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Encyclopedia > The Boys of Bummer
The Simpsons episode
"The Boys of Bummer"
Barney emblazened with "I Hate Bart Simpson".
Episode no. 396
Prod. code JABF11
Orig. airdate April 29, 2007
Written by Michael Price
Directed by Rob Oliver
Couch gag The Simpsons play a game of musical chairs and when the music stops, everyone sits down but Homer.
Season 18
September 10, 2006May 20, 2007
  1. The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer
  2. Jazzy and the Pussycats
  3. Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em...
  4. Treehouse of Horror XVII
  5. G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)
  6. Moe'N'a Lisa
  7. Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)
  8. The Haw-Hawed Couple
  9. Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2
  10. The Wife Aquatic
  11. Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times
  12. Little Big Girl
  13. Springfield Up
  14. Yokel Chords
  15. Rome-old and Juli-eh
  16. Homerazzi
  17. Marge Gamer
  18. The Boys of Bummer
  19. Crook and Ladder
  20. Stop, Or My Dog Will Shoot!
  21. 24 Minutes
  22. You Kent Always Say What You Want
List of all The Simpsons episodes

"The Boys of Bummer" is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' eighteenth season, which originally aired on April 29, 2007. It was written by Michael Price and was the first episode to be directed by Rob Oliver. Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Simpsons writing staff in season 13, including current show runner Al Jean (fourth from left in middle row) and previous show runners Mike Scully (first from left in back row), David Mirkin (sixth from left in back row), and Mike Reiss (fourth from left in back row). ... Michael Price is a WGA Award and Emmy Award winning American writer and producer best known for his work on The Simpsons. ... The three people are caricatures of (left to right) Rich Moore, Wes Archer and David Silverman[1] The following is a list of directors who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons 18th season (2006 - 2007) began on Fox on September 10, 2006[1] and ended on May 20, 2007. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer is the first episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired September 10, 2006 and October 22, 2006 in The UK. It was written by Bill Odenkirk and directed by Michael Marcantel. ... Jazzy and the Pussycats is the second episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season. ... Please Homer, Dont Hammer Em. ... Treehouse of Horror XVII is, as the name indicates, the seventeenth Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons. ... G.I. (Annoyed Grunt) is the fifth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. ... MoeNa Lisa is an episode from the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Ice Cream of Margie (With the Light Blue Hair) is the seventh episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired on November 26, 2006. ... The Haw-Hawed Couple is the eighth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired on December 10, 2006. ... The Wife Aquatic is the tenth episode in season 18 of the animated TV series The Simpsons. ... Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired on January 28, 2007. ... Little Big Girl is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired on February 11, 2007. ... Springfield Up is the thirteenth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired on February 18, 2007. ... Yokel Chords is the fourteenth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired on March 4, 2007. ... Rome-old and Juli-eh is an episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired on March 11, 2007. ... Homerazzi is the sixteenth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired March 25, 2007. ... Marge Gamer is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired April 22, 2007. ... Crook and Ladder is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired May 6, 2007. ... Stop, Or My Dog Will Shoot! is the 20th episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired May 13, 2007. ... 24 Minutes is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season and aired on May 20, 2007 as part of the one hour season finale, alongside the episode You Kent Always Say What You Want. It was originally promoted as being the 400th episode,[1] but aired as the... You Kent Always Say What You Want is the twenty-second episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season aired on May 20, 2007 as part of the one hour season finale, alongside the episode 24 Minutes. It was the milestone 400th episode of The Simpsons and was written by Tim Long. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The Simpsons 18th season (2006 - 2007) began on Fox on September 10, 2006[1] and ended on May 20, 2007. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Michael Price is a WGA Award and Emmy Award winning American writer and producer best known for his work on The Simpsons. ...


