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The Simpsons: Saturdays of Thunder

Bart becomes deeply immersed in competitive soapbox racing while Homer realizes that he knows nothing about his son. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma get their hair done like Mary Tyler Moore.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x9
Production Number: 8F07
Airdate: Thursday November 14th, 1991

Guest Stars
Larry McKayLarry McKay
voiced TV Announcer
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:
I will not fake rabies.

Couch Gag:
The family does not realize the bottom cushions are missing until it's too late, and are compressed into the couch.

Marge and her sisters read ''Idle Chatter'' and ''Peephole'' magazines at the beauty salon.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bobby GoldsboroWatching Scotty Grow 
Harry ChapinCat's in the Cradle 

Episode Quotes
Marge: Question 1: Name one of your child’s friends.
Homer: Lets see uh, Bart’s friends, well there's the fat kid with the thing, uh, the little wiener who's always got his hands in his pockets!
Marge: They want a name, Homer, not a vague description!
Homer: Okay....Hank?
Marge: Hank? Hank who?
Homer: Hank....Jones!
Marge: Homer, you made that up.

Homer: (reading) No matter what you tell your child to do, you will always do the opposite, huh?
Homer's Brain: Don't you get it? You've got to use reverse psychology!
Homer: That sounds too complicated!
Homer's Brain: OK, don't use reverse psychology!
Homer: All right, I will!

Marge: Question 2: "Who is your son's hero?"
Homer: Steve McQueen.
Marge: That's your hero! "Name another dad you talk to about parenting."
Homer: Next
Marge: "What are your son's hobbies?"
Homer: Well, he's always chewing on the phone cord.
Marge: He hasn't done that since he was two!
Homer: Then he has no hobbies!

Nelson: Hey, Simpson, where's your loser-mobile!
Homer: Loser mobile…hehehe…wait a minute!
Bart: Uh, It’s over there Nelson.
Nelson: Whoa, talk about your pieces of crap!

Episode Goofs
Homer's shoes change color when he gets up to answer the door.

Martin's shirt changes color when he's with Dr. Hibbert.

The ties on Quimby's bodyguards & the hair color of the one on screen right change color.

Cultural References
The Natural

Homer stands up and shouts to Bart, "Do it for your old man, boy!" As he does this, the theme from the baseball film The Natural plays.

Days Of Thunder

The title of the episode is a reference to the 1990 racing film Days Of Thunder.


In the last race, Nelson's car has blades on its wheels just like those attached to the wheels of Messala's chariot in the race scene in the famous film Ben-Hur.

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