|"Bart on the Road"
||March 31, 1996
||The Simpsons are set onto the couch like bowling pins (unedited version)
The Simpsons form a chorus line, which turns into a large production number (edited version).
||Teacher is not a leaper (edited version)
||Swinton O. Scott III
"Bart on the Road" is the twentieth episode of Season 7. It originally aired on March 31, 1996. The episode was written by Richard Appel and directed by Swinton O. Scott III.
With fake drivers ID in hand, have Bart will travel. In this case, Nelson, Martin and Milhouse come along for the ride when Bart hits the wide open road. Meanwhile, Lisa spends some quality time with Homer at the power plant.
After the airline refuses to let him change his ticket to Hong Kong from Friday to Saturday without a huge fee, Skinner decides to promote a "Take your kids to work day" on the Friday before Spring Break. Bart very reluctantly goes to the DMV with Patty and Selma (his first choice was staying at home with Marge), Lisa goes to the nuclear power plant with Homer, Milhouse discovers the exciting world of crackers, and Martin makes a million dollars trading commodity futures (although seconds later, he loses all but $600).
At the DMV Bart makes himself a fake driver's license. He, Nelson, and Milhouse look for a way to use it, so they decide to use some money that Martin has to rent a car and go on a road trip. As a cover story, Bart, Martin, and Milhouse tell their parents that they have been selected by their school to attend the "National Grammar Rodeo" in Canada. Lisa, who is not fooled by Bart's flimsy story suspects he is lying, but Marge thinks that she is trying to get attention. Martin and Milhouse have no problems convincing their parents. Nelson just tells his mother that he is going away for a week.
The boys rent a vehicle and head out, but soon stop when they suddenly realize they have no idea where they are going. Finding an old brochure in the glove box of the car,they decide to go to the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. On the way Nelson makes them stop in Branson Missouri, (Bart: "Dad says it's just like Vegas... if it were run by Ned Flanders"), so that he can see his hero, Andy Williams.
Back in Springfield, Homer asks if Lisa would like to come spend her spring break at work with him and she enjoys herself there; meanwhile, Marge becomes bored at home. When they arrive in Knoxville, the four boys discover that the World's Fair had happened over 10 years ago and that the aging Sunsphere has been turned into a wig shop. As a result Bart and company are left with nothing to do. Nelson throws a rock, toppling the Sunsphere, which then wrecks the car. They are stranded with no money and no car, nobody knows where they are, and they cannot tell their parents.
Bart calls Lisa and tells her the truth, which confirms her earlier suspicions, and she suggests that he become a Courier as a possible way to get home. Bart manages to get a job (even with his un-laminated, unsigned license). His first job takes him to Hong Kong to deliver eyeballs, while his friends stay behind (during the trip, Principal Skinner sees Bart at the airport). After several more deliveries, Bart calls Lisa and mentions that she needs to help him find a way to get a package shipped to Springfield, and big enough to hold Martin, Milhouse and Nelson.
The next time Lisa meets with Homer, she explains just what Bart has been up to. Homer vents his displeasure by yelling into one of the plant's safety helmets. After causing his nuclear console to malfunction (by pouring a can of Buzz Cola on the controls), Homer orders the plant a new nuclear console from the Oak Ridge Nuclear Facility in a crate. Bart forces Nelson, Milhouse, and Martin to get in the crate while flying home, and everyone knows about the trip except Marge, who receives a call from Skinner asking if Bart traveled to Hong Kong, a call asking whether her son's car was abandoned in Tennessee, and a call inquiring about Bart's availability to make another international delivery.