1982 Worlds Fair Anniversary
The Simpson's

"Bart on the Road" Episode

Original air date May 31, 1996

Entire Episode Summary

A day spent with Aunts Patty and Selma at the DMV leads to a fake ID for Bart and a cross-country road trip for his friends. With Bart's sparkling new driver's license and $600 Martin Prince made in the stock market, Bart, Martin, Milhouse and Nelson rent a car and hit the open road. Their plan is check out the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, but when the kids get there, they discover that the fair ended about 14 years earlier. While Bart and the boys are away, Lisa begins spending a lot of bonding time with Homer, even having sleepovers at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. After Bart's rental car is destroyed, the boys are trapped in Knoxville. Only Lisa can save the day, but she needs to enlist the help of her new best buddy, Homer, to get them back home.

World's Fair Content Summary

Milhouse: Wait! How about a fair? Not just a county fair, not just a Europe fair, but a World's fair -- the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Bart: Keep reading.
Milhouse: The Hungarians have built a giant motorized Rubik's cube, and the fair's symbol is the SunSphere, which sits atop a 266- foot tall steel shaft.
Bart: What's inside?
Milhouse: An information desk.
Everyone: Cooool!

"It's a choice between Disneyworld and Knoxville," Bart notes. But of course, the foursome is hyped up for Knoxville. And off they go in a cloud of dust!

The next day, the boys reach the Tennessee border. "Next stop, the Knoxville World's Fair", Milhouse says, "and its fabulous SunSphere." Soon, the SunSphere looms over the horizon. At last, our heroes have arrived. The boys fan out over the fairgrounds, which look like they have seen better days. Unfortunately, the place is a wreck, and any sign of a Fair is nowhere to be seen. Seeing a wig store nearby, Bart talks to the man out front. "Is this the World's Fair visitors center?" Unfortunately, the foursome have fallen prey to the outdated AAA guidebook -- 14 years outdated, in fact. They also discover that the Sunsphere is now the Wigsphere. Then the man asks if the boys are gonna buy some wigs...

The boys -- newly be-wigged -- sit at the curb to consider recent events. Bart takes solace in the fact that they still have the car and the wad of cash, but Martin spent the last ten dollars on a talking Al Gore doll. ("You are hearing me talk...") Nelson, angrily, throws a rock at the Sunsphere, which topples, and crushes their car.

Bart: We got no car!
Martin: We got no money!
Milhouse: And no one knows we're here!
Everyone: We're stranded!
Nelson: But on the plus side, I knocked over the SunSphere. HA-ha....and crushed a new car, too!

World's Fair

What do you remember about visiting the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville? Help the Knoxville News-Sentinel celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fair by telling us your memories. Your tale can be anything, so have fun sharing your story with others ... 20 years later

PEZ Did you know?
The green astronaut PEZ dispenser from the 1982 World's Fair is one of the most rare and hunted by PEZ enthusiasts? One dispenser sold for $3,000 and has been on the market for up to $100,000.

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