The Simpsons Forever
The Simpsons Forever
Episode 5 Season 1 7G05 February 4, 1990
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Episode Summary
Bart gets into a fight with Nelson, the school bully, while protecting the cupcakes that Lisa baked for Miss Hoover. Nelson beats up Bart after school and warns him to expect the same treatment the following day. At home, Homer advises Bart to fight dirty, while Marge suggests that he try to reason with Nelson. Choosing Homer's advice, Bart confronts Nelson but is beaten up again. This time, he turns to the toughest member of the Simpsons family, Grampa Simpson.

Grampa introduces Bart to Herman, a crazed veteran who runs an army surplus store. Herman declares war on Nelson and instructs Bart on a full-assault strategy. Bart gathers other kids at school who have been traumatized by Nelson and enlists them as troops. As Herman commands from the field, Bart leads them into battle. Cornering Nelson and his thugs, they commence firing water balloons.

Terrorized, the thugs surrender. Nelson is taken prisoner, but he threatens to kill Bart as soon as he is untied. Afterwards, Herman drafts an armistice, which Bart and Nelson agree to sign. Marge enters with cupcakes to everyone's delight.
Chalkboard Gag
There was no chalkboard gag for this episode.
Couch Gag
There was no couch gag for this episode.
  • Lisa refers to her teacher as "Mrs. Hoover" instead of "Miss Hoover"
  • Unbeknownst to Bart, Lisa gives him a cupcake after it falls on the floor of the school bus
  • Lisa announces Bart with the title "Bart the Bully Killer"
  • Nelson and Bart fight at 3:15 pm
  • Nelson requires his victims to be prompt since he has other beatings on his schedule
  • Homer's code of the schoolyard is: Don't tattle, Always make fun of those different from you, and Never say anything unless you're sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do
  • Homer tells Bart to fight dirty by throwing mud in his opponents eyes, hitting him when his back is turned and aiming for the "family jewels"
  • After Bart is beaten up, he swallows his red cap
  • Grampa lives in the Springfield Retirement Home
  • Grampa's room is on the second floor and the 3rd dank room on the left
  • Grampa's list of words he no longer wants to hear on TV are: bra, horny and family jewels.
  • Herman owns and operates Herman's Military Antiques and the password to enter is "Let me in you idiot"
  • Herman's store has a poster of a burning Earth that reads Because Somebody Talked
  • Grampa reads Soldier of Fortune magazine
  • Herman lost his arm by sticking it out of a bus window
  • A note passed in school reads If you hate and fear Nelson, meet at Bart's Treehouse 1500 HRS (3 PM)
  • In Herman's model of the town, he misspells the Kwik-E-Mart as Quick-E-Mart
  • Happy Birthday water balloons are used instead of Death from Above
Notable Characters in This Episode
Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Bart Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Maggie Simpson
Grampa Simpson
Principal Skinner
Cool Kid
Martin Prince
Milhouse Van Houten
Nelson Muntz
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In this Episode
SongBart's Army Marching Song
DreamNelson Chases Bart
DreamBart's Funeral
John Swartzwelder
David Silverman
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Executive Producer(s)
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening created by
Sam Simon
Starring Cast
Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Harry Shearer
Susan Blu
Jo Ann Harris
Pamela Hayden
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