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"The Simpsons" The Telltale Head (TV Episode 1990) Poster

(TV Series)

(1990)

Trivia

First appearances of: Apu, Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Bob, Jimbo, Dolph, Kearney, Reverend Lovejoy.
Bart's blackboard joke for this episode is "I Did Not See Elvis." However, one of the lines reads, "I Did See Elvis."
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The first episode that mentions Jebediah Springfield.
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The look of Sideshow Bob hasn't been established yet, as he has an afro hairstyle, rounder nose, a pudgy body, a different Sideshow necklace and an armband.
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The layout and the colors of Moe's Tavern, aren't quite established yet in this episode. The interior is all red, and the entrance door seems to lead to another room and not outside.
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This is one of only four episodes of The Simpsons on which Matt Groening is credited as a writer.
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The title references the title of the short story 'The Telltale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe.
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Bart saying his story would take about 23 minutes and 5 seconds was a cheap line added by Jim Brooks about the length of their episodes (minus commercials of course).
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This episode is one of very few to have the episode title on screen.
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Among the members of the angry mob that chases Bart and Homer through town are Patty, Selma and Grandpa Simpson.
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The football commentator mentions a player named Wolodarsky. Wallace Wolodarsky is a writer on the series.
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First and possibly only utterance by Bart on his skateboard of "cowabunga" in the series. For years many of the crew thought it was a line just added to T-Shirts out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze.
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The idea to have the episode in flashbacks was originally thought up in the colour screening stage of production.
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Sofa gag: Bart pops out and lands in front of the TV.
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For this episode, Jimbo Jones is voiced by Tress MacNeille while Dolph is voiced by Pamela Hayden. Later episodes would have Hayden as Jimbo and MacNeille as Dolph.
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A member of the angry mob carries a sign with the likeness of Jebediah Springfield's head and the words "Have You Seen Me".
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The TV version of this episode has an extra scene where Bart explains to the townspeople that they've lost their way as Springfieldianites by being so quick to lynch a ten-year-old boy who actually feels sorry for what he's done. The DVD version doesn't have this scene (nor does the FXX rerun of this episode as seen on the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon). The TV-exclusive scene was shoehorned because FOX wanted the episode to have a moral about people losing their town pride
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