7F03: Bart Gets An F

Airdate: 11 October 1990

Writer: David M. Stern
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Mrs Krabappel warns Bart that he is in danger of flunking history if he does not do better on his next test. Instead of studying, Bart watches TV and plays games. At school Bart pretends he is sick and is sent home. He calls Milhouse that night to get the test answers, which were wrong, and he gets an F. Told he'll be kept back a grade, Bart is given one more chance. He gets Martin to help him. The night before the big day, Bart asks God for one more day. The next morning, a blizzard causes the school to be closed! He goes upstairs to study. The next day, he still got an F, but after he tells Mrs. Krabappel a history fact, she pulls the grade up to a D minus. Bart is happy.
 

7F02: Simpson And Delilah

Airdate: 18 October 1990

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Homer discovers a hair growth formula named Dimoxinil. The problem is, he can't afford it. Homer cheats his employer's heath insurance policy to make the company pay for it. Applying the new formula, Homer wakes up with a full head of hair. Marge likes the new Homer, and Mr Burns even recognizes him and promotes him. Homer hires an assistant named Karl. With Karl's help, Homer impresses Burns and scores the key to the executive washroom. Smithers gets jealous, and snoops though Homer's files and finds the insurance claim. Karl takes the blame for doctoring the claim, and is fired, leaving Homer working by himself. Bart breaks the bottle of Dimoxinil leaving homer a bald man again. He gives a speech to his executives but without hair, nobody takes him seriously. Burns demotes him to his old position.
 

7F04: Treehouse Of Horror I

Airdate: 24 October 1990
Writer: John Swartzwelder, Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky, Sam Simon
Director: Wes Archer, Rich Moore, David Silverman
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Bad Dream House: The family moves into an old haunted house. The walls ooze blood and talk, and even posesses the family to kill each other.
Hungry Are The Damned: The Simpsons are abducted by aliens. Lisa thinks they abducted them so they could eat them, but they were really going to send them to a planet and treat them like gods. The aliens feelings are hurt, and they let the family go.
The Raven: Lisa reads Edgar Allan Poe's tale of horror, As Homer listens, he visualizes himself as the narrator, Marge as Lenore, and Bart as the Raven.
 

7F01: Two Cars In Every Garage And Three Eyes On Every Fish

Airdate: 1 November 1990
Writer: Sam Simon and John Swartzwelder
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

While fishing near the Springfield Nuclear Reactor, Bart and Lisa catch a fish with three eyes. The event makes headlines and a Washington regulatory committee sends a team to investigate it. The team tells Burns if the plant isn't cleaned up they will shut it down. Burns runs for govenor in hopes that he can pass laws to keep the plant open. Burns' declares that the three eyes on the fish was simply nature's way of improving her handywork. His public relations people fear he may be losing touch with the common man, so they arrange for him to have dinner with The Simpsons. With TV cameras rolling, Marge places the three eyed fish onto Burns's plate. Burns takes a bite of the radioactive fish and spits it out, sinking his campaign.
 

7F05: Dancin' Homer

Airdate: 8 November 1990

Writer: Ken Levine and David Isaacs
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Homer recounts his brush with fame to his friends at Moes Tavern. The story unfolds. The family attends the baseball gathering held by the Nuclear Power Plant. Burns, of all people, sits next to Homer. To Homer's surprise, Burns buy's Homer a few drinks. Soon, Homer is drunk. With the Isotopes down by three runs, Homer excites the crowd with an impromptu dance and rallies the team to victory. The Isotopes manager gets Homer a job as the team mascot. He accepts, and leads the team on a winning streak. Homer is soon offered a job with the Capital City Capitals. The Simpsons sell everything and move to the big city. On his first night as team mascot, his small-town routine flops before the big city crowd and he is fired. Homer is happy because the folks at Moes were not interested in his failure, but hearing his adventures.
 

7F08: Dead Putting Society

Airdate: 15 November 1990

Writer: Jeff Martin
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

When Homer runs into Ned Flanders and his son Todd at a mini-putt golf course, Homer is convinced that Bart is better at the game than Todd is, and well, Ned thinks otherwise. The two parents sign their children up for the annual golf tournament. Homer doesn't pay attention to how good Bart is at the game, so Lisa researches and gives him some pointers. Ned and Homer's bet becomes more challenging when they agree that the father of the child that doesn't win will have to mow the other's lawn in their wives Sunday dress. At the tournament, Todd and Bart are equal on the last hole and decide that they will both forfeit. Both children win, and both fathers must mow each others lawn in a dress.
 

