The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 11

The Bart Wants What It Wants

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (Milhouse and Bart have a fight and disrupt a curling match)
      Female Announcer: Two young Yankee Doodles have turned this match into a dandy.
      Male Announcer: Both our viewers must be thrilled.

    • Greta: I'm looking for someone more masculine.
      Milhouse: I told you, I don't know how that scrunchy got in my hair!

    • Greta: I can't believe he dumped me!
      Wolfcastle: In my movies, this is where I would go berserk.
      Greta: Dad, this isn't a movie!

    • Homer: (about Rainer Wolfcastle's SUV) What kind of mileage does it get?
      Rainer Wolfcastle: One highway, zero city.

    • Homer: Ouch! I sat on something sharp!
      Rainier Wolfcastle: That's just Lara Flynn Boyle.
      Homer: laughs I have a boil on my ass.

    • Homer: (giving Bart advice about women) Never give them nicknames like Jumbo or Boxcar, and always get receipts. It makes you look like a business guy.

    • Bart: I dunno dad, what if she's still mad at me?
      Homer: Listen to me, son. No one loves a quitter, so you go over there and win her back!
      Bart: But she might say no!
      Homer: Oh I quit, there's no convincing you. I'm gonna take a nap.

    • Bart: Milhouse… Greta!? Well no one has to draw me a picture.
      Milhouse: Oh, but I did (hands Bart picture)
      Bart: Greta is this how it is?
      Greta: Yes, except he kissed me in the eye.

    • Lisa: Mom isn't there anything vegetarian?
      Wolfcastle: Hahaha Homer, I see your daughter is one of those whale kissing moon maidens.
      Homer: Hehe, yeah one time she... oh she's looking at us… be cool!

    • Homer: Hey Marge, watch me burn Flanders. Ned Flanders bids fifty dollars. Hehehe.
      Announcer: And the winner of the hundred dollar bill is Ned Flanders…
      Homer: OOHHH!

    • Wolfcastle: Leave me a message after the beep...BUT DON'T BE A MESSAGE MONSTER HOGGING UP ALL MY TAPE!

    • Wolfcastle: (consoling his daughter) There, there ... let my muscles hug you.

    • (as Skinner is stealing from the private school science room)
      Lisa: I know we need school supplies, but this is just stealing.
      Skinner: Welcome to Dick Cheney's America!

    • Bart: Let's Rama Llama these Ding Dongs!

    • (Arriving in Canada)
      Marge: It's so clean and bland. I'm HOME!

    • Wolfgang Puck: To the Puckmobile!
      (Batman theme plays)

    • Skinner: How come you always run out of tardy slips before you run out of permission slips?
      Nelson: How come you suck?
      Skinner: I lack confidence.

    • Homer: Canada? Why should we leave America for America Jr.?

    • Milhouse: I can't believe we're on the Canadian basketball team!
      Bart: Yeah, it's just that easy.

    • Homer: They have free health care!
      (Homer gets hit by a car and flies in the air)
      Homer: I'm rich!

    • Lisa: I will NOT be a Gamecock!

    • (Nelson takes the butler's hand and hits him with it)
      Nelson: Hey butler, stop butling yourself!
      Butler: Would that I could, sir.

  • Notes

    • 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

    • 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.