History Recap / TheSimpsonsS3E13RadioBart

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.
16th Feb '16 2:36:17 AM TitoMosquito
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* TheUnreveal: We never find out what Lisa bought for Bart with the money Homer gave her.
23rd Oct '15 8:34:58 AM kquinn0830
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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.

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* ActorAllusion: When marge 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.
23rd Oct '15 8:34:38 AM kquinn0830
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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.
12th Oct '15 7:16:00 PM windyshadow32
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9th Oct '14 10:38:57 AM dsneybuf
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* WholePlotReference: The concept of this episode evokes ''Film/AceInTheHole'', a Creator/BillyWilder-directed movie in which an accident trapping a shopkeeper in a cave becomes a media frenzy. Both stories even involve someone making a pop song about the victim, and a carnival becoming formed at the site of the disaster.

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* WholePlotReference: The concept of this episode evokes ''Film/AceInTheHole'', a Creator/BillyWilder-directed movie in which an accident trapping a shopkeeper in a cave becomes sparks a media frenzy. Both stories even involve someone making a pop song about the victim, and a carnival becoming formed at the site of the disaster.
9th Oct '14 10:38:32 AM dsneybuf
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* WholePlotReference: The concept of this episode evokes ''Film/AceInTheHole'', a Creator/BillyWilder-directed movie in which the denizens of a small town mooch publicity opportunities from a crooked reporter's coverage of a local shopkeeper becoming trapped in a cave. Both stories even involve someone making a pop song about the victim, and a carnival becoming formed at the site of the disaster.

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* WholePlotReference: The concept of this episode evokes ''Film/AceInTheHole'', a Creator/BillyWilder-directed movie in which the denizens of an accident trapping a small town mooch publicity opportunities from a crooked reporter's coverage of a local shopkeeper becoming trapped in a cave.cave becomes a media frenzy. Both stories even involve someone making a pop song about the victim, and a carnival becoming formed at the site of the disaster.
8th Oct '14 8:45:27 AM dsneybuf
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* WholePlotReference: The concept of this episode evokes ''Film/AceInTheHole'', a Creator/BillyWilder-directed movie in which the denizens of a small town mooch publicity opportunities from a crooked reporter's coverage of a local shopkeeper becoming trapped in a cave. Both stories even involve someone making a pop song about the victim, and a carnival becoming formed at the site of the disaster.
29th May '14 12:09:46 PM GeniusLoco
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In 1987, an 18-month-old girl named Jessica [=McClure=] fell down a 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=] story by fooling the town into 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 has fallen down the 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.

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In 1987, an 18-month-old girl named Jessica [=McClure=] fell down a 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 loose parody 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=] story by fooling 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 believing thinking 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 has fallen down is stuck in the 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.
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* HollywoodToneDeaf: The awful rendition of "Happy Birthday" by Wall E. Weasel and his cast, both the singing and the musical score. The robots are so bad that Wall E .'s mouth is clearly just moving up and down while the synthesized speech chip is playing.

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* HollywoodToneDeaf: The awful rendition of "Happy Birthday" (called "You're the Birthday Boy or Girl") by Wall E. Weasel and his cast, both the singing and the musical score. The robots are so bad that Wall E .'s mouth is clearly just moving up and down while the synthesized speech chip is playing.
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