History Recap / TheSimpsonsS3E13RadioBart

23rd Aug '16 7:53:34 PM RAVasquez1967
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* CharityMotivationSong: "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well." The bulk of the profits go to the benefit of its many expensive celebrity singers; the rest gets tossed down the well.
31st Jul '16 4:23:35 PM luiz4200
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* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked: Practically everyone in town is so upset at Bart's prank they refuse to rescue him.
22nd Jul '16 4:56:27 AM Psi001
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* CuttingTheKnot: The townspeople come up with all sorts of weird ideas for how to free "Timmy", ranging from using a fishing line baited with chocolate, to having him carried out by a falcon, to even cryogenically freezing him. In the end, Homer is the one who comes up with the simplest and most obvious solution-just grab a shovel and ''dig'' Bart out of there.
* FakeInteractivity: The birthday stage show at Wall E. Weasel's. As Willie lampshades:

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* CuttingTheKnot: The townspeople come up with all sorts of weird ideas for how to free "Timmy", ranging from using a fishing line baited with chocolate, to having him carried out by a falcon, to even cryogenically freezing him. In the end, Homer is the one who comes up with the simplest and most obvious solution-just grab a shovel and ''dig'' Bart out of there. \n* FakeInteractivity: The birthday stage show at Wall E. Weasel's. As Willie lampshades:


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* FakeInteractivity: The birthday stage show at Wall E. Weasel's.
22nd Jul '16 4:55:38 AM Psi001
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* FakeInteractivity: The birthday stage show at Wall E. Weasel's.

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* FakeInteractivity: The birthday stage show at Wall E. Weasel's. As Willie lampshades:
-->'''Willie:''' Now why didn't I think of that?
7th Jul '16 7:20:03 AM Briguy52748
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In a loose parody of the Jessica [=McClure=] incident in 1987, Bart gets an AM/FM microphone and radio set for his tenth birthday and, after Homer and Marge show him that the gift actually has some worth, Bart begins using it to trick the town into thinking a boy named Timmy O'Toole is stuck in the well.

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In 1987, an 18-month-old girl named Jessica [=McClure=] fell down a loose parody narrow well casing and remained trapped inside for 58 hours. Her story, and the rescue effort mobilized to rescue her, got national headlines and made Jessica the darling of the media.

About 4 1/2 years later, in the fictional world of Springfield, Bart pulls a prank by finding his inspiration in
the Jessica [=McClure=] incident in 1987, Bart gets an AM/FM microphone and radio set for his tenth birthday and, after Homer and Marge show him that the gift actually has some worth, Bart begins using it to trick story by fooling the town into thinking believing a little boy had fallen down an uncapped abandoned well. Only this time, it potentially doesn't have a happy ending ... and it's all because Bart decided to be '''Radio Bart'''.

The whole story begins at Wall E. Weasel's, a place known for mediocre pizza, ill-maintained animatronics and bad video games. The birthday party there is even worse: Bart is annoyed at Wall E.'s attempt to sing him "Happy Birthday," the guests aren't who Bart wants at his party (Martin is one of the invitees) and he is especially disappointed in the gifts. One of those gifts (which Homer bought earlier after watching a TV commercial) is a microphone called the Superstar Celebrity Microphone, which can tap into localized AM radio systems. Homer persuades Bart about the Superstar Celebrity Microphone's potential ... and eventually, Bart realizes it can indeed be ''lots'' of fun, especially with his knack for creating practical jokes. He tricks Rod and Todd Flanders into believing God is talking to them, while he gets his dad to believe that martians are invading the Earth.

Then, one day while bored, Bart gets an idea: He thinks that, by throwing his transistor radio down narrow well shaft and while keeping it tuned to the correct frequency he can get people to believe that a little boy had fallen down the well. Which he does. When he begins a "crying for help" act and gets a response, he tells his potential rescuers that he is an orphan
named Timmy O'Toole is stuck in has fallen down the well.
well. A rescue operation is mobilized but it quickly becomes a circus, with people setting up a carnival, and they realize they can't get poor Timmy out. Meanwhile, Krusty the Clown gets musician Sting to join Springfield celebrities in recording a charity single, "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well." The charity single soars to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Late one night, Lisa happens to be walking by Bart's room when she overhears him doing his "Timmy" act and then getting into a fight with Santa's Little Helper over the microphone. Lisa realizes that Bart is playing a cruel practical joke on the town and warns that he will be exposed. Bart after hastily explaining [=SLH=]'s growling scoffs, until Lisa reminds him that he used a label maker (one of the gifts he was bored with) to put his name on the radio. Bart knows that someone will probably find the radio and that he would be in big trouble if it were found beforehand, so he sets out to get it. As he's descending the well, Bart slips and loses the grip on his rope. The rope falls to the bottom ... and now, Bart is trapped for real.

