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The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 11

The Bart Wants What It Wants

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2002 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Bart Wants What It Wants
After giving up the Olympic torch that Homer has stolen, the family stops in at a carnival being held at a private school. Bart comes to the aid of a young girl being bullied. The girl is the daughter of Rainier Wolfcastle and she invites Bart to come to her house sometime. Bart goes to Greta's home and has a great time. The Wolfcastles come to the Simpson home and Greta expresses her interest in Bart, although he is a little slow on the uptake. On Bart's next visit he brings Milhouse. Greta invites Bart to her school dance, only Bart finds out that Skinner is going to be performing stand-up comedy and he can't resist. Skinner's act bombs, much to Bart's delight. Working with the theory that "women are easy, state capitals are hard", Bart breaks up with Greta. For revenge Greta starts hanging out with Milhouse. She then joins her dad for a film shoot in Toronto. Bart asks the family if they can go to Toronto. At Paramountie Studios Bart finds Greta only to find out that she interested in either Bart or Milhouse, so they both join the Canadian Olympic Basketball team. Back in Springfield, Skinner's act still sucks.moreless

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  • great

    what i liked- "hey butler, stop butlering yourself" "would that if i could, sir", greta was a nice character, bart trying to win her back after he discovers she is interested in milhouse now, etc.

    it was OK. it is a bart's girlfriend episode but it of course has elements none of the others had, and it had some nice moments i liked. greta as a whole was a decent character and it is kind of a shame she has not been in a speaking appearance since. B or so as my final grade, i think is fairmoreless
  • Bart gets another girlfriend

    The Simpsons go to a fair at a private school, and Bart meets Rainer Wolfcastle's daughter, Greta. They become friends, but Greta is in love with bart, and he is too oblivious to notice. When she wants to go out one night, Bart skips the date to watch Principal Skinner do stand up comedy. Great now goes out with Milhouse, and Bart is extremely jealous.

    This was a decent episode. There were some funny parts: Homer stealing the torch, Nelson bullying the butler, Moe's impersanatinon and Skinner doing comedy. But other than those scenes, this episode was kind of boring.

    Overall Grade: 80%/Bmoreless
  • Bart likes Rainer Wolfcastles's daughter.

    This episode had a very overused plot as we saw in previous seasons with Bart liking Jessica Lovejoy and the Power's girl ( cant recall her name right now). However, this episode still remained to be fresh as Bart and Milhouse fight for Greta's love. It was both funny and sad to see two friends torn between a girl that they care about. Lastly, the Canada culture parody really saved this episode from being a downer, and I have to say that I was very very pleasently surprised with this episode, and im sure that you will be too. B+moreless
  • This episode takes the cake!!! It had some of the best one line jokes in the history of TV

    Greta Wolfcastle (Reese Witherspoon) gets a crush on Bart, and the whole family begins enjoying the royal treatment her father, Rainier, provides them. After getting used to the lifestyle of the rich and famous, the Simpsons' privileges are revoked once Bart bores of Greta and breaks up with her. Trying to lure Bart back, Greta pretends to have a crush on Milhouse to provoke Bart's jealousy. Her plan works, but when Greta takes Milhouse to Canada with her for a movie her father is in, Bart loses it and lures his whole family to come to Canada as well. While on the set, Bart confronts Milhouse and they get into a fight, crashing into sets and ruining props. Greta's plan, clearly worked, but Bart's attempts are unrequited as she loses interest in both of them.moreless
  • Crazy Little thing Called Love!

    Bart falls for a girl who is a daughter of a famous movie star. But doesn't have any real feeling for her until, he breaks up withy her. When Milhouse shows, up all bets are off. It's not a grest episode, not among the top 10. Bart and Milhouse fought over him in the finale, but in the end, both boys loss. I like the voiceover by Reese Witherspoon. She adds class to her character. the opening moments when Homer has stolen the touch is first class. they should have made an episode out of that scene. Smell Ya Later!moreless
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

Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck


Guest Star

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Greta Wolfcastle

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


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Bart and Milhouse fight in a manner very similar to the way they did in worst episode ever, over the comic book store (their first love). They also fight to the same music.

