The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 20

Whacking Day

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Everyone in Springfield is excited for Whacking Day, but as the holiday approaches, Lisa condemns it as violent. Whacking Day is a decade-long tradition which calls for the townspeople to beat snakes to death with sticks. Lisa decides to save the snakes with the help of Whacking Day's honorary MC, Barry White, who uses his sonorous bass vocal style to lure the snakes to safety, where no one can whack them.moreless

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  • perfect

    what i liked- Barry White's appearance and him helping Bart and Lisa, "Gentleman, start your whacking!", "Evil homer" scene, "They should call this book Johnny Deformed", the plot as a whole is really nice, the ending, Skinner tricking Bart, Nelson and the bullies in a closet, "Keep stuffing your shirt with dirt till i get back", etc.

    good episode written by my favorite writer of the simpsons, John Swartzwelder. has a lot of funny moments and a good plot. A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons its the anual waking day that takes place everyyear they go around and wack and kill the snakes around sprinfield. and lisa is tired of this happening so she wantes to do something about it . and bart is kicked out of school because of a sprank he did and marge has to home shcool him. and so bart decides to help lisa and they get the voice of barry white he gusses stars in this show and he sings and the ground shaking gets the snakes to go in the simpsons house and they dont die this was a good epmoreless
  • Barry White was an amazing guest star, but the whole plot of the storyline was a little unbelievable. I mean Bart learning are you nuts or a day to Whack snakes?? Come on.moreless

    Everyone in Springfield is excited for Whacking Day, but as the holiday approaches, Lisa condemns it as violent. Whacking Day is a decade-long tradition which calls for the townspeople to beat snakes to death with sticks. Lisa decides to save the snakes with the help of Whacking Day's honorary MC, Barry White, who uses his sonorous bass vocal style to lure the snakes to safety, where no one can whack them Guest star: Barry White as himself

    Barry White was an amazing guest star, but the whole plot of the storyline was a little unbelievable. I mean Bart learning are you nuts or a day to Whack snakes?? Come onmoreless
  • Whacking day. An excuse to beat up the Irish

    I'm part Irish, and I take no offence to that. In fact, this is my 7th favourite episode of The Simpsons. Whacking snakes, Barry White, Bart expelled, and an excuse to beat up the Irish. I would love to see newer episodes tailored after all of the episodes of Season 4. Ah Well.
  • A little to goofy in parts, but still a classic.

    The people of Springfield are getting ready for Whacking Day, an annual event where people chase down and beat snakes to death with sticks. Homer is very excited, so much so that he's actual quite nimble and in shape as he trains for the upcoming festivities.

    Meanwhile, Bart has been expelled from school for a prank that injures Superintendant Chalmers. Bart is home-schooled by Marge and it is during his schooling he and Lisa learn Whacking Day is a sham and was originally organized to beat up on the Irish.

    The day comes and the snake hunt is on. Bart and Lisa learn snakes are attracted by sounds and use their stereo and Barry White's vocals to bring all the snakes into the house for safety. The kids convince the townspeople Whacking Day is bad and the snakes are set free.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

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

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

Barry White

Barry White


Guest Star

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Barry White is singing and Lisa is playing bass, Lisa is first playing right handed, in the next scene she is playing left handed, and then returns to normal.

    • Apu announces that there is a snake hidden in the store. The first person to find it wins a free Squishee.

    • The Springfield Christian School sign reads, "We Put the Fun in Fundamentalist Dogma".

    • At the episode's end, Nelson and Jimbo get emotional in the civic defense shelter, where they and their two bully buddies have been the whole show. LOOK CLOSELY at Kearney's face; you can see stubble around his mouth. This is one of many gags throughout the series that he is much older than a typical (or any) elementary school student should be.

    • Goof: At Olde Springfield Towne, Marge and Bart learn that the first "Whacking Day" was in 1775, but toward the end of the episode, Bart says that "Whacking Day" started in 1924.

    • Bob Woodward is the author of The Truth About Whacking Day.

    • Matt Groening once said that he feels they crossed the line by having Lovejoy making up quotes out of the Bible.

    • "Whacking Day" is on May 10th.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Tractor: Come on, Bart. Ride me.
      Bart: I better not. (The tractor clucks in chicken at Bart)
      Chicken: He's insulting both of us.

