The Simpsons Forever
The Simpsons Forever
Episode 20 Season 2 7F07 November 22, 1990
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Bart Vs. Thanksgiving
  • Bart Vs. Thanksgiving
  • Bart Vs. Thanksgiving
  • Bart Vs. Thanksgiving
  • Bart Vs. Thanksgiving
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Episode Summary
It is Thanksgiving in the Simpsons' house and Lisa assembles a decorative centerpiece for the dinner table. The family sits down to give thanks along with Patty, Selma, Marge's mother, and Grampa. When Lisa sets down her centerpiece, however, she argues with Bart about where it should go. In the ensuing struggle, the creation flies into the fireplace and burns up. Devastated, Lisa runs upstairs sobbing while Marge and Homer send Bart to his room for ruining Thanksgiving.

Bart feels mistreated and runs away. Walking the streets alone, cold and hungry, he finds a homeless shelter that is serving Thanksgiving dinner. A TV crew covering the event interviews Bart, and puts him on the local news.

When Homer and Marge see their son on TV, they tell the police that Bart has run away. Bart eventually wanders back home. Not sure that he wants to give up his life of freedom on the open road, he climbs up on the roof to think things out. Hearing Lisa cry because she misses him, Bart calls her onto the roof. He realizes that what he did was wrong and apologizes to her. Reunited, the family resumes its Thanksgiving dinner.
Chalkboard Gag
Couch Gag
Couch Gag
  • Television parade floats include Bullwinkle, Underdog and Bart Simpson
  • Lisa's centerpiece is a "Tribute to Trailblazing Women" and includes Georgia O'Keeffe, Susan B. Anthony and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas
  • Bart contributes to dinner by making "Cranberry Sauce a la Bart" which consists of him dumping canned cranberry sauce in a bowl
  • The Dallas Cowboys are Homer's favorite NFL team
  • The Springfield Retirement Castle has a sign which reads Thank You for Not Discussing the Outside World
  • Lisa's room has poster which reads End Apartheid while Bart's door reads Keep Out!
  • A sewage pipe has graffiti which reads El Barto
  • Mr. Burns mansion is on the corner of Croesus and Mammon
  • Burns' Manor security guards are reading Les Miserables
  • The wrong side of the tracks area features Massage Parlor, Billiards, Pawn, Liquor Yes We Have Rot Gut, Springfield Plasma Center and Rescue Mission
  • A sign in the window of the Springfield Plasma Center reads Blood Donors Needed We Buy Blood Turkey Day Special $12.00
  • Kent Brockman's girlfriend is the weather lady
Notable Characters in This Episode
Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Bart Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Maggie Simpson
Snowball II
Santa's Little Helper
Grampa Simpson
Jacqueline Bouvier
Patty Bouvier
Selma Bouvier
Kent Brockman
Mr. Burns
Retirement Castle Administrator
Waylon Smithers
Homeless Springfieldians
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In this Episode
TV ShowThanksgiving Parade
TV ShowNFL Game - Cowboys vs. Lions
News Story & FeaturesKent Brockman Thanksgiving Segment
Inner ThoughtBart's Apology
George Meyer
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
Greg Berg
Maggie Roswell
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