The Simpsons – ‘Bart’s Inner Child’

Season 5 | Episode #5ABF05 | 05/07/14 @ 06:00pm
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The host of a self-help workshop convinces the people of Springfield they should emulate Bart’s uninhibited personality.

Anxious to rid himself of a trampoline, Krusty the Clown advertises it in the “For Free” section of the newspaper. Homer excitedly responds to the offer and takes the trampoline home. Despite Marge’s warning that trampolines are dangerous, Homer charges neighborhood children a dollar a piece to bounce on the canvas. But in the process, the children injure themselves. Homer’s attempts to rid himself of the trampoline prove unsuccessful, but when Bart locks it to a fence, a thief appears and promptly steals it.

Marge orders a self-help videotape advertised on television that promises to change people’s lives for the better. After watching the tape, both she and Homer communicate their feelings and the tension between them eases. When the host of the tape, Brad Goodman, makes an appearance in Springfield, Marge and Homer take their children to his “Inner Child” seminar. Goodman invites Bart on-stage and is excited to meet a child whose feelings are completely uninhibited, a shining example of the “Inner Child” theory. The people who attend the seminar leave excited by what they have been told. But Lisa remains skeptical, convinced that all Goodman peddles are easy answers to complex problems.

The people of Springfield, inspired by Goodman and Bart, let their repressed-self free. Bart becomes depressed when he realizes his rebelliousness is no longer unique. Goodman admits to Lisa and Bart that his seminars provide only temporary results. When the townspeople gather for the “Do What You Feel Festival,” the Ferris wheel breaks and grandstands collapses. It becomes apparent that no one felt like maintaining them. The townspeople turn into an unruly mob and blame Bart for creating the disasters.

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