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- ―Barney Gumble
| "Blood Feud"
| Episode Information
Blood Feud is the twenty-second episode of season 2. It originally aired on July 11, 1991. The episode was written by George Meyer and directed David Silverman. The episode includes the debut of the Olmec head Xtapolapocetl, which would become a common background prop in the Simpson home.
Homer discovers that Bart has a rare blood type that can save Mr. Burns' life, Homer convinces Bart to give blood (in the hopes that Burns will give The Simpsons a cash reward), but when all Mr. Burns gives Bart is a "Thank You" card, Homer writes a nasty letter to his boss...which ends up getting sent to Burns by Bart.
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When Mr. Burns falls ill and desperately needs a blood transfusion, Homer discovers Bart has Mr. Burns' rare blood type, and Homer urges his son to donate, promising that they will be handsomely rewarded. However, Mr. Burns knows nothing of this promise, or even of the Simpsons' desire for a reward, and having received the blood, all he does is send the family a card. Enraged, Homer writes an insulting reply, but Marge convinces him at the last minute not to send it. Later the letter goes missing, as Bart has mailed it still thinking its message is called for.
Homer and Bart's attempts to stop the mail delivery ends in failure, and Mr. Burns is furious at the insult and demands that Homer be beaten. Waylon Smithers calls off the beating, however, on the grounds that this action is no way to thank the man who saved Mr. Burns' life. Just as Marge had convinced Homer to refrain from sending the letter, Smithers has a calming influence on Mr. Burns, and the two men decide instead to buy the family a present. The Simpsons receive an antique, an Olmec head (a massive, Tiki-god-like affair) of Xtapolapocetl (Pronounced 'Ex-tapo-lapo-kettle'). Bart, the blood donor, likes the gift; Homer hates it.
This episode was part of the second season production run, but was completed behind schedule, so it was broadcast after the normal season run as part of Fox's "premiere week", which during, Fox aired new episodes of their top shows. The reason for this is so they could gain new viewers for the fall. This episode is considered a second season episode, being part of The Complete Second Season DVD boxset.
This episode finished 24th in the ratings for the week begining July 8, 1991, with a Nielsen rating of 10.9. It was the second highest rated program on Fox, only beaten by Beverly Hills, 90210.
- ↑ Curtright, Guy (1991-07-11). "Today's TV Tips". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- ↑ The Associated Press (1991-07-17). "Nielsen ratings/July 8–14". Long Beach Press-Telegram.
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