The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 8

New Kid on the Block (12 Nov. 1992)

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Bart finds himself attracted to the 15-year-old new neighbor, Laura. Homer sues an All-You-Can-Eat buffet.

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Homer Simpson / Gameshow Host / Realter / Clumsy Student Mover / Kabul Restaurant Employee #2 / Flying Dutchman Chef / Flying Dutchman Waiter #2 / Conservative Judge / Executioner / Grampa / Blue Haired Lawyer / Man in Jury / Man in Crowd / Barney Gumble (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Girl on Gameshow / Kearney / Dolph / Woman in Crowd (voice)
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Ron / Captain McCallister / Man Looking to Buy House / Kabul Restaurant Employee #1 / Flying Dutchman Waiter #1 / Escape from Death Row Character / Apu / Old Jewish Man / Zookeeper / Man with Letters / Moe Szyslak (voice)
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Laura Powers (voice)
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Lionel Hutz (voice)
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Ruth Powers (voice)
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Dolph / Jimbo Jones (voice)
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Sylvia Winfield / Woman in Restaurant / Woman Looking to Buy House / Abbey's Sister / Abbey (voice)
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The Winfields,who live next door to the Simpsons,move and are replaced by divorced Ruth Powers and her teen-aged daughter Laura. Bart enjoys it when Laura baby-sits for him and his sisters and develops a crush on her. When he finds out that she is dating Jimbo Jones he makes a prank call to Moe's Tavern,pretending to be Jimbo who is frightened off by Moe and rejected by Laura,who says she would date Bart were he older. After unsuccessfully trying to sue Captain McAllister's restaurant and its All-You-Can-Eat boast Homer becomes a living advertisement for the place as Bottomless Pete :Nature's Cruellest Mistake. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title is based on the American boy band New Kids on the Block. See more »

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When Bart prank calls Moe to get Jimbo in trouble with his crush Laura, he tells him that his street address is 1049 Evergreen Terrace in order to have Moe come over as a scare tactic. However, it is usually listed as 742 Evergreen Terrace. See more »

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Barney: [drinking beer from the tap at Moe's] Uh-oh, my heart just stopped.
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Barney: Oh, there it goes.
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References Northern Exposure (1990) See more »

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Not bad, but not the best
20 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Season 4 is a great season. Most of its episodes are outstanding. A few aren't but they're still good. New Kid on the Block is one of the latter. In it, a woman and her teenage daughter Laura move next door to the Simpsons and Bart develops a crush on Laura. She's cool (but polite to adults) but she's not interested in the younger Bart, and goes out with the bully Jimbo Jones instead. Bart's heart is broken and seeks to break up the couple, which he does.

By season 4 the makers of The Simpsons really figured out how to make people laugh and a result is that New Kid on the Block is funny, poking fun at Homer's gluttony, Bart's hopeless crushes, Barney's alcoholism, and typical teenagers. Still, Bart breaking up the couple was kind of pointless seeing as how Bart still couldn't go out with Laura; the age difference was too significant. The episode merely ends with Laura saying she would go out with Bart if he were old enough. Also, if Jimbo Jones is a teenager, why does he go to Springfield Elementary School? I guess that's the kind of thing the writers don't want you thinking too much about. And, those thoughts aside, we can laugh.


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