Bart yells for help, and when he explains his predicament to the initial responders, Bart is forced to admit that Timmy O'Toole doesn't exist and that he was playing what he thought was a funny joke. Some joke the townspeople are outraged and decide to teach him a lesson by leaving him trapped there. At the same time, "We're Sending Our Love Down The Well" dramatically falls from No. 1 to No. 97, while Bart becomes the butt of jokes in town. The actual crisis is ignored by both the media and the police, prompting a frustrated Homer to finally take action and mobilize a crew of his own to rescue his son. Although nobody helps at first, Groundskeeper Willie decides that saving a life is more important than festering on anger and decides to help Homer; other residents including Sting realize they must do the right thing and eventually are able to excavate Bart out of the well.

Bart is truly regretful and has learned [[AnAesop a lesson about how practical jokes can have serious consequences]]. But has the town? Instead of capping the well or having it removed, Willie decides a simple warning sign next to the well will suffice in preventing future accidents.
13th Jun '16 9:34:05 PM JM1982
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* CuttingTheKnot: The townspeople come up with all sorts of weird ideas for how to free "Timmy", ranging from using a fishing line baited with chocolate, to having him carried out by a falcon, to even being cryogenically frozen. In the end, Homer is the one who comes up with the simplest and most obvious solution-just grab a shovel and ''dig'' Bart out of there.

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* CuttingTheKnot: The townspeople come up with all sorts of weird ideas for how to free "Timmy", ranging from using a fishing line baited with chocolate, to having him carried out by a falcon, to even being cryogenically frozen.freezing him. In the end, Homer is the one who comes up with the simplest and most obvious solution-just grab a shovel and ''dig'' Bart out of there.



** When Homer hears Bart crying, he exclaims, "[[{{ComicStrip/Popeye}} That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!]]" before grabbing a shovel and starting to dig a tunnel to reach Bart/

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** When Homer hears Bart crying, he exclaims, "[[{{ComicStrip/Popeye}} That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!]]" before grabbing a shovel and starting to dig a tunnel to reach Bart/ Bart.
13th Jun '16 9:33:27 PM JM1982
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* CuttingTheKnot: The townspeople come up with all sorts of weird ideas for how to free "Timmy", ranging from using a fishing line baited with chocolate, to having him carried out by a falcon, to even being cryogenically frozen. In the end, Homer is the one who comes up with the simplest and most obvious solution-just grab a shovel and ''dig'' Bart out of there.


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** When Homer hears Bart crying, he exclaims, "[[{{ComicStrip/Popeye}} That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!]]" before grabbing a shovel and starting to dig a tunnel to reach Bart/
8th May '16 10:27:35 AM NESBoy
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* FakeInteractivity: The birthday stage show at Wall E. Weasel's.
-->'''Wall E. Weasel:''' Hey there, I hear it's your birthday. How old are you?\\
'''Bart:''' Well, Im--\\
'''Wall E. Weasel:''' ''(interrupting)'' That's great! Would you like us to sing you a special song?\\
'''Bart:''' Hell, no.\\
'''Wall E. Weasle:''' You've got it!
16th Mar '16 12:03:23 PM Wingnut
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* SuddenlyVoiced: This was the first speaking role, or rather singing role, for Sideshow Mel.
8th Mar '16 6:25:06 PM toongrrl1990
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* ActorAllusion: When Marge tries to convince Sting to take a break from digging Bart out, Homer stops her claiming he's a good digger. Sting actually worked as a ditch digger before his music career took off.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The scene of Homer getting tricked by Bart into thinking aliens have invaded was originally supposed to have Homer mix a bowl of poisoned Kool-Aid for his family to drink. The idea was scrapped after the writers found the joke too dark and the censors complained that it would lead to copycat incidents, so instead, they have Homer grab a shotgun and run for the door.
** Bruce Springsteen was originally going to guest star in this episode in the role that went to Sting.
** During the part where Homer tries to show Bart that the microphone he got him for his birthday is worth playing with, Homer was originally supposed to sing ''The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'' instead of ''Convoy'', but Gordon Lightfoot (the singer of ''The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'') would only allow the song to be used if the producers got permission from the families of the twenty-nine crewmen who died on the ship (since the song is based on a real event). The producers found it to be too much work, so they scrapped it.
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