Recap: The Simpsons S 2 E 22 Blood Feud

Episode - 7F22
First Aired - 7/11/1991

Mr. Burns is in dire need of a blood transfusion, and Bart is the only one who has the same rare blood type as Mr. Burns, so Homer forces Bart to donate under the impression that the family will get a buttload of cash for the generous deed. But when all they get is a "Thank you" card, Homer writes a strongly-worded letter — which Bart ends up sending after Marge talks Homer out of putting it in the mail.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Androcles' Lion: Homer tells a variant of the classic story (he throws in Hercules and claims it's from The Bible) to convince Bart to donate blood.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Bart. Homer takes over after Burns' half-hearted thank you to Bart outrages him, and the only significant thing Bart does for the rest of the episode besides follow Homer is make a prank call to Moe's Tavern for "Mike Rotch."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Homer believes Burns is one for only sending a thank you card after Bart's blood saved his life.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Subverted by Burns.
    "I could crush him like an ant, but, no. Revenge is a dish best served cold. I'll bide my time until... Oh, what the hell, I'll just crush him like an ant."