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What to Expect When Bart's Expecting

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Season 25 Episode
548 "Days of Future Future"
"What to Expect When Bart's Expecting"
"Brick Like Me" 550
"I didn't mean to make her pregnant. I just hate art so much."
Bart Simpson
"What to Expect When Bart's Expecting"
What to Expect When Bart's Expecting promo 3.jpg
Episode Information
Episode number: 549
Season number: S25 E19
Production code: SABF14
Original airdate: April 27, 2014
Title screen: Moe, outfitted as a ski jumper, flies by and crashes into the letters of the title as they fill the screen.
Billboard gag: Apu: Total Recall – All Items Tainted
Chalkboard gag: April showers do not bring Matt Lauers (original version) You can't play April Fool's jokes on April 27th (Hulu version)
Couch gag: Inside Homer
Guest star(s): Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Tavi Gevinson as Jenny
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: John Frink
Directed by: Matthew Nastuk

"What to Expect When Bart's Expecting" is the nineteenth episode of season 25 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and forty-ninth episode overall. It originally aired on April 27, 2014. The episode was written by John Frink and directed by Matthew Nastuk. It guest stars Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony and Tavi Gevinson as Jenny.


"Bart hates art class, and so, to try and get it off his timetable, uses voodoo to inadvertently impregnate his teacher. Word quickly spreads around which leads people to believe that Bart has the ability to aid couples trying to conceive children. But Fat Tony also gets wind of this, and kidnaps Bart and Homer, forcing them to breed a thoroughbred racing horse, but it appears the prospective father has other ideas."


In Moe's Tavern, various bartenders are gathered for a meeting. Due to big chains that sell alcohol popping up, local bars are suffering from a decrease in customers. Moe tells the bartenders his idea, to create a superhero-themed bar crawl event, with customers dressing up as superheroes and going from bar to bar. This event proves to be a success, with many residents of Springfield taking part. Homer eventually crawls home the next morning still drunk as Bart and Lisa go to school.

At school, Bart finds out that his class has to do art, which he hates. Bart drowns a grasshopper in paint and his teacher, Mrs. Trunch, compliments his work. After class, Bart asks Shauna what he should do about his art teacher, and Shauna suggests he tried voodoo. Shauna then kisses Bart to make her father, Superintendent Chalmers, annoyed. Bart goes to see the voodoo queen and buys the voodoo supplies needed to make Mrs. Trunch ill so she can't teach art class. He and Milhouse then complete the ritual.

The next day, Mrs. Trunch isn't in class. As Bart tells everyone that they likely won't be seeing her, she walks into the room and tells the class that she is pregnant, to Bart's shock. Ralph and Milhouse then run around the school telling everyone that Bart made the art teacher pregnant and Bart gets a reputation for being able to make women pregnant. Later, Bart is approached by Jenny and her husband. Whilst Jenny's husband is skeptical about Bart's "powers", Jenny is desperate to have a child. Bart performs a voodoo ritual on Jenny and several weeks later, she ends up pregnant and thanks Bart. Jenny and her husband then tell their friends about Bart, which leads to him opening a voodoo service.

When Homer finds out what Bart is doing, he drags him away. Bart complains about Homer being a bad role model for him as they are in Moe's Tavern. At that moment, Legs and Louie come in and take Homer and Bart at gunpoint as Fat Tony wants Bart. Fat Tony has heard about Bart's gift and wanted Bart to help get his horse, Cheesesteak, pregnant. Bart tells Fat Tony that voodoo only works on humans but Fat Tony refuses to listen, telling Homer and Bart that if Cheesesteak isn't pregnant by morning, it'll be the last sunrise they ever see. Homer and Bart then get to work trying to get Cheesesteak to mate with the male horse, only to find out that the male horse is gay.

Cheesesteak then shows interest in another horse, Sudsley Brew-Right, who used to be a mascot for Duff Beer. Homer and Bart decide to have Sudsley get Cheesesteak pregnant instead and set the mood for the two of them. By morning, Cheesesteak is pregnant and Bart and Homer are let free. A year later, Cheesesteak has given birth and she, Sudsley and the male horse live together as a family. Lisa then says that it's a modern family and a parody of the Modern Family opening happens, with many Springfieldians taking part in it.

During a court case, Sudsley is asked how many people the suspect killed. After Sudsley clops 7 times, the lawyer is shocked. Duffman then reveals himself to be the judge as he talks about the new Duff Beer seven pack.


The couch gag, "Inside Homer", was directed by Michal Socha and produced by Acme Filmworks, Inc. They would go on to produce two more couch gags for the show, "Cöuch Gag Manual" and "The Extremesons".


This episode gathered The Simpsons's second-lowest ever ratings on its premiere, receiving only 3.45 million viewers, with a 1.6 18-49 share.[1] This has been reported by The Mirror as a "ratings crisis".[2]

Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B- rating. He called the episode "A serviceably funny episode with some good lines and an appearance from a reliable guest star".[3]

The couch gag, "Inside Homer", was nominated for a 2014 Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject. However, it lost to Feast.[4]

As of September 2020, the episode has a 5.6 rating on IMDb[5] and a 7.0 rating on TV.com.[6]

International premieres[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America August 31, 2014;[7][8] Fox Latin America
800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom August 17, 2014 Sky1 Gathered 849,000 viewers



External links[edit]

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