7F07: Bart Vs. Thanksgiving

Airdate: 22 November 1990

Writer: George Meyer
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

The Simpsons and Bouvier flock gather at the Simpsons household for a thanksgiving dinner. Lisa plans on unveiling her centerpiece at the dinner. Bart complains the centerpiece is in the place where the turkey should go. The two fight and the centerpiece ends up roasting on an open fire. Furious, Lisa runs upstairs crying, and Bart is sent to his room. Feeling mistreated, Bart runs away. Felling cold and hungry he finds a homeless shelter and eats their thanksgiving dinner. Kent brockmen interviews Bart and puts him on the news, while at home the family is watching him. Bart eventually wanders back home, but instead of going in to apologize, he goes up on the roof. He hears Lisa crying and too, pulls her up onto the roof. When Bart realizes what he done was wrong, he apologizes while Marge and Homer look on.
 

7F06: Bart The Daredevil

Airdate: 6 December 1990

Writer: Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

While at a Truckasaurus show, Bart is enthralled with the stunts of fearless daredevil Captain Lance Murdock. When one of his stunts goes wrong, he is sent to hospital. Dispite all this, Bart wants to become a daredevil, so he performs skateboard tricks in front of his friends. He hurts himself and is sent to hospital where Dr. Hibbert gives him a safety lecture. However, he sees Lance Murdock in the hospital, who encourages him to give it a go. With his encouragement, Bart plans on jumping Springfield Gorge. Homer concludes that the only way he can stop Bart is to perform the stunt himself to show him how dangerous it is. Bart knows that Homer will die, so he pulls out of the stunt. Homer accidentaly steps on the board and unwantingly performs the stunt.. falling down the gorge, but still lives on.
 

7F09: Itchy & Scratchy & Marge

Airdate: 20 December 1990

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

After watching a violent Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, Maggie hits Homer over the head with a mallet. Marge realizes she decided to do such a thing because of watching the show. She sends a letter to it's creators which is just mocked and has no effect. Marge protests in front of the studio where the show is produced and soon gains nationwide support. Marge appears on TV and asks parents to send letters to the creators. As ratings plummet, the producers ask Marge for ideas on the new look 'Itchy & Scratchy'. Her ideas turn the show into a boring tame television show, and the ratings hit rock bottom. Subsequently, Michelangelo's nude "David" is exhibited at a museum and other crusaders ask Marge to rally their cause. But Marge finds nothing objectional about the statue. Caught in a dilemma, she realizes that she was wrong for protesting against a form of free speech, and the show is resumed to what it used to be.
 

7F10: Bart Gets Hit By A Car

Airdate: 10 January 1991

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

As the title explains, Bart gets hit by a car driven by Mr. Burns while riding on his board. Mr Burns offers 100 dollars to pay for Bart's injuries, but Homer objects and turns to Lionel Hutz. Bart must lie in court in order for Homer to earn a million-dollar settlement. When Burns realizes he will not win the case, he offers Homer a settlement of 500,000 dollars. Homer will not settle on an agreement. Burns' lawyers put Marge on the bench. She tells the jury the truth about the accident, causing Homer to go into a state of depression.
 

7F11: One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Airdate: 24 January 1991

Writer: Neil Scovell
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

While at the Happy Sumo Seafood restaraunt, Homer orders a Sushi delicacy. The food was prepared improperly, which can often be fatal. Homer goes to the hospital where Dr. Hibbert tells him he has 24 hours to live. With not much time left to spare, Homer creates a list of things for him to do before he dies. Homer falls asleep in his chair in front of the window while listening to the Bible on tape, expecting to never awake. The next morning, Marge holds his lifeless body, but notices his drool is still warm. Homer squirms and discovers he's still alive, and the family celebrate.
 

7F12: The Way We Was

Airdate: 31 January 1991

Writer: Al Jean, Mike Reiss and Sam Simon
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

The story takes place back in 1974, the year Homer and Marge first met. They both land themselves in detention and take a seat next to each other. To impress Marge, Homer signs up for the debate team, and asks Marge to tutor him in French, just so that he can spend more time with her. Homer asks her to the prom, and she accepts, but then finds out Homers little scheme and they have an argument. Artie Ziff then asks her to the prom, and she accepts. Meanwhile, Homer thinks Marge is still going with him, not paying attention to what their argument meant. He ends up going to the prom alone. On the way home, Artie tries to make love to Marge. She demands to be taken home. On the way home, she sees Homer walking on the side of the road, alone. When she gets home she grabs her car and picks him up, realizing he was the one for her all along.
 

