The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 20

Whacking Day (29 Apr. 1993)

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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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Episode cast overview:
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)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Superintendent Chalmers / Man in Itchy & Scratchy Cartoon / Fort Sensible Actor / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Man in Long Car / Man in Crowd (voice)
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)
Barry White ...
Himself (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Jimbo Jones / Scottish Woman / Casting Woman / Woman in Crowd (voice)


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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Whacking Day is on 10th May See more »


During the "O Whacking Day" song, Ralph and Lisa can clearly be heard singing, although neither is on screen as part of the group of kids singing. See more »


Barry White: I love the sexy slither of a woman snake.
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Spoofs JFK (1991) See more »


Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey
Music by Hughie Cannon
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I am Evil Homer, I am Evil Homer
26 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whacking Day is a classic Simpsons episodes, one of the best in my opinion. When the Simpsons started Season 1 wasn't particularly good, Season 2 was a big improvement, Season 3 was when the Simpsons was starting to become really good, and Season 4 was when the show starting to become great.

Whacking Day has two plots. The first is about Bart getting expelled from school, after he runs over Superintendent Chalmers with a tractor. After Bart is unable to find a new school, Marge decides to homeschool Bart and his improves dramatically under her education. The second is one involving the town tradition of Whacking Day, where the whole town smash snakes to death in one day of bloodshed.

The episode had a good plot, written by the great John Swartzwelder (the best writer in the Simpsons' history) and based on the idea of George Meyer from his childhood. Whacking Day even won an award because of its role in animal rights. As well as the plot they are great jokes and satire in this episode, including about Middle American attitudes and the American education system. Some of the best are the famous 'Evil Homer', Grampa's World War II flashback and a nice little be involving the tractor.

It's truly a testament of the Simpsons at its best!

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