The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 4

Bart the Murderer (10 Oct. 1991)

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Bart stumbles upon the local mafia boss, and starts working for him on the side. When Principal Skinner goes missing after punishing Bart, he and Fat Tony's gang are suspected of killing him, but they try to get Bart to take the rap.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Louie / Panicked Smoker / Groundskeeper Willie / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Richard Chamberlain as Skinner (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Legs / Chief Wiggum / Delivery Man / Surveillance Man #1 / Fifth Mobster (voice)
Principal Skinner / Chocolate Factory Supervisor / Race Announcer / Kent Brockman / Jack Larson / Surveillance Man #2 / Reverend Lovejoy / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Judge Snyder / Eddie / Prosecuting Attorney / Movie Announcer (voice)
Skinner's Secretary / Princess Opal / Lewis / Richard (voice)
Fat Tony (voice)
Troy McClure / Johnny Tightlips / Godfather / Lionel Hutz (voice)
Himself (voice)
Mrs. Krabappel (voice)


Bart stumbles upon the local mafia boss, and starts working for him on the side. When Principal Skinner goes missing after punishing Bart, he and Fat Tony's gang are suspected of killing him, but they try to get Bart to take the rap.

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While at Fat Tony's club, and when asked to give his pick of a horse for the third race, Bart first gives "Eat My Shorts" (the name of a horse in the fifth race), and then "Don't Have a Cow" (correctly a horse in the third race), referencing two of his catchphrases. During the call for the third race, the announcer recites the names of the other horses, all of which are named after catchphrases of past popular cartoon characters: Sufferin' Succotash (Sylvester of Warner Bros.), Yabba Dabba Doo (Fred Flintstone), Ain't I a Stinker (Bugs Bunny), That's All Folks (various Warner Bros. characters), and I Yam What I Yam (Poppeye). See more »


When Ms. Krabbapel is grieving hysterically over Principal Skinner's absence, one of the student's, a blonde girl's (Becky) outfit, which is usually turquoise, is atypically green. See more »


Lewis: [covered in leaves] Hey, look at me. I'm Skinner's body!
Bart: That is not funny, Lewis.
Milhouse Van Houten: Well, I heard Skinner's buried under his parking spot.
Richard: Well, I heard he was ground up into hamburger and served to us at lunch.
Nelson: I heard Bart had Skinner killed by gangsters.
Bart: That's not true! It's just a rumor. You're engaged in speculation. I know the law, you can't prove anything.
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Fantastic Episode!
9 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the fourth episode in the third season of the Simpsons and it's one of the best episodes this season. Not only it's funny, but it's cool to see how Bart gets involved in the mafia and this episode is very Goodfellas-esque. But this episode also spoofs our justice system and basically claims the American justice system is imperfect as shown in the court scenes of this episode.

In this episode, "Bart the Murderer," Bart decides to join the Mafia as a job and one day Bart is late for work because Principal Skinner made him stay after school. The mafia, led by Fat Tony decides to talk to Skinner and Skinner ends up missing. The mafia blamed the disappearance on Bart and now Bart is in very big trouble....

Overall, this is an excellent episode. I always like these kind of episodes that involves the mafia, so I knew I would like the episode. But this turns out to be one of the best episodes so far in the series. Great guest stars by Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Mantegna, and Phil Hartman helps as well. I rate this

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