Marge attempts to home school Bart after he is expelled from Springfield Elementary. Meanwhile, Lisa protests a barbaric local holiday centered around clubbing snakes to death.

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Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Tractor / Chicken / Cola Scientist #2 / Grampa / Barney Gumble / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Kwik-E-Mart Customer / Choir Soloist / Mayor Quimby / Fleeing Snake / Irish Man (voice)
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Superintendent Chalmers / Man in Itchy & Scratchy Cartoon / Fort Sensible Actor / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Man in Long Car / Man in Crowd (voice)
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Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Richard Nixon / Christian School Teacher / Cola Scientist #1 / Hitler / Scratchy / Auditioning Man / Fort Sensible Security Man / Rev. Lovejoy / Lenny / Mr. Largo (voice)
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Jimbo Jones / Scottish Woman / Casting Woman / Woman in Crowd (voice)
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Marge teaches Bart at home after Skinner expels him. Lisa is horrified to find that it is Whacking Day,when Springfield citizens beat snakes to death so,helped by Barry White,she and Bart rescue the snakes by directing them to the Simpsons' house. Bart discovers that the real origin of Whacking Day was to beat up Irishman,a fact which impresses Skinner who lets him back in the school. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

The scene depicting Richard Nixon whacking a man named "Hiss" is a reference to Alger Hiss, an American government official charged with being a Soviet spy in the late 1940s. See more »

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Reverend Lovejoy doesn't have to fake a verse from the Bible that is anti-snake. Genesis 3:15 has God putting enmity between man and snakes in punishment for the Serpent deceiving Eve in the Garden of Eden. See more »

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Bart: Whacking Day is a sham. It was originally conceived in 1922 as an excuse to beat up on the Irish.
Old Irishman: 'Tis true. I took many a lump, but 'twas all in good fun.
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References Matlock (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Born Free
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by John Barry and Don Black
Vocal Performance by Gene Merlino
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Beware My Dear Rattlesnakes!
9 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the twentieth episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons. This is a very good episode that introduces us a strange custom of Springfield: Whacking Day. There are some clever jokes here as usual. I particularly liked the cameo of Barry White who performed a new version of his classic hit.

In this episode, "Whacking Day," Bart gets expelled from school after an incident involving the superintendent of the school, so Marge decides to homeschool him. Meanwhile, Lisa is appalled by how active Springfield is in their annual custom of beating rattlesnakes.

Overall, this is another classic episode of the Simpsons. It's hilarious and I love how Grampa tries to explain to Bart his adventures during World War Two. That scene with Hitler had me laughing. I rate this episode 9/10.


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