Beware My Cheating Bart

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"Beware My Cheating Bart"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 504
Production code PABF11
Original air date April 15, 2012
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by Ben Joseph
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Chalkboard gag The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours.
Couch gag A Bill Plympton cartoon showing Homer falling in love with the couch, then leaving it when he falls for Marge, followed by the couch's descent into stripping and prostitution in order to support itself and its baby couch. Homer ends up saving the couch from suicide when it tosses itself in a trash truck and taking it home to the family. The baby couch is now Maggie's play chair.
Guest star(s) Kevin Michael Richardson as the mall cop

"Beware My Cheating Bart" is the eighteenth episode of the twenty-third season of the animated sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on April 15, 2012. It makes reference to the song "Be Still My Beating Heart" by Sting.

Plot[edit]

Bill Plympton guest directed the couch gag for this episode.

During a day out in the mall, Homer decides to dump off both Milhouse and Bart at a children's movie to eat at the food court. Bart is forced to chaperone Jimbo Jones' girlfriend Shauna to a Jennifer Aniston movie. Both of them leave shortly after seeing the only part of the movie that appeals to Shauna (the man's ass) and they hang out in the mall. Bart and Shauna meet again per Jimbo's demands at a boutique were Shauna steals one of the products and puts it in her bag but sets off the alarms when she tries to leave and is caught by the security guard but Bart bails her out out of fear of being beaten up by Jimbo. She shows her appreciation by flashing her breasts in front of him, leaving him both traumatized and smitten with her. Both decide to enter a romantic relationship behind Jimbo's back and it is not long before Bart becomes the target of Jimbo's wrath. Both attempt to hide from a vengeful Jimbo at Comic Book Guy's store, while the bully decides to stake out Bart's home with help from an oblivious Marge, so Bart ultimately has to return home and face Jimbo's fury. Shauna breaks up with both of them ultimately and with some prompting from Lisa, Bart receives his due punishment (being held upside down from his treehouse to have the "fear of God put into him") from Jimbo.

Meanwhile, Homer is persuaded to buy a state-of-the-art treadmill from a crafty salesman. When Lisa shows Homer that he can access television shows wirelessly, he takes advantage of the machine and develops an obsession with watching an old television show called Stranded, instead of working out. Eventually Marge, in a fit of rage, gives away all the spoilers of the episodes Homer has not watched yet. He is initially furious at Marge and threatens to divorce her for ruining the episode, but a romantic evening planned by her resolves matters.[1]

Release[edit]

The episode originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 15, 2012. It was watched by approximately 4.864 million people during this broadcast.[2] Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club gave the episode a C+ saying that "A stellar Bill Plympton couch gag is the best part of a mediocre Simpsons".

Chalkboard gag[edit]

Different chalkboard gags appeared for different airings of this episode. The original U.S. broadcast version was "The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours," a response to reaction to a Matt Groening interview in which he revealed that the name of Springfield was inspired by Springfield, Oregon, which was widely misinterpreted as Groening revealing that The Simpsons '​ Springfield was located in Oregon.[3]

Cultural References[edit]

The montage featuring Simon & Garfunkel's April Come She Will is a reference to the 1967 film The Graduate, though the scene during the montage in which Bart and Milhouse are seen crossing the road is a reference to another Dustin Hoffman film, Midnight Cowboy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaiser, Rowan (April 16, 2012). "'Beware My Cheating Bart'". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill (April 16, 2012). "TV Ratings Sunday: 'NYC 22' Starts Low, 'Titanic' Pulls 'GCB' To Series Low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Busis, Hillary (May 2012). "Forget Oregon: 'The Simpsons' reveals where Springfield REALLY is". PopWatch. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-09-02.