After Homer fails a fathering test, he decides to help Bart build his Soap Box Derby racer. But Bart dumps Homer and their racer after Martin's far superior vehicle suddenly becomes available.

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I Can't Believe They Invented It Announcer / Homer Simpson / Dave Jr. / Race Announcer / Barney Gumble / Mayor Quimby (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Dr. Nick Riviera / Skowie / Joe Theisman / Race Official / Emcee (voice)
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McBain / Video Rental Clerk / Dave / Dr. Julius Hibbert / Ned Flanders (voice)
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Weasel (voice)
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Martin Prince / Ronnie Beck (voice)
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Troy McClure (voice)
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Feeling inadequate as a father, Homer helps Bart get involved in the soap box derby with a flimsy car, especially compared to the ones used by Nelson Muntz and Martin Prince. When Martin is injured from a race(despite winning), Bart is so impressed that he visit's him in the hospital, where Martin urges him to take his superior car and use it to defeat Nelson, even though he knows it'll cause a rift between him and his father. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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14 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Homer's hero is Steve McQueen and Bart's is Ronny Beck. See more »

Goofs

When Homer is being taken to the institute, Milhouse assumes he is finally being taken to a mental institution. Bart replies that this is perhaps for the best, both seemingly forgetting that not very long ago, Homer was committed. See more »

Quotes

Homer: Oh my God, I don't know jack about my boy!
[sobbing]
Homer: I'm a bad father!
Patty: You're also fat.
Homer: [sobbing] I'm also fat!
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Great Homer/Bart Episode!
13 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the ninth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and it's a good episode that once again, highlights the relationship between Homer and Bart. This is a funny episode, highlighted by when Homer tears up at the song, "Cat in the Cradle." But this is also an emotional episode as Homer tries to be a better father.

In this episode, "Saturdays of Thunder," Homer feels down after failing a parenting test, so he tries to help Bart enter a soap race derby contest. But when Bart wants to use Martin's car to beat Nelson, Homer feels disappointed and gets depressed.

Overall, this is another good episode that has some clever cultural references from Harry Chapin's famous song and some clever parental insight from Bill Cosby. Excellent episode that shows the funny and the soft sides. I rate this episode 9/10.


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