After he breaks his leg and becomes confined to his room, Bart begins spying on the residents of Springfield with a telescope. He soon suspects that Ned Flanders has murdered his wife, and asks Lisa to help prove it.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Child #3 / Child #5 / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Todd Flanders (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chili Man / Pool Salesman / Amish Man / Chief Wiggum / Springfield Police Department Rescue Phone / Lou (voice)
Principal Skinner / Dr. Hibbert / Scratchy / George Meaney / Ned Flanders / Robby Shankar (voice)
Child #2 (voice)
Child #1 / Milhouse Van Houten / Nurse / Rod Flanders / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Child #4 / Ned Flander's Scream / Maude Flanders (voice)
Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)


In a Rear Window parody, the Simpsons buy a swimming pool and everybody in the neighborhood joins in the enjoyment--except for Bart, whose broken leg prevents him from swimming. He soon becomes obsessed with looking through his telescope and even suspects Ned Flanders of murdering his wife. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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The episode based on Rear Window (1954). See more »


Bart describes his manuscript as a play but the excerpt he reads is in the form of a novel. See more »


Lisa: As you know, we've been swimming. And we've developed a taste for it. We both agree that getting our own pool is the way to go. Now before you respond, you must understand that your refusal would result in months and months of...
LisaBart: CanwehaveapoolDad? CanwehaveapoolDad? CanwehaveapoolDad? CanwehaveapoolDad? CanwehaveapoolDad?
Homer: I understand. Let us celebrate our agreement with the adding of chocolate to milk.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964) See more »


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Written by Sarah Josepha Hale
Performed by Harry Shearer
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The Springfield poolmobile
11 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Bart asks Otto, "same time tomorrow?" about the pool mobile, Otto says " no way, one day a summer is all we're budgeted for". Then comes Bart and Lisa begging Homer for their own pool."can we hava pool dad? can we hava pool dad? can we hava pool dad?" The fast repeated asking bears some resemblance to when they asked Homer " can we go to Mt Splash more?" over and over again in "Brush with greatness". But that time was funnier because Homer kept answering " no" after each time asking and he continued to make each "no" louder and angrier each time they asked until Homer was finally screaming "NO!!!!", NO!!!!!!"," NOOO!!!!!!!" I guess maybe the Simpsons writers only thought it was funny to use that joke just once. But in this episode, Homer didn't say no, and he bought a pool. That's when the best jokes of the episode started. First they accidentally build a barn instead, an Amish man shows up to correct them. Homer: D'ohith!" Then about a million kids show up to use the Simpsons pool, some of them not even knowing who Bart was, or Marge ("hello Mrs. Cumberdale") Jimbo calling Marge Mrs.uh Bart. Nelson going "ha ha" even when Bart really injured himself. That's when Bart broke his leg. Bart couldn't go into the pool, and when he asked Milhouse to sign his cast, he was so interested in getting into the pool over sitting with Bart that he signed Milpool. Then at night, Marge and Homer skinny dipping and Chief Wiggum catching them from an overhead chopper. Wiggum: "do not be alarmed, continue swimming naked. Oh come on, continue". Then Martin was jealous over all the attention the Simpsons were getting. Martin had a pool built in his own backyard while yelling "soon I'll be queen of summertime!", then noticing the pool construction men looking at him not too nicely, then him saying " king.. I meant king". Hilarious. Then Bart, confined to his room, is further disappointed to see the Krusty the Klown show is over for the summer. Then we get the "klassic Krusty" show. Hilarious. Then begins the whole subplot of Ned maybe having killed his wife. That leads to the funniest joke of the whole episode on finding out who really produced the woman's scream Bart heard.

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