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Marge in Chains
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Episode Number 79
Production Code 9F18
Original Airdate April 29, 1993
Chalkboard Gag "I will return the seeing-eye dog"
Couch Gag Bart and Jimbo Sitting on the chair gag
Special Guest Voices Tony Jay as Mr. Ronald Banner
Barry White as himself
Written By John Swartzwelder
Jeff Lynch
Don Hahn
Directed By Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Excellent. Not a trace of urine.
Superintendent Chalmers inspects the sandbox at Springfield Elementary
"Tomorrow morning, you 2 gentlemen will not come back to school. If not, I attack with the thousand men.
―Mr. Ronald Banner

"Whacking Day" is the twentieth episode of Season 4. It originally aired on April 29, 1993. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and Jeff Lynch, Produced by Don Hahn and directed by Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise.


After ruining a review by Superintendent Chalmers, Mr. Ronald Banner, Fat Tony, Associate Mafias and his army of Springfield Elementary by playing on Groundskeeper Willie's vehicle while trying to escape being locked up by Principal Skinner for the review, Principal Skinner is furious with Bart & Jimbo and expels him, forcing Marge to homeschool Bart & Jimbo. Meanwhile, everyone in Springfield is excited for Whacking Day, but as the holiday approaches, Lisa condemns it as violent. Whacking Day is a decades-long tradition which calls for the townspeople to beat snakes to death with sticks. Lisa decides to save the snakes with the help of Whacking Day's honorary MC, Barry White, who uses his sonorous bass vocal style to lure the snakes to safety, where no one can whack them.

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Principal Skinner, Mr. Ronald Banner, Fat Tony, Associate Mafias and his army lures Bart, Jimbo, Kearney, and Dolph to a utility basement with the promise of free mountain bikes. When they get there, however, they're informed that they're being "swept under the rug" during an inspection by Superintendent Chalmers, Seymour, Ronald, Fat Tony, and his army burns the snake into the ground. Jimbo and Bart escapes through a ventilation shaft, and then takes Groundskeeper Willie's tractor for a joyride. They quickly control, and it ends up hitting Chalmers in the rear. When Chalmers informs Skinner, Banner, Fat Tony and his army the accident has cost him a promotion, Skinner responds by issuing his harshest punishment yet: expelling Jimbo and Bart.

Meanwhile, Kent Brockman announces that a celebration that was found to be "disgusting and puerile" by a group of hillbillies is coming up. The upcoming celebration is Whacking Day - every May 10, the people of Springfield drive snakes to the center of town and beat them to death. Lisa is appalled at the upcoming Whacking Day celebration, but her protests fall on deaf ears. She tries to appeal to Homer to not lower himself to the level of others, but Homer is set on participating in Whacking Day.

Whacking Day

Jimbo and Bart remains expelled from Springfield Elementary, and Ned Flanders and citizens enrolling him in a private Christian school. They gets in trouble almost immediately for singing "Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit" when asked for a psalm, and is chased from the building by the teacher and other students. Marge then decides to homeschool Jimbo and Bart. For one of her assignments, Marge gives Jimbo and Bart "Johnny Tremain" to read, which was a favorite of hers when she was a little girl. Jimbo and Bart gains interest in the book when learning the protagonist was deformed by being wounded in war, and afterwards starts becoming a serious student, even missing an episode of Itchy and Scratchy to read the book. On a "field trip" to Olde Springfield Towne.

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Bart and Jimbo notices a discrepancy in the Jebediah Springfield story: on May 10, 1775, the day he led an attack on Fort Ticonderoga, they also supposedly founded Whacking Day. Jimbo and Bart took the black horse of colonel jackson. At a loss for words, the Squeaky-Voiced Teen in charge of the tour calls security to have Mr. Burns and Smithers ejected.

Barry White (who Mayor Quimby introduces as Larry White) arrives to begin festivities, but when he discovers what the holiday is about, he is disgusted, compared to the ignorant joy of the assembled crowd. Jimbo and Bart finds out about the true origin of Whacking Day. They suggests to Lisa that they can lure the snakes to safety by playing music with a lot of bass and putting the stereo speakers to the ground. Homer's record collection, which boasts such gems as Tiny Tim, The Chipmunks, and A Castrato Christmas, leaves much to be desired, but they get some assistance from Barry White (who was conveniently walking by). With White's vocals and Lisa's bass guitar playing, they attract hundreds of snakes into the house to the tune of White's 1974 hit song “Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”.

The crowd arrives in pursuit, but they are soon turned around on the subject of Whacking Day by Jimbo and Bart's newfound knowledge. It turns out that the day was actually invented in 1924 as an excuse to beat up the Irish, a fact confirmed by a fellow Irish man. Mayor Quimby, not knowing that the city has changed its heart, shows up with pre-whacked snakes, but is booed by the crowd while the surviving snakes flee away to freedom. Skinner is impressed with Jimbo and Bart's efforts, and welcomes them back to the school—then realizes in horror that the Dolph and Kearney are still in the utility basement. He races back to the school with mountain bikes for the two bullies still in the basement, hoping that they're all still alive and that he won't have to face any lawsuits from their families; in case the dolph and kearney die, he and Willie, who's hauling the mountain bikes with his tractor, will escape to Mexico; Willie mutters under his breath, "I'll turn ya in at the next toolbooth."

Citations Edit

Season 3 Season 4 Episodes Season 5
Kamp KrustyA Streetcar Named MargeHomer the HereticLisa the Beauty QueenTreehouse of Horror IIIItchy & Scratchy: The MovieMarge Gets a JobNew Kid on the BlockMr. PlowLisa's First WordHomer's Triple BypassMarge vs. the MonorailSelma's ChoiceBrother from the Same PlanetI Love LisaDufflessLast Exit to SpringfieldSo It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip ShowThe FrontWhacking DayMarge in ChainsKrusty Gets Kancelled

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