The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 17

The Heartbroke Kid

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 01, 2005 on FOX
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The Heartbroke Kid
At Springfield Elementary the new vending machine contract is awarded to a company that promises to give half the profits to the school and it is of little consequence whether the snacks are healthy for the children or not. Bart begins taking all of his meals from the vending machine and three weeks later has gained a lot of weight, so much so that he has heart attack symptoms as a result. The X-Ray shows that malted milk balls have blocked his arteries. Despite it all Bart continues to eat junk food. Marge has no choice and holds an intervention, which Bart escapes from, right into the hands of representatives of a maximum security fat camp who take him away. Bart finds himself Serenity Ranch with Kent Brockman, Apu and Rainer Wolfcastle. The first bill from the ranch arrives and Marge decides they need to find a way to pay for it. They open their house up as youth hostel to German tourists. Having a hard time getting through to Bart, Tab Spangler takes him home and shows the horrors his family is enduring on his behalf. Bart finally gets the message and rages against the vending machines and is cured of his junk food addiction, there are three non-refundable weeks of fat camp available for a family member to use. Homer, the obvious choice, is elected to go.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Episode so Hilarious you will not believe!!!!!!

    Springfield Elementary installs new vending machines which proves to be horrible for Bart anyway. The vending machines soon become a big hit with everyone at the school. However, after Bart gets addicted to the junk food he begins eating at all times of the day and every day. Homer and Marge soon send him to Fat Camp where he is miserable. However, Marge and Homer have a hard time paying for the camp so they rent the house out to Germen tourists.Bart refuses to stay at the camp until his mentor shows him Homer and Marge's struggle. So he loses all of the weight he gained and destroys the vending machines at the school. All and one of the best episodes I have seen!!!!moreless
  • This eppy was so funny, I almost peed my pants and threw up laughing!!

    The school starts putting up vending machines filled with junkfood all around, and Bart is one of the lucky people to get to them. He starts replacing every meal with these things, and "Three weeks laaatteeeeerrr",(that was my fave part!) the whole intro theme is played, but Bart is like very fat, and he took a long time to get out of the school, and he almost broke the pavement with his skateboard, etc., that was, like, my fave part of the show! Anyways, his family sends Bart later into a fat camp, then meanwhile, Homer and Marge open up their house as a youh hostel for German tourists. Then, I can't remember what happened after that, but then Bart is not fat anymore, their house isn't a hostel anymore (the Germans left), the vending machines are gone, and there are a few more weeks of fat camp left, and Homer gets to go, obviously, because he is so fat! This was one of the funniest episodes ever, and I soo want to see it again!! I seriously peed my pants laughing!!!!moreless
  • Scammer and Z Dog, Weight Gain, and Albert Brooks.

    I could go on and on about this episode, but I won't. Simply put, its one of those episodes that the series manages to churn out less of each season, but when they do, its pure gold.

    From the opening scene where the school staff is selecting the machines, and a well written apppearance of Old Gil "The kids write down what they want, put it in this box, and Old Gil drives to the store, and they get it the next day!" to the gem of a like of "Way to go dude, you're only 5 cents from a tasty snack or beverage!" its genius. The story does fall a bit flat in the second act where Homer is taking Bart to the camp itself, it shines in the third act where the Germans are introduced. It also has one of the best credit audio tracks in season history where Tab & Homer fight over a cheeseburger.moreless
  • A funny episode poking fun at the current "vending machine in schools" issue. Parents/teachers/fac members who are concerned about the health of our students should check this episode out for a good laugh, even if you dislike "The Simpsons".moreless

    Bart is so addicted to the school's new vending machines that he is forced to attend "fat camp" for three weeks. I was totally bored to death one Friday night and came upon this episode on my local UPN station. I found this episode to be a fine parody of the growing vending machine/obesity problem in america\'s elementary schools. Krusty the Clown even does a funny episode making fun of Bart's predicament. In addition to a good laugh, this basically is to show that vending machiens are bad for kids. So concerned parents, teacher, and school faculty members who work at schools with vending machines: watch this episode and see what'll happen to your students! And those anti-junk food people should watch this to make fun of their junk food addicted friends.moreless
  • Bart's been to Kamp Krusty. Bart's been to military camp (okay, school). Now it's time for Bart to attend...Fat Camp!

    My favourite part of this episode was the parody of the simpsons own theme song/opening credits where it takes forever for Bart to come out of th school and crushes Homer's car in the process of dropping down on the way into the house. The opening credits are funny the first time you see them but then you get used to it and it was good to have some variety, even if it was halfway through the episode. The vending machines in the school were hilarious and really added to the humour of the episode. This is a classic season 16 episode.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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks

Tab Spangler, Jacques

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Spangler: Wake up, fatties! Stop dreaming about butter! Dream calories are real calories!

    • Homer: Marge, can you cut back on your makeup budget?
      Marge: But I already use crayons for lipstick and fireplace soot for eyeliner.
      Homer: So that's where my soot went.

    • Homer: Little kids aren't supposed to have heart attacks! They're supposed to skin their knees, or poke their eyes out, or get smothered by cats!

    • Spangler: Son, I'm gonna tell you a story about a young man who came here and failed. Well, that is the story. I shouldn't call a sentence a story. Anyway, it's you!

    • Marge: When people used to ask me how you were doing I said 'at least he's got his health'…now you've got nothing!

    • Homer: Lisa take a picture of me with all the milkshakes! Come on everybody get in there. Hurry! They're melting.

    • Kent: Kent Brockman Channel Six News. I gorge on kettle corn during the sports and weather.
      Spangler: We know, your side fat's starting to spill over to channel five and seven. I hope you're getting three paychecks.

