[MG15] Bart and Dad Eat Dinner

Bart and Dad Eat Dinner                                Written by Matt Groening
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> Didja notice...
    Voice credits:
        NANCY CARTWRIGHT as Bart

    Animators were Wes Archer, Bill Kopp, and David Silverman.

    The credits list the casting director as BONNIE PIETILA rather

    ... the mouse hole in the foyer?
    ... Bart's wearing a white shirt?

> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:48, which means
that nothing was cut for syndication.

> Quotes and scene summary
% B = Bart, H = Homer, M = Marge
% The Simpsons living room.  Over the couch is a picture
% of an ocean liner.  Homer and Bart.  In Homer's left hand is a plate
% heaped with green goop.  A plate of orange goop is in his right hand.

H: Hey there, boy.  Mom took the girls to the `ballet' tonight, so
   it's just you and me, kid.

% Homer says the word `ballet' in a `la dee da' teasing manner.

B: [not enthusiastic]  Uh, sure, Dad.
H: So set up the TV trays and let's get started.
   You want the frozen fish nuggets [the orange goop]
   or pork-a-roni! [the green glop]

% Bart's cheeks puff out in mock vomit.

B: [still not enthusiastic] Well, it's a toss-up, Dad.
H: I've got an idea!
   Let's mix them together smorgasborg [sic] style!

% Homer upends the plate of green goop atop the plate of orange goop
% and mushes the two plates like an accordion.  After a few compressions,
% the glop has turned a uniform purple color.

H: Voila!  Fish pork-a-roni a la Simpson.

% Bart raises his hand.

B: Uh, Dad?  Is it too late for me to catch a bus to the ballet?

% [End of Act One.  Time: 0:30]
% The picture over the couch is of the ocean liner nearing a mine floating
% in the water.  (You know, the round spikey things.)
% Homer stands where he was before, carrying a plate of steaming-hot
% purple/pink glop.  The two TV trays are set up in front of the couch,
% but Bart is nowhere to be seen.

H: Where'd he go?  Bart?  Bart?  Bart...

% Homer's calling becomes short and clipped.

H: Bart!  Bart!  Bart-Bart!

% Bart's head rises from behind the couch.

H: Baaart!
B: Here I am.

% Bart climbs over the couch.  Homer has an angry expression.

H: Eat.

% Homer tosses the plate of purple/pink glop (a ten-inch high pile)
% on the TV tray in front of Bart (*splort*), who has sat down.  The glop
% jiggles as it lands.  Bart pokes his finger at it and tastes his finger.

B: Yech.  Tastes like dog food.
H: Bart!

% Bart holds a forkful of steaming hot purple/pink glop.

B: Does eating dog food turn you into a dog?

% Homer barks back.

H: Bart!
B: Well, that answers that question.

% [End of Act Two.  Time: 0:55]
% The ship is going down in flames.  Homer and Bart are seated facing each
% other, eating off the TV trays.  Both have a huge pile of purple/pink
% glop.  Homer's mouth is demonstrably full of glop, which he swallows.
% Homer shakes his forkful of glop at Bart.  (Little gloplets fly off.)
% The area around Homer's plate is spattered with glop.  Bart hasn't
% touched his food.  He just sits there, fork in hand, staring at the food.

H: [scolding] You're not touching your fish pork nuggets-a-roni, boy.

% The fork flies out of Homer's hand.

H: [brightly] Whoops!  Dropped my fork!

% While Homer bends down to pick up his fork, Bart dumps his food on
% Homer's plate.  (*splort*)  When Homer gets back up, Bart sits in
% his chair with an innocent smile, staring at the ceiling.  Homer
% is somewhat astounded.

H: Finished already?

% Bart holds his very clean plate.

B: Mmmm.  Licked the plate clean.

% Homer reaches down and produces a saucepan of, yes, more purple/pink glop.
% Bart reacts accordingly.

H: Good!  Cause there's plenty more where that came from!

% Homer forks a huge dollop of glop onto Bart's plate.  Bart's cheeks
% puff out.
% [End of Act Three.  Time: 1:17]
% The foyer.  Marge and the girls return home.  Lisa and Maggie ballet-dance
% on tip-toes off stage right.  (Maggie falls just as she leaves.)

M: We're home!  The ballet was divine!  Oh, it was just...
   [sniffs]  What's that smell?

% She spots Homer and Bart, asleep on the couch, the remnants of a
% fish-a-roni pork nuggets-a-thon on the TV trays.  The painting depicts
% a bubbling ocean (glug glug) and some flotsam.

M: [adorably]  Oh, look at that.  Our own two husky men snuggled
   together on the couch.

% Bart moans.
% Close-up on Homer's face.  He talks and gesticulates in his sleep.

H: Pass that bucket of [smacks his lips] fish pork nuggets-a-roni this way.

% Bart, meanwhile, waves his arms in front of him.  He is apparently
% having a nightmare.

B: Come on, man.  No nuggified fish porklets.  Ohhhh noooooo....

M: Isn't that sweet...

% [End of Act Four.  Time: 1:48]
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