| The Simpson's
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
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.
"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the outdated AAA guidebook -- 14 years outdated, in fact.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
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!