The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 11

Wild Barts Can't Be Broken

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When Homer and his friends trash the town after the baseball team wins a championship, Springfield's children are blamed for the damage. The angry kids start a secret radio broadcast that reveals the adults' secrets to the world.

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  • It is curfew time!

    I can't believe the people in Springfield can be so mentally backwards. They seem like a really overdone version of the popular american town. Since when curfews solve anything? They don't, they are simply a means to extend the cntrol of the governemnt over its citizens starting when they are realy young. Children need love and protection, not this kind of middle ages tactics.

    The sole idea of Homer trashing bart's and Lisa elementary gives this episode some crediblidty bt at the same time I cant believe things arent figured out sooner by the respective people involved in this.

    Homer once again the star and this time I really wish he wasnt.moreless
  • Can't keep a Bart down.

    When Homer just had to get hammered, Bart and Lisa had to pay the price. While Homer and his friends were celebrating their baseball team's win, they head to the school and trashed it. However, Bart and Lisa get the blame, as well as all of the kids in Springfield. With a curfew, the pressure mounts on them. When they try to break the curfew, Wiggum has them doing embarrassing work. It was the lost straw ion their minds, and it didn't take long for a plan to be developed. With a microphone, tube set, and a radio transmitter, they were ready to spread the secret about the adults, like they saw in the film they were watching. When word gets out, the adults wants to get the kids. However, the kids had to have a stand-off with the adults, only to have Abe and his friends get involved. The elders gets the last laugh when a curfew for those under 70 is passed.moreless
  • Wild Barts

    This is a great episode.

    One night, Homer and his friends get drunk and trash the school. The next morning, the kids get blamed for it, so a new curfew is set up. The kids are fed up, so they decide to put on a radio show reaveling the adult's secrets.

    I think this is a very funny episode with a good plot. I loved The Bloodening movie that the kids snuck out to see, and when Homer came back from the carnival. And to top this great episode off, there is the catchy Kids, adults song!1!!

    Overall Grade: B++/85%. Another great Season 10 episode.moreless
  • Adults Kids

    Bart, Lisa, and the rest of the kids fight back against an unfair curfew after the school is trashed. They begin to reveal all of the adults' secrets. Will the curfew end?

    A good episode, my favorite part is the end of act 2, and the song at the end of the episode. The only thing I wish was different was I wish it was revealed it was homer and his friends who trashed the school. I would have liked to see the kids' reactions. But other than that, this is a near perfect episode, definitely gets an A+ In my mindmoreless
  • Springfield gets a curfew and the children fight back!

    This episode had a plot that many shows take advantage of, and to this day I have never seen this storyline been not well executed, and this episode is no exception. My favorite part of this whole episode was when the kids annouce on their radio show that they have much more dirt on Homer Simpsons, and that he eats out of the Flanders's garbage. Just a wonderful plot filled with laugh out loud jokes that will keep you laughing until even after the episode is over. Two words should be used to describe this episode: series classic. At the very least its one of the best of season 10.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

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper


Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • If you notice the crowd during the 'Adult Kids' number, you'll notice one person that can still be out after the under 70 year-old under curfew law. That person is Mr. Burns.

    • The title cards from Homer's imagined movie are as follows:
      (Homer's Night Out)
      "Hmm...perhaps I'll wet my whistle."
      (Scene Missing)
      (Homer is seen dancing around a Maypole with three women.)
      (Missing Scene)
      (The End. An Ethanol Picture)

    • The sign under Moe's TV when the Isotopes are winning says, "5 DRINK MINIMUM TO LOOK UP HERE".

    • On the part where Homer said that he hated the Isotopes because they broke his heart. He was referring to what happened in "Dancin' Homer."

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Homer: Seeing the crew at Moe's watching the Isotopes)Turn it off, they're losers!
      Lenny: Where have you been Homer? The 'Topes have been on fire!
      Moe: Yeah, that sniper at the All-Star Game was a blessing in disguise.

