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Whacking Day 

Marge attempts to home school Bart after he is expelled from Springfield Elementary. Meanwhile, Lisa protests a barbaric local holiday centered around clubbing snakes to death.

Director:

Jeffrey Lynch (as Jeff Lynch)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Tractor / Chicken / Cola Scientist #2 / Grampa / Barney Gumble / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Kwik-E-Mart Customer / Choir Soloist / Mayor Quimby / Fleeing Snake / Irish Man (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Miss Springfield / Mrs. Glick (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Superintendent Chalmers / Man in Itchy & Scratchy Cartoon / Fort Sensible Actor / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Man in Long Car / Man in Crowd (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Richard Nixon / Christian School Teacher / Cola Scientist #1 / Hitler / Scratchy / Auditioning Man / Fort Sensible Security Man / Rev. Lovejoy / Lenny / Mr. Largo (voice)
Barry White ... Himself (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Jimbo Jones / Scottish Woman / Casting Woman / Woman in Crowd (voice)
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Storyline

Marge teaches Bart at home after Skinner expels him. Lisa is horrified to find that it is Whacking Day,when Springfield citizens beat snakes to death so,helped by Barry White,she and Bart rescue the snakes by directing them to the Simpsons' house. Bart discovers that the real origin of Whacking Day was to beat up Irishman,a fact which impresses Skinner who lets him back in the school. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A 2003 article in The Journal News reported that records show genuine "Whacking Days" having taken place in Eastchester, New York from 1665 onwards: "That one day every spring be chosen for the destroying of rattle snakes." The article quoted Al Jean as saying: "I agree with the premise of the episode: leave the snakes alone. They didn't hurt anybody." See more »

Goofs

Reverend Lovejoy doesn't have to fake a verse from the Bible that is anti-snake. Genesis 3:15 has God putting enmity between man and snakes in punishment for the Serpent deceiving Eve in the Garden of Eden. See more »

Quotes

Principal Skinner: [Last lines; hurrying to deliver mountain bikes to the school bullies still locked in the school basement] Faster, Willie, faster. Now, we give 'em the bikes, no one sues.
Groundskeeper Willie: What if they're dead, sir?
Principal Skinner: Then we ride these bikes to Mexico and freedom, Willie! Freedom!
Groundskeeper Willie: Freedom.
Groundskeeper Willie: [quietly muttering] I'll turn you in at the first tollbooth.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Born Free
(uncredited)
by John Barry and Don Black
Vocal Performance by Gene Merlino
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I am Evil Homer, I am Evil Homer
26 November 2008 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

Whacking Day is a classic Simpsons episodes, one of the best in my opinion. When the Simpsons started Season 1 wasn't particularly good, Season 2 was a big improvement, Season 3 was when the Simpsons was starting to become really good, and Season 4 was when the show starting to become great.

Whacking Day has two plots. The first is about Bart getting expelled from school, after he runs over Superintendent Chalmers with a tractor. After Bart is unable to find a new school, Marge decides to homeschool Bart and his improves dramatically under her education. The second is one involving the town tradition of Whacking Day, where the whole town smash snakes to death in one day of bloodshed.

The episode had a good plot, written by the great John Swartzwelder (the best writer in the Simpsons' history) and based on the idea of George Meyer from his childhood. Whacking Day even won an award because of its role in animal rights. As well as the plot they are great jokes and satire in this episode, including about Middle American attitudes and the American education system. Some of the best are the famous 'Evil Homer', Grampa's World War II flashback and a nice little be involving the tractor.

It's truly a testament of the Simpsons at its best!


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