    • When Bart and Greta are playing Scrabble, Greta spells out: boyfriend, kiss, adore, romance, us love and desire. Bart spells out oblivious. Also, how did Greta get seven turns, and Bart get one turn.

    • There is no way that Bart would be able to call a celebrity just by dialing their number. There would be a number of security measures before actually reaching the other line.

    • Goof: If you pay attention you will see that the Olympic rings are shown upside down.

    • Rainer Wolfcastle's new movie is titled 'Undercover Nerd'. This is likely a reference to the episode "Day of the Jackanapes", where Wolfcastle begs for a job, even if it requires playing a nerd in a film.

    • Pay close attention: when the Simpsons arrive in Toronto, the first three passengers getting off the bus are (in order): a Mountie, a hockey player, and Sasquatch (aka "Big Foot").

    • When Homer is complaining about the Olympics pre-empting his favorite shows Marge says "Every four years…" Since 1992 the Olympics have been held every two years since the summer and winter Olympics are no longer held the same year.

    • when Gretta shows Bart Itchy and Scratchy with audio commentary, its actually picture in picture. Audio commentary usually involves just voices that can be heard over the show.

    • In one scene, Wolfcastle's car takes up two lanes, but in another, it is small enough to fit on the sidewalk by the Simpsons house.

  • QUOTES (22)

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • This is the first episode where a character goes to Canada, which was greatly hyped in advertising for this episode on Canadian stations, although some American channels were more focused on Reese Witherspoon as a guest voice.

    • Maggie is seen playing with a bunny rabbit with one ear
      which is the character Bongo from Matt Groening's weekly comic strip "Life in Hell".

    • Blackboard Joke: The Giving Tree is not a chump.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and forms a kick line. They are joined by chorus girls, jugglers and then the living room wall rises into the air as the camera pulls back revealing a show biz spectacular that also features magicians, balancing elephants and trapeze artists.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Milhouse's "Wha'zzuuuup!" comes from a series of Budweiser beer commercials.

    • Bart: Wow, this bus station is the birthplace of Paul Schaeffer!

      A quick reference to the bandleader on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

    • Moe says that some people think he looks like Macaulay Culkin and then puts his hands to his cheeks in an imitation of Culkin's famous scream from Home Alone.

    • One of the films being made in the Canadian studios is called "Canadian Graffiti," which would seem to be a take on the name of the 1973 George Lucas film "American Graffiti."

    • When Greta is showing Bart the Wolfcastle's house, we see a room furnished with the props from "The Incredible Shrinking McBain." This is an allusion to the 1957 science fiction film "The Incredible Shrinking Man," in which the hero is contaminated by a radioactive cloud and pesticide, and begins gradually shrinking, and progressively gets smaller and smaller throughout the movie.

    • Wolfcastle: "And the geeks shall inherit the Earth"
      A mild reference to the band Rush, who's lead singer Geddy Lee provides the vocals for the song "Take Off" used twice in this episode. The quote refers to the first line of the 20 minute masterpiece "2112" which starts "And the meek shall inherit the Earth" and that phrase in itself came from the Bible.

    • Blackboard: "The Giving Tree is not a chump."

      "The Giving Tree" is a popular children's picture book that depicts an apple tree's aid to a young boy as he grows to a man. It was written by Shel Silverstein.

    • Rainier Wolfcastle: "Remember when I said I would eat you last? I lied" [Eats sausage]
      In the movie "Commando," Arnold holds a bad guy by the leg off a cliff and gets some information out of him. When he's done, he says, "remember when I said I would kill you last? I lied." and drops the bad guy off the cliff. ("I let him go" is Arnold's next line).

    • Episode Title: "The Bart Wants What it Wants"
      This is taken from the name of a controversial 1992 interview with Woody Allen conducted by Newsweek magazine in which he stated, as to questions about his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, "The heart wants what it wants."

    • Principal Seymour Skinner; Closing music: The theme song; Skinner's material
      Skinner's performance is similiar to one Jerry Seinfeld would do. The Seinfeld theme song provides the closing music for this episode.