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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16 May 2004 (USA)  »

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In addition to giving all of his eight children, patriotic American names, Apu also mentions that he has changed his family name from Nahasapeemapetilon to McGillicuddy. That was the maiden name of the character Lucille Ball played in "I Love Lucy," surely the most all-American sitcom of all time. It is obviously why Apu could not have used Lucy's married name, since it was Ricardo, which was no more "American" than Nahasapeemapetilon. See more »


[the Simpsons are in jail with Michael Moore, the Dixie Chicks, and Elmo]
Elmo: Elmo go to wrong fundraiser.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
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Excellent and Much Misunderstood episode.
26 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It appears that many people have missed the point of this episode. I have seen it described as ridiculously pro-American and and at times nonsensical. To say this is to completely misunderstand what this episode is about; it is a commentary on the political situation in America at the time of this episode's broadcasting. In the years following 9/11, there was, understandably, a climate of fear in the United States. This episode tackles two manifestations of this climate of fear: an increasingly hysterical media encouraging ridiculous levels of patriotism bordering on the insane (look up "freedom fries," and you'll see what I'm talking about), and the riding roughshod over civil liberties that the Bush administration did in this time period (see patriot act). You can also see a sense of longing in this episode for a return of the America that once was; an America without the paranoia and engendering of fear by the authorities, without the uncompromising polarisation of politics, which still plagues the United States today. It is also a beautiful irony that this was broadcast on the very same network whose news channel was responsible for much of the hysteria that this episode lampoons.

It is a excellent piece of political satire, that the Simpsons so often does so well. Anyone remotely politically minded will love this episode.

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