The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 11

Marge Be Not Proud (17 Dec. 1995)

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



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Episode credited cast:
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)
Boy in Commercial / Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Girl in Commercial (voice)
Luann Van Houten / Gavin's Mom (voice)
Don Brodka (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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17 December 1995 (USA)  »

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It's a Christmas Episode!
2 December 2006 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews


As you know, I'm commenting on only Holiday movies until the end of the year. Yes, I commented on the Wizard of Oz, but I'm back to commenting on Holiday movies. Anyway, this is a very, very touching Simpson Christmas episode. This is the second Christmas episode. It's a great Marge and Bart episode. It's actually one of the few Marge and Bart episodes. It is a fantastic episode and very touching, and it's like that until the very end with the putting video game.

There is a new super cool video game out called Bonestorm and Bart wants it. After some bullies say that shoplifting is cool, Bart shoplifts the game. He is caught by a security guard. He leaves a message on the Simpson phone that says Bart tried to shoplift the video game. He also tells Bart that if he ever comes into his store again he will be arrested. Unluckily for Bart, the family is getting Christmas photos at the store. When he gets his photo taken, he is yanked off by the security guard. Marge doubts that Bart shoplifted, then she is heartbroken when she sees a surveillance tape. She stops trusting Bart and leaving Bart out of activities. Then Bart goes back into the store and gets his photo taken again. He gives it to Marge. She is very happy and she gives Bart a video game. It's a golf game. The episode ends with Bart playing the golf game.

Overall, this is a fantastic touching episode. It is a great and very rare Marge and Bart episode. Although, it starts out as a Bart episode, it quickly turns into a Marge and Bart episode. The only problem I have about this episode is that it's a little cheesy and corny at times. The music in this episode is fantastic and sad. Also, the very end is so very funny. This is a great Christmas episode of the Simpsons.


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