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The Simpsons Episode: "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"

Season 21, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Bart decides he wants a brother after observing Lisa and Maggie's bond when the power goes out during a blizzard. Peyton, Eli and Cooper Manning, Kim Cattrall, Huell Howser and the Smothers Brothers have voice cameos as themselves.
Original Air Date: Dec 13, 2009
Guest Cast Eli Manning: Himself Jordan Nagai: Kid Voice/Charlie The Smothers Brothers: Themselves Kim Cattrall: Herself Peyton Manning: Himself Huell Howser: Himself
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Season 21, Episode 8
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Length: 07:05:35
Aired: 12/13/2009
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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" Season 21, Episode 8

When Bart observes that Lisa has a special sibling bond with Maggie that he will never have with a little brother, he asks Homer for a baby brother.

It's snowing in Springfield and the schools are all closed. While school's out, Bart relies on TV and video games to keep him entertained. The electricity goes out and to Bart's amazement, everything he wants to use needs electricity in order to run. Bored and not knowing what to do with his self, Bart sees Lisa and Maggie playing games with one another and bonding. Lisa tells Bart that she and Maggie will always have a strong bond to one another their entire lives because they are sisters. Bart wants to feel that type of connection and decides that he would like a brother.

Bart has a dream showing all the great things he could do if only he had a brother. Guest stars such as the Mannings and the Smothers Brothers appear in his dream telling him all the great things they have accomplished by having a brother. Bart awakens and then tries to convince Homer that he wants a brother. Homer says that's not going to happen because he's "only going to the hospital one more time and he ain't comin' out." Homer goes on to tell Bart how much easier girls are to teach because (among other things) he doesn't have to explain to them how their bodies work, because "...I don't know either." Bart mentions that Homer hasn't explained to him how boys' bodies work. Homer responds with, "Just point and shoot, boy. Point and shoot."

Bart is at the bus stop with Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph ala "South Park" style, and tells the boys how he wants a baby brother. Nelson suggests Bart somehow trick his parents into having "adult time." Bart whips up a five-course romantic dinner. Marge and Homer decide to eat dessert and make love, but realized that they are too stuffed after dessert to do anything else. Milhouse tells Bart to show his parents the video that his parents watched in order to have him, "Kama Sutra: A Soulmates' Journey to Sensual Nirvana." Instead of making babies, they end up hurting themselves.

Bart's last resort is to tamper with Marge's birth control pills, an idea courtesy of the bullies. (Nelson inadvertently eats the real pills after Bart replaces them with Tac-Tics.) However, Marge catches Bart and he gets in trouble. He explains to Marge that he really wants a brother so that he can have what Lisa and Maggie have. Marge says that she thinks that three children are perfect and that just because she has another baby, it doesn't guarantee that it will be a boy. Bart flashes to a "Sex and the City" parody scene, with guest voice Kim Cattrall, to what it would be like to have three sisters. Bart is displeased.

Bart goes to the Springfield orphanage and tries to adopt a brother, but is turned away. One of the orphan boys, Charlie (voiced by Up's Jordan Nagi), hears Bart and decides to find him so that he can be his brother. They begin bonding by doing the typical boy things...poking dead animals, pegging Principal Skinner with snowballs, sharing snacks at Kwik-E-Mart, and going to super scary movies (Sever V).

The boys run into Chief Wiggum after the movie who wants to take Charlie back to the orphanage. The boys hide in a snow bank and Lisa finds them and tries to convince Bart to take Charlie back to the orphanage. Bart takes too long to make a decision of what to do and Barney (back as the Plow King, from The Simpsons days of old), covers the kids up with snow. The boys "point and shoot" and melt their way out of the snow bank.

Bart and Homer go to visit Charlie, but find out he's been adopted by a family with six sisters. Homer lets Bart know that he doesn't need a brother because instead they will bond as father and son.

Things that made us laugh:

  • Homer and Lisa were watching Huell Howser's cooking show and Huell was showing how gelatin was made...from horses.
  • South Park parody where Otto runs over "Kenny."
  • Bart calling Charlie "from the island of misfit boys."
  • Bart telling Charlie that sisters are overrated and then panning over to Maggie being her adorable self.
  • Bart and Charlie going into Sever V. As Bart's going into great detail about all the gross things they're going to see, he goes up to the box office and asks for two tickets to Diversity Kittens (in order to gain admittance into the Cineplex so they can sneak into the R-rated movie after getting inside) and then immediately goes back into the horror talk.
  • Lisa crawling through the "point and shoot" hole that Bart and Charlie made and being grossed out.
  • The Smothers Brothers playing during the credits.
  • Signs at the orphanage that say "Adopt American" and "Love the One You Get."
  • Nelson becoming all emotional after eating the birth control pills Bart threw out and saying things like "my arms are like hams" and to Bart, "go on — leave, it's what you always do!!!!"
  • Bart saying that Homer once rationalized that he doesn't need a younger brother because he was "...one Uday who doesn't need a Qusay."

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When Bart observes that Lisa has a special sibling bond with Maggie that he will never have with a little brother, he asks Homer for a baby brother.

It's snowing in Springfield and the schools are all closed. While school's out, Bart relies on TV and video games to keep him entertained. The electricity goes out and to Bart's amazement, everything he wants to use needs electricity in order to run. Bored and not knowing what to do with his self, Bart sees Lisa and Maggie playing games with one another and bonding. Lisa tells Bart that she and Maggie will always have a strong bond to one another their entire lives because they are sisters. Bart wants to feel that type of connection and decides that he would like a brother.

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