The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 5

Bart the General (4 Feb. 1990)

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After being beaten up by Nelson Muntz one too many times, Bart turns to Grampa for help, and soon leads a rebellion against the school bully.

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Marge Simpson / Receptionist (voice)
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School bully Nelson Muntz has been terrorizing his classmates, particularly Bart. Bart and one of Nelson's goons get into a fight at school (when Bart was sticking up for Lisa), and in the aftermath Nelson accidentally gets a bloody nose. Nelson makes good on his threats to beat up Bart. Bart winds up having nightmares about Nelson stalking him, and later envisions his funeral. Finally, Grampa takes Bart to Herman, a Vietnam veteran who has had one of his arms amputated, to plan a strategy for getting back at Nelson. Bart commissions all his schoolmates whom Nelson has bullied and - in a classic parody of war movies such as Patton - trains them for their revenge. One afternoon after school, Bart and his army enact their operative, pelting Nelson and his goons with water balloons until he surrenders. The revenge is successful, and Bart and Nelson begin a grudging friendship. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Trivia

This is the first episode that John Swartzwelder wrote. He has written more episodes than anyone in The Simpsons (1989) history. See more »

Goofs

During exterior shots of the Simpson home in this episode, the tree house is never shown. Yet the tree house is used extensively in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Bart: You know, there are names for people like you.
Lisa: No there aren't.
Bart: Teacher's pet. Apple polisher. Butt kisser.
Homer: Bart. You're saying butt kisser like it's a bad thing.
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The opening title sequence was edited down to a bare minimum due to the episode running long; only the title and the first aerial shot of Springfield are shown. The chalkboard and sofa gags are sacrificed. Most of the usual opening credits are missing, including the creator, developers, producers and writer. See more »

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References Patton (1970) See more »

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Headbanger Heaven
Written by Jim Jacobsen (as Peter Morris) (ASCAP)
Produced by Ole Georg (BMI)
Published by Ole Georg Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of OGM Music
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A Classic Simpsons Episode!
17 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fifth episode in the long-running Simpsons series is very funny and quite well-done. With me being such a movie buff, I loved the movie references such as Patton and of course, Full Metal Jacket. The episode had me laughing almost non-stop the entire time and the episode is way better than the previous 2 episodes and on par with the first two of Season One.

This episode, "Bart the General" formerly introduces us to Grampa, the school bully Nelson, and Bart's best friend. While sticking up for Lisa, Bart gets into a few altercations with Nelson. In order to stop the bullying, Bart asks Grampa for help so he can end the bullying for good.

Overall, this is a very funny episode and the many references to Full Metal Jacket is outstanding especially during the training scenes. Bart is indeed one heck of a general. I rate this film 9/10.


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