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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Sofa gag: none. See more »

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Marge's pearls change color between shots. See more »

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Weasel #1: Nelson, you're bleeding!
Nelson Muntz: Naw, happens all the time. Someone else's blood splatters on me. Hey, wait a minute. You're right! You made me bleed my own blood!
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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 The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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Headbanger Heaven
written by Jim Jacobsen (as Peter Morris)
performed by Jim Jacobsen
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Patton!
26 January 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first "Simpsons" episodes, in which Bart decides to take a stand against school bullies and transforms himself into a type of modern-day Patton, armed with an artillery of angry, vengeful elementary schoolers and a scarred Vietnam War enthusiast (who suspiciously sounds very much like Ned Flanders).

Humor-wise, this is one of the few early episodes to display some of the cunning wit of later episodes (mainly 4th/5th season stuff). The whole riff on Patton is fantastic if you're a movie buff.

Homer isn't given much to do, but it's Bart's show, and one of the first episodes to really display the character's attitude.


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