    • Spangler: Young man there's something I have to show you. In one hour. We have to drive there. No talking along the way, it'll hurt the drama.
      Bart: Can I just--
      Spangler: Shh, drama!

    • Spangler: Come on let's look for your dad. And if we have some time maybe we'll look for mine.

    • Spangler: Folks you have three weeks left on a non refundable weight loss treatment, so if anybody else in the family wants to use it, use it now.
      Homer: But who else needs to lose weight. Maggie, Grampa, my seldom seen half brother Herb?…What are you all looking at me for?

    • Spangler: Mr. Simpson, you're suffering from PSI. Poor self esteem. That's not I! (yelling) Every sign is wrong!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Now when Bart goes home he's going to have to follow a program of strict diet and exercise. Dammit, I will not bury another patient!
      Marge: Doctor, you're a pediatrician!
      Dr. Hibbert: Yeah, but my head's been somewhere else this year...

    • Ralph: It's fun to obey the machine!

    • Spangler: What are you eating now?
      Homer: Cheeseburger.
      Spangler: You're a catastrophe. Let me have half of it.
      Homer: I don't wanna.
      Spangler: I just want the cheese, I don't want the meat. I do want the meat.
      Homer: Here's a corner.
      Spangler: Let me just bite it, don't rip it! Let me have the whole thing, you'll get some later.
      Homer: You're a selfish jerk.
      Spangler: I've smelled it, it has to be eaten!
      Homer: But it's my burger!
      Spangler: I'm driving. I'll kill us!
      Homer: Fine, I'd rather die!

    • Bart: I've learnt that even made up corporate shills can lie to you.
      Homer: Did you hear that Foxy, the Fox Network fox!

    • Marge: Homer, maybe you could ask Mr. Burns for a raise.
      Homer: Even better, I'll ask him for my job back!

    • Homer: Marge, no machine could ever replace you. Why you're th-- or could it? (daydreams) Marge bot I'm ready for some lovin! (end daydream)Why did I give her a gun?

    • Tab Spangler: Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, your boy is going to need one thing. Tough Luck!
      (Points to a sign saying "Tough Luck.")
      Marge: Don't you mean "Tough Love?"
      Tab Spangler: Tough Love. Of course, this has never made sense! The sign shop guy lied. Stanley! You didn't question the work "luck?" Now look what we've got!

    • Superintendent Chalmers: It's not my birthday, Seymour. You know I'm a Sagittarius.
      Principal Skinner: Really? I'm a Libra. There's a lot of compatibility there.
      Superintendent Chalmers: Skinner, be gay on your own time.

    • Homer: Do the Bart Man! Do the Bart Man!
      (Bart groans)
      Homer: Why won't you dance? Dance!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the first time we have seen Gil in a while. He was last seen in Bart-Mangled Banner.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Kitty-Kill Condition"
      Scratchy decides to visit Itchy the cardiologist. He fills out a form on the many things that have happened to him over the years when Itchy comes in and says they'll start with a stress test. Scratchy starts to run on a treadmill at a normal pace, until Itchy starts turning up the speed. Itchy then hikes it to an uphill incline, and opens up a trap door with alligators waiting to eat Scratchy, only to then have to jump through rings of fire. The screen displays "S.O.S." and flatlines; Scratchy has a heart attack and dies. Itchy then cuts Scratchy's body open and pulls out his heart, which begins to run around the room. Itchy catches up to it, jams it with a stick of dynamite, and sews it back into Scratchy. When Scratchy awakes, Itchy hands him a photo of himself in bed with Scratchy's wife, causing him to have another heart attack. Fast forward to the funeral with Scratchy's family watching over him, and the dynamite finally goes off, killing the family and leaving them in a heap of bones.

    • When they run through the theme song with Fat Bart, he goes through the side walk. After he passes Jaques, Bleeding Gums Murphy is supposed to be there, since he died in the show, he is not.

    • This is Albert Brooks's sixth guest appearance on the show and as with some of his other appearances, he is credited on screen as "A. Brooks." He also actually does two voices in the episode. For a brief second when "Fat-Bart" is skateboarding, we here the character of Jacques yell.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch is outdoors but mounted on the end of a catapult. The family members sit in their usual places on the couch, which is then launched by the catapult sending the family off into the distance.

    • Homer's half-brother Herb is referenced to for the first time since "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?"


    • Candy: Copkillaz
      You may have to look hard for this one: During the montage where Bart is eating from the veing machines, one of the candies he eats is called "Copkillaz", a play on Ice-T's infamous song "Cop Killer".

    • Homer: Do the Bart Man! Do the Bart Man!
      Homer is referencing Bart Simpsons' rap song "Do the Bartman" from 1991.

    • Homer: 99 Luftballons
      The song that the Germans make Homer dance to for a tip is "99 Luftballons" by the band Nena.

    • Episode Title: The Heartbroke Kid
      The episode's title is a take off of "The Heartbreak Kid," which is the name of several movies, songs and WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels.

    • n/a: The Shawshank Redemption
      When Bart pulls the Krusty poster off his wall to reveal a hole with a stash of candy, this is a parody of the film The Shawshank Redemption.

    • Rainer Wolfcastle: I'm basking in your pain as I'm robbing you of life.
      Rainer says this as he is throwing out ice cream, making reference to Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

    • Bart: When I raged against the machine, money rolled out!
      Bart is making reference to the 90's band Rage Against The Machine.

    • Spangler: Were not the ghosts of Christams past Bart. They can see us.
      Spangler is referring to the famous movie and play "A Christmas Carol."