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Trivia / The Simpsons S2 E8 "Bart the Daredevil"

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  • Creator's Favorite Episode: This is Matt Groening's favorite episode. Co-writer Wallace Wolodarsky named it as his favorite episode among the episodes that he wrote, because it is "near and dear to [his] heart".
  • Deleted Scene: Averted. Contrary to popular belief, the second time Homer fell down Springfield Gorge after falling out of the ambulance was never shown the first time the episode aired, nor was it the writers' intention to do so. That footage was created exclusively for "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show".
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  • Edited for Syndication: The music video for "Do The Bartman" originally aired after the episode before the credits. This was taken out of most re-airings (note that the original airing was extensively edited to make time for the "Bartman" video, and later airings sans video restored the cut material).
  • First Appearance: Debut of Dr. Hibbert and Captain Lance Murdock.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original script, Hibbert was a woman named Julia Hibbert, who was named after Saturday Night Live cast member, Julia Sweeney (Hibbert was her last name, through marriage, at the time). When the Fox network moved The Simpsons to prime time on Thursdays to compete against NBC's The Cosby Show, the writing staff instead decided to make Hibbert a parody of Dr. Cliff Huxtable.
    • The episode was originally too short to air, so Al Jean and Mike Reiss wrote a filler piece which was a parody of cartoon shorts from the 1940s called "Nazis on Tap. In the short, amongst other things, Mr. Burns would be making planes for the war effort at his aircraft plant, Bart's spiky hair would be replaced by a pointy Jughead cap and Moe Szyslak would be a dog. Matt Groening thought the piece was too weird and nixed it, thinking it was too early in the series to present something so offbeat to the audience. Audio from the piece was released online by Simpsons storyboard artist John Mathot in 2006. Simpsons character designer Phil Ortiz adapted the short as a four-page comic book and handed out copies at Wizard World Philadelphia on June 2, 2016.

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