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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Did You Know?


When Bart is thinking about the game, he imagines that there's video game characters talking to him. Two of them are parodies of Mario and Luigi. Dan Castellaneta provided narration for the movie Super Mario Bros. See more »


Homer Simpson: [pressing "play" on the answering machine] Hmm, we didn't have a message when we left. How very odd.
Allan Sherman: [sings] Hello, Muddah, hello, Faddah. Here I am at Camp Granada.
Homer Simpson: Marge, is Lisa at Camp Granada?
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References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »


Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp)
Written by Allan Sherman Lou Busch and Amilcare Ponchielli
Performed by Allan Sherman
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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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