Marge's relationship with Bart is strained when he is caught shoplifting before Christmas.



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Episode cast overview:
Krusty the Clown / Santa in Commercial / Homer Simpson / Lee Carvallo / Sonic the Hedgehog / Guard in Bart's Fantasy / Photographer (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Gavin / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Comic Book Guy / Mario / Donkey Kong / Store Santa (voice)
Krusty Christmas Special Announcer (voice)
Troy McClure (voice)
Don Brodka (voice)
Boy in Commercial / Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Girl in Commercial (voice)
Luann Van Houten / Gavin's Mom (voice)


Bart is caught shop-lifting a video game from a store. He is barred from the store, but when Marge visits it with Bart in tow, the gung-ho store detective tells her of her son's misdemeanor and they grow apart. Eventually, Bart gives her a Christmas present, which she fears he has stolen, but when she discovers it is a framed picture of himself paid for in full, she is overjoyed, and gives him a video game, though sadly it is a golf instruction video, and not the game he desperately wanted. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy





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17 December 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Homer Simpson: STEALING! How could you? Why do you think I took you to see all those "Police Academy" movies, FOR FUN? I DIDN'T HEAR ANYONE LAUGHING, DID YOU? except at that guy who made sound effects.
[Tries to do a few]
Homer Simpson: Now where was I? Oh, yeah: stay away from my booze.
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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »


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This Simpsons episode changed my life!
30 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the Simpson's Christmas specials. It has a very potent anti-shoplifting message. It shows heavy effect it has on the family of shoplifter. I especially loved how defensive the parents were against the security guard's accusations of Bart's theft. It was very realistic. It made me wonder why the security guard didn't catch the others boys. He was clearly watching the cameras, since he caught Bart right away. Their flaunting of their stolen goods was what prompted Bart to steal in the first place. I saw this episode when I was six years old. It's powerful message stuck with me for over twenty years. This episode is one of the reasons I have never shoplifted. That and my integrity is worth more than anything that I can fit in my pocket via stealing. I recently re-watched it, and I have to say the story and animation has held up very well.

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