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Bart's Not Dead

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Season 30 Episode
639 "Flanders' Ladder"
"Bart's Not Dead"
"Heartbreak Hotel" 641
For the film, see Bart's Not Dead (film).
"Bart's Not Dead"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 640
Season number: S30 E1
Production code: XABF19
Original airdate: September 30, 2018
Title screen: The Simpsons logo shows up only for the S and O to transform into 30 and the text Years to appear beneath to form "30 years"
Couch gag: A series of clips from each season is shown (for a full list, see the references page). An alien family is then seen sitting on a couch in the Star System HD 102365 - 30 Light Years Away from Earth. The adult male alien asks why Homer sounds like Walter Matthau.
Guest star(s): Gal Gadot as herself
Emily Deschanel as herself
Dave Attell as Luke
Pete Holmes as Matthew
Jonathan Groff as Actor playing Bart
Katy Perry as herself (archive footage)
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (archive footage)
Leonard Nimoy as himself (archive footage)
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: Stephanie Gillis
Directed by: Bob Anderson

"Bart's Not Dead" is the first episode of season 30 of The Simpsons and the six-hundred and fortieth episode overall. It originally aired on September 30, 2018. The episode was written by Stephanie Gillis and directed by Bob Anderson. It guest stars Gal Gadot as herself, Emily Deschanel as herself, Dave Attell as Luke, Pete Holmes as Matthew and Jonathan Groff as Actor playing Bart. Archive footage of Katy Perry as herself, Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer and Leonard Nimoy as himself is also used.


"Bart takes a dare, and ends up in the hospital. To cover for himself and Homer, he says he went to Heaven and met Jesus. Christian producers offer the Simpsons a movie deal, which Homer takes. But Bart can't deal with the guilt and comes clean to Marge after the movie is finished."


At the Student music festival at Springfield Elementary School, after Martin's poor performance, Lisa and Milhouse perform, with Lisa playing a sad song. Dolph dares Bart to pull the fire alarm to stop Lisa, but he refuses, signing his death wish to the bullies.

The next day, Marge is proud of him at school, but Homer at home tells him he has to take a dare like a man. Marge starts treating him well afterwards in the car, which Bart doesn't took very well, imagining himself old throwing himself out of a boat when Skinner makes fun of him too, on Mother's day.

At Echo Canyon, the bullies dares him to jump from the dam, which Bart does ending face first on concrete. At Springfield General Hospital, Bart wakes up and to not disappoint Marge makes up a lie that he went to Heaven. Ned and the police comes to Bart's bed too and he slowly becomes popular.

After Lisa's failed attempt to scare Bart, Christian movie producers come at the house to present to Homer and Bart the opportunity to make a movie about his experience. Homer and Ned are forced to work together on the movie, including interviewing Emily Deschanel and Gal Gadot.

The movie starts recording, and Bart starts getting worried and having nightmares from Lisa's words. He actually ends up in Heaven in his nightmare, where he meets Clancy Bouvier and Jesus Christ, who beats him hard with "LOVE".

The movie, titled Bart's Not Dead, finally premieres, and it's a big hit. After that, Bart finally confesses to Marge and Lisa, and Springfielders gets pissed. Homer and Ned gives the raised money to charity and all is forgiven, but one thing.

On top of the house's roof, Bart asks Lisa if God will forgive him, to which she says if God exists, he'll forgive him, if Bart has remorse. Just after they start falling, only to end up on a pile of leaves, saving them. At the Pearl's Gates, Bart is shown at his death, and Homer says Jesus wants to meet him. Homer instead goes to Hindu Heaven, where he gets transformed to a turtle and sent back to Earth.


Showrunner Al Jean told that in the episode, Bart has a concussion and wants to lie to Marge so he pretends he met Jesus, and everybody is like "Bart met Jesus" and they all wanna get his story so it turns into a musical.[1]


"Bart's Not Dead" won the 2019 Writers Guild of America award in Animation.[2]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Asia December 9, 2018 Fox Asia [3]



Promo videos[edit]

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