After Bart receives a microphone which can transmit through radios, he decides to pull a series of pranks and eventually convinces the town that a boy has fallen down a well.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Teen in Commercial / Board Chairman in Commercial / Krusty the Clown / Sideshow Mel / Jake the Barber / Wall E. Weasel / Signor Beaverotti / Santa's Little Helper / Groundskeeper Willie / Cop / Falconer / Channel 6 News Announcer / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Warehouse Clerk / Phineas Q. Butterfat's Clerk / Chief Wiggum / Professor Frink / Timmy's Baby Teeth Vendor / Lou / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Host / Commercial Announcer / Animatronic Wall E. Weasel / Jasper / Dave Shutton / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Fisherman / Rainier Wolfcastle / Bernard / Scratchy / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Eddie / Casey Kasem / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Singing Kid in Commercial / Martin Prince (voice)
Rosarita / Mrs. Winfield (voice)
Sting (voice)


For his birthday Bart gets a microphone which can transmit through the radio and uses it to convince Springfield that a boy called Timmy O'Toole has fallen down a well, a prank which attracts a media circus until exposed as a hoax. This means that when Bart also falls down a well people are initially reluctant to dig him out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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9 January 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Argentinian rock band Timmy O'Toole took his name from this episode. See more »


Homer: Yeah, that Timmy O'Tool is a real hero.
Lisa: How so dad?
Homer: Well... he fell in a well... and he can't get out.
Lisa: How does that make him a hero?
Homer: Well it's more then you've done.
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Music by Chip Davis
Lyrics by Bill Fries
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Down that well!
10 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Down that well!" was yelled out by Krusty the klown during the song "we're sending our love down that well" while the so- called Timmy O'tool was trapped down a well. The song was sung in style of USA for Africa's 1985 hit "We are the world", which was also sung by a bunch of then popular singers grouped together for a charitable cause. Timmy O'tool was so-called because he was fictionalized by Bart, who made up that name and the falling down the well story as a large prank he played on the whole town. This is a typical " what goes around comes around" episode, where Bart ends up getting a taste of his own medicine. Ahh, sweet karma. The whole getting trapped down the well thing is reminiscent of the real life event of baby Jessica getting trapped down a well in Texas in October of 1987. This episode also had the "mmm...chocolate. D'oh!" joke from Doh'mer, I mean Homer. And of course, there's also the "property of Bart Simpson" labels Bart made from a label maker (one of which was put on something which was to give his little prank away) that he got as one of his dismayed birthday presents we got a short montage from (Homer to Bart before opening his radio present: "I bet you think nothing will possibly top that cactus")(Homer when seeing a "property of Bart Simpson label on a beer: "ohh, there's only one beer left and it's Bart's).

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