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Saturdays of Thunder

Saturdays of Thunder

Rating: 3.5 (165 votes)


Homer fails a National Fatherhood test and admits he is a bad father. Homer feels he needs to build a relationship with Bart. So he helps build a soapbox racer for the up-coming local derby. Bart does badly in the qualifying race, and after Martin Prince gets injured, he asks Bart to take over and use his soapbox racer so they can beat Nelson. Homer is very upset by this, and refuses to watch Bart race. However, seeing the fatherhood test on the fridge, he answers all the questions and realizes he is the perfect father. Homer attends the derby to cheer Bart on. Bart beats Nelson and wins the Soapbox derby!

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  • Marge and her sisters read ''Idle Chatter'' and ''Peephole'' magazines at the beauty salon.
  • The sign at the video store reads: ''VHS Village, Formerly the Beta Barn.''
  • Homer double parks at the VHS Village.
  • The head of the National Fatherhood Institute drinks from a Super Dad mug.

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  • The McBain movie has a similar plot to both ''Lethal Weapon'' and ''Sudden Impact''.
  • Bart driving Martin's soap box racer is a similar plot to ''Days of Thunder''. The episode title also parodies this movie.
  • The racing scenes where Nelson whips Bart and the blades on Nelson's wheels parodies ''Ben Hur''.
  • ''Deathrace 2000'' was another inspiration for the episode.
  • When Homer stands up in the crowd to cheer Bart on, the theme from ''The Natural'' plays.

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