fails, landing in an alligator's jaws. Now a harp-playing cat angel, Scratchy rises from the well, only to have Itchy shoot him in the head.

    • Bruce Springsteen was originally asked to appear in the show. But after being turned down, the show got a hold of Sting who gladly agreed.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not carve gods.
      Couch Gag: The family rushes in and bounces to different spots.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Jaws
      One of the people offering to pull "Timmy" out of the well is a fisherman who is a reference to Quint, played by Robert Shaw in the 1975 film Jaws.

    • War of the Worlds
      One of the first pranks that Bart pulls with his microphone is a fake alien invasion a la Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast.

    • Mr. Microphone
      The TV ad for the Superstar Celebrity Microphone was inspired by the Ronco Mr. Microphone ads of the 1970's.

    • Ace In The Hole
      The majority of the plot for this episode is taken from the 1951 film Ace In The Hole.

    • Homer: That's all I can stand, I can't stands no more!
      The line Homer tosses out is an homage to the line said by the title character in Popeye.

    • Beverly Hills Cop
      Axel Foley's theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop plays as Bart descends down the well.

    • Chuck-E-Cheese
      Wall-E-Weasel's is a take-off of the Chuck-E-Cheese's family-themed pizza restaurants, complete with entertainment from robots depicting animal characters that were part of the restaurant's cast, arcade games and, pizza.

    • Bart: Help! I fell inside the well!
      Bart's falling down the well refers to a little girl named Jessica McClure who fell down into a well in 1987. Some men of Springfield gather to get him out just like the community did that rescued the little girl.

    • J.P. Patches
      J.P. Patches, one of Krusty the Clown's "birthday pals," was a children's TV show host, played by Chris Wiedes, in Seattle, Washington.

    • Milli Vanilli
      The band Funky-See Funky-Do spoofs Milli Vanilli, a band who lip-synched their hits until the fraud was discovered.

    • USA For Africa
      The "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well" charity song to raise funds for Timmy O'Toole parodies the USA For Africa song "We Are the World"