Recap / The Simpsons S 16 E 5 Fat Man And Little Boy
Just another day when your son meets an eccentric man in strange clothing who offers to sell his novelty t-shirts across the country.

When the last of his baby teeth fall out, Bart is hit with a sobering realization: he's getting older. After giving a Viking funeral to his toys, Bart becomes depressed about growing up, but combats it by writing sarcastic slogans on -shirts and selling them, prompting a Willy Wonka-esque salesman to buy them off him.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Goose Gladwell.
  • Artistic License Geography: Goose Gladwell claims to own 20 stores in 30 states. This means his math is wrong too. However, it is possible that several of the stores are located on borders between two or more states.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Homer's beard mouth detaches from his face for a few minutes after he states that it should be easy to make a nuclear weapon since Korea did it, despite their reputation for crappy overseas animation.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gladwell's lawyers wear stuff that seem as silly as the bunny ears but it's thanks to them he doesn't need to give Bart a share of the money he obtained from selling the novelty t-shirts' rights to Disney.
  • Call-Back: The T-shirt reading "Pobody's Sherfect, Nithead" is similar to the cap reading "Pobody's Nerfect" from season six's "Bart vs. Australia."
  • Expy: Goose Gladwell is an expy of Willy Wonka.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama/Help, I'm Stuck!: After boasting that Bart will never get any money from the Disney movie versions of his t-shirts, Goose Gladwell attempts a flashy exit, only to get caught by a nail in the trap door vital for his exit. Things get more humiliating for him once he falls down upon being freed from the nail.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of Bart's T-shirts read "Pobody's Sherfect, Nithead".
  • Growing Up Sucks: Bart experiences this first hand when it seems like all of his childhood wonder has vanished, leading him to become cynical enough to make parody T-shirts. By the end of the episode though, he's back to being a kid.
  • Irony: After some failed attempts to make his last baby tooth fall, Marge accidentally made it happen.
  • Meaningful Funeral: Parodied. Bart says farewell to his childhood possessions by imitating a Viking funeral, pushing the box out into the lake and burning it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lisa's reaction to finding out Homer has built a working nuclear reactor.
    Lisa: Mom, Dad created a device that could be deadly in the wrong hands. And HE'S holding it!
  • Older Than They Look: Gladwell looks to be in his late 30s, but since he served in the Vietnam War, he would have been in his 50s at the time the episode aired.
  • Perma-Stubble: Homer indicates how in the right light, Bart is starting to get one as a sign of adulthood. Bart remarks that he thought it was chocolate milk.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Apparently, Gladwell was driven nuts in Vietnam.
  • Your Mom: As the credits roll, we learn that one of Bart's failed attempts to get his last baby tooth to fall consisted on insulting Nelson's mother so he'd punch Bart. It failed because Nelson decided to think about the things Bart said.