The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 17

Bart Gets an Elephant (31 Mar. 1994)

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Bart wins an elephant in a radio contest.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Pyle / Bill Clinton / Marty / Grampa / Santa's Little Helper / Man with Glass Pane #1 / Barney Gumble (voice)
Bart Simpson / Child #2 (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Mr. Cleanser / Chief Wiggum / Snake / DJ 3000 / Arboretum Employee / Cletus / Kirk Van Houten / Potential Elephant Buyer / Widelife Preserve Representative (voice)
Gomer / Bill / Principal Skinner / Jasper / Kent Brockman / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Mr. Blackheart / Ned Flanders / Man with Glass Pane #2 / Peanut Factory Employee (voice)
Child #1 / Luanne Van Houten (voice)
KBBL Boss Maude Flanders / Child #3 / Mother / Helen Lovejoy / Maude Flanders / Tar Pit Information Speaker (voice)


After winning a phone-in competition Bart has a choice of prize of either $10,000 or an elephant, he chooses the latter, naming him Stampy. The Simpsons are in chaos after Stampy wrecks the house and eats all the food. They have no alternative, Stampy must go to an animal refuge. Written by wodder-1

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31 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Bart Gets an Elephant gets a C
17 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The fifth season comes right between the two greatest seasons of the series, the fourth and sixth, and yet I'd say season 5 is one of the weaker classic seasons (but still classic- there are a few great episodes like Treehouse of Horror IV, Rosebud and Cape Feare). Bart Gets an Elephant is probably the weakest episode of this season.

Its storyline, about Bart winning an African elephant in a radio contest, isn't very realistic or relatable. It has a few even crazier jokes, for example, having the dog talk and Patty and Selma taken by a tornado. With these kinds of episodes, though, having a writer like John Swartzwelder (the author of this episode) is a good idea, because he can at least make them funny. Indeed, Bart Gets an Elephant scores some laughs with Homer's dubious reasoning about ivory supply and demand, a character answering a question as to whether he's an ivory dealer, a d'oh-deer joke, Barney lighting a cigarette. These jokes save the episode from being outright bad- but most jokes fall flat, some of them seeming lazy, making this episode a low point in the classic years.

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