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Bart Gets an Elephant

Bart Gets an Elephant

Rating: 3.8 (164 votes)

Plot

When Bart wins a radio contest, he forgoes the cash prize and opts for the gag prize, an elephant. Unable to persuade him to take the money, the radio DJs get him an elephant. Bart names it Stampy and ties it to a post in the back yard. However, the elephant costs too much, and after a failed money-making scheme, Homer wants to get rid of it. He sells it to an ivory dealer, but Bart escapes with Stampy before the dealer can take him. Stampy leads Bart to the tar pits, where he realizes Stampy wants to be with other elephants. Homer arrives, but sinks into the tar pit. Stampy pulls him out, and a grateful Homer gives the elephant to the animal refuge.


Memorable quotes

Homer: Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose: it's how drunk you get.

Homer: You never know when an old calendar might come in handy. Sure, it's not 1985 now, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Homer: Bart! With $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things... like love!
Marge: Or double-ply windows. They look just like regular windows but they'll save us 4% on our heating bill...

Homer: I really think this is a bad idea.
Marge: Marge, I agree with you, in theory. In theory, communism works. In theory.

Homer: Maybe if we tied it down so it couldn't move it wouldn't get so hungry.
Lisa: You can't do that, Dad, it's cruel!
Homer: Oh, everything's cruel according to you. Keeping him chained up in the back yard is cruel. Pulling on his tail is cruel. Yelling in his ears is cruel. Everything is cruel. Well, excuse me if I'm cruel!

Homer: Mmm... elephant fresh.

Homer: These bills will have to paid out of your allowance.
Bart: You'll have to raise my allowance to about $a thousand dollars a week.
Homer: Then that's what I'll do, smart guy.

Homer: Look at this, Marge: $58 and all of it profit! I'm the smartest businessman in the world.
Marge: Stampy's food bill today was $300.
Homer: Marge, please, don't humiliate me in front of the money.

Lisa: Dad, I think he's an ivory dealer! His boots are ivory, his hat is ivory, and I'm pretty sure that check is ivory.
Homer: Lisa, a guy who's got lots of ivory is less likely to hurt Stampy than a guy whose ivory supplies are low.

Blackheart: All right, I'll be back in the morning to pick up Stampy.
Homer: Here's the keys.
Blackheart: Elephants don't have keys.
Homer: Well, I'll just keep these then.

Homer: (hits a deer statue) D'oh!
Lisa: A deer!
Marge: A female deer.

Homer: It's okay, I'm pretty sure I can struggle my way out. First, I'll reach in and pull my legs out. Now I'll pull my arms out with my face.

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Notes

  • The junk in the house includes a sandwich, a bowling ball in the fridge, two pairs of underpants, and footprints on the ceiling.
  • The Olmec Indian Head from 7F22 Blood Feud is still in the basement.
  • When Bill and Marty talk to Bart at the radio station, Homer can be seen in the next room listening to music.
  • Signs at the Republican Convention: ''We Want What's Worst For Everyone'' and ''We're Just Plain Evil''.
  • Signs at the Democratic Convention: ''We Hate Life And Ourselves'' and ''We Can't govern''.
  • According to Time Magazine, Springfield Tar Pits is ''The Best In Tar Entertainment''.

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References

  • Stampy peers into the Simpsons' living room a la the T-Rex in Jurassic Park.
  • When Homer runs over a deer statue, the family recite a line from the Sound of Music: ''D'oh! A deer. A female deer.''

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