The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 22

Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart helps Grampa recover the fabled Hellfish Bonanza, a buried cache of artwork that Grampa and his platoon brought back from their tour in WWII. But they must match wits with Mr. Burns as he and Grampa are the last members of the platoon still alive.

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  • One of my favorites

    This episode was excellent the whole time, and has easily earned a spot in my top 10. In the episode, one of granpa's old war buddies dies, and when there's only one remaining, that one is the sole possesor of treasure they stole from the Germans back in WWII. And the only two who remain are Mr. Burns and Granpa Simpson. Who will get the treasure first? I really liked how epic the whole story was, especially the last act of the episode. The only thing I disliked was the ending that some rich german gets the treasure, although I did expect Granpa to lose the treasure, just not that way. Overall, an awesome episode. A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpson bart is spending time with grampa and he tells about his days in the war and he tells a story about how his men are going to inhearit a small fortune of priceless art. and him and mr burns goes to the tomb and because one of the last remaing people died. that was part of the group bart starts to belive what grampa is telling him. and decieds to go with him and then mr burns trys to kill grampa and they end up in a big boat chase and bart gets the treasure and thing is the us goverment comes and gives the paintings back to the owner this was a very good ep . one of my favoritesmoreless
  • Raging Abe Simpson and his Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"

    Grampa realizes Bart thinks he is an old coot. But when Mr. Burns is out to get him, he tells Bart the story of the Flying Hellfish, and how he has to outlive Burns and he gets the bonanza. So now it is a race to get to the bonanza between Grampa and Burns. In the end, everything is back to normal when the owner of the bonanza, paintings, comes, and Bart tells Grampa he really loves him.

    I really like this episode, especially the epic tone of the last act. My overall grade for this episode is an a+moreless
  • Good episode

    Bart brings his Grandpa to shcool for grandparents day and Bart thinks his Grandpa is makeing a lot of stuff up, which causes Bart to be embarassed. Abe then gets a letter in the mail saying that Asa has died, leaving him and Mr. Burns the last surving members of their WWII group, the Flying Hellfish. While they rid Germans of an old castle they found valuable paintings and went into a pact in which the last surving member would inherit the paintings all to himself. This was a good and exvitng episode to watch and one of my favorite that deals with Grandpa Simpsonmoreless
  • Grandpa Abe, a grandson's hero.

    I love pretty much everything that is related to World War II and when the Simpsons meet this war I go completely insane (in a good way). This is a very good episode, the plot is rather overdone and seems very unreal (something that will become the norm), but that is not a problem, it is the Simpsons' universe. I usually don't write these reviews about details and facts about the episode because I prefer to just write about what I liked or did not like.

    Something I will always remember about this episode is wicked Mr. Burns dressed as our caring Marge Simpson.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 (2)

    • Music From This Episode
      "Caterpillar (Rabbit in the Moon)" by DJ Keoki. (The track playing in Baron von Wortzenberger's car at the end of the episode.)

    • Goof: The original name the Flying Hellfish was going to be the Fighting Hellfish. There is a mistake which is related to this. The words "Fighting Hellfish" is written on the Hellfish tombstone.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Smithers: They're gaining on us, sir. We'll have to jettison something….. (Burns stares at him) …It's been an honor to serve you, sir. (jumps off)

    • Bart: I'm sorry I cost you your fortune, Grampa.
      Grampa: Oh, the fortune doesn't matter, boy. The important thing is you're safe… Now let's get that fortune!

    • Homer: Where are you two going at this hour?
      Bart: On a treasure hunt.
      Homer: Oh! Can I come?
      Grampa: Only if you're ready to stare danger in the face, put your manhood to the ultimate test, and take…
      Homer: (interupts) Pass.

    • Grampa: So, we sealed up the paintings knowing only one of us would ever look upon them again. Ox was the first to go; he got a hernia carrying the crate out of the castle. Five more men died in the Veteran's Day float disaster of '79. Now, with Asa gone, it's down to me and Burns.

    • Grampa: (pounding on the door) Let me in! Someone's trying to kill me!….Sweet merciful McGillicuddy, you gotta open the door!
      Homer: Who is it?

    • Grampa: Nurse! Someone's trying to kill me!
      Nurse: Okay, we'll do something about that right away. Let's start by doubling your medication!

    • Mr. Burns: There, Simpson, seven gone. As soon as you're in your press board coffin, I'll be the sole survivor and the treasure will be mine.
      Grampa: Over my dead body, it will!
      Mr. Burns: That's precisely the point! Oh, Simpson, can't you go five seconds without humiliating yourself?
      (Grampa's pants fall down with a "boing" sound.)
      Grampa: How long was that?

    • Bart: And then, he claimed he was the one who turned cats and dogs against each other. Why is he always making up those crazy stories?
      Homer: Maybe it's time we put Grampa in a home.
      Lisa: You already put him in a home.
      Bart: Maybe it's time we put him in one where he can't get out.

    • Grampa: Now, my story begins in 19-dickety-two. We had to say "dickety" cause that Kaiser had stolen our word "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles…
      (children laugh)
      Martin: Dickety? Highly dubious!
      Grampa: What're you cackling at, fatty? Too much pie, that's your problem!

    • Grampa: Yeah… well, I may not have a fancy black bathrobe and a hammer like Snooty, but I do have slippers and an oatmeal spoon. Look!

    • Grandpa Muntz: No, I'm not Superman; I'm a judge. Why, just this morning I sentenced my 46th man to death. ..Oh no, 47th.
      Nelson: Wow, 47! I love you, Grandpa.

    • (Grandpa spits)
      Bart: Grampa! I don't mind when you spit at home, but I have to work with these people.
      Grandpa: Oh, jabberjack. Schoolhouse don't put up spittoons, I ain't responsible. (spits again)

    • Bart: That's a bunch of gibberish.
      Grampa: Oh yeah? What do you call this?!
      (Pulls up sleeve to reveal Hellfish tattoo)
      Bart: Wrinkly gibberish.

    • Grampa: (Counting rope tugs) 61...62...63...Ohh, I've left my only grandson at the bottom of the sea to die with no air. (Starts crying) Wait...64! Hot diggity, he found it!

    • Bart: Wow, there really is a treasure. Whatever you do, Grampa, don't give Burns that key.
      Grampa: Here's the key.
      Bart: Oh, figures!

    • Bart: Great story, Grampa. Could've used a vampire, though. Good night.

    • Assassin: Ah, Del Monte. Enjoy them old man...for they will be your last.

    • (Mr. Burns plows through Lisa's room in a cherry picker.)
      Burns: Terribly sorry. Back to sleep, little girl.
      Lisa: Santa?

    • (talking about Grampa)
      Marge: Where are we going to put him?
      Homer: Bart's room.
      Lisa: Bart's room.
      Marge: Bart's room.
      Bart: Dumpster.

    • Grampa: It all happened back in the second World War 2...

  • NOTES (1)


    • Marion Barry
      When Mr. Burns calls Fernando Vidal and says, "It's M.B.", Fernando assumes it's Marion Barry and asks if it's time for another shipment. This is in reference to Marion Barry's arrest in 1990 for cocaine possession, which was caught on videotape.

    • They Saved Hitler's Brain
      This is one of the several Simpsons episodes to reference the 1966 film, "They Saved Hitler's Brain." As a flashback, we see Grandpa Simpson about to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a sniper rifle, saying "Now they'll never save your brain, Hitler

    • Grampa: And you were there, and you were there . . .
      This is a line spoken by Dorothy to her family after her adventure in the Land of Oz. (The Wizard of Oz - 1939)