One of the most infamous running gags on The Simpsons is when Homer angrily strangles Bart after shouting "Why you little!"


Whenever Bart does something to anger Homer or nothing, Homer turns red and furiously shouts "Why you little!", grabs Bart by the neck, and angrily strangles him.

Based on real life, Matt Groening's father, Homer, spanked his butt (other than saying "Why you little!" then strangling) at a lot of times after he got into trouble when he was little.


Tracey Ullman Show Shorts

  • In the "Shut Up Simpsons" short, Homer strangles Bart, gets strangled/strangled back by Grandpa Simpson and for strangling Bart and strangles back Grandpa Simpson.

Season 1

  • In Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, when the unseen Bart interrupts the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for the third time (by saying, "Like Attila the Hun"), an unseen Homer shouts "Why you little...!" and strangles the unseen Bart at the end of the end credits. This scene was originally going to be shown on camera, but was later scrapped.
  • In There's No Disgrace Like Home, Homer shouts "You listen to me!" instead of "Why, you little!" and "Why you little!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Homer's Night Out, when Homer finds out that Bart was the one who took the photo of him [Homer] with Princess Kashmir, Homer shouts "Why you little...!" to Bart, goes towards him to strangle him. However, Marge shouts "Why you big...!" to Homer, strangles him, and tells Bart to go up to his room. This is perhaps the first time that Homer has been the victim of his own strangle act.

Season 2

  • In Simpson and Delilah, after Bart spills Homer's bottle of Dimoxinil, Homer shouts, "Why you little!" and chases Bart downstairs, trips over a lamp, grabs him and strangles him while shouting, "Boy...must...die!"
  • In Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment, Homer strangles Bart when he tries to go inside.
  • In Three Men and a Comic Book, Bart and Milhouse and Martin strangle each other.
  • In Blood Feud, after Mr. Burns thanked them in an unsatisfying way, Homer dreams of strangling Mr. Burns while shaking him down for riches. Later, after Homer realizes that Bart mailed Mr. Burns the nasty letter he and Bart helped write together, Homer shouts "I'll show you mad in the morning!" at Bart and strangles him. Marge then tells Homer that he encouraged Bart and that he should be strangling himself. He then does so, but only for a tiny bit, while saying "She's right!".

Season 3

  • In Stark Raving Dad, when Homer finds out that Bart's lucky red hat turned his white shirts pink, he shouts "You! You did this to me!" and strangles Bart. Bart, while getting strangled, shouts "I apologize!".
  • In Like Father, Like Clown, Homer tells Bart that he doesn't have to follow in his footsteps, but Bart tells Homer not to worry because he doesn't even like using the bathroom after him, to which Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Lisa's Pony, during the tape of Lisa as a baby, she's shown saying "Dada" and Marge asked Homer if he heard that, but the camera pans over to Homer strangling Bart who said, "Marge, please, I'm busy!"
  • In Radio Bart, Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart after he finds out that Bart was only staging a false alien attack report through his new microphone as a joke.

Season 4

  • In Lisa's First Word, it is revealed that Homer has been strangling Bart since he could talk. First, when Homer tries to get Bart to call him "Daddy" instead of "Homer", Bart tries to say "Daddy", but he then calls Homer "D'omer" and laughs, to which Homer shouts "Why, you little!" and strangles Bart. Later, when Homer, Marge and Bart move into their new home, Bart says, "Hey, Homer, this house sucks!" and Homer says "Bart! I told you not to use that word! Call me Daddy!" Bart then defiantly says "Homer!" and blows a raspberry at Homer, to which Homer strangles Bart.
  • In So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show, when Bart tells an unconscious Homer in a coma that it was all of his fault for shaking up the can of beer and that it was just an April Fools joke, Homer starts to regain consciousness as the electrocardiograph shows faster and bigger digital signals that eventually turn Bart-shaped, his right hand starts to move, his face turns angry while growling, and the IV fluid bubbles in the IV bag. As Homer opens his eyes, he shouts, "Why you little...!" and strangles Bart. Lisa, Marge and Maggie come in the room to see that Homer is alive and that they're a family again, and they proceed to hug each other while Homer is still strangling Bart.

Season 5

  • In Homer the Vigilante, when Homer is in a rage at the cat burglar while on Smartline, he shouts, "Why you monster! And you took my daughter's saxophone, too!" while strangling a Channel 6 stage manager.
  • In Homer and Apu, Homer gets strangled by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
  • In Secrets of a Successful Marriage, while Homer's students from his class are at the Simpson house for dinner to see what a successful marriage is like, Bart says that he and Milhouse took some mail from a mail truck and threw it down the sewer. Homer tells him that he knows he meant well, but it wasn't the right thing to do. Bart then says, "What the hell are you talking about? You're the one who double dared us!" to which Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart.