Plot

As the episode starts, the Simpsons are at a baseball game, and Bart catches a fly ball, pushing the Springfield Isotopes into the championships. The next day, Marge is shopping at a department store, but Homer is tired and can't find a place to sit, so he lies down on a mattress and ends up falling asleep. However, when he wakes up, everybody is staring at him, so he gets up and exclaims his love for the mattress and manages to sell five; he is promptly hired as a mattress salesman. Baseball on the professional, amateur, and youth levels is popular in North America, Central America, parts of South America, parts of the Caribbean, and East Asia. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... See also Mattresses, a race in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy A pillowtop queen-size mattress. ...


At the championship, Springfield is against Shelbyville, and is leading 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, but Shelbyville has the bases loaded. When their batter hits the ball that could decide the game, it heads towards Bart. He drops an easily caught pop up and repeatedly fails to pick it up, allowing all four runners to score on a walk-off inside the park grand slam, giving Shelbyville the 6-5 victory, and possibly disqualifying the Springfield Isotopes from Baseball forever because they lost. The entire crowd turns against Bart and throws beer at him, to the point where Chief Wiggum invites him in to his police car, only to drive back to the stadium and open the car roof so the crowds can continue to throw beer at him after fleeing the stadium. Bart is totally humiliated and is now the town pariah. Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Shelbyville is a fictional city on the television series The Simpsons that is located adjacent to Springfield. ... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. ... In baseball parlance, an inside-the-park home run is a play where a hitter scores a home run without hitting the ball out of play. ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ... In the television series, The Simpsons, the Wiggum family consist of Clancy (father and police officer), Sarah (mother), and Ralph (child). ... Look up Pariah in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


At Homer's new job, the Lovejoys approach him with a sex problem, so Homer sells them a new mattress made by Matrimonix. The Lovejoys buy it, but return it to the Simpson home next day, their problem unimproved. As Homer is writing them a refund check, the Lovejoys make out on Homer and Marge's mattress, and trade their new mattress for it. That night, when Homer and Marge are unsuccessfully trying to have sex, Homer admits he traded their mattress away. Voiced by Harry Shearer, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy is the local minister in the long-running animated TV show The Simpsons. ... Sexual dysfunction or sexual malfunction (see also sexual function) is difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (which includes desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) that prevents the individual or couple from enjoying sexual activity. ... Making out is a form of intimate kissing that usually involves French kissing. ... It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ...


Bart's humiliation goes on as the town continues to angrily mock Bart for losing the game. Lisa, feeling remorseful for him, tries to cheer him up by taking to see an old baseball star who dropped a fly ball and still grew up to be rich and famous. Unfortunately, it only makes Bart feel worse after the baseball player learns who he is and makes everybody in the building boo him and Bart starts to cry because he is hurt, much to Lisa's shock. The next morning Springfield awakes to find a deranged Bart has spray-painted "I HATE BART SIMPSON" on everything in town (including a passed-out Barney). While he is painting the message on the water tower, he lets go of the rope that was holding him up in an attempted suicide, but survives and is revived by Dr. Hibbert. Marge looks outside and sees an angry mob outside chanting "Bart Sucks" over and over. Finally fed up with all the abuse poured onto Bart, she walks out to them and angrily tells them off, telling them they should be ashamed of themselves for the way they have treated Bart. She also says that it was no big deal to lose a game, and she backs up her negative assessment of their harsh treatment of Bart by saying that Springfield is the "Meanest City in America", which is true (there's even a gigantic billboard to prove it). Feeling guilty, the entire town apologizes to Bart for hurting him and agrees to restage the game. After 78 tries, Bart catches the ball, winning the game. This article contains a list of recurring characters from The Simpsons with descriptions. ...


Homer and Marge sneak in to the Lovejoys' home to steal back their mattress, but the Lovejoys return, and Reverend solves the problem Solomon-style – he cuts the mattress in half diagonally. Homer convinces Marge to drive behind a billboard where they have sex, just as they did on their honeymoon – complete with the same bum watching them. Artists depiction of Solomos court (Ingobertus, c. ... The world famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. ... A honeymoon is the traditional trip taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage. ... A homeless person in Paris. ...


