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Bart vs. Australia

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Season 6 Episode
118 "Homie the Clown"
"Bart vs. Australia"
"Homer vs. Patty and Selma" 120
"I'm impressed you were able to write so legibly on your own butt!"
Lisa Simpson (to Bart)
"Bart vs. Australia"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 119
Season number: S6 E16
Production code: 2F13
Original airdate: February 19, 1995
Chalkboard gag: "I will not hang donuts on my person"
Couch gag: The living room floor is a body of water. The Simpsons swim their way to the couch.
Guest star(s): Phil Hartman as Evan Conover
Showrunner: David Mirkin
Written by: Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Directed by: Wes Archer
DVD features

"Bart vs. Australia" is the sixteenth episode of season 6 of The Simpsons and the one-hundred and nineteenth episode overall. It originally aired on February 19, 1995. The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein and directed by Wes Archer. It guest stars Phil Hartman as Evan Conover.


"Bart makes an hours-long collect call to Australia, which results in the family he calls receiving a phone bill for $900. When Bart refuses to make good the charges, Australia indicts him for fraud and the family takes a trip to the Land Down Under so Bart can apologize for his shenanigans."


The episode begins with a bathroom products race between Bart and Lisa in the bathroom sink. Lisa wins and Bart suggests she won because her shampoo was in the "inner lane" to his toothpaste. Lisa explains the Coriolis Effect to Bart (not entirely correctly), but he does not believe her. He makes a collect call to an Australian boy, and asks him about which way the water drains. When it seems that Lisa will be proven right, Bart asks the boy to ask his neighbors, not realizing the boy lives in a rural area, and has to travel a great distance to do so. The line is kept open for several hours. When Bart does not hang up, the boy's father is billed $900.00 ("Nine hundred dollareydoos"). The man wants Bart to pay, but Bart mocks him. Bart receives dozens of collection letters in the mail, but does nothing about them.

Eventually, Australia indicts Bart for fraud. The State Department's 'brat and punk division' wants to send him to prison, but settles upon having Bart personally apologize in Australia. The family is sent to Australia, where they start exploring the culture. Bart makes his apology, but they want to give the additional punishment of a boot to his buttocks. Bart and Homer escape the booting and they run back to the embassy, picking up Marge, Lisa and Maggie along the way. Bart agrees to have them do the booting anyway, but as he is about to receive his punishment, he moons the Australians, writing "Don't Tread On Me" on his buttocks. The Simpson family leaves the outraged country in a helicopter in a scene similar to the Fall of Saigon. A subplot through the episode where Bart brought his pet frog into the country past customs. where it reproduces and spread rapidly throughout the country and ruins Australia's ecology (a reference to the actual introduction of non-native Cane Toads into Australia). As the family is being flown home they happily remark upon the destruction that can be caused by introducing a foreign species into a new environment... as the camera pans out to reveal a koala hanging from one of the helicopter's struts.



Sound mixers Ronny Cox, Greg Orloff, R. Russell Smith, Anthony D'Amico received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation in the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards for the episode. However it lost to "Up in Smoke" from Mad About You.[1]

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Bart contro l'Australia" Bart vs. Australia


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