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The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer

When he crashes his skateboard into the stairwell of the Legitimate Businessman's Social Club, Bart falls in with a particularly bad crowd: the Springfield Mafia, and becomes their gofer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x4
Production Number: 8F03
Airdate: Thursday October 10th, 1991

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: John Swartzwelder

Special Guest Stars
Joe MantegnaJoe Mantegna
voiced Fat Tony
Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
voiced Bart Simpson (Made for TV Movie)
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
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, 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:
High explosives and school don't mix

Couch Gag:
The Simpsons rush in and form a human pyramid on the couch.

This episode introduces the characters

Fat Tony



Two other 'businessmen' are introduced but unnamed in this episode

The Itchy & Scratchy cartoon for this episode

Episode Quotes
Bart: Uh, say, are you guys crooks?
Fat Tony: Bart, um, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?
Bart: No.
Fat Tony: Well, suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?
Bart: Uh uh.
Fat Tony: And, what if your family don't like bread? They like...cigarettes?
Bart: I guess that's okay.
Fat Tony: Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart?
Bart: Hell, no!
Fat Tony: Enjoy your gift.

Principal Skinner: Oh, licking envelopes can be fun! All you have to do is make a game of it.
Bart: What kind of game?
Principal Skinner: Well, for example, you could see how many you could lick in an hour, then try to break that record.
Bart: Sounds like a pretty crappy game to me.
Principal Skinner: Yes, well... Get started.

Homer: Bart!? Have you started smoking?
Bart: No!
Homer: Don't lie to me boy. Uh huh, cigarettes, just as I thought.
Bart: But they're not mine, my boss said his warehouse was full!
Homer: Yeah right, son, I'm going to teach you a lesson! I'm going to stand here and watch you smoke every one of those cigarettes!

Fat Tony: Pick a horse, kid. We're putting two dollars on the third race. Make it a good one.
Bart: Eat my shorts!
Fat Tony: Eat My Shorts? Okay, let's see ... wait a minute, you little punk! Eat My Shorts is in the fifth race! I said the third race!
Bart: Don't have a cow.
Fat Tony: Hmm, Don't Have A Cow in the third, put a deuce on him.

Episode Goofs
The wheels of Bart's skateboard are purple but when we see it at the bottom of the stairs they've changed color.

While Homer is gambling with the gangsters, you can barely see the shoulder of an orange shirt that Bart is wearing, but in every other shot he is still wearing his tuxedo.

When Bart wakes from his nightmare, he's seen briefly wearing his standard orange shirt when his pajamas are green.

The chocolate Krusty cereal box (as well as the cereal inside the box) changes color after Homer walks in wearing the police badge.

The writing in Bart's book vanishes momentarily when he realizes he left the permission slip at home.
It reappears when he puts his face in the book.

Cultural References
Cleveland Indians

The Native American, in the chocolate factory film, is a parody of the Cleveland Indians' mascot Chief Wahoo.

The Godfather

Fat Tony is modeled much like the gangsters in the 1972 fil,. in particular, Sonny Corleone. Also, the scene when Bart wakes up screaming is a reference to Jack Woltz screaming after waking up in bed with the head of his best horse.


Principal Skinner's plan of escape from his garage--A model rocket, a vacuum cleaner cord and cord retraction switch, and a support beam--is a parody of the same kind of clever devices and gadgets devised from everyday products.

Lisa's breakfast cereal is named after former first lady, Jacqueline Lee (Bouvier) Kennedy Onassis.
After the death for her husband, former President Kennedy, she married Aristotle Onassis & her nickname in the press became "Jackie O".

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