The Simpsons (1989– )
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Blood Feud 

Bart saves Mr. Burns's life. But Homer becomes enraged when Mr. Burns doesn't return the favor by sending the Simpsons what he considers to be an appropriate "thank you" gift.


David Silverman


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Barney Gumble / Mr. Roman (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Burns / Smithers / Dr. Hibbert / Others (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Nameless Employee / Jai Alai Player / Postal Clerk / Joey / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Mail Lady (voice)


Mr. Burns is gravely ill and needs a blood transfusion, and Bart is the only compatible donor. Homer encourages Bart to donate, anticipating getting a big reward from Burns in exchange for saving his life. When Bart gives his blood and no reward comes (only a thank-you card), Homer gets angry and writes a nasty letter to Burns. Marge intervenes and talks Homer out of mailing the letter. However, Bart, not perceiving that Homer had second thoughts, discovers and mails the letter. Chaos ensues as Homer and Bart try to retrieve the letter before Burns receives it.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

11 July 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode ends with the family discussing what the message of the episode was, but decide that there was no message. The writers were having trouble conceiving an ending, but decided that since there was no point, they would discuss it. See more »


Instead of pretending to be Mr. Burns, Homer could've told the man at the post office his real name and that he has to get back the letter he "mailed by mistake" since his name is on the return address. See more »


Mr. Burns: Ah, Smithers. How did the beating go?
Smithers: [timidly] Sir, I- there was no beating.
Mr. Burns: What? Well, that's a hell of a thing! Why not?
Smithers: I called it off.
Mr. Burns: [jumps up and points a finger in rage] Judas!
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Featured in The Simpsons: Another Simpsons Clip Show (1994) See more »


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Season 2: Really steps it up from the first season in an effective and funny way
23 April 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The first season of The Simpsons was pretty good and while watching it, only the knowledge of what it would become was limiting my enjoyment of it. It felt a bit too safe, a bit too straightforward and lacking in real depth in the touches and delivery. I came into the second season not sure when the magic would start to kick in; I had never really watched the episodes in order before as it came to terrestrial TV in the UK after many season and hit the screens quickly and regularly, meaning I didn't see it play out season at a time so much. Turns out that the "magic" starts very quickly – I guess the first season was just proving itself and then they had the freedom that success brings.

Many shows cling hard to anything that brings them success – almost to the point of being afraid to branch out for fear of losing touch with what they did first time; Simpsons does not do this. Instead it really goes for it and this season is much edgier, braver and funnier as a result. The plots are almost all very good and start to use a good variety of characters well – moving one layer beyond the family when it comes to getting plot devices. This makes these supporting characters much better in terms of writing and also animation and strengthens the show. The level of writing is generally where the show steps up its game – Bart is more sweary and the content more "difficult", it isn't dark or too controversial but for sure it is nowhere near as safe and accessible as the first season felt. Having said that though, it is to its credit that it does it so well that the show does remain accessible and very popular. The pop culture references and throwaway gags are better and more frequent, adding depth to the show. There are a lot of great moments in here – again many of them moments that I assumed must have come much later because of how good they were.

The voice cast and the animation are also better. The voices are sharper and this makes the delivery more effective and the lines funnier. The expansion of the supporting cast is really good too and it was great to see small throwaways for the smaller characters of Mayor Quimby, Troy McClure etc for the first time. The animation is nearly there – much higher standard than the first season, the characters are much better defined and generally it looks really good.

The second season is really a great step up from the first season in many regards and I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and how well it did it. A very strong season with a lot of wit and creativity from the big details down to the smaller touches.

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