The Simpsons: Season 6, Episode 16

Bart vs. Australia (19 Feb. 1995)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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After he makes a collect call to Australia and refuses to pay for it, Bart sparks an international incident, with the Simpsons forced to travel to the country in order to repair political relations.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / German Man / Man Reaching for Phone / Gus / Man Scared of Boomerang #2 / Australian Squeaky-Voiced Teen (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Bruno Dundridge / Australian with Spoon / Man at Arctic #2 / Translator / Bruno Drondrick / U.S. Marine / Boomerang Man (voice)
Man at Arctic #1 / El Preidente / Hitler / Prime Minister Andy / Averil Ward / Man with Spoon / Bartender / Judge / Man Scared of Boomerang # 1 / Man Sweeping Store (voice)
Evan Conover (voice)
International Operator / Tobias (voice)


Lisa tells Bart that toilet water swirls in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Determined to find out if this is true, Bart makes a collect call to Australia. When the father of the boy he called finds out about the charges, it sparks an international incident. The Simpsons must travel to Australia to repair relations with the United States. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Comedy





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19 February 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The end of the episode at the embassy mimics the United States retreat from Saigon in 1975 during the end of the Vietnam war. See more »


When Tobias is confronted about Bart's phone call, Tobias's father refers to it as a "collect call" (American terminology). Australians actually refer to this type of phone call as a "reverse-charge call". See more »


U.S. Ambassador: Good news, we've worked out a compromise that will allow both nations to save face.
Conover: We've argued them down to... a booting.
HomerMargeBart: WHAT?
U.S. Ambassador: The Prime Minister just wants to kick Bart once, through the gate, with a regular shoe.
Conover: I believe it's a wing tip.
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References Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) See more »


My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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