The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 17

The Good, the Sad and the Drugly

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart resorts to being a good Samaritan to win the affections of a 5th grade girl named Jenny. Meanwhile, Lisa is medicated on "happy pills" to help cure her depression triggered by the world's bleak future.

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  • pretty good, bart has had so many girlfriends now!!!!!

    bart has now had so many girlfriends i don't even really pay attention to how good the plot is i just focus on if the girl is worthy.

    Bart meets a good girl who is volunteering at the retirement home when Bart is forced by Homer to visit Grandpa. He falls in love with this girl, revealed to be a fifth grader named Jenny. However, to please her, Bart must also become a good boy. He finally wins her as a sort of girlfriend. But Milhouse is angry with Bart; he was suspended for a prank Bart was actually the heart of and Bart promised he would visit him every day; however, Bart was so caught up with Jenny that he completely forgot!

    So Milhouse tries to break them up by trying to get Jenny to see what a bad boy Bart really is.

    Meanwhile, while doing a report on Springfield in 50 years, Lisa is shocked to discover that global warming will lead them to destruction before 50 years in the future. Feeling depressed, Lisa's grades start slipping and Principal Skinner suggests putting her on happy pills.

    As i said before, i usually just focus on whether Bart's girlfriend is worthy, and this time Jenny is not. She is pretty hot, but completely without character, sort of like Lisa was in the early series before she was really established. Just a goody-two-shoes who Bart will do anything for. Laura Powers, Jessica Lovejoy, Gina Vendetti, and Nikki McKenna; these girls are so much more interesting and more suited for Bart.

  • a good episode

    in this episode bart has another girl friend this time it's a hot older one and Bart pretent to be a good guy to get her and mean while lisa thinks about how the future is going to be like and then took some pills and sees happy smiles and it's like she is going crazy and then that wuss milhouse comes and tries to ruin bart and jenny and that nerd ruin its and Bart gets dump and later bart insted of getting Jenny back he gets milhouse back insted hope next time bart will get another girl friendmoreless
  • It was better then most of the season

    After rewatching this, it is in fact better then most of season 20, but very low on laughs.

    Bart meets a girl named Jenny that turns him good. But Milhouse is mad at him because he took the fall for a prank that was all Bart. So Milhouse makes Bart tell Jenny the truth. In the end they break up and Bart's friendship is reconciled.

    Lisa does a report on Springfield in 50 years and discovers it will REALLY suck. She becomes depressed and is put on happy pills.

    This was a pretty decent episode, the plot was nice, but when I watch Simpsons I want to laugh a lot, which I didn't, so it does lose some pointsmoreless
  • A episode that could have its moments.

    When Bart and Milhouse pull off a prank at Springfield Elementary, Milhouse takes the fall and gets suspended from school. Homer forces Bart to sign in under Homer's name and visit Grampa at his retirement home, and Bart soon becomes smitten with a delightful 11-year-old volunteer named Jenny (guest star Anne Hathaway). Hoping to impress Jenny, Bart offers to volunteer at the home. But as Bart and Jenny's relationship progresses, Milhouse emerges from his suspension and is less than thrilled about Bart turning his back on him for a girl. Meanwhile, Lisa does a report on what Springfield will look like in 50 years and becomes very depressed at the dreary outlook. A concerned Marge takes Lisa to a psychiatrist who diagnoses Lisa with Environment-Related Despair and puts on her on an antidepressant to cure her eco-blues.moreless
  • first wow the drugs lisa was on was pretty cool guess why they call them happy pills

    ignoritall lmao best joke ever i loved the smiley faces coming out of everything like when wiggum got shot or the tree. lisa going to see the same therapist was also a nice treat. lmao at the dog eating the pills and maggie trying to get him to stick his tongue into the fan after it didn't work with lisa. maggie is so much like bart XD. milhouse is a true friend and i feel bad that bart didn't visit him DX. too bad bart didn't get to keep the girl though. it would of been weird if bart became good around her and then acted like a brat around everyone else. but it still would of been nice to see bart have another friend. also when did bart change his cellphone? lol at the ending when bart and milhouse do a prank with a zamboni machine mr. skinner - bart simspon! skinners boss- Skinner! priceless. also the n's fallin down and looking like 3 zzz's was good along with the y joke hitting willies head. oh and damn willie i didn't know you were a player that chick was hot.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

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway


Guest Star

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode marks the first usage of the grounding, since Fraudcast News in Season 15. It would also be the first of four references towards being grounded over the course of Seasons 20 and 21. The other episodes include Waverly Hills 9021-Doh, The Devil wore Nada, and Postcards from the Wedge. The latter episode would ultimately feature the series' first ever true grounding, and the first to stand for the rest of the episode.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode the letters fall off the school that say "Springfield Elementary School". Three "n's" hit Willie in the head and land on the ground sideways representing "z's" when they knock him out. But there aren't enough "n's" in the school title to accomplish this.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jenny: Are you saying our entire relationship is based on lies?
      Bart: Not our entire relationship. Just the stuff I said.

    • Bart: (crying) I can't believe Jenny dumped me.
      Homer: Now, now, boy. Girls come and go, but you'll always have your family.
      Bart: Ahhhh! (starts sobbing loudly)
      Homer: (also starts sobbing) You're right! You're right!

    • Ned Flanders: Reverend, would you like to try some of my devil's food cake?
      Reverend Lovejoy: Is that really devil's food?
      Ned Flanders: No, it's angel's food with chocolate on top.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Mmm-hmmm, I thought so.

    • Marge: Oh, Bart. I don't care that this is just an act. You've finally become the boy every mother dreams of--A girl!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not mock teacher's outdated cell phone.
      Couch Gag: The family hacks through a jungle to get to the couch only to discover a hostile ape family in their likeness already using the couch.
      Billboard Gag: Luigi's: Home of the Breadstick.


    • Office Space

      Homer's comment, "Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays!" is a line from the 1999 comedy Office Space.

    • The Green Mile
      The scene where Groundskeeper Willie is walking Bart down the hallway saying, "suspended boy walking," is an allusion to the 1999 film The Green Mile.

    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1966 classic Clint Eastwood Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.