    • Principal Skinner: So, what's the word down at 1 School Board Plaza?
      Superintendent Chalmers: We're dropping the Geography requirement. The children weren't testing well. It was proving to be embarrassing.
      Principal Skinner: Very good! Back to the 3 R's
      Superintendent Chalmers: 2 R's come October.
      Principal Skinner: Hmm. What do you think of the banners?
      Superintendent Chalmers: Nothing but transparent toadying.
      Principal Skinner: They were the children's idea. I tried to stop them.
      Superintendent Chalmers: It's always the children's fault, isn't it, Seymour?
      Principal Skinner: Yes, yes it is, sir.

    • Marge: Bart, get dressed for school. I expect you to be in your seat when the bell rings. (chuckles) I bought a bell.
      (later in the garage classroom, the bell Marge installed rings very loudly, scaring both her and Bart)
      Marge: (shrieks) I think I'll unplug that.

    • Lisa: How can you people turn on snakes after all they've done for you?
      Grampa: I'm an old man, I hate everything but Matlock. Ooh, it's on now.

    • Lisa: If the snakes were in here we could protect them.
      Bart: According to this, snakes hear by sensing vibrations in the ground. So, if we put our stereo speakers on the ground and play something with a lot of bass, those snakes will be in here like Oprah on a baked ham.

    • Miss Springfield: Gentlemen, start your whacking!

    • Homer: Well Marge, should I whack slow or fast?

    • Principal Skinner: May I interest you in a jello brick, sir? There's a grape in the center.
      Superintendent Chalmers: Well, I'm not made of stone.

    • Barney: (whacking invisible snakes) Snakes! Snakes everywhere!
      Lenny: You gettin' ready for Whacking Day?
      Barney: What's Whacking Day?

    • Nelson: Imagine...a school out there with no bullies.
      Jimbo: Science geeks not getting beat up. Kids using their lunch money for food.
      Nelson: I can't take it!

    • Choir: Oh Whacking Day!
      Oh Whacking Day!
      Our hallowed snake skull-cracking day!
      Boy: We'll break their backs
      Gouge out their eyes
      Their evil hearts we'll pulverize!
      Choir: Oh Whacking Day!
      Oh Whacking Day!
      May God bestow His grace on thee.

    • Homer: Just squeeze your rage into a bitter little ball and release it at an approprate time. Like that day I hit the referee with a whiskey bottle. Remember that, when daddy hit the referee?

    • Marge: It's about a boy who goes to war. His hand is deformed in an accident.
      Bart: Deformed? Why didn't you say so! They should call this book "Johnny Deformed''?

    • Evil Homer: I am evil Homer, I am evil Homer, I am evil Homer, I am evil Homer.

    • Bart: Beans beans the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot.

    • Ralph: What's a battle?
      Principal Skinner: Hahahaha, lets go.
      Superintendent Chalmers: Did that boy say what's a battle?
      Principal Skinner: No he said What's that rattle, it's about the heating duct.
      Superintendent Chalmers: Hmm, it sounded like battle.
      Principal Skinner: I've had a cold, so--
      Superintendent Chalmers: Oh so you hear r's as b's?

    • Nelson: I want you to keep filling your shirt with crud until I get back.
      Milhouse: Yes, sir.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: (Reading from bible) And the Lord said, whack ye all the serpants which crawl on their bellies and thy town shall be a beacon unto others. (Long pause) So you see Lisa, even God himself endorses Wacking Day.
      Lisa: Lemme see that.
      Reverend Lovejoy: (Puts bible behind him) ...Mmmmmmm, no.

    • Mayor Quimby: And now, to open this year's festivities, here's our grand marshal, the Prophet of Love, Larry White.
      Barry White: No, it's Barry White.
      Mayor Quimby: No. it says here Larry White.
      Barry White: I know my own name.
      Mayor Quimby: Well, we'll just see about that.

    • Bart: Ladies and gentlemen! Whacking Day is a sham! It was originally conceived in 1922 as an excuse to beat up on the Irish.
      Old Irishman: 'Tis true. I took many a lump, but 'twas all in fun.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The truth about whacking day -- by Bob Woodward: If one pays close attention, in one scene we see Bart reading a book with the preceding title and author. Bob Woodward is the name of one of the reporters who helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, and apparently he is revealing the seedy origins of whacking day in this book.

    • Grampa: I'm an old man. I hate everything but 'Matlock.' Oooh! It's on now!
      Matlock is stereotypically the elderly's favorite TV show, and is referred to many times by Grampa and his friends.

    • Lee Harvey Oswald
      The Itchy & Scratchy cartoon is a reference to the Lee Harvey Oswald shooting, as depicted frame for frame in the film JFK. Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly shot Kennedy. Two days later, Lee was being transfered to a Texas jail, live on TV, with newsreporters and photographers around him. A Texas club owner named Jack Ruby ran in from the crowd and shot Oswald.