7F13: Homer Vs. Lisa And The 8th Commandment

Airdate: 7 February 1991
Writer: Steve Pepoon
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Homer gets an illegal cable TV hookup for free just in time for the major boxing match. Lisa learns the 8th Commandment "thou shall not steal", and fears the family will be punished for stealling the cable. Marge joins Lisa when she decides not to watch the television, and on the night of the big match, Homer feels sorry for sending his family outside. He joins them outside while his friends watch along in front of the TV. When the match is over he snips the cable, leaving half the neighborhood in blackout mode in the process.
 

7F15: Principal Charming

Airdate: 14 February 1991

Writer: David Stern
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Selma, feeling lonely, decides she wants a husband. Marge sends Homer on a hunt for the perfect man, and he picks Principal Skinner. Skinner arrives at the Simpsons house, and Homer unknowingly introduces him to Patty, instead of Selma. Skinner falls in love at first sight, and the two start dating, leaving Selma in more despair than ever. When Selma discovers that Skinner plans on asking Patty to marry him, she starts dating the only guy left... Barney. Patty sees Selma's emotional despair and turns down Seymour's proposal. Both couples break up.
 

7F16: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Airdate: 21 February 1991

Writer: Jeff Martin
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Grampa suffers a mild heart attack, and revealls to Homer that he has a half brother, produced from a one night stand. He tracks down his brother, Herb Powell, who lives in Detroit. They arrive at his house, which turns out to be a mansion. Herb is a millionaire, owning a huge car company. Herb sees Homer as the typical American, so he lets him design a car for all the "Homer Simpsons" out there. Homer's car is a total flop. Herb loses his business and is forced to give up all of his posessions. He leaves on a bus, and the episode ends. Little do we know that Herb's story is not over...
 

7F14: Bart's Dog Gets An F

Airdate: 7 March 1991

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Santas Little Helper becomes a total neusence so the family send him off to dog obedience school. Bart takes him to Canine College, where the dog makes no progress whatsoever. When the dog eats Homer's favorite cookie and ruins the family heirloom quilt, Homer decides it's time to give the dog away. Bart begs for one last chance, and Homer accepts, but he must pass the final exam at obedience school. The dog still refuses to respond, until Bart sets him straight that he'll leave the family if he doesn't cooperate. Santa's Little Helper passes the final exam and the family watches with pride.
 

7F17: Old Money

Airdate: 28 March 1991

Writer: Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Abe meets a lady named Bea Simmons at his retirement home. After a few days, the two fall in love, leading up to her birthday in Sunday. He prepares for the event, but instead, Homer grabs him, chucks him in the car and they take him to the Discount Lion Safari. Grampa returns home to rest, and discovers that while he was out, Beatrice passed away. Her will says that Abe inherits her fortune of 100 thousand dollars. Bea appears as a ghost and tells him to use the money to help those in need. Homer stops Abe from gambling the money away, and he decides that the money should be spent on refurbishing the reirement home.
 

7F18: Brush With Greatness

Airdate: 11 April 1991

Writer: Brian K. Roberts
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Homer decides it's time to go on a diet after getting stuck in the waterslide at Mount Splashmore. While looking for his barbells in the attic, Homer notices drawings of Ringo Starr that Marge painted when she had a crush on him in high school. Lisa tells Marge she should go to an art school because she has talent. Marge signs up for an art class at the College and paints a photo of Homer asleep on the couch in his underwear. The teacher loves the painting and enters it into the Art Show. Marge wins the contest, and Mr. Burns wants her to paint him. While at their house, Marge walks in on Mr. Burns nude getting out of the shower. Burns mocks Homers attempt at weight loss, while Marge is angry with Burns. She paints a picture of the REAL Burns she saw in the bathroom. At it's unveiling, Burns is outraged but grows to like the painting.
 

7F19: Lisa's Substitute

Airdate: 25 April 1991

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Miss Hoover comes down with Lyme Disease and Mr Bergstrom (pictured) takes over the class. Lisa develops a crush on this new witty heartwarming teacher. She runs into him at the museum and is embarassed when Homer displays his stupidity. The next day at school, Lisa is shattered to find Miss Hoover has returned, and Mr. Bergstrom has left town. Lisa takes her grief out on Homer and calls him a baboon. Homer decides to act more like the father he should be, and Lisa apologises.
 

7F20: The War Of The Simpsons

Airdate: 2 May 1991

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Marge and Homer throw a party, but when Homer gets drunk and starts making a pass at Maude Flanders, telling off strangers, and stumbling over furniture, Marge signs up for a weekend retreat of marriage counselling hosted by Rev. Lovejoy. Homer finds out that the retreat will be held at Catfish Lake. Being the selfish person he is, he packs his fishing gear, hoping to catch the legendary catfish, the General Sherman. Marge discovers Homer planned to go fishing over fixing their marriage. Homer takes a walk instead. On his walk, he picks up an abandoned fishing pole which yanks and pulls him along the pier into a rowboat and onto the lake, the General Sherman being on the other end. Marge sees Homer from the cabin window and is disappointed. Homer catches the trophy fish, but Marge tells him that their marriage is in serious trouble if he values a fish more than her. To proove his love, he throws the fish back into the water and Marge forgives him.
 

