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Family Therapy

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44 "Bart of the Jungle"
"Family Therapy"
"Maggie in Peril (Chapter One)" 46
Family Therapy
Family Therapy (The Family All Talking at Once).png
Short Information
Airdate: April 23, 1989
Short season: 3
Short number: 45
Production code: MG47
Writer: Matt Groening

"Family Therapy" is the forty-fifth Simpsons short. It originally aired on The Tracey Ullman Show on April 23, 1989.


Homer tricks the family into going to a family therapist B.F. Sherwood PhD by pretending to take them out for frosty chocolate milkshakes. He seeks an answer to the family's problems, saying that they don't laugh any more. Sherwood allows Bart to "go ahead and take" at least one mint and encourages the family to take a "deep cleansing breath" after observing the family's "deep-seeded hostility," but Bart eats too many mints and says "I ain't leaving until this bowl's empty" when Sherwood tells him "don't you think you've had enough mints son?" Homer angrily tells Bart to put the mints back. After Bart ruins the bowl of mints by spitting them out, Lisa kicks Dr. Sherwood in the leg after scolding Bart for ruining the bowl of mints for everyone. Homer scolds Sherwood for calling Lisa a borderline psychotic, Bart shoots him with his dart gun because he dislikes him, and Lisa cuts his tie with scissors much to Marge's horror. Sherwood angrily asks them to leave his office. The family breaks into a collective chuckle after Dr. Sherwood kicks them out of his office.

Shorts Season 3 Episodes
Shut Up Simpsons The Shell Game The Bart Simpson Show Punching Bag Simpson Christmas The Krusty the Clown Show Bart the Hero Bart's Little Fantasy Scary Movie Home Hypnotism Shoplifting Echo Canyon Bathtime Bart's Nightmare Bart of the Jungle Family Therapy Maggie in Peril (Chapter One) Maggie in Peril (The Thrilling Conclusion) TV Simpsons