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Saturdays of Thunder 

After Homer fails a fathering test, he decides to help Bart build his Soap Box Derby racer.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / 'I Can't Believe They Invented It!' Announcer / Dave Jr. / Race Announcer / Barney Gumble / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Dr. Nick Riviera / Skowie / Joe Theisman / Race Official / Emcee (voice)
Harry Shearer ... McBain / Video Rental Clerk / Dave / Dr. Julius Hibbert / Ned Flanders (voice)
Jo Ann Harris ... Weasel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Larry McKay Larry McKay ... Football's Greatest Injuries Narrator (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Ronnie Beck (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Troy McClure (voice)
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Storyline

Feeling inadequate as a father, Homer helps Bart get involved in the soap box derby with a flimsy car, especially compared to the ones used by Nelson Muntz and Martin Prince. When Martin is injured from a race(despite winning), Bart is so impressed that he visit's him in the hospital, where Martin urges him to take his superior car and use it to defeat Nelson, even though he knows it'll cause a rift between him and his father. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The sign at the video store reads: VHS Village, Formerly the Beta Barn. See more »

Goofs

In the McBain video sequence at the store, the assassin shoots at McBain as his partner leans across and takes the initial bullets. There is no reason why the shooter would track the partner as he recoils away but rather would have kept shooting straight and hit McBain. See more »

Quotes

Troy McClure: I'm actor Troy McClure. You might remember me from such TV series as "Buck Henderson, Union Buster" and "Troy and Company's Summertime Smile Factory". But I'm here to tell you about "Spiffy", the 21st century stain remover. Let's meet the inventor, Dr. Nick Riviera.
Dr Nick: Thank you, Troy. Hi, everybody.
Crowd: Hi, Dr. Nick.
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Connections

References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Watching Scotty Grow
(uncredited)
by Mac Davis
Performed by Bobby Goldsboro
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The Simpsons win because they do it together
31 December 2011 | by athomedSee all my reviews

Couch gag rating: 7/10 A very short one, similar to many, but not without its charm.

The episode: Homer fails a fatherhood test which spurs him into spending quality time with Bart. Bart's current project happens to be soap box derby. They work together and build a racer. Things become more complicated when Martin's racing hopes end with injury and his much better racer becomes available to Bart.

Favorite moment(s): Homer tearing up at Cat's in the Cradle. The Watching Scotty Grow montage. Homer's confrontation at the doctor's office with Martin. The fatherhood institute. Bill Cosby's Fatherhood book. Homer's use of reverse psychology.

This is a very good Homer/Bart episode from the 3rd season. Nelson and Martin each have significant parts, which certainly benefits the episode. Many sight gags in this episode are completely unrealistic, proving that sight gags were a staple of The Simpsons long before people consider the show went downhill.

Overall rating: 9/10 This is a solid episode. It doesn't stand up to some of the better ones from this season but if you're a fan of Homer and Bart's relationship, check this one out.


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