The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 7

Bart vs. Thanksgiving (22 Nov. 1990)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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On Thanksgiving, Bart gets into a fight with the family and runs away from home, before sharing a turkey dinner with a group of homeless people at a soup kitchen, and learning the true meaning of the holiday in the process.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Bill / Announcer #2 / Grampa Simpson / Santa's Little Helper / Rory's Friend / Bum #3 / Bum #4 / Uncle Sam (voice)
Bart Simpson / Maggie in Bart's Fantasy (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Marty / Announcer #1 / Springfield Retirement Castle Employee / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Kent Brockman / Lou (voice)
Greg Berg ...
Radio Voice / 'Hooray for Everything' Announcer / Security Man / Rory / Eddie (voice)
Mrs. Spencer / Nurse (voice)


Grampa, Mother Bouvier, Patty and Selma join the Simpsons on Thanksgiving Day. Just before the turkey is brought in, Lisa shows off a meticulously crafted cornucopia paying homage to women in history. When Bart brings in the turkey and begins to set it on the table, he complains Lisa's centerpiece is in the way. A fight ensues, and the centerpiece lands in the fireplace, where it quickly burns up. Lisa runs to her room in tears, and Bart is ordered to go to his room and not come out until he apologizes. When Bart continues to refuse to apologize, he decides to run away. Santa's Little Helper joins him (after he is kicked out for trying to get a nibble of Homer's turkey). After a run-in with a pack of killer dogs at Mr. Burns' mansion, Bart donates some plasma for $12. He passes out, and a pair of bums take him to a homeless shelter for Thanksgiving dinner, the topic of Kent Brockman's news report. Brockman interviews Bart, who still refuses to apologize. Eventually, Bart sees that the... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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22 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Great Episode!
10 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The seventh episode of the second season of the Simpsons is a great episode despite the lack of comedy and little more drama than we expect. As the other reviewer pointed out, this episode is sad which is true thanks to what goes on in the plot. But don't worry, there is much happiness to be found here as well.

In this episode, "Bart Vs. Thanksgiving," Bart destroys Lisa's centerpiece at the dinner table and he is told to go to his room. Thinking he doesn't do anything wrong, he runs away from home. he goes to a homeless shelter to find food and that is where he may find the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Overall, this is a good dramatic episode that lacks the comedy we are used to seeing. But because the drama is so good and the episode is moving, I'll decide to let that slip by. This is a good episode with some special holiday meanings. I rate this episode 9/10.

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