Sixty years later, Milhouse nearly lets it slip to Bart that the game was faked to make up for his lack of talent, but then takes it back, prompting Bart to say that he rules and Milhouse drools. The episode ends with the ghosts of Homer and Marge watching Bart taunt Milhouse and voicing their dissapointment, and Homer attempts to talk Marge in to having ghost sex with him, only for Marge to tell him that it's just not the same as when they were alive, though she still moans apparently (what with being a ghost and all). Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. ...


Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a play on the book The Boys of Summer, which dealt with the legendary Brooklyn Dodger baseball team of the 1950s and was also a nickname for the team.
  • It is revealed that Springfield has held the record of being the "Meanest City in America", which is apparently backed up for the town's treatment of Bart's losing their game against Shelbyville.
  • The episode's plot borrows from the movie The Best of Times, in which an old football game is replayed
  • The episode is extremely similar to an episode of the Stephen King miniseries Kingdom Hospital, entitled 'Butterfingers'. In the 'Butterfingers' episode, Earl Candleton is playing in the final game of the World Series, and although he has had a stellar career that season up until that moment, just like Bart, he drops an easy pop fly that means the difference between his team, the Robins, winning or losing the game (they lose.) He is abused and scorned by fans just like Bart, although his torment extends over years; he is given the scornful nickname 'Error' Candleton and 'Butterfingers,' and people throw baseballs at him wherever he goes. Like Bart, he is given a chance to replay the critical moment of the game (although in his case, it is due to the intervention of supernatural forces; also unlike Bart, the second time around, he catches the ball on the first try.)
  • The theme music from the Green Hornet TV series is played during the mattress-switching scene. It is a trumpet version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov performed by jazz trumpeter Al Hirt.
  • Homer snatching the ball away from Bart (while wearing headphones) is a reference to Steve Bartman.
  • Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney's song Bart Stinks has the exact same tune as Love Stinks by The J. Geils Band.
  • The instrumental theme played while Bart watches the fly ball in the air is the main theme from the film Rudy.
  • Bart having the ball spin him in a circle while his clothes fly off is a reference to Charlie Brown in Peanuts.
  • Although voiced by Harry Shearer, the voice and appearance of the play-by-play commentator of Bart's baseball games resembles Vin Scully, voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The cover for The Boys of Summer This article is about the Roger Kahn book. ... The Best of Times was released in the United States in 1986. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... Stephen Kings Kingdom Hospital was a thirteen-episode miniseries based on Lars von Triers Riget, which was developed by horror writer Stephen King in 2004 for American television. ... The Green Hornet is a fictional crimefighter created to be the hero of an American radio program that ran on WXYZ (Detroit), the Mutual Network and the NBC Blue (later ABC) Network from January 31, 1936 to December 5, 1952. ... The Flight of the Bumblebee is a famous orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899-1900. ... Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: Никола́й Андре́евич Ри́мский-Ко́рсаков), also Nikolai, Nicolai, and Rimsky-Korsakoff, (March 18, 1844 &#8211... Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was a popular U.S. trumpeter and bandleader. ... Steve Bartman (top middle wearing black sweatshirt) and Moises Alou both reach to catch the foul ball hit by Luis Castillo that made him infamous Steven D. Steve Bartman (born October 1, 1977) [1] [2] is a resident of the Chicago area, who gained notoriety on the evening of October... Love Stinks is an episode of the animated television show Tiny Toon Adventures. ... The J. Geils Band was a very popular rock and roll band, playing to large arena crowds in the United States in the 1970s before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s. ... Rudy is a 1993 film directed by David Anspaugh. ... Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulzs death). ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... Vincent Edward Vin Scully (born November 29, 1927, in The Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms...

Goofs

  • During the staged baseball game, one spectator appears to have a black head and a white body.
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