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The Simpsons: Bart the Daredevil

At a Monster Truck event, Bart spots his hero Captain Lance Murdock, a daredevil who attempts to jump his motorcycle over a tank filled with great white sharks, electric eels, piranhas, alligators, a ferocious lion and one drop of blood that drives all the wild animals insane. Inspired to follow in Murdock's footsteps, Bart attempts increasingly risky skateboard jumps until he sets his sights on Springfield Gorge.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 7F06
Airdate: Thursday December 06th, 1990



  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Recurring
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, various
Recurring
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, 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 will not drive the principal's car

Couch Gag: Everyone piles onto the couch, the couch tips completely up on Homer’s end and Maggie flies up into the air and lands on a cushion.

This episode marks the first appearances of Daredevil Capt. Lance Murdoch and Dr. Julius Hibbert.

In an interview, Matt Groening stated that this was one of his most favorite episodes. Because of this, this episode has been used a lot in clip shows and flashback episodes.



Episode Quotes
(Lisa, Bart and his friends watch wrestling on TV)
Bart: Two titans at the height of their careers. Ahh, if you ask me, this is gonna be one hell of a match.
Lisa: Oh, Bart, I hope you’re not taking this seriously. Even a five-year-old knows that this is as choreographed as any ballet.
(Cut to Homer, who is at Moe’s watching the same thing and talking to Barney.)
Homer: Eh, Rasputin’s got the reach. But on the other hand, the professor’s got his patented coma lock. If you ask me, this is gonna be one hell of a match.

Dr. Hibbert: This little boy broke his leg, trying to fly like Superman. This little boy's brother hit him in the head with a wrench, mimicing a recent TV wrestling match. I won't even subject you to the horrors of our Three Stooges ward.
Marge: Gee, I never realized TV was such a dangerous influence.

Otto: (Singing, to tune of "Foxy Lady" over Bus microphone) Do do doo, do doo do doo, do do do doo.
Bart: Hey Otto, can I use that microphone.
Otto: ..doo do do (Switches off) Sorry Bart dude, it's for emergencies only. (Switches back on) Doo doo doo.



Episode Goofs
When Bart runs outside after the Truckasaurus commercial, he goes for the back door, but in the next shot, he walks out of the front door.

At the gorge, Nelson says, "Where is he? I thought he said noon!" But Milhouse's mouth is also accidentally moving to Nelson's dialogue.

The ref counts to four in the wrestling match. Wrestling matches usually end on three-counts.



Cultural References
Evel Knievel

This character of Lance Murdock is based on the famous motorcycle daredevil.

Lawrence Of Arabia

When Bart emerges through the smoke, it is similar to the famous 1962 film.



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