The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 13

The Debarted

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2008 on FOX
8.9
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The Debarted
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Bart teams up with a new kid at school, Donny, to pull some pranks, but when the hijinks go haywire, Groundskeeper Willie tips Bart off to the fact that there might be a rat amongst his friends. Meanwhile, Homer becomes attached to a loaner vehicle while his is in the shop being repaired.moreless

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  • A new kid at school named Donny (Topher Grace) tells Principal Skinner all about Bart's upcoming pranks

    10
    Bart teams up with a new kid at school, Donny, to pull some pranks, but when the hijinks go haywire, Groundskeeper Willie tips Bart off to the fact that there might be a rat amongst his friends. Meanwhile, Homer becomes attached to a loaner vehicle while his is in the shop being repaired. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Simpsons". It's got a very well written and classic storyline, excellent humor, and it's one of the best episodes of Season 19. A lot of people usually bash on Simpsons episodes but this episode actually very good reviews and it's probably one of the best reviewed episodes for Season 19 and I'm glad pretty much everyone gave this episode a perfect score because it's true. Topher Gracve was also fantastic in this episode as the voice of Donny who happens to the rat that gives Principal Skiinner the scoop about Bart's upcoming pranks which makes the Skinner the reason that he is a step ahead of Bart. The subplot with Homer renting a totally awesome van while his old car is getting repaired was a hilarious well done plot as well. Too bad that it was brief subplot though. There were only like maybe 2 or 3 scenes of the subplot and that's it but it was still hilarious. Bart finding out that Donny is the rat was good to see. It was also very nice how Bart and Donny became friends and vowed to see each other again soon. Overall, a perfect episode of "The Simpsons"... one of Season 19's best. 10/10moreless
  • A Modern Simpsons Classic.

    10
    This was probably the last good episode of the series. For one thing, usually when they do a parody of someone or something, it is not good or mediocre at best. But this was really funny and I loved it.



    What I liked:

    * The part when Homer and Bart were in the rental car and they were watching the air conditioner battle the heater, then they added the rear window defogger and started laughing when a tornado formed.

    * The music they played during the montage scences. It made the episode that much better.

    * The fact that for the most part, this episode didn't suck like the others in this season did.



    Overall, I think that this is the last good episode of the whole series. 10/10moreless
  • a good episode

    8.5
    in this episode bart meets his rival donny who is voice by none another then Topher Grace and then it turns out that he is a sitch agent who is working for skinner and busts bart and meanwhile Homer's car gets destroy and drives a cool loner car and decides to keep it and then he wants his old car back and the back to bart he find out about donny's mission and decide to use the combo of diet coke and Mentos to blow him up and then the episode ends with the ending scene of the Departed and Ralph poped out of no wheremoreless
  • A Modern Simpsons Classic.

    10
    On first viewing it's a sharp Departed parody/homage. Even better though is that it's a memorable episode and every time it's on I can't help but re-watch the whole thing.



    It helps your enjoyment slightly if you've seen "The Departed" beforehand, but as with the best Simpsons parodies it still works as a solid story if you've never seen it.



    Best of all it's funny (particularly the 'magnet' gag), intelligent and doesn't feel like you've seen it all before - a common complaint with more current Simpsons episodes.



    An episode to show old fans that tell you 'they don't make them like they used to.'moreless
  • Great offering

    10
    In this episode, Bart learns there is another awesome prankster, named Donny. Him and Donny become friends. But something isn't right when every time they try to pull a prank on Skinner, he is somehow one step ahead of them.



    Willie tells Bart that there is a rat in his group, consisting of himself, Nelson, Milhouse, and Donny. Bart automatically assumes it is Milhouse because "You have always been tired of living in my shadow."



    Later, Bart helps Skinner put up a sign, and he then realizes that the true rat is Donny, who explains he had to do this because he lives alone, with no parents, nobody. They walk off, vowing they might see each other again.



    This is probably one of the best episodes of the season, I think. Humor is pretty spot on, an interesting plot {sub plot was bad but it was brief}.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

Topher Grace

Topher Grace

Donny

Guest Star

Terry Gross

Terry Gross

Herself

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Bart busts in on Martin in the darkroom, some of the photos that get ruined are of: a flying saucer, The Loch Ness Monster, and a shot of Elvis with his arm around Martin.

    • Homer's loaner resembles a 2008 Cadillac CTS, the 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

    • Music from this episode
      "Cruisin'" by D'Angelo (Played during the scene when Homer seduces Marge in his loaner car.)
      "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys (Used during the montage scenes that parody The Departed)

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: The art teacher is fat, not pregnant.
      Couch Gag: A pair of hands assembles a portrait of the Simpsons on their couch using a Lite Brite. The finished portrait lights up and is briefly animated when Maggie sucks on her pacifier.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • LOST
      Near the end of the episode Bart asks Donny what he's gonna do, and Donny replies, "The same thing I always do. Survive." This is an allusion to a line by Sawyer in the Season 4 premiere episode of LOST titled "The Beginning of the End".

    • The Joy of Sex
      The book that Lisa is reading in the beginning is titled The Joy of Sax, which parodies the title of the 1972 illustrated sex manual, The Joy of Sex.

    • Principal Skinner: Sorry to plop, plop on your fizz, fizz.
      This is a reference to the commercials for Alka-Seltzer ("Plop, plop, fizz, fizz--oh, what a relief it is").

    • Homer: (Singing) Driver of a loaner car...
      Homer sings a parody of the Yes song "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

    • The Departed
      The title of this episode as well as many of the plot points including the rat that Ralph points out at the end of the episode, are parodies from the 2006 Martin Scorsese film, The Departed.

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