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Encyclopedia > Bart Sells His Soul
The Simpsons episode
"Bart Sells His Soul"
Promotional artwork for "Bart Sells His Soul".
Episode no. 132
Prod. code 3F02
Orig. airdate October 8, 1995
Show runner(s) Bill Oakley

Josh Weinstein Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (960x623, 413 KB) Summary Promotional artwork for The Simpsons episode Bart Sells His Soul. ©1995 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Licensing This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Bill Oakley (born in 1966) is an American televison writer, best known for his work on The Simpsons. ... This article is about The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. ...

Written by Greg Daniels
Directed by Wesley Archer
Chalkboard "I am not a lean, mean, spitting machine"
Couch gag The family enters dressed as Shriners, driving their cars around the living room, then they all park in front of the TV and honk their horns twice.
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Greg Daniels
Wes Archer
David Silverman
Season 7
September 17, 1995May 19, 1996
  1. Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)
  2. Radioactive Man
  3. Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily
  4. Bart Sells His Soul
  5. Lisa the Vegetarian
  6. Treehouse of Horror VI
  7. King-Size Homer
  8. Mother Simpson
  9. Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming
  10. The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
  11. Marge Be Not Proud
  12. Team Homer
  13. Two Bad Neighbors
  14. Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield
  15. Bart the Fink
  16. Lisa the Iconoclast
  17. Homer the Smithers
  18. The Day the Violence Died
  19. A Fish Called Selma
  20. Bart on the Road
  21. 22 Short Films About Springfield
  22. Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"
  23. Much Apu About Nothing
  24. Homerpalooza
  25. Summer of 4 Ft. 2
List of all The Simpsons episodes

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The Simpsons DVD season boxsets have been released since 2001 in different regions all over the world. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[1] his family name is pronounced , rhymes with raining) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons, Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... Bill Oakley (born in 1966) is an American televison writer, best known for his work on The Simpsons. ... This article is about The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. ... Greg Daniels is a well known television comedy writer. ... Wesley Wes Archer (born November 26, 1961) is a television animation director. ... David Silverman (born on 15 March 1957 in New York City, New York) is an animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, where he would go on to be the supervising director of animation for several years, as well as animating on all... 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Lisa the Iconoclast is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, and is probably the most important episode for Jebediah Springfield since The Telltale Head. The episodes plot bears a striking resemblance to the short story The Washingtonians by Bentley Little. ... Homer the Smithers is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, which originally aired February 25, 1996. ... The Day the Violence Died is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... A Fish Called Selma is an episode of The Simpsons from season seven. ... Bart on the Road is the twentieth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... 22 Short Films About Springfield is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons seventh season, airing on April 21, 1996. ... Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in The Curse of the Flying Hellfish is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... Much Apu About Nothing is the 23rd episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... Homerpalooza is the twenty-fourth episode of The Simpsons seventh season and originally aired on May 19, 1996 as part of the season finale. ... Summer of 4 Ft. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The Simpsons Season 7 DVD Digipak. ...

Contents

Plot

Following Bart's prank of having churchgoers sing the hymn "In the Garden of Eden" by "I. Ron Butterfly" (a.k.a "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly), Rev. Lovejoy forces him and Milhouse (for snitching Bart) to clean the organ pipes. Bart is indignant at Milhouse, who claims he feared the fate of his soul, and proclaims he believes there is no such thing as a soul. Milhouse calls his bluff, and tells Bart he'd like to buy it (in the form of a piece of paper saying "Bart Simpson's soul") for $5. The deal is made. Lisa tells Bart that he will regret selling his soul, but Bart is still disbelieving. Soon, however, Santa's Little Helper will not play with him, automatic doors fail to open for him, and when he blows on the freezer doors at the Kwik-E-Mart, no condensation forms. Also, he finds Itchy & Scratchy cartoons to no longer be funny. Bart begins to suspect he really did lose his soul, and sets out to get it back. For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, released in 1968, is a 17-minute rock song by Iron Butterfly, released on their album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, occupying the entire second side of the album. ... For other uses, see Iron Butterfly (disambiguation). ... This article is a list of recurring fictional characters in the animated American television situation comedy The Simpsons. ... Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... USD redirects here. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... Santas Little Helper or once known as Santos L. Halper (voiced by Frank Welker or Dan Castellaneta) is the Simpson familys pet dog. ... An exterior of a fictitious typical Kwik-E-Mart store. ... For other uses, see Condensation (disambiguation). ... The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a show-within-a-show of The Simpsons which usually appears as a segment of the fictional Krusty the Klown TV show, watched regularly by Bart and Lisa Simpson and other characters on the animated series. ... For the band, see Cartoons (band). ...