    • Chief Wiggum: Enjoying the movie, kids? (the kids yell, and within moments are all put into a police van) Listen up, punks. The moral of the story is, the adults always win! (the kids turn their heads to face the police chief, and their eyes begin to glow. Wiggum yells in terror, until realizing it's just the reflection from a police light Eddie had turned on0
      Chief Wiggum: For crying out loud, Eddie. You scared the hell out of me.
      Eddie: Sorry, chief. (turns off the light and snickers to himself)

    • Kent Brockman: The controversial measure passed by a single vote.
      Marge: Mmmm you really should have voted Homer.
      Homer: Meh, wouldn't have made a difference.

    • Kent: Well, here's a die-hard fan. Sir, your beloved Isotopes are about to make history. Any thoughts?
      Homer: Uh-huh, it's a great team, Kent. We never gave up hope … I wanna thank Jesus, and say hi to my special lady Marge. We did it, baby! Whoo! Whooooo!
      Kent: The inspiring words of a fan who'll always root, root, root for the home team. Even if they lose this ga…
      Homer: They lost?! Those losers!
      Kent: No, no, no, the game's not over.
      Homer: Whoo! Not over! Whoo!
      Kent: There you have it … whoo.

    • Lisa: With a little middle relief, they might even make the playoffs!
      Homer: You'll be in your cold, cold grave before that ever happens.
      Marge: Homer, would you please stop talking about the children's graves?

    • Game Announcer: That'll bring up Babe Ruth the fourth. 'Course he's no Babe Ruth the third, but the franchise is very excited about this illegitimate great-grand Bambino! And what's this? He's pointing to the right-field bleachers, probably at a dying little boy. (Points towards Bart)
      Bart: Mom, am I dying?
      Marge: No, of course not!
      Lisa: (Whispering) Is he, Mom? You can tell me.
      Marge: No!

    • Bart: But you gotta support the team, Dad! They're already threatening to move to Moosejaw.
      Marge: That's right! Like my mother always said, you've got to stick it out, even if you picked the loser … (looks at Homer picking at his ear with his finger)… to the bitter end.

    • Homer: Stupid Isotopes. Hurry up and lose so we can get outta here!
      Lisa: Why do you hate the Isotopes so much, Dad?
      Homer: Because I loved them once and they broke my heart. Let that be a lesson to you, sweetie. Never love anything.
      Lisa: Even you?
      Homer: Especially me.

    • Nelson: You adults are always giving orders!
      Skinner: Well, you kids are always disobeying them!
      Milhouse: Adults treat kids like children!
      Kirk: Kids treat adults like cash machines!
      (Start song)

      Kids: Adults!
      Adults: Kids!
      Kids: Adults!
      Adults: Kids!
      Kids: Adults!

      Rev. Lovejoy: Kids! You've had your and we've had our fill!
      Homer: Yeah! You're only here because Marge forgot her pill!
      Marge (Embarrassed) Hrmm.
      Wiggum: Kids! You're all scandalizing, vandalizing punks!
      Krusty: Channel-hopping, Ritalin popping monkeys! (But please don't quit the fan-club!)

      Marge: Kids! I can nag and nag till my hair turns blue!
      Ms. Krabapple: Kids! You bum my smokes and don't say thank-you.
      Rod and Todd: Why can't you be like we are? (Gets hit with tomatoes)
      Adults: Oh what a bunch of brats!
      Moe: We outta drown you just-like-cats!

      Bart: Adults! You run our lives like you're Col. Klink!
      Nelson: Adults! You strut around like your farts don't stink!
      Lisa: Adults! Such a drooling, snoring, boozing, boring bunch!
      Surly, meanie, three-martini lunchers!
      Ralph: I just ate a thumbtack!

