The Simpsons Forever
The Simpsons Forever
Episode 8 Season 1 7G07 February 25, 1990
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Episode Summary
Homer and Bart are chased through the streets of Springfield by an angry mob. Someone has sawed off the head of the statue of town founder Jebediah Springfield. Surrounded by the surly crowd, Bart pleads for understanding and relates the events of the previous day.

As the story unfolds, Bart borrows $5.00 from Homer and sneaks away to see Space Mutants IV at the local movie theater. On his way, he runs into a gang of troublemakers. One of them, Jimbo, invites Bart to sneak into the movies with him and his buddies. Later, as the boys thorw rocks at Jebediah's statue, Jimbo wishes someone would cut off the statue's head. When Bart tries to defend the town's hero, Jimbo and the boys laugh at him. To be cool, Bart sneaks out of the house that night and saws the statue's head off.

The next day, all of Springfield grieves the decapitation of the town founder. Bart finds Jimbo and his pals and discovers they are as distraught as everyone else. Feeling remorse, Bart returns home and confesses to his family. As Homer escorts Bart to the authorities, they are confronted by the angry mob. Bart tells the crowd that his act has united the town and taught people to appreciate their heritage. The townspeople agree, and Bart is forgiven.
Chalkboard Gag
Couch Gag
Couch Gag
  • The title, "THE TELLTALE HEAD", is shown at the start of the episode
  • A sign in the angry mob reads Have You Seen Me? with a picture of the Jebediah Springfield statue's head
  • Bart tells the angry mob that his story will take "about 23 minutes and 5 seconds"
  • Bart tried smuggling a pair of dice, slingshot, Radioactive Man Comic and a personal stereo into Sunday School
  • Homer bets $50 on the football game
  • The Simpsons car has an 8 TRACK HI-FI AM/FM stereo
  • The church billboard reads First Church of Springfield Rev Lovejoy Presiding Pagans Welcome
  • A sign in the church reads BINGO Tuesday Night, Monte Carlo Night Wednesday, Reno Retreat Saturday
  • The marquee at the movies reads Space Mutants 4: The Trilogy Continues
  • 3 Jumbo Cherry Squishees and a Double Jumble Original Flavor cost $4.52
  • Kwik-E-Mart squishees come in Space Mutant 4 promotional cups
  • Dolph reads a Playdude magazine he stole from the Kwik-E-Mart
  • Clouds in the sky resemble a cherry bomb, a guy with a switchblade stuck in his back, a school bus going over a cliff on fire and the statue of Jebediah Springfield without a head
  • The candy store is called Candy Most Dandy
  • Homer reads The Bowl Earth Catalog which features The Stealth Bowler and The Hammer of Thor
  • The Simpsons eat breakfast while listening to Mambo in the Morning
  • Dolph, Jimbo and Kearny lay on grass with a sign that reads Keep Off the Grass
  • Smithers shows feelings for Mr. Burns
Notable Characters in This Episode
Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Bart Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Maggie Simpson
Snowball II
Grampa Simpson
Patty Bouvier
Selma Bouvier
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
Barney Gumble
Chief Wiggum
Dewey Largo
Dr. Marvin Monroe
Edna Krabappel
Jebediah Springfeld
Krusty the Clown
Moe Szyslak
Mr. Burns
Ms. Albright
Ned Flanders
Principal Skinner
Reverend Lovejoy
Sideshow Bob
Waylon Smithers
Jimbo Jones
Milhouse Van Houten
Mr. Dandy
Mr. Winfield
Silvia Winfield
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In this Episode
News Story & FeaturesSpringfield: A City Held Hostage Day One
MovieSpace Mutants IV
Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Sam Simon
Matt Groening
Rich Moore
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
Marcia Wallace
Hank Azaria
Pamela Hayden
Tress MacNeille
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