The Simpsons

Series 23 - 18. Beware My Cheating Bart

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

Plot was never a major concern to the Simpsonian institute, and it certainly isn’t in this rite-of-passage tale. But who cares when the quality of the gags is so good? From the extended sofa scene, lovingly guest-animated by cartoonist Bill Plympton, to the sly references to The Graduate, the episode drips with care and detail.

While Bart falls for the rebel-teen girlfriend of hardnut Jimbo Jones, Homer becomes hooked on a TV series about plane-crash survivors on an island: “What a great opening episode, and I’m sure everything they said will pay off handsomely.”

Stick around for the outro, because “Blink and you’ll miss it” is what The Simpsons does best.

About this programme

18/22. School bully Jimbo orders Bart to entertain his girlfriend Shauna, so he takes her to the cinema. But before he knows it, he's fallen for the girl and chaperoning turns to canoodling. Homer needs to shift the pounds but it's a struggle for him to leave his beloved sofa - until a treadmill with a built-in TV provides all the motivation he needs.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bart Simpson
Nancy Cartwright
Homer Simpson
Dan Castellaneta
Marge Simpson
Julie Kavner
Lisa Simpson
Yeardley Smith