7F21: Three Men And A Comic Book

Airdate: 9 May 1991

Writer: Jeff Martin
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Bart finds the first issue of Radioactive Man at the Androids Dungeon sale table for $100. He doesn't have that money she he gets a job doing odd jobs for Mrs. Glick, a friend of Marge's. He's given only 50 cents for his hard work. Bart takes his $35 to the comic book store to buy the comic. At the store, Milhouse and Martin also want to buy the book, and if they add all their money together, it will equal to $100. They buy the comic book and spend the night in Bart's treehouse. Martin stirs in the middle of the night, so Bart and Milhouse tie him up, thinking he was trying to take off with the book. Bart and Milhouse start to fight and the storm whisks the comic book into the air. Milhouse is being held by Bart off the edge of the Treehouse by his sleeve. If he lets go, Milhouse will die. But the comic book is also next to him. Bart decides to save Milhouse, the comic book flies off and is hit by lightning, leaving them with nothing.
 

7F22: Blood Feud

Airdate: 11 August 1991

Writer: George Meyer
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Mr. Burns is diagnosed with hypohemia and needs a double O negative blood donor. Nobody at the plant comes forward except Homer who thinks there will be a large reward involved. Bart's blood type matches Burns, so he donates some. Burns is more alive than ever and sends Bart a thankyou note and nothing else. Homer is outraged and sends a vindictive letter. Marge stops him from posting it, but Bart didn't know this and mailed it out. When Burns gets the letter he vows to make Homer miserable. He orders Smithers to have Homer beaten to a pulp, but Smithers refuses to harm the man that saved Burns' life. Mr. Burns comes to his senses, and buys them a gift; a rare Olmec Indian head statue. Bart thinks it's cool, but Homer doesn't approve of it.
 


The Episodes
[7F03] - Bart Get's An 'F'
[7F02] - Simpson And Delilah
[7F04] - Treehouse Of Horror I
[7F01] - 2 Cars In Garage & 3 Eyes On Fish
[7F05] - Dancin' Homer
[7F08] - Dead Putting Society
[7F07] - Bart Vs. Thanksgiving
[7F06] - Bart The Daredevil
[7F09] - Itchy And Scratchy And Marge
[7F10] - Bart Gets Hit By A Car
[7F11] - 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Blowfish, Bluefish
[7F12] - The Way We Was
[7F13] - Homer Vs Lisa & 8th Commandment
[7F15] - Principal Charming
[7F16] - Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
[7F14] - Bart's Dog Gets An F
[7F17] - Old Money
[7F18] - Brush With Greatness
[7F19] - Lisa's Substitute
[7F20] - The War Of The Simpsons
[7F21] - Three Men And A Comic Book
[7F22] - Blood Feud


Matt Groening Says:
Twenty-two jam-packed episodes of malicious cartoon frivolity that helped make 1990 and 1991 such entertaining and annoying years. This is when full-blown Simpsons mania hit America, and millions of thoughtful young people across the land were either wearing or selling bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts.

The wild success of the TV show, along with every product that had Bart's leering face slapped on it, would have been daunting had we been able to look up from our drawing tables. But everyone who worked on The Simpsons was so consumed with the making of the weekly cartoon that we were able to maintain the exhaustion and worry and carefully nursed bitterness that lies behind all successful Hollywood extravaganzas. If the first season was a series of wild experiments that succeeded beyond our dreams, the second season was a nonstop workathon that was redeemed by the knowledge we were amusing and irritating so many people.

Many of the shows from this season remain among my all-time favorites. I'm particularly fond of Bart's pride in getting a grade of D-minus at the end of "Bart Gets an F"; the debut of the ever-slobbering Kang and Kodos in the first of our annual Treehouse of Horror episodes; Homer almost making it across Springfield Gorge on Bart's skateboard; Mr. Burns taking a reluctant bite of Blinky; the three-eyed fish; Maggie bonking Homer with a mallet after watching an Itchy & scratchy a cartoon; Bart going to Hell in "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"' and the flashback scene in "The way We Was", when Homer catches his first glimpse of Marge in high school (she was hot).

So put on a ratty old Simpsons T-shirt, grab a bowlful of heavily-salted snack treats, and sink into the couch for a marathon of Simpsons classics. If you look carefully, you can see actual drops of blood, sweat and tears on many of the animation cels. Enjoy!

Your pal
Matt Groening



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