Season 6

  • In Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy, after Grandpa called Homer a screwup, Homer responds by saying "You're the screwup!", in which Grandpa angrily shouts "Why, you little!" and strangles Homer until he slaps Grandpa's arms off his neck.
  • In Bart's Girlfriend, when Homer tells Bart to look him in the eye and tell him he didn't take the collection money Bart says "I didn't take it." then Homer shouts, "Why you little!" and strangles Bart saying why he looked at him in the eye like that.
  • In 'Round Springfield, after Bart's operation, Homer happily exclaims, "Aw, this is wonderful! You're alive!", but Bart says "No thanks to you, Homer.", to which Homer shouts, "Why, you little!" and strangles Bart for a few seconds. At that moment, Julius Hibbert enters the recovery room and pries them apart while telling Homer that Bart just had a very serious operation.

Season 7

  • In Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily, while in the Better Parenting class, Homer has Cletus on his lap, who says to him that he cut himself on the screen door again, to which Homer shouts, "Why you COTTON PICKIN'!!!..." and strangles Cletus.
  • In Mother Simpson, after Bart demands Mona give him several years worth of holiday money that is worth 22,000 dollars, Homer shouts "I'll Kwanzaa you!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Homer the Smithers, during Homer's fight with Smithers, they strangle each other.
  • In 22 Short Films About Springfield, the scene where Homer strangles Cletus in Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily is shown.

Season 8

  • In Homer's Phobia, after Bart smacks Homer's belly causing him to strangle Bart. Bart tells Homer that John is there to then Homer says, "Oh I'll just be another minute, John. Have a seat." then continues strangling Bart.

Season 9

  • In Miracle on Evergreen Terrace, when Bart tells his family that he accidentally burned up the Christmas tree and the presents and apologizes for the accident, Lisa shouts, "Why you little...!", runs over to Bart and starts strangling him. However, Homer comes over and pulls them apart, saying "Lisa! No! Your hands are too weak!" so he starts to strangle Bart. A fight then ensues over whether Lisa or Homer is going to kill Bart for what he has done, while Marge and Maggie try to pull them apart. The doorbell is then heard, thus making the family stop.
  • In All Singing, All Dancing, when Bart tells Homer that his singing is "a sin" and that he is "as les misérable as Lee Marvin", Homer strangles Bart.
  • In Dumbbell Indemnity, after Homer ends up in jail trying to help Moe Szyslak with an insurance scam, Bart offers him a box of cigarettes that he [Homer] can use to buy stuff with. After Homer thanks him, he tells Bart that he will give him two packs for the candy bar that he is holding, but Bart asks Homer for three. Outraged, Homer angrily shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart. While getting strangled, Bart shouts for a guard to help him.
  • In Girly Edition, when Bart and Lisa get tons of letters from people who want to be like him, Bart starts to say "I'm Bart Simpson" in a weird voice, and Lisa demands he stop talking like that and strangles Bart. Marge sees this and tells Lisa that she has absolutely no reason to be jealous and that she's still a very important part of Bart's show, Kidz Newz.

Season 10

  • In Lard of the Dance, while Groundskeeper Willie chases Homer and Bart after realizing that they are stealing his retirement grease, he grabs Homer by the legs, and after punching his face, Willie strangles Homer with the hose that is sucking up the grease.

Season 11

  • In Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?, at The Frying Dutchman, after Homer says to Marge that his job as a food critic is the greatest and that they are paying him to eat, Bart says "Yeah, if you could just get somebody to pay you for scratching your butt, we'll be on easy street.", to which Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Bart to the Future, President Lisa says "Why you little!" and strangles Bart after he disrupts her broadcast. Instead of stopping Lisa, the security guard that tried to throw out Bart earlier joins her.
  • In Last Tap Dance in Springfield, while at his eye exam at Eye Caramba, Homer gets asked by the eye doctor to read the first line on the eye chart from the phoropter, but Bart tricks Homer into saying I8PP, When Homer says it, Bart laughs, to which Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart while still looking through the phoropter. The eye doctor then proceeds to do a lens test on the phoropter, as she changes the lenses from a bad lens to a worse lens while asking Homer if it is better or worse. Homer, while looking at Bart getting strangled by him through the phoropter lens, says that it's worse. The eye doctor changes the lens to a better and sharper lens, and asks Homer the same question. Homer says that it's much better, and continues to strangle Bart while looking through the phoropter.
  • In It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge, this gag happens, but not with Homer and Bart: When Marge sees Becky (their house guest in the episode) "torturing" her family, she leaps towards Becky and strangles her, shouting "Why you little!"
  • In Behind the Laughter, when Bart tells Homer that he never said "Cowabunga" in his life and that his script sucks, Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart, making the crew laugh (even the director says that the strangle is funny) and Homer's strangling became a landmark signature routine. Ironically, Homer admitted his strangling Bart to be a "horrible act of child abuse". Later at the end, Bart sarcastically says that the Sunday comic strip written by Homer is great, to which Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart again.

Season 12

  • In A Tale of Two Springfields, Bart tricks Homer into calling a radio station's number with