The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 4

Bart Sells His Soul (8 Oct. 1995)

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When Rev. Lovejoy disciplines Bart for a prank he pulled in church - he tricked the organist into playing Iron Butterfly's ""In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - he and co-conspirator Milhouse begin arguing over whether man really has a soul. Bart scoffs at the notion and agrees to "sell" his soul (a piece of paper with the words "Bart Simpson's Soul") to Milhouse for $5. A series of situations makes Bart ... See full summary »

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Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Abraham Lincoln / Santa's Little Helper / Krusty the Klown / Street Sweeper Driver / Derelict (voice)
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Marge Simpson / Others (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Dr. Hibbert's Younger Son / Todd Flanders / Nelson Muntz / Girl with Sore Teeth (voice)
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Dr. Hibbert's Elder Son / Moe Szyslak / Carl / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Waiter / Potato Bug Sprayer / Snake / Chief Wiggum / Kirk Van Houten / Comic Book Guy (voice)
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Reverend Lovejoy / Dr. Hibbert / Advert Voice / Ned Flanders (voice)
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When Rev. Lovejoy disciplines Bart for a prank he pulled in church - he tricked the organist into playing Iron Butterfly's ""In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - he and co-conspirator Milhouse begin arguing over whether man really has a soul. Bart scoffs at the notion and agrees to "sell" his soul (a piece of paper with the words "Bart Simpson's Soul") to Milhouse for $5. A series of situations makes Bart realize maybe he really did sell his soul, prompting him to go all-out to get it back from Milhouse, who isn't willing to sell. Meanwhile, Moe attempts to open a family-style restaurant inside his tavern, with the gimmick that if he doesn't smile when servicing a customer, the meal is free. Moe's surly demeanor and the stress of running such a business alone conspire to do the establishment in.

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Another similarity to Faust is that Bart, like Dr. Faust, is convinced that he got the best of the bargain. See more »

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[after selling his soul, Bart goes to the Qwik-E-Mart, and bumps into the sliding glass door when it fails to open]
Bart: Oof! Stupid automatic door!
[Bart steps back. Rod and Tod walk by, and the door opens for them]
Rod FlandersTod Flanders: Thank you, door!
[Bart slips in after them. A few minutes later, he tries to leave, and bumps into the door when it fails to open again]
Bart: [rubbing his nose] This is getting weird...
Apu: [over loudspeaker] Sanjay to the entrance with the Windex. Sanjay to the entrance with the Windex.
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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Written by Doug Ingle
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Fantastic, Touching Episode
29 October 2006 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

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When Bart gets disciplined by Reverend Lovejoy for making the people sing Da-Gadda-Da-Vada, he gives Milhouse his soul for five dollars. He spends those five dollars on a toy, which doesn't work the way he wanted to. He then tells Lisa he gave his soul to Milhouse and she is shocked.

He goes to the Kwik-E-Mart and the automatic door won't open for him, and worst of all, it works for Rod and Todd! Then he tries to breathe on the ice cream freezer, but his breath won't show up. When he gets home, he watches Itchy and Scratchy, but doesn't laugh! Lisa runs a test on him to see if he really did lose his soul. She puts a skateboard in front of Homer while he's walking, he trips, and his face gets trapped in the stair railing, then Santa's Little Helper bites him. Lisa has come to the conclusion that Bart lost his soul.

Meanwhile, Moe turns his bar into a family restaurant, and the Simpson family comes and order food, but Lisa insists they say Grace, saying the word soul a lot. Finally, Bart snaps and runs out. Then Moe snaps from being too friendly and everyone leaves. His restaurant is out of business.

Meanwhile, Bart goes to Milhouse's Grandmother's house because thats where Milhouse is. Milhouse says he had traded his soul for for buttons, Alf buttons. He said he traded it to Comic Book Guy.

Bart sleeps next to the Comic Store until it opens. When it does, Comic Book Guy says he sold Bart's soul to a kid. Bart finally gives up.

He goes home and prays for his soul. Then his soul floats into his room. It turns out that Lisa had bought Bart's soul back. He thanks her and it's a happy ending.

Overall, this is a touching Bart episode.

9/10


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