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The Simpsons: Bart vs. Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving at the Simpson household, but the festivities come to a halt when Bart won't apologize for burning Lisa's detailed centerpiece and ends up on the streets and on the evening news at a homeless shelter.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x7
Production Number: 7F07
Airdate: Thursday November 22nd, 1990

Guest Stars
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, various
Greg BergGreg Berg
voiced Rory, Homeless Guys
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 Gag:
I will not do that thing with my tongue.

Couch Gag:
Abe sleeps on the couch & is startled awake when the family runs in.

This episode introduces the characters

Jacqueline Bouvier
She was seen in a flashback in Season One's Moaning Lisa but she's her regular character design in this episode.

DJ's Bill (right) & Marty (left) of KBBL.
They were first heard in Season Two's Bart Gets an "F" but this episode they are seen for the first time.

This episode is The Simpsons first direct self reference (the first & more subtle one being in Krusty Gets Busted).
While watching the parade Bart suggests they should use characters in the past 50 years. Homer tells him if they used flash-in-the-pan characters the parade would turn into a farce.
Unseen by either of them a Bart Simpson balloon passes by the parade route.

The Bart Simpson balloon did indeed appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1990 but was retired in 1993 after it split a seam.

Episode Quotes
Bart: Who the hell is that?
Homer: Bullwinkle.
Bart: Who? Wait a minute, who's that?
Homer: Underdog, don't you know anything?
Bart: It wouldn't hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last fifty years.
Homer: Bart, this is the tradition. If you build a balloon for every flash in the pad cartoon character, you'll turn the parade into a farce. (Bart balloon shows up on the television)

Homer: And lord, we're especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream. Anyway, we'd like to thank you for the occasional moments of peace and love our family's experienced. Well, not today, you saw what happened! Oh lord, be honest! Are we the most pathetic family in the universe or what?
Family: Amen.
Selma: Worst prayer yet.

Kent Brockman: Oh we have lots of names for these people. Bums, deadbeats, losers, scums of the earth, we'd like to sweep these people into the gutter, or if already in the gutter, to some other out of the way place. Oh we have our reasons. They're depressing, their ragged clothes, they're crazy, they smell bad. So every year on one conscience salving day, we toss these people a bone. A turkey bone. And that's supposed to make it all better.

Homer: Alright Bart, that's it! Go to your room! Now!
Bart: Okay, I'll take some white meat and some stuffing to go and send in the pumpkin pie in about twenty minutes.
Homer: I said now!
Bart: Mom do I have too?
Marge: Yes you do! I hope your happy Bart! You ruined Thanksgiving!

Episode Goofs
Patty's dress has continuity problems in this episode.

When Patty & Selma arrive at the Simpsons' home, Patty's dress briefly turns blue...

... then in the same scene, if you look closely, Patty's right arm is bare when it should covered in a sleeve.

Later at dinner, Patty's dress briefly turns sleeveless.

Cultural References
Simpsons Immoral?

Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!

Less than a year into its long life, many conservative social activists (such as President George H. W. Bush) had blamed The Simpsons, and particularly the character of Bart, for contributing to the decaying morals among American youth. Uncle Sam's taunt references this.

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