Bart gets more than he bargained for when he saws the head off a statue of the town's founder.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Barney Gumble / Angry Mob Member #2 / Usher / Radio News Reporter / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Kearney / Girlfriend in Movie (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Rev. Lovejoy / Principal Skinner / Angry Mob Member #1 / Sportscaster / Jebediah Springfield / Waylon Smithers / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Otto (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Boyfriend in Movie / Apu / Chief Wiggum (voice)
Ms. Albright / Churchgoer / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Chris Latta ...


Homer and Bart are being pursued by an angry mob through the streets of Springfield, baying for their blood. It turns out that Bart, hoping to impress the town bullies, sawed the head of the statue of town founder Jedediah Springfield. But when he discovered how appalled they were to find the head gone, enlisted Homer's help in replacing it. After he apologizes to the crowd, they forgive him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Bart: I was wondering, how important is it to be popular?
Homer Simpson: I'm glad you asked, son. Being popular is the most important thing in the world.
Bart: So like, sometimes you can do stuff that you think is pretty bad so other kids will like you better?
Homer Simpson: You're not talking about killing anyone, are you?
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Becoming More Comfortable!
8 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The eighth episode of the first season, "The Telltale Head" really shows how much more confidence the makers had in this show. The show is really starting to come on in to it's own and this episode proves it. We meet some new characters such as the three bad bullies and the Kwik-Mart owner. There are some funny jokes here and I especially loved the scenes that features Bart and Homer.

This episode begins with Bart and Homer running away from an angry mob and as they are cornered, Bart tells his story about how he was pressured to cut off the head of the founder of Springfield's statue in order to impress some school bullies.

Overall, this is a very good episode and a Simpson's classic. I loved how this episode references Edgar Allan Poe's "The Telltale Heart." This was a very amusing episode and is one of my favorites so far. I rate this episode 9/10.

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