Bart saves Mr. Burns's life. But Homer becomes enraged when Mr. Burns doesn't return the favor by sending the Simpsons what he considers to be an appropriate "thank you" gift.



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Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Barney Gumble / Mr. Roman (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Nameless Employee / Jai Alai Player / Postal Clerk / Joey / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Mail Lady (voice)


Mr. Burns is dying of hypohemia, and needs an immediate transfusion of double-O negative blood. Finding out that Bart has the right blood type, Homer volunteers him, confident that Burns will reward him richly. When all Burns sends is a thank-you card, an enraged Homer writes a hate-mail letter. Marge begs him not to mail it, but Bart does it the next morning. Written by crouchbk

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11 August 1991 (USA)  »

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When the nurse mounts the packet of Bart's blood (appropriately labeled, ''HUMAN BLOOD'') on the stand, it is about four-fifths full. When Smithers says, ''Go ahead'', the packet is completely full. See more »


Homer: Save a guy's life, and what do you get? Nothing! Worse than nothing! Just a big, scary rock!
Bart: Hey, don't knock the head, man.
Marge: Homer, you don't do things like that to be rewarded! The moral of the story is that a good deed is its own reward!
Bart: But we got a reward, the head is cool!
Marge: Well, then maybe the moral is, no good deed goes unrewarded.
Homer: Wait a minute! If I hadn't written that nasty letter we wouldn't have gotten anything.
Marge: Mmmm... then I guess the moral is, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Lisa: ...
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Season 2: Really steps it up from the first season in an effective and funny way
23 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first season of The Simpsons was pretty good and while watching it, only the knowledge of what it would become was limiting my enjoyment of it. It felt a bit too safe, a bit too straightforward and lacking in real depth in the touches and delivery. I came into the second season not sure when the magic would start to kick in; I had never really watched the episodes in order before as it came to terrestrial TV in the UK after many season and hit the screens quickly and regularly, meaning I didn't see it play out season at a time so much. Turns out that the "magic" starts very quickly – I guess the first season was just proving itself and then they had the freedom that success brings.

Many shows cling hard to anything that brings them success – almost to the point of being afraid to branch out for fear of losing touch with what they did first time; Simpsons does not do this. Instead it really goes for it and this season is much edgier, braver and funnier as a result. The plots are almost all very good and start to use a good variety of characters well – moving one layer beyond the family when it comes to getting plot devices. This makes these supporting characters much better in terms of writing and also animation and strengthens the show. The level of writing is generally where the show steps up its game – Bart is more sweary and the content more "difficult", it isn't dark or too controversial but for sure it is nowhere near as safe and accessible as the first season felt. Having said that though, it is to its credit that it does it so well that the show does remain accessible and very popular. The pop culture references and throwaway gags are better and more frequent, adding depth to the show. There are a lot of great moments in here – again many of them moments that I assumed must have come much later because of how good they were.

The voice cast and the animation are also better. The voices are sharper and this makes the delivery more effective and the lines funnier. The expansion of the supporting cast is really good too and it was great to see small throwaways for the smaller characters of Mayor Quimby, Troy McClure etc for the first time. The animation is nearly there – much higher standard than the first season, the characters are much better defined and generally it looks really good.

The second season is really a great step up from the first season in many regards and I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and how well it did it. A very strong season with a lot of wit and creativity from the big details down to the smaller touches.

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