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The Heartbroke Kid 

Bart starts living on food from the new candy machine in school only, but he becomes so overweight that he has to go to a fat camp.


Steven Dean Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Soldier / Gil / Z-Dog / Groundskeeper Willie / Barney Gumble / Itchy / Krusty the Clown / German Man #2 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Superintendent Chalmers / Sea Captain / Scammer / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Wolfgang Schmuck (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Scarf-ables Sales Rep / Dr. Hibbert / Scratchy / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Rainier Wolfcastle / German Man #3 (voice)
Albert Brooks ... Tab Spangler / Jacques (as A. Brooks)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Lindsey Naegle / German Woman (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Additional Voices (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Additional Voices (voice)


When vending machines are installed in the school Bart becomes addicted to junk food and his size balloons as he is declared to be morbidly obese. The family decide to send him to a fat camp to lose weight but it costs money,so they turn the house into a back-packers' hostel,where they are abused by German student guests. Eventually Bart kicks the habit and destroys the machines,breaking them open to collect the coins,which he uses for the fat camp bill as the Simpsons kick the rude back-packers out of their house. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

1 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bart doesn't know what cottage cheese is, despite the fact that it was served to him while he was living at the Flanders residence earlier in the series. See more »


[Spengler has harnessed the patients at his weight-loss clinic to a chariot]
Tab Spangler: Here's what's going to happen. You're going to pull me in this chariot while I whip you and you tell me how you got so fat.
[cracks whip]
Tab Spangler: Go!
Kent Brockman: I'm Kent Brockman. I gorge on kettle corn between weather and sports.
Tab Spangler: We know. Your side-fat is spilling over to Channels 5 and 7. I hope you're getting three paychecks.
[cracks whip]
Bart Simpson: I'm Bart Simpson. I'm just big-boned.
Tab Spangler: [cracks whip] No such thing!
Bart Simpson: Growth spurt?
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References Bart Simpson: Do the Bartman (1990) See more »


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Written by Arthur Resnick (uncredited) and Joey Levine (uncredited)
Performed by Ohio Express
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Funny episode about a serious topic
23 August 2011 | by andreifufSee all my reviews

The heartbroke kid is one of the few episodes that i liked in Season 16. It's about Bart getting fat from eating too much candy and junk food from the slang talking vending machines installed in the school. I especially like the skating scene, as Bart tries to get home in his usual manner on his skateboard, but he injures everyone, the sidewalk cracks under him, he smashes into cars and creates havoc on his way. It's not only funny, but it also has a serious message about a serious topic: children need to have a healthy diet, but in most societies they don't for various reasons. Personally I don't like the idea of junk food vending machines in school. The school officials resort to the vending machines because of lack of money, as it's summarized by the usual dry humor of the Chalmers Skinner dialogs: 'Just sign the damn contract'. On a larger scale, the episode also shows in a funny way how junk food gets to all of us because it's convenient and cheap, right down the hallway, but that in the long run we put our health in danger. Lisa reads the contents of a can of soda, and I think we can all relate on how she only finds out that it's made out of petrol, poison, plutonium and stuff. A great episode, a satire of the way society works, just like in the golden era. Also featuring Albert Brooks as pushy and sometimes confused fat camp manager Ted Spangler, and also a bunch of rude German tourists who make Homer sing '99 luftbaloons'.

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