The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
Marge Be Not Proud
Team Homer



  • A similar plot was used in the short "Shoplifting," where Bart shoplifts candy from the Grocery Store and gets caught.
  • A tattoo on Don Brodka's left arm reads USMC (U.S. Marine Corps).
  • Bart steals a video game on December 21, according to the surveillance video.
  • The episode premise was based on an incident in episode writer Mike Scully's childhood, in which he stole from a store and later returned the item.
  • This is the last episode to air in 1995.
  • This is the second episode where Harry Shearer doesn't voice any of his regular characters (as none of them appear). The first was "Treehouse of Horror" (excluding Kang), and the third will be in "The Simpsons Guy".
  • This episode was broadcast exactly six years after the very first full length episode of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire."
  • Running Gag: Millhouse lies to his mom by tattling on Bart saying that he is "swearing" and "smoking" whenever Bart gets into a fight with him over toys.


  • Maggie appears in every Christmas photo even though she is just one year old. They could have been taken on other occasions however.
  • Bart still wears shorts instead of pants even though it is cold enough to snow, and snow is on the ground.
  • When Marge is lifting Bart up to kiss him, Bart's head and eyes are bigger than Marge's. Even though they're roughly supposed to have the same sized heads.
  • When Luann Van Houten is escorting Bart out of her house they are shown walking down a flight of stairs even though her house was shown earlier as being only a single story. 
  • It's kind of strange how Bart was able to enter Try-N-Save at the end of the episode without running into Brodka again. It's possible Brodka was not there that day (given it was so close to Christmas) or that he no longer had interest in Bart now that his parents were aware of what happened.