The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 20

Whacking Day

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • First Appearance: Superintendent Chalmers

    • The week that this episode aired, NBC announced that The Simpsons writer/ producer Conan O'Brien would become the new host for Late Night, replacing David Letterman.

    • The writers were barely able to get the phrase "Gentlemen, start your wacking." past the censors.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will return the seeing-eye dog.
      Couch Gag: The whole family sits on a single chair that's in place of the couch.

  • Allusions

    • 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.