The Simpsons: Season 15, Episode 21

Bart-Mangled Banner (16 May 2004)

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An accidental photo showing Bart mooning the American flag makes the Simpsons the most hated family in town.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Hans Moleman / Barney Gumble / Rich Texan / Writer / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby / Gil / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Krusty the Clown / Mr. Teeny / SWAT Man / Wine Expert / Bill O'Rights / French Ship Captain (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Kearney / Elmo (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Drederick Tatum / Moe Szyslak / Superintendent Chalmers / Editor / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Crazy Golf Attendant / Carl / Nash Castor / Quimby's Aide #2 / Luigi / Guard #1 / Terrorist / Guard #3 / Immigration Official (voice)
Dr. Hibbert / Mailman / Principal Skinner / Lenny / Mr. Largo / Tom Brokaw / House Speaker / Quimby's Aide #1 / Reverend Lovejoy / Bill Clinton / Guard #2 / U.S. Constitution (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Jimbo Jones (voice)
Dolph / Iraqi Woman / Cookie Kwan (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Others (voice)


When a donkey rips Bart's shorts off whilst he is standing in front of a screen exhibiting the American flag, he is erroneously taken to be mooning it and he and the family declared to be unpatriotic and, with them, by definition, Springfield. Quimby changes the town's name to Libertyville but the family is still sent to the Ronald Reagan Rehabilitation Center on Alcatraz. They escape and end up in France, which they quite like but decide to 'emigrate' to the New World and start over. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A hateful episode that deserves nothing but to be forgotten.
5 January 2014 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

First of all I don't mind watching the episodes that are outside the classic episodes there are some good and decent ones. However this episode is definitely a disgrace especially to our favorite family getting a really bad turn with absolutely no support.

The beginning of the episode seemed promising and was actually quite funny to see the way of Hibbert trying to catch Bart for the injection he needed. But it didn't seem like the injection gave Bart a good way which only made him deaf and then suddenly this episode takes a bad turn when Bart (technically wasn't even going to) moonshines at the American flag while even though the teachers should've been aware that Bart was deaf after the injection he got from Hibbert. And the episode does not become anything better it shows a lot of disrespect to the Simpsons and while they had a chance of support they squandered it. And then they are sent to jail and while they want to escape and exceeds they somehow arrive in France and loves it, but wait suddenly Marge tells that even though she likes France with no reason she wants to go back to USA. Did she forgot that they still hate them and what if they can not come back to their house?

Yet at the next episode they totally ignore and forget that all this has happened and without any further good messages or how they managed to not get hated anymore!

Sorry this episode didn't work well, it's not well written at all and shows nothing good to learn what you should do if something like this could happen.

Is it recommended? No, this episode was worthless and I wouldn't recommend to any Simpsons fans at all to see this badly made episode.

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