      Milhouse: Adults! Always telling us to-
      Abe: Shut your traps!
      Jasper: Eh…We're all fed up with you whippersnaps.
      Old folks: We're trying to get some sleep here; it's almost 6:15!

      What's the matter-
      Adults: Don't you treat us like-
      Kids: Why can't you just lay off-
      Old folks: What's the matter with-
      Everyone: KIDS… TOO… DAY!

    • Lisa: And guess who's been practicing medicine without a license?
      (Dr. Hibbert gasps)
      Lisa: That's right, Homer Simpson.

    • Bart: So that's it for tonight!
      Homer: Well, at least they've done my part.
      Bart: And there's plenty more on Homer Simpson.

    • Homer: So who won? The losers?
      Bart: No, they lost.
      Homer: Ha, ha. Losers.

    • Milhouse: We gotta spread this stuff around. Let's put it on the internet!
      Bart: No! We have to reach people whose opinions actually matter!

    • Crazy Old Man: Stop kicking that can, my pills are in there. Hey, I don't kick your things. When you're breathing from the machine I don't go and kick it. Oh great, now it fell in the sewer. Now I'm gonna sue. Get ready for the lawyers.

    • Homer: If kids are so innocent, why is everything bad named after them? Acting childish, kidnapping, child abuse ...
      Bart: What about adultery?
      Homer: Not until you're older.

    • Kent Brockman: This is Kent Brockman broadcasting living room.

    • Homer: (to Lisa) Hello, big Maggie.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2000 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music.

    • Blackboard Joke: Sherri does not "got back".
      Couch Gag: In an homage to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), the family ride rodeo-like on the couch, waving hats, as the floor opens and, in an overhead shot, the couch falls down to the ground.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • The Little Rascals
      The scene where all the kids walk through a backyard underneath a fence with the dog behind them is an allusion to the show The Little Rascals. Even Milhouse's hair is done like Alfalfa.

    • Say Anything
      During the town meeting Otto holds up a boom box much like John Cusack's character from the 1989 film Say Anything.

    • Male TV Character: You robbed me of my manhood!
      Female TV Character: That's petty theft!

      The same joke was used in a 1997 episode of "Newsradio" called "Led Zeppelin Boxed Set." Catherine (Khandi Alexander) posted a digitally altered picture of Bill (the late Phil Hartman, who was also a frequent guest voice on "The Simpsons") on the Internet that made him look, well, less masculine. Bill said to her, "You robbed me of my gender!" Catherine replied, "Petty theft."

    • When Lisa first turns on the radio, we hear, "…a date which will live in infamy…" This is part of the speech that US President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

    • Bart writing "Sherri does not 'got back'" on the blackboard is a possible reference to the Sir-Mix-A-Lot rap song "Baby Got Back." The phrase "Baby got back" roughly translates to "She has a curvaceous posterior."

    • The classic movie snack bar jingle "Let's All Go to The Lobby" returns in this episode (it was last used in the Season 5 episode "Burns' Heir.") It premiered as a trailer in 1957 in movie theaters (and drive-ins), and this time it is sung by a chorus instead of Mr. Burns.

    • The title is a parody of the 1991 classic film Wild Hearts Can't be Broken.

    • Bart: Milhouse, do you see what's on channel six?
      The television show that Milhouse is watching when Bart calls him about The Bloodening is clearly Teletubbies, a show on public broadcasting intended for infants.

    • The movie featured in this episode pays homage to Village of the Damned, a film adaptation of the John Wyndham novel The Midwich Cuckoos.

    • Homer: "Hitler is a jerk, Mussolini" ... "Now it doesn't work"
      Adolf Hitler only had one testicle. That added to the fact that he was despised resulted in many mocking rhymes like this one that children and soldiers used to sing:

      "Whistle while you work,

      Hitler is a jerk.

      Mussolini bit his weenie

      Now it doesn't work."

    • The "Kids" song near the end of the episode is a parody of a song from Bye Bye Birdie.