Brad Goodman, a self-help guru, comes to Springfield and identifies Bart as a role model for personal happiness because he is in touch with his inner child. Soon, the entire town begins to behave like him.

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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Brad Goodman, a self-help guru, comes to Springfield and identifies Bart as a role model for personal happiness because he is in touch with his inner child. Soon, the entire town begins to behave like him.

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When Marge sits up in bed, she isn't wearing any clothes; however, in the next shot, she has a night shirt on. See more »

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Milhouse: [Milouse crawls out from a tunnel of mattresses, his hand over his nose] It smells funny in there.
Homer: No, it doesn't.
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Features The Simpsons: Dog of Death (1992) See more »

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I Got You (I Feel Good)
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Written and Performed by James Brown
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Has funny bits, but disappointing for an otherwise great season.
23 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a big fan of this episode, but I decided to give it another watch. After watching it, I feel it is funnier than I initially thought, but an episode I still don't enjoy much, particularly the second half.

The premise is after Homer acquires a trampoline, and returns it due to causing massive injuries, he accuses Marge of not being fun. So Marge watches a self-help Guru named Brad Goodman who is basically an infomercial shyster. Eventually, Goodman comes to town, Barts personality makes an impression on Goodman, and he encourages the town to be more like Bart. This leads to Springfield having a 'do what you feel' day, with bad results.

The Good: The first half is pretty funny, even though it lacks direction, a lot of the jokes still hit. The Wiley Coyote bit with Homer was excellent. The scene with Troy McClure's drinking problem is something I never notice until this last viewing, and I'm glad I saw it.

The Bad: The first half may have lacked direction, but the middle and ending really falls off with the plot. Brad Goodman (voiced by Albert Brooks surprisingly) was a very uninteresting character. Springfield following in Barts steps really missed the mark. The episode as a whole feels like it was made with bits that were taken out of other episodes. The message, be who you are, was meh. Honestly, Bart's Inner Child feels like something that would fall into a season 18 episode, not season 5 when the Simpsons could do no wrong.

6/10 - It's still funny, but one I won't be quoting anytime soon.


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