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

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Krusty the Clown / Santa in Commercial / Homer Simpson / Lee Carvallo / Sonic the Hedgehog / Guard in Bart's Fantasy / Photographer (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Gavin / Nelson Muntz (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Comic Book Guy / Mario / Donkey Kong / Store Santa (voice)
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Krusty Christmas Special Announcer (voice)
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Troy McClure (voice)
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Don Brodka (voice)
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Boy in Commercial / Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
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Girl in Commercial (voice)
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Luann Van Houten / Gavin's Mom (voice)
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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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The title comes from the poem "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne, also known as Holy Sonnet X. "Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so." See more »

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Don Brodka: [Jabbing his finger in Bart's chest] I thought I told you, don't return for busted merchandise.
Homer Simpson: What are you doing to my son?
Don Brodka: I'm afraid your son broke the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not steal.
Marge Simpson: That's crazy. Bart's not a shoplifter, he's just a little boy.
Don Brodka: Oh, sure, now he's just a little boy stealing little toys. But someday, he'll be a grown man stealing stadiums and - and quarries.
Marge Simpson: My son may not be perfect, but I know in my heart he's not a shoplifter.
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References They Saved Hitler's Brain (1968) See more »

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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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One of the more poignant "Simpson" episodes
15 July 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

"Marge Be Not Proud" is one of the more bittersweet but very heartfelt episodes from "The Simpsons".

A mixture of comedy, melancholy and Christmas, this episode is about Bart wanting to play an ultra cool video game called "Bonestorm". When the Comic Book Guy runs out of copies to rent and Milhouse won't let him play his one, Bart resorts to shoplifting, but is caught red handed by the store's detective, Don Brodka. Brodka leaves a message on the Simpsons' answering machine and warns Bart that if he ever steps foot into the store again, he will spend Christmas in Juvenille Hall. Bart makes a mad dash for home and quickly changes the tape with a comedy tape. Unfortunately, the Simpson family go to the Try-N'-Save store for a Christmas family photo and Bart is caught again by Brodka. Marge and Homer don't believe Brodka at first but then he shows them a tape of Bart shoplifting. Marge is crushed when she sees Bart's actions and wonders if its because she babied him too much. She then starts to treat Bart like an adult, making Bart feel even worse than he is.

This is definitely one of the more sadder episodes of "The Simpsons", but it has a heart and has a sweet and funny uplifting ending. Out of all of the Marge & Bart episodes, "Marge Be Not Proud" is the best of the lot.

A full 10/10 from me.


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