Bart vs Thanksgiving
I will not do that thing with my tongue
couch gag: The family rush in to find Grandpa asleep on the couch.
Director: David Silverman
Synopsis: It’s Thanksgiving. Lisa has made a beautiful centrepiece for the table featuring heroines from America’s past. Trying to find room for the turkey, Bart flings the centrepiece into the fireplace, breaking Lisa’s heart. Bart is sent to his room, but he runs away with Santa’s Little Helper. When he returns, he has a heart-to-heart with Lisa and finally apologises to her.
Discussion: Ah, Bart! It’s a typical Bart stunt to make room for the “real” centrepiece of Thanksgiving, the turkey. But in a moment of a collective gasp, the centrepiece bursts into flames as does Lisa’s heart. It’s sibling rivalry at its finest, along with the touching moments on the roof when Bart finds that centre of guilt and truly apologises to Lisa. Aww!
Both the Bouvier and Simpson families are represented here. Marge’s sisters and mother have come for dinner as well as Grandpa Simpson. Mrs Bouvier has laryngitis but is willing to risk her voice to put Marge down at every opportunity. Patty and Selma are kind in comparison. It’s exactly the awkward family situations many people find themselves in over the holidays (obviously, here in Australia we don’t have Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other holidays for awkward family moments).
As with any holiday-themed show, there’s the Real Meaning of Holiday scene, where various members of the show do some soul searching and find that special meaning. However, for the viewer, that scene is probably Kent Brockman’s broadcast from the homeless shelter where Bart found some free grub. At that moment, the viewer is to be grateful for family and food. Mr Burns’ wasted food is another example; be thankful for what you have. Let’s face it, holiday specials are supposed to be meaningful, and this episode pulls it off perfectly.