Milhouse is cast as Radioactive Man's sidekick in a Hollywood production of the comic book.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Director / Scoutmaster / Mayor Quimby / Scott Christian / Barney Gumble / 'Little Rascals' Director / Grampa Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Acting Coach / Special Effects Technician / Estonian Midget / Dr. Spirograph / Hollywood Guy (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Comic Book Guy / Producer / Chief Wiggum / Carl / Hick Newsreader / Moe Szyslak / Kirk Van Houten (voice)
Studio Exec #1 / 1970s Fallout Boy / 1970s Radioactive Man / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Electrical Worker / Rainier Wolfcastle / Horse Painter / Teamster / Editor / Otto / Helicopter Pilot (voice)
Himself (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Studio Exec #2 / Luann Van Houten (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)


Action hero Rainier Wolfcastle is to play Radioactive Man in a blockbuster adventure movie to be filmed in Springfield. Bart auditions to play his sidekick Fall-Out Boy but is told he is too short and the part goes to Milhouse,causing friction among the boys. Milhouse is a reluctant actor and,despite encouragement from Mickey Rooney,walks out of the picture,which is shelved as a result but Bart gets his friend back. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 September 1995 (USA)  »

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During the battle with the Scoutmaster's "henchmen," two of the words that appear as sound effects, "SNUH!!" and "BORT!!" are words previously used in the series: SNUH is the acronym for Marge's public interest group, "Springfieldians for Nonviolence, Understanding, and Helping" (from "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"), and "BORT" is the name on a novelty license plate Bart finds in the gift shop in "Itchy and Scratchy Land." See more »


In the auditions for Fallout Boy, Bart is rejected because he is apparently an inch too short and Milhouse is accepted; however, Bart is taller than Milhouse. See more »


Radioactive Man: [after Milhouse has fled the picture, the director and producer are looking at a rough cut of preexisting footage edited together in order to complete the film without Milhouse]
[Radioactive Man in a cave is surrounded by aliens looking for a fight and whispers to an unseen Fallout Boy]
Radioactive Man: It looks like we're in trouble, Fallout Boy.
Milhouse Van Houten: [the scene changes from a cave to Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy standing in a field] Jiminy jillikers!
Radioactive Man: [the scene returns to the cave] We'll have to fight our way out. ...
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References Batman (1989) See more »


Lean on Me
Written by Bill Withers
Performed by Bill Withers
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One of the best from a wonderful season 7
26 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Couch gag rating: 8/10 It isn't an elaborate one but still fairly creative.

The episode: A Radioactive Man movie is filming in Springfield and auditions for the part of his sidekick, Fallout Boy, take place at Springfield Elementary. Bart desperately wants the part but it goes to a reluctant Milhouse instead.

Favorite moment(s): Rainier Wolfcastle trying to say "Up and atom!" Bart trying to grow an inch overnight. Rainier Wolfcastle's "My eyes! The goggles do nothing." "Jiminy Jillikers." Bill Withers' "Lean On Me" at the end.

This episode comes from the 7th season. The Simpsons had already been on the air for many years and really knew what they were doing. This episode showcases a funny critique of Hollywood.

The guest work is great. Mickey Rooney appears as himself and he's very funny as the former child star sent to get Milhouse working again (or take his job).

Overall rating: 10/10 The Simpsons was at the peak of its creative potential here. Put Mickey Rooney, Rainier Wolfcastle, and Lionel Hutz in one episode, and you get greatness.

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