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Episode Number 352
Production Code GABF11
Original Airdate May 1, 2005
Chalkboard Gag None / An obese Bart is placing coins in a vending machine instead of doing a chalkboard gag
Couch Gag The family along with the couch are launched by a catapult / Everyone makes it to the couch except Bart, who walks in a few seconds later and suffers a heart attack
Special Guest Voices Albert Brooks as Tab Spangler
Written By Ian Maxtone-Graham
Directed By Steven Dean Moore
Bart, please take this seriously. When people used to ask me how you were doing, I'd say, at least he's got his health. Now you've got nothing!
Marge

The Heartbroke Kid is the seventeenth episode of the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on May 1, 2005. The middle of the episode has a second Opening Sequence which features an obese Bart.

SynopsisEdit

Vending machines appear at Springfield Elementary School, and Bart quickly gets hooked on the junk food they dispense. The family is trying their very best to help him lose weight, but the junk food is still in play. Can Bart stop this addiction to sugary junk food?

Full Story Edit

Principal Skinner is seeking proposals for a vending machine contract with Springfield Elementary, with half of the profits going to the school. Skinner considers and rejects ideas from the Sea Captain and Gil. When Lindsey Naegle approaches Skinner, representing a vending machine chain called Scammer and Z-Dog, Skinner enthusiastically accepts her proposal and the school has its vending machines.

The machines talk in hip-hop slang and feature strangely named snacks, some of which contain harmful ingredients such as depleted uranium. Except for Lisa, none of the kids care about the harmful snacks, and they eagerly line up to feed their money into the machines and chow down on the snacks they dispense. The vending machines' biggest customer is Bart, who becomes hooked on the junk food to the point where he won't eat any food that doesn't come from the machines, even rejecting Marge's lovingly prepared tuna steak for dinner. In just three weeks, it starts out like the original intro, but it is way different. Bart is eating a chocolate bar (Bart writing on the chalkboard) the bell rings and skateboards out but is slow and cracks the pavment (Swings around the flag pole and goes fast) He swings a street light, it bends, knocks over a lady, Apu holds his dog, Moe gets knocked over by the Tavern's window, runs over a guy's foot, trips Wiggum, Barney knocks over his beer, and crashes into Marge's car (Skate past people and skate past Marge's car). Homer parks his car in the driveway and Bart crushes the roof, forcing homer out (Hits the roof or the car). Bart then got worried and walks slowly to the couch. The family runs for the couch and sits, but grew nervous that Bart is not here (The family runs for the couch and a crazy thing happens). When Bart enters the room, he has his hands to his chest. Homer thought he is in love. But Lisa said the reality reason. He was having a heart attack (Or a Myocardial Infarction as they named it in the past). The family was sad and shocked by this, Homer said to Bart to do the Bart Man, he tried, but Homer screamed and asked why can't Bart dance.

Bart sees Dr. Hibbert, who says that it was the junk food—specifically, malted milk balls—clogged up his pulmonly arteries. Bart, however, doesn't change his eating habits, almost continuously eating the snacks until Marge puts him on a diet. When Bart can't stick to the diet, the family and some friends and neighbors stage an intervention and send Bart to Serenity Ranch, a maximum security fat camp. Also at the camp are Apu, Rainier Wolfcastle (who was last seen fattening up for a movie role), and Kent Brockman, and the camp's counselor is none other than former junk food magnate Tab Spangler (who is dealing with many anger issues). However, the family is faced with large bills for Bart's treatment. To pay for the camp, the family converts their house into a youth hostel which attracts German tourists.

Bart does not do well at the camp, and Spangler takes him home to show him what the family is going through in order to afford the treatment. Bart is horrified to see his parents and Lisa abused and humiliated by their German boarders. Spangler suggests Bart fight his addiction, and Bart takes the suggestion literally, breaking into the school and destroying the vending machines with an axe. He then steals the money from the vending machines, and goes home and announces that he's cured, as he's finally seen the true cost of his addiction. The family decides to use the money to pay for the fat camp (even though the money is ill-gotten) and give the Germans "Das Boot." Tab Spangler says that they still have three weeks of non-refundable treatment left, and Homer goes with Spangler back to the camp (whether by choice or otherwise is unknown). The episode ends with Homer and Spangler driving in Spangler's car and getting into an argument over the cheeseburger that Homer is eating.

Behind the LaughterEdit

Production Edit

This episode was originally set to be the 350th episode, but was inexplicably switched with "Don't Fear the Roofer." It is also a parody with Shawn Michaels nickname.

Citations Edit

Season 15 Season 16 Episodes Season 17
Treehouse of Horror XVAll's Fair in Oven WarSleeping with the EnemyShe Used to Be My GirlFat Man and Little BoyMidnight RxMommie BeerestHomer and Ned's Hail Mary PassPranksta RapThere's Something About MarryingOn a Clear Day I Can't See My SisterGoo Goo Gai PanMobile HomerThe Seven-Beer SnitchFuture-DramaDon't Fear the RooferThe Heartbroke KidA Star is TornThank God It's DoomsdayHome Away from HomerThe Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star

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