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That Timmy O’Toole Is a Real Hero!


There might have been some people who didn’t think of the Simpsons “Radio Bart” episode after yesterday’s Balloon Incident (or “Ballooncident”), but I certainly don’t know who those people might be.

I would like to add that I think of “Radio Bart” as the perfect Simpsons episode. I don’t know whether it’s my choice for the very best episode, though at various times it’s been my favourite. But I do know that it’s got everything the show had in its prime period: observational, realistic humour (Bart’s crappy birthday party and gifts), satirical humour (obviously), surreal stuff (“The Lincoln squirrel has been assassinated!”), movie takeoffs (the whole episode came about because Matt Groening wanted to do a homage/ripoff for Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole) family interaction, sentiment, celebrity-bashing, and the “happy God!” scene. Like most of the best episodes, it’s not just packed with jokes, it’s packed with every different kind of humour and storytelling you can do on television.


That Timmy O’Toole Is a Real Hero!

  1. And you're passing up an opportunity to mention Ace in the Hole here, which I know you've done before in this space in relation to "Radio Bart?" Shame.

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  2. See above; I was entering the AITH reference but you beat me to it. You knew I couldn't pass that up.

  3. One of my favorite parts is when Sting is digging for Bart and he says that he has to help a fan out. Marge says that she has never heard Bart mention that he was a fan. Homer then says "Quiet Marge, he's a good digger!"

  4. Come to think of it, this is an amazing episode

  5. Radio Bart is definitely my favourite episode of all time.

  6. Personally, I was thinking of Danny Deckchair all afternoon yesterday. Though after a brief poll done at work, I'm the only person who's ever seen it.

  7. Never mind… then I read Jaime's next comment!