The Simpsons: Season 6, Episode 1

Bart of Darkness (4 Sep. 1994)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Hans Moleman / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Busker / Ice Cream Man / Child #4 / Child #6 / Itchy / Krusty the Clown / TV Voice / L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies / British Child / Grampa (voice)
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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Did You Know?


The song Martin Prince sings is "The Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra. See more »


When Bart spies on people through his telescope, he can hear what they're saying. From his vantage point, that would be impossible. See more »


Lisa's Brain: They're only using you for your pool, you know.
Lisa: Shut up, brain! I got friends now, I don't need you any more.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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Written by Sarah Josepha Hale
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Summer's almost gone…
21 November 2008 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

…and was such a unusual one for some of the people from Springfield and definitely a memorable and hilarious episode the summer's adventures delivered. First the summer was not very nice thanks to the heat wave, certainly was intolerable and by writing that Homer said "Marge, can you set the oven to cold?", after enjoying some fresh minutes thanks to the refrigerator, is enough to let you know how desperate the citizens of Springfield were because of the heat wave. But we have some more unusual things like Homer buying a swimming pool! Certainly is unusual but maybe not because we saw what would happened if Homer doesn't buy the swimming pool but anyway there we see every kid of Springfield basically waiting for the swimming pool outside the Simpsons' place ("Hello, uh, Mrs.…uh, Bart. Is you pool ready yet"?). Then with the pool more strange things will come, Bart will be alone in the summer (he broke his leg while trying to do a dive) and Lisa will be popular thanks to the pool. So we have our Rear Window when Bart begins to do what James Stewart did in that terrific Alfred Hitchcock film (check the hilarious two little appearances of James Stewart!), Bart will believe that Flanders killed his wife ("but why? she's such a fox") and that he is going to kill Rod and Todd also. The conclusion for our Rear Window is simple hilarious and memorable just as the little participation of Martin, basically his and Lisa's experiences were similar, Lisa at one point was simply the queen of summertime and Martin wanted just that, Martin wanted to be the queen of summertime! "I mean king, king". Certainly both enjoyed their popularity, the very last scene is great, poor Martin!

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