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9/12/12 OT II: The Sequel Strikes Back and There Again

"Bart After Dark" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' eighth season, first aired by the Fox network on November 24, 1996.[1] After accidentally breaking a stone gargoyle at a local house, Bart is forced to work there as punishment. He assumes it will be boring work, but is pleasantly surprised when he learns that it is actually a burlesque house. Marge is horrified to find out about the burlesque house, and resolves to have it shut down. The episode was directed by Dominic Polcino and was written by Richard Appel.[2] It won an Emmy for "Outstanding Music and Lyrics" for the song "We Put the Spring in Springfield".[3]


A lot of the episode's plot is based on the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.[6] The oil spill is a reference to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Sea Captain was shown to be drunk at the helm, which is a reference to Joseph Hazelwood, who was the captain of the Exxon Valdez and was accused of being drunk.[6] Reverend Lovejoy says "This house is a very, very, very fine house", a reference to the Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young song "Our House".[2]

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