Meanwhile, Moe wants to expand his customer base by turning his tavern into a family restaurant called Uncle Moe's, styled a la Bennigan's and Fuddrucker's. The gimmick: If he does not smile when he hands a customer his check, the meal is free. Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A casual dining restaurant is a restaurant that serves moderately-priced food in a casual atmosphere. ... Bennigans Grill & Tavern, commonly known as Bennigans is an Irish pub-themed casual dining restaurant chain founded by Norman E. Brinker with locations throughout the United States. ... Fuddruckers is an American fast casual franchised chain restaurant that specializes in hamburgers. ... A gimmick is a unique or quirky special feature that makes something stand out from its contemporaries. ...


Bart tries to get his soul back from Milhouse, but he refuses and jacks up the price. That night, Bart has a nightmare about being the only child in Springfield to not have a soul, and is mocked as a result. Lisa also taunts Bart with a dinnertime prayer, leading him to make a desperate, all-out attempt to get the piece of paper back. The current usage of the term nightmare refers to a dream which causes the sleeper a strong unpleasant emotional response. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... For other uses, see Prayer (disambiguation). ...


Moe's surly demeanor and the stress of running a family restaurant by himself ultimately unnerves him, and it is not long before he finally snaps at a little girl (who says that her sodie is too cold, making her teef hurt). The restaurant is a resounding failure, forcing Moe to revert the restaurant back into his run-down tavern. In medical terms, stress is the disruption of homeostasis through physical or psychological stimuli. ...


In desperation, Bart makes a late-night attempt to retrieve his soul, having to travel across town where Milhouse and his parents are staying with his grandmother. However, the 2 a.m. visit is in vain; Milhouse had traded it to the Comic Book Guy for Alf pogs. A frustrated Bart camps the rest of the night in front of the Android's Dungeon to get his soul back. Jeff Albertson, better known as Comic Book Guy, is a fictional character in the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Milkcaps” redirects here. ...


In the morning, an annoyed Comic Book Guy tells Bart that he does not have said piece of paper anymore, refuses to disclose who he sold it to and tells him to go home. A despondent Bart walks home in the rain, and in his room dejectedly prays to God for his soul. Then, floating down from above is a piece of paper, with the words "Bart Simpson's soul." Lisa had purchased the piece of paper, and while explaining philosophers' opinions on the human soul, Bart maniacally eats it up. That night, he rests easy with the pets curled at his feet, and has a dream about his soul helping him get even with Martin and his soul. This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Martin Prince, Jr. ...


Production

The idea of selling someone's soul came from Greg Daniels' childhood. After encouraging a bully to sell his soul for 50 cents, Daniels convinced everyone else to tell the bully that Daniels could own him forever. When the bully came to Daniels in tears one night asking for it back, he jacked up the price and the bully got his soul back. Daniels did this again but stopped when he realized that the Devil made a living the same way, and that scared him.[1] The song originally intended for the opening scene was Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" Greg Daniels is a well known television comedy writer. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... For other uses of Stairway to Heaven, see Stairway to Heaven (disambiguation). ...


Cultural references

  • In this episode, heaven resembles The Emerald City, from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Sherri and Terri sing an adapted "Miss Susie."
  • The song "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is portrayed as lasting 17 1/2 minutes, as the album version does, with the church goers holding up candles, a la cigarette lighters at a concert, towards the end.
  • When Bart asked Millhouse for his soul back, he tells Bart that he has sold it for ALF pogs.
  • Dr. Hibbert and his family decide on going to The Texas Cheesecake Depository. This is a reference to the Texas School Book Depository and possibly a reference to The Cheesecake Factory, a popular restaurant chain.
  • Moe reads a book entitled "Your Gimmicky Restaurant by Bennigan and Fuddrucker. Bennigan's and Fuddruckers are two popular restaurant chains known for their large assortment of memorabilia on the walls.
  • Moe's deep fryer was originally on the U.S.S. Missouri.
  • The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon features Seattle's Space Needle.
  • Lisa quotes Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
  • Ned Flanders notes that he would expect foul language at Denny's. Denny's is often portrayed as a low-class establishment.
  • Comic Book Guy notes that the Hi and Lois signing has been moved to the Springfield Colosseum.

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References

  1. ^ Mentioned in the episode's DVD commentary.

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