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== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
 
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[[File:The Telltale Head title card.png|250px|thumb|left|This episode's title card]]
The episode begins with [[Homer]] and Hank walking on a sidewalk in downtown [[Springfield]] at nighttime. Homer has the head of a statue in his arms. As the two turn the corner, an angry mob advances on them. Homer and Hank are forced to turn and run away. The mob corners Homer and Hank in the town square next to the headless Jebediah Springfield statue. As the mob angrily advances, Homer climbs up onto the statue and begs everyone to please listen to his story. Flashback to Sunday morning: the family's getting ready for church, and Homer's preoccupied with a football game.  
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The episode begins with [[Homer]] and Bart walking on a sidewalk in downtown [[Springfield]] at nighttime. Bart has the head of a statue in his arms. As the two turn the corner, an angry mob advances on them. Homer and Bart are forced to turn and run away. The mob corners Homer and Bart in the town square next to the headless Jebediah Springfield statue. As the mob angrily advances, Bart climbs up onto the statue and begs everyone to please listen to his story. Flashback to Sunday morning: the family's getting ready for church, and Homer's preoccupied with a football game.  
  
On the way into church, [[Marge]] confiscates Bart's personal radio with headphones and gives them to Homer. During Sunday school, the teacher and students discuss the topic of who's allowed in [[Heaven]]. All of the students ask a lot of questions and, at the end, confuse and drive the teacher crazy. Back in the [[First Church of Springfield|church]], while the sermon's about sports gambling, Homer's oblivious because he's using Bart's headphones to listen to the game. On the way home from church, Marge expresses her disapproval of Homer's headphones and Bart sees the movie theater's playing ''{{ap|Space Mutants|films}}'', and begs to see it; Homer doesn't care, but Marge tells him no. Later at home, The All Stars arrive and talk about Monster Movies tonight while Bart asks for five dollars from Homer and takes off with Bobby Hill on his skateboard. Bart and Bobby skates over to the movie theater. Once there, they encounters two of the worst kids in school: [[Jimbo]] and [[Kearney]]. Bart and Bobby makes a good impression on them and, when [[Dolph]] pokes his head out the emergency exit door and says the coast is clear, they invite him to sneak into ''Space Mutants 4'' with them. Bart and Bobby, a little unsure of the situation, agrees to sneak into the movie.
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On the way into church, [[Marge]] confiscates Bart's personal radio with headphones and gives them to Homer. During Sunday school, the teacher and students discuss the topic of who's allowed in [[Heaven]]. All of the students ask a lot of questions and, at the end, confuse and drive the teacher crazy. Back in the [[First Church of Springfield|church]], while the sermon's about sports gambling, Homer's oblivious because he's using Bart's headphones to listen to the game. On the way home from church, Marge expresses her disapproval of Homer's headphones and Bart sees the movie theater's playing ''{{ap|Space Mutants|films}}'', and begs to see it; Homer doesn't care, but Marge tells him no. Later at home, Bart asks for five dollars from Homer and takes off on his skateboard. Bart skates over to the movie theater. Once there, he encounters two of the worst kids in school: [[Jimbo]] and [[Kearney]]. Bart makes a good impression on them and, when [[Dolph]] pokes his head out the emergency exit door and says the coast is clear, they invite him to sneak into ''Space Mutants 4'' with them. Bart, a little unsure of the situation, agrees to sneak into the movie.
  
Inside the movie theater, the kids watch the movie, are discovered by an angry usher, and are kicked out of the theater. Back outside, the group including Bart and Bobby head to the [[Kwik-E-Mart]]. While Bart and Bobby unwittingly distracts [[Apu]] and orders 4 [[Squishee]]s, the other kids swipe a bunch of stuff from the store. Bart and Bobby meets up with them in the parking lot, realizes he was used to help steal from the store, and, in an effort to stay cool with the group, he doesn't say anything. They all wander over to the town square to throw rocks at the Jebediah Springfield statue. Once again, Bart and Bobby goes along with the group so they will like him. Later, while the group shoots the breeze, one of the kids says it'll be cool if somebody cut the head off the statue. When Bart and Bobby hears this, he defends the town founder, [[Jebediah Springfield]], and the other three ridicule and tease him for it. Bart and Bobby walks away embarrassed. When Bart and Bobby walks home by himself, they  passes by the statue again, and, thinking about what the kids said earlier, they gets an idea. Bart and Bobby arrives home and talks to Homer in the kitchen about the importance of being popular. Homer tells Bart and Bobby that, no matter what it takes, popularity is the most important thing in life. That night after everyone is asleep, the All Stars Bart and Bobby are watching Monster Movies late at night while a black clad Homer and a black clad Hank sneaks out of the house and heads to the town square. Once at the square, Homer and Hank climbs to the top of the statue with a hacksaw and beheads the statue.
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Inside the movie theater, the kids watch the movie, are discovered by an angry usher, and are kicked out of the theater. Back outside, the group including Bart head to the [[Kwik-E-Mart]]. While Bart unwittingly distracts [[Apu]] and orders 4 [[Squishee]]s, the other kids swipe a bunch of stuff from the store. Bart meets up with them in the parking lot, realizes he was used to help steal from the store, and, in an effort to stay cool with the group, he doesn't say anything. They all wander over to the town square to throw rocks at the Jebediah Springfield statue. Once again, Bart goes along with the group so they will like him. Later, while the group shoots the breeze, one of the kids says it'll be cool if somebody cut the head off the statue. When Bart hears this, he defends the town founder, [[Jebediah Springfield]], and the other three ridicule and tease him for it. Bart walks away embarrassed. When Bart walks home by himself, he passes by the statue again, and, thinking about what the kids said earlier, he gets an idea. Bart arrives home and talks to Homer in the kitchen about the importance of being popular. Homer tells Bart that, no matter what it takes, popularity is the most important thing in life. That night after everyone is asleep, a black clad Bart sneaks out of the house and heads to the town square. Once at the square, Bart climbs to the top of the statue with a hacksaw and beheads the statue.
  
The next morning Homer and Hank wakes up in bed next to the head of Jebediah (an homage to ''[[The Godfather]]''). Homer and Hank heads downstairs to the kitchen with the head in his backpack where everyone's eating breakfast when a report comes over the radio announcing the decapitation of the town statue. Homer and Hank starts to get nervous when he sees how everyone in the family becomes angry after hearing the report. Scenes from [[Moe's Tavern]] and the [[Springfield Retirement Castle|Retirement Castle]] reveal everyone else is upset about the statue as well. In town, Homer and Hank meets up with the three kids from the day before. He's about to show them the head when he hears them say they were just kidding about decapitating the statue and will like to pound whoever stole Jebediah's head. Homer and Hank quickly picks up his backpack and hurries away toward home, passing through a growing angry crowd downtown. On the way, Homer’s and Hank’s guilty conscience talks to him in the form of Jebediah's voice.  
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The next morning Bart wakes up in bed next to the head of Jebediah (an homage to ''[[The Godfather]]''). Bart heads downstairs to the kitchen with the head in his backpack where everyone's eating breakfast when a report comes over the radio announcing the decapitation of the town statue. Bart starts to get nervous when he sees how everyone in the family becomes angry after hearing the report. Scenes from [[Moe's Tavern]] and the [[Springfield Retirement Castle|Retirement Castle]] reveal everyone else is upset about the statue as well. In town, Bart meets up with the three kids from the day before. He's about to show them the head when he hears them say they were just kidding about decapitating the statue and will like to pound whoever stole Jebediah's head. Bart quickly picks up his backpack and hurries away toward home, passing through a growing angry crowd downtown. On the way, Bart's guilty conscience talks to him in the form of Jebediah's voice.  
  
Back at home, Homer and Hank quickly goes to the back yard and tries to bury the head, but his guilty conscience, acting as Jebediah, talks him out of it. Cut to the living room where the All Stars and the rest of the family's watching TV; Homer and Hank walks in with the head and confesses, much to the shock of the family. When Hank tells Homer he stole the head to become popular, Homer realizes he's at fault as well. Homer and Hank head back into town with the head, and now the story meets back up with the beginning of the episode. As Homer finishes the story, he apologizes to the angry mob, and they have a turn of heart and forgive him. Homer and Hank  places the head back on the statue, and all's well as the mob cheers.
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Back at home, Bart quickly goes to the back yard and tries to bury the head, but his guilty conscience, acting as Jebediah, talks him out of it. Cut to the living room where the rest of the family's watching TV; Bart walks in with the head and confesses, much to the shock of the family. When Bart tells Homer he stole the head to become popular, Homer realizes he's at fault as well. Homer and Bart head back into town with the head, and now the story meets back up with the beginning of the episode. As Bart finishes the story, he apologizes to the angry mob, and they have a turn of heart and forgive him. Bart places the head back on the statue, and all's well as the mob cheers.
  
 
== Production ==
 
== Production ==

Revision as of 18:15, September 13, 2019

Season 1 Episode
007 "The Call of the Simpsons"
008
"The Telltale Head"
"Life on the Fast Lane" 009
"I wish someone would cut his ugly old head off!"
Jimbo Jones
The Telltale Head
Bart Worried About the Statue (The Telltale Head).png
Episode Information
Episode Number: 8
Production Code: 7G07
Original Airdate: February 25, 1990
Couch Gag: Bart is squeezed off the couch, flies out of frame, and lands in front of the TV.
Blackboard Text: "I Did Not See Elvis"; one line reads "I Did See Elvis"
Show Runner(s): James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written By: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Sam Simon
Matt Groening
Directed By: Rich Moore
DVD features


"The Telltale Head" was the eighth episode of season 1. It originally aired on February 25, 1990. The episode was written Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Sam Simon and Matt Groening. Rich Moore directed it. This is the first episode of the series in which Sideshow Bob, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Krusty the Clown, Jimbo Jones, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Dolph Starbeam, Ms. Albright, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, and Kent Brockman appear.

Synopsis

"Bart cuts off Jebediah Springfield's statue's head to be cool to some bullies, but the whole city gets angry and starts looking for the vandal."


Plot

This episode's title card

The episode begins with Homer and Bart walking on a sidewalk in downtown Springfield at nighttime. Bart has the head of a statue in his arms. As the two turn the corner, an angry mob advances on them. Homer and Bart are forced to turn and run away. The mob corners Homer and Bart in the town square next to the headless Jebediah Springfield statue. As the mob angrily advances, Bart climbs up onto the statue and begs everyone to please listen to his story. Flashback to Sunday morning: the family's getting ready for church, and Homer's preoccupied with a football game.

On the way into church, Marge confiscates Bart's personal radio with headphones and gives them to Homer. During Sunday school, the teacher and students discuss the topic of who's allowed in Heaven. All of the students ask a lot of questions and, at the end, confuse and drive the teacher crazy. Back in the church, while the sermon's about sports gambling, Homer's oblivious because he's using Bart's headphones to listen to the game. On the way home from church, Marge expresses her disapproval of Homer's headphones and Bart sees the movie theater's playing Space Mutants, and begs to see it; Homer doesn't care, but Marge tells him no. Later at home, Bart asks for five dollars from Homer and takes off on his skateboard. Bart skates over to the movie theater. Once there, he encounters two of the worst kids in school: Jimbo and Kearney. Bart makes a good impression on them and, when Dolph pokes his head out the emergency exit door and says the coast is clear, they invite him to sneak into Space Mutants 4 with them. Bart, a little unsure of the situation, agrees to sneak into the movie.

Inside the movie theater, the kids watch the movie, are discovered by an angry usher, and are kicked out of the theater. Back outside, the group including Bart head to the Kwik-E-Mart. While Bart unwittingly distracts Apu and orders 4 Squishees, the other kids swipe a bunch of stuff from the store. Bart meets up with them in the parking lot, realizes he was used to help steal from the store, and, in an effort to stay cool with the group, he doesn't say anything. They all wander over to the town square to throw rocks at the Jebediah Springfield statue. Once again, Bart goes along with the group so they will like him. Later, while the group shoots the breeze, one of the kids says it'll be cool if somebody cut the head off the statue. When Bart hears this, he defends the town founder, Jebediah Springfield, and the other three ridicule and tease him for it. Bart walks away embarrassed. When Bart walks home by himself, he passes by the statue again, and, thinking about what the kids said earlier, he gets an idea. Bart arrives home and talks to Homer in the kitchen about the importance of being popular. Homer tells Bart that, no matter what it takes, popularity is the most important thing in life. That night after everyone is asleep, a black clad Bart sneaks out of the house and heads to the town square. Once at the square, Bart climbs to the top of the statue with a hacksaw and beheads the statue.

The next morning Bart wakes up in bed next to the head of Jebediah (an homage to The Godfather). Bart heads downstairs to the kitchen with the head in his backpack where everyone's eating breakfast when a report comes over the radio announcing the decapitation of the town statue. Bart starts to get nervous when he sees how everyone in the family becomes angry after hearing the report. Scenes from Moe's Tavern and the Retirement Castle reveal everyone else is upset about the statue as well. In town, Bart meets up with the three kids from the day before. He's about to show them the head when he hears them say they were just kidding about decapitating the statue and will like to pound whoever stole Jebediah's head. Bart quickly picks up his backpack and hurries away toward home, passing through a growing angry crowd downtown. On the way, Bart's guilty conscience talks to him in the form of Jebediah's voice.

Back at home, Bart quickly goes to the back yard and tries to bury the head, but his guilty conscience, acting as Jebediah, talks him out of it. Cut to the living room where the rest of the family's watching TV; Bart walks in with the head and confesses, much to the shock of the family. When Bart tells Homer he stole the head to become popular, Homer realizes he's at fault as well. Homer and Bart head back into town with the head, and now the story meets back up with the beginning of the episode. As Bart finishes the story, he apologizes to the angry mob, and they have a turn of heart and forgive him. Bart places the head back on the statue, and all's well as the mob cheers.

Production

This is the first episode of the series in which Sideshow Bob, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Krusty the Clown, Jimbo Jones, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Dolphin "Dolph" Starbeam, Ms. Albright, and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon appear.

Reception

Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, said they enjoyed: "the Simpsons being grossly dysfunctional in church, Homer dispensing terrible advice, and a real moral dilemma for Bart." And DVD Movie Guide said "Good little moments abounded, and this was a generally solid episode. I liked the objects the boys saw in the clouds, and quite a few other funny bits appeared. “Telltale” wasn’t a great episode, but it was generally entertaining and clever."

In other languages

The Saga of Carl - title screen.png Wikisimpsons has a collection of images related to "The Telltale Head".
Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Bart köpft Oberhaupt" Bart decapitates the head
Spain flag.png Español "La cabeza chiflada" The crazy head
Hispanic America.gif Español "El héroe sin cabeza" The Headless Hero
France.png Français "Bart a perdu la tête" Bart has lost his head
Flag of Quebec.svg.png Français "Bart, chasseur de tête" Bart, Headhunter
Italy Flag.png Italiano "La testa parlante" The talking head
Hungary flag.png Magyar "A beszélő fej" The talking head

External links

Season 1 Episodes
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire Bart the Genius Homer's Odyssey There's No Disgrace Like Home Bart the General Moaning Lisa The Call of the Simpsons The Telltale Head Life on the Fast Lane Homer's Night Out The Crepes of Wrath Krusty Gets Busted Some Enchanted Evening