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Bart Sells His Soul
Lisa the Vegetarian


  • In episodes before this one, including The Pagans short, Bart did believe of the concept of a soul.
  • The Raving Derelict acts and screams gibberish very similar to a character to be introduced two seasons later, Eleanor Abernathy, aka the Crazy Cat Lady.
  • The shot of Bart screaming after his nightmare is stock footage taken from "Treehouse of Horror II".
  • Moe sold food before, in "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
  • Bart wears blue pajamas in this episode instead of his usual green pajamas.
  • "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.[1]
  • This will be the last episode before Lisa became a vegetarian.

Seven Deadly Sins

This episode is notable for featuring the Seven Deadly Sins:

  • Lust: Homer and Marge remember making out to In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (In the Garden of Eden) and everyone in church looking sweaty and disheveled as if they just had sex.
  • Gluttony: When Moe is converting his bar into a restaurant, he acquires a gigantic deep-fat fryer, claiming it can deep-fry a buffalo in forty seconds, to which Homer grouses, "Oh, I want it now!" Later, Homer gets Bart's meal at Moe's Tavern.
  • Greed: Reverend Lovejoy counting church collection money, Milhouse avariciously celebrates owning Bart's soul, saying, "Who's stupid now?" Moe starting a restaurant because restaurants make more money than bars, Homer's brain telling him, "Quiet, you fool! It can be ours!" when Bart leaves his dinner sitting out (see also Gluttony).
  • Sloth: Bart and Milhouse slacking off cleaning the organ.
  • Wrath: Reverend Lovejoy gets angry at being fooled; Moe screams at a little girl who says her "sodie" is too cold; Bart gets angry at Lisa when she starts praying for everyone's soul.
  • Envy: Moe envies the profits of family restaurants. Lisa wants five dollars after Bart tells her he had five dollars. Bart envies the kids in his dream for their souls.
  • Pride: Bart being too proud to believe he has a soul -- until all of the strange things happen that make him believe that he really did lose it.


  • Bart saying that a soul is something adults make up to scare kids "like the Boogeyman or Michael Jackson" is a reference to a case in 1993 where Michael Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse (though Bart should already know that Michael Jackson does exist, as seen in "Stark Raving Dad" and the "Dial Z for Zombie" segment of "Treehouse of Horror III," which had Bart use a Thriller album sleeve as a hat during his zombie resurrection spell).
  • Moe reads a book titled Your Gimmicky Restaurant by Benngian and Fuddrucker. The authors' names are references to the restaurant chains Bennigan's and Fuddruckers.
  • Bart's prayer, "Are you there, God? It's me, Bart Simpson," is a reference to the young adult novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume.
  • In addition to being a pun on the band Iron Butterfly, "I. Ron Butterfly" may be a reference to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.


  • In one scene at Moe's Tavern, Carl has yellow skin rather than black.
  • Jasper Beardly is seen among the churchgoers who sing "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" without a beard.
  • When Bart receives his soul back, his hair is normal. But when he goes to thank Lisa, his hair is messed up.
  • When Homer, Moe and Barney comes out of Moe's Tavern and sees the deep fryer, Barney's pants change from blue to reddish brown.


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