Recap: The Simpsons S 9 E 14 Das Bus

Springfield Elementary's Model U.N. participants (including Bart and Lisa) wind up stranded on an island when their bus goes off a bridge. Meanwhile, Homer tries to start an Internet company despite that he has no business plan, no computer, and no knowledge of the Internet.


  • Bait and Switch: As the school bus drives, we hear children singing "99 Bottles of Beer" very loudly, but when we cut inside, we see the kids are completely quiet and Otto is listen to it on his Walkman, in a tape called "Songs to Enrage Bus Drivers".
    Otto: I don't know why I bought this stupid tape!
    (ejects tape, then throws it out the window)
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Principal Skinner told Otto to be careful because he was being entrusted with the school's most important asset: the bus.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bill Gates' idea of "buying out" Homer is having his hired goons smash up his house. As Bill Gates points out, "I didn't get rich by writing lots of checks." (evil laugh).
  • Credits Pushback: The Noah's Ark movie falls victim to this, even starting before the end credits.
    God: The secret of life is-
    Kent Brockman: You've seen the movie, now meet a real life Noah! Only this one's been accused of killing two of every animal! Coming up next, on A.M. Springfield!
  • Epic Movie: The Noah's Ark movie, which is so long that it goes throughout the whole night and ends the following morning.
  • Especially Zoidberg: Used in Troy McClure's Noah's Ark movie, when God tells Noah to gather two of every animal:
    Noah: Even stink beetles?
    God: Especially stink beetles!
  • Last Minute Project: Bart's report for the Model U.N. Club.
    Bart: Uh, ahem, let's see... (shuffling blank papers) The exports of Libya are numerous in amount. One thing they export is corn. (Skinner raises eyebrow) Or, as the Indians call it, "maize". Another famous Indian was Crazy Horse. In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrast. Thank you.
  • The Millstone / Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Milhouse throwing the grapefruit caused Otto to crash the bus into the ocean.
  • No Ending: Lampshaded when narrator James Earl Jones says that the kids were eventually rescued by "Oh... let's say Moe." Justified, in that Lord of the Flies has a similar anticlimatic ending.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Parodied during the chase scene, in which Milhouse falls behind while he, Bart and Lisa are being pursued by the other kids.
    Milhouse: I can't go on, you two go ahead... and carry me with you!
  • Reality Ensues: Similar to Lord of the Flies, it shows that trapping a bunch of kids alone on deserted island is more likely to lead to incompetence, boredom, and a slow, agonizing madness/distrust than quirky misadventures.
  • Shout-Out: Das Boot (what the title is referencing).
  • Spiritual Successor: Inverted; oddly this episode has been cited a couple times as a major inspiration for the first season of Lost.
  • Take That: "I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's!"
    Lisa: Oh my gosh!
    Nelson: That is hungry.
    Lisa: Really hungry!
    • As Springfield Elementary's Model UN is fighting, Skinner says this:
    Skinner: Children! Do you want to be like the real U.N., or do you just wanna squabble and waste time?
  • Technology Marches On: Since dial-up has become very obsolete, slow internet speeds like Comic Book Guy's are largely now a thing of the past.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Lord of the Flies.
  • You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Invoked by Milhouse. Nelson's response? "Yoink!"