Homer and Bart are being pursued by an angry mob through the streets of Springfield, baying for their blood. It turns out that Bart, hoping to impress the town bullies, sawed the head of the statue of town founder Jedediah Springfield. But when he discovered how appalled they were to find the head gone, enlisted Homer's help in replacing it. After he apologizes to the crowd, they forgive him.
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This episode is one of very few to have the episode title on screen. See more
After the boys leave the Kwik-E-Mart, Bart asks the bullies where they got all the stuff. Jumbo replies, "5 finger discount, man." Every character on the Simpsons only has 4 fingers on each hand. See more
Bart, assume the position!
[Bart stands against a wall while Marge frisks him to see if he's concealing anything while at Sunday school, finding a slingshot and a comic book
The DVD release of "The Complete First Season" has a slighty shorter version of the episode "The Telltale Head" than was originally telecast. Near the end of the network version of the episode when the mob is about to attack Bart and Homer, Bart makes a speech to the mob about "taking the town's heritage for granted", which finally convinces the mob to let them go. On the DVD release, however, this short speech is absent and it quickly jumps to the mob deciding to leave them alone &emdash because it did not exist in the original reel of the episode that Groening and Brooks delivered to the Fox Network! The speech Bart made about the mob "taking the town's heritage for granted" was the editorial creation of the network censors in compliance of the FCC's 1989 ruling that every serial animated television show transmitted include at least 28 seconds of educational content. See more
Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run
The William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini See more