Episode - 7G05\\
First Aired - 2/4/1990

After [[TheBully Nelson]] steals cupcakes Lisa made for her teacher, Bart decides to stand up for her and ends up getting bullied by Nelson. After taking advice from Marge and Homer, Bart visits Grampa Simpson and a one-armed, mentally unstable miltary antique store owner named Herman and the three plan an all-out war against Nelson and his cronies.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous, unless it's The American Revolutionary War, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, or the ''StarWars'' trilogy[[note]]meaning the three films that had been released when the episode first aired: ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''[[/note]]
* ArtEvolution: Whereas the previous four episodes (in production order) were all over the place in terms of animation quality, by this point the animators were evidently starting to get the feel for the series, resulting in this being the first episode that really resembles the more familiar animation style employed by the series.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Bart has been insulting Lisa all morning. Upon getting to school, one of Nelson's cronies takes a batch of muffins Lisa had baked earlier. That's all it takes for Bart to attack the cronie and he winds up punching Nelson in the face and is challenged to fight. It's the first sign in the series that Bart isn't a total jerk towards his sister.
* BrickJoke: In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]," Mrs. Krabappel tells her class about the boy who stuck his arm out the window of a school bus and had a passing truck rip it off. Then in this episode, we learn that Herman was that boy, when he reveals to Bart how he lost his arm.
* TheBully: Nelson. Natch.
* BullyBrutality: The whole dilemma of the story: Nelson's brutality growing to the point Bart fears he will be killed someday.
* ButtMonkey: Bart. Milhouse also can't catch a break in the training sequence.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening. Other bully characters like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart while Nelson became more of a parody of bully clichés.
* CombatPragmatist: Homer says that Simpsons have to fight dirty to overcome their physical shortcomings. Even that didn't work for Bart.
* DisproportionateRetribution: For giving a swipe on the nose that causes light bleeding, Nelson gives Bart a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, and continues the treatment ''every single day'' afterwards.
* TheDogBitesBack: The whole episode is a set-up for Bart doing this to Nelson... alongside ''every kid that Nelson has bullied''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Nelson has a more common EvilLaugh than his famous "Haw! Haw!". He also had two kids called "The Weasels" as his sidekicks; later episodes would have Nelson either bullying alone or bullying with Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney.
*** According to the season 25 episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E14WinterOfHisContent Winter of His Content]]", the Weasels moved to Shelbyville Elementary, which is why they haven't been seen in ages.
** Grampa was more of a bitter and deceptively wily old man rather than a forgetful loser like in most later episodes.
** Jasper is more a SitcomArchNemesis to Grampa, used to exemplify his theories of bullying, compared to being his [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni companion]] in most later episodes.
** A smaller one: the Kwik-E-Mart being spelled "Quick-E-Mart" (though that could be a mistake made by the animators).
** Lisa claims to like Ms. Hoover, enough that she'll make cupcakes for her. This is hard to reconcile with the inattentive Ms. Hoover we know today, whom Lisa thinks little of.
* TheFunInFuneral: During a scene where Bart [[ImagineSpot envisions]] his own funeral, Milhouse cheerfully expresses his pleasure that he got the day off from school and Homer cheerfully expresses his pleasure at getting a day off -- until Marge sets him straight. Later, as Bart's classmates are tearfully filing past his casket to say their goodbyes, Nelson punches Bart's corpse as a parting shot.
* GroinAttack: Or as Homer calls it, "the Family Jewels." He suggests Bart give Nelson this when he fights. [[note]][[HypocriticalHumor Which is one of the words Grampa doesn't want to hear on TV again]][[/note]].
* ImagineSpot: Prior to their first fight, Bart pictures himself trying to run from Nelson, trying to ward him off with every method in his arsenal, but Nelson is unfazed and grows into a giant ... before grabbing Bart, growling "Lunchtime!" and swallowing him whole. Later, Bart imagines his own funeral, his friends, teachers and family tearfully saying their goodbyes before Nelson punches Bart's corpse.
* JustFollowingOrders: This is what Nelson's lackeys claim when they surrender.
* LastDisrespects: Bart imagines his funeral after being killed by Nelson, who takes a cupcake left in the casket by Lisa and resumes beating up Bart's corpse one last time.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Taking payback on a bully by throwing water balloons at him until he calls it quits... played like a war movie (including ShellShockedVeteran kids, boot camp, shots of the desolate and soaking wet "battlefield" and kisses on the mouth during the victory celebration).
* NighInvulnerability: Nelson, in Bart's ImagineSpot. In fact, all of Bart's weapons have the reverse effect; instead of hurting Nelson, the knives, guns, arrows, etc. only make Nelson angrier ... and much larger.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Herman's voice is based upon then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.
* PummelingTheCorpse: One of Bart's nightmares is that Nelson won't just apply BullyBrutality on him until he dies, but that he will ''beat up his corpse on the funeral parlor''.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Abe Simpson types up a very long letter on an old fashioned typewriter regarding the portrayal of the elderly on television.
* RealityEnsues: After Bart's army celebrates Nelson's defeat, Bart assumes Nelson learned his lesson and goes to untie him. However, Nelson tells him that the second Bart unties him he's gonna beat Bart to a pulp. Bart then threatens to not untie him, to which Nelson points out Bart has to do it eventually. Ultimately, Herman solves the dilemma by drawing up a treaty that states Bart won't get beaten up anymore, but Nelson retains his position as school bully, which both of them agree to and sign.
* ShoutOut: To the majority of war films.
** Some music was directly lifted from ''Film/{{Patton}}''. As Fox owned the rights to the soundtrack, there were no issues in using the music.
*** There is also a spoof of the famous scene where Patton slaps a soldier for crying.
** The marching sequence is from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
** A random kid kisses Lisa at the end of the "war," referencing the famous photo of a sailor newly returned from World War II kissing a nurse in the middle of Time Square.
** A shot of the kids charging with a fallen helmet in the foreground references ''Film/TheLongestDay''.
** In the public service announcement at the end, Bart mentions the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy as one of the only good wars ever fought (along with the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution American Revolutionary War]] and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII).