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Bart's New Friend

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Season 26 Episode
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"Bart's New Friend"
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"Bart's New Friend"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 563
Season number: S26 E11
Production code: TABF05
Original airdate: January 11, 2015
Title screen: The Pieman and the Cupcake Kid (Homer and Bart) fly by.
Billboard gag: You Tried The Rest-- Now settle for Luigi's Pizza
Chalkboard gag: Snowmen don't have carrot penises
Couch gag: In an updated version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Homer, Marge and Bart are shown walking into their home. They find out that someone has been eating their porridge and broke their couch but they catch Lisa who is sleeping on Bart's couch. She wakes up to find the three of them surrounding her, causing a fight between them. Later that night, the Simpsons are shown eating parts of Homer's body and the story transitions to the present where he reads the whole thing to Maggie.
Guest star(s): Stacy Keach as Don Bookner
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Judd Apatow
Directed by: Bob Anderson

"Bart's New Friend" is the eleventh episode of season 26 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and sixty-third episode overall. It originally aired on January 11, 2015. The episode was written by Judd Apatow and directed by Bob Anderson. It guest stars Stacy Keach as Don Bookner.


"Homer is hypnotized to think he's 10 years old and becomes friends with Bart."


In an interview on Conan O'Brien's Internet show, Serious Jibber-Jabber, Judd Apatow stated that he wrote the episode in 1990 and "[he] got a call from The Simpsons, saying "We're going to shoot that episode next year".[1]

During an interview with Slashfilm, Apatow revealed elements of the plot, saying that "they [The Simpsons] went to see a hypnotism show and at the hypnotism show, they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had a heart attack. So now Homer and Bart became best friends and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didn't want responsibility and didn't want to be brought back to his real age."[2]

The table reading took place on April 25, 2014.[3]


Dan Castellaneta was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance in the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards for voicing Homer Simpson in this episode, but he lost to Hank Azaria for "The Princess Guide".[4]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America May 31, 2015[5] Fox Latin America



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