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The Simpsons: Dead Putting Society

In a bout of over-the-top neighborly competition, Homer and Ned Flanders pit Bart and Todd against one another in a miniature golf competition.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 7F08
Airdate: Thursday November 15th, 1990

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: Jeff Martin (1)


Guest Stars
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, various
Recurring
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard
I am not a 32 year old woman


Couch Gag
The family runs in and squeezes in on the couch, but this time Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball II join in as well.




Episode Quotes
(After hanging out in Ned Flanders’ basement and seeing his “perfect” family get along well together, Homer blows up in anger.)
Homer: All right, knock it off!
Ned: Knock what off, Simpson?
Homer: You've been rubbing my nose in it since I got here! Your family is better than my family! Your beer comes from farther away than my beer! You and your son like each other! Your wife's butt is higher than my wife's butt! You make me sick!
Ned: Simpson, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave! I hope you understand.
Homer: I wouldn't stay on a bet!
(Homer has one last gulp of beer and grabs a sandwich.)
Homer: One for the road.

(After some miniature golf practice Bart enters his bedroom and throws his putter on the floor.)
Homer: (Yelling) What are you doing?
(Homer picks up the putter.)
Homer: That putter is to you what a bat is to a baseball player, what a violin is...to the--the guy that--the violin guy! Now, come on! Give your putter a name.
(Homer hands the putter back to Bart.)
Bart: What?
Homer: Come on. Give it a name.
Bart: Mr. Putter.
Homer: D'oh! You wanna try a little harder, son? Come on. Give it a girl's name.
Bart: Mom.
Homer: Your putter's name is Charlene!
Bart: Why?
Homer: It just is, that's why!
(Homer pins up a picture of Todd Flanders.)
Homer: Now, this is a picture of your enemy, Todd Flanders. Every day, I want you to spend 15 minutes staring at it and concentrating on how much you hate him and how glorious it will be when you and Charlene annihilate him!
Bart: Who's Charlene?
(Homer snatches Bart’s putter out of his hands.)
Homer: I'll show you who Charlene is! Now start hating!

(After getting into an argument with Ned Flanders earlier in the day, Homer can’t sleep.)
Marge: Homey, quit tossing.
Homer: Sorry, Marge. But, it’s just that I’m still steamed up about that jerk Flanders. Lousy bragging know-it-all show-off.
Marge: What exactly did he say?
Homer: Get this. He said--Now--He said--Well, it wasn’t so much what he said, it was how he said it.
Marge: Well, how did he say it?
Homer: Well, he--
Marge: Was he angry?
Homer: No.
Marge: Was he rude?
Homer: Okay, okay, it wasn't how he said it either. But the message was loud and clear: Our family stinks!

(Before the championship miniature golf match, the Flanders family pray together.)
Homer: Hey, Flanders, it’s no use praying. I already did the same thing, and we can't both win.
Ned: Actually, Simpson, we were praying that no one gets hurt!
Homer: Oh, well, Flanders, it doesn't matter. This time tomorrow you'll be wearing high heels.
Ned: Nope. You will.
Homer: 'Fraid not.
Ned: 'Fraid so.
Homer: 'Fraid not!
Ned: 'Fraid so!
Homer: 'Fraid not, infinity!
Ned: 'Fraid so, infinity plus one!
Homer: D’oh!

Marge: Homer, I couldn’t help overhearing you warp Bart’s mind.
Homer: And?
Marge: I’m worried that you’re making to big a deal of this silly little kiddie golf tournament.
Homer: But, Marge, this is our big chance to show up the Flandereses.
Marge: I’m sure it is, but why do we want to do that?
Homer: Because sometimes the only way you can feel good about yourself is by making someone else look bad. And I’m tired of making other people feel good about themselves.



Episode Goofs
During the mini golf tournament, the hole featuring Abraham Lincoln contains three golf ball size tunnels in some shots, but in other shots only one tunnel is there.


There is nothing written on Ned's letter when Homer starts to read it but moments later, writing appears.


The sleeves of Ned's sweater momentarily vanish when Homer drags Bart from the contest sign.


Lisa's necklace is momentarily red when she & Bart are meditating.


When Lisa & Bart are at the pool table practicing putting they are using white balls from a distance but they change to colored when seen close-up.



Also the man in the background was mistakenly drawn in front of the hanging lamp.


While perhaps not necessarily an episode goof, it's certainly an error in logic.
Unless we assume the kitchen clock has stopped working, apparently Marge is drawing up the betting agreement between Homer & Ned at 3am.


As was seen earlier in the episode, Bart's window is one that slides from side-to-side, but when Bart is startled by Homer, the window is 4 paned.




Cultural References
Dead Poets Society

The title is a play on the classic Robin Williams film.

Full Metal Jacket

The concept of naming putters is a reference to the 1987 film when the soldiers name their guns. Private Pyle names his Charlene.



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