On He Sells, She Sells, after comparing potential project homes, married real estate agents Jed and Ashley agree to flip a dated split-level house. They take a big gamble when they decide to "de-split" the home and they won't know until after the dust settles if they've made the right choice. Will this ambitious project pay off for the duo?
Runtime: 30 minutes
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“Bart Sells His Soul” is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 8, 1995. In the episode, while being punished for playing a prank at church, Bart declares that there is no such thing as a soul and to prove it he sells his to Milhouse for $5 in the form of a piece of paper with “Bart Simpson's soul” written on it. Lisa warns that Bart will regret this decision, and Bart soon experiences strange changes in his life. Thinking he has really lost his soul, he becomes desperate to get it back. Lisa eventually obtains it and returns it to a relieved Bart. “Bart Sells His Soul” was written by Greg Daniels, who was inspired by an experience from his youth where he had purchased a bully's soul. Director Wesley Archer and his team of animators visited Chili's for examples to use in Moe's family restaurant. The episode includes cultural references to the song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, by Iron Butterfly, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and a parody of the book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., by Judy Blume. Writers from the fields of religion, philosophy, popular culture, and psychology cited the episode in books discussing The Simpsons and the show's approach to the nature of the soul. The episode was positively received by the media, and is regarded as one of the series' best. The creative team of The Simpsons puts the episode among the top five best episodes of the series, and series creator Matt Groening cited “Bart Sells His Soul” as one of his favorite episodes. It has been used by secondary schools in religious education courses as a teaching tool.
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On the DVD audio commentary for the episode, writer Greg Daniels cited Martin Scorsese's 1985 film After Hours as an influence on Bart's night-time trek to retrieve his soul from Milhouse, only to experience a series of unusual encounters. Reverend Lovejoy leads his congregation in a hymnal version of the song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, by Iron Butterfly, titled “In the Garden of Eden”, by “I. Ron Butterfly”. During an argument between Lisa and Bart, while discussing the relationship between laughter and the soul, Lisa quotes Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and Bart responds “I am familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda.” Kurt M. Koenigsberger comments in Leaving Springfield: “While Bart may be familiar with the canon of Chilean poetry, the joke takes its force in part from the probability that The Simpsons' viewers are not.” Bart begins a prayer to God with “Are you there, God? It's me, Bart Simpson”. This is a parody of the book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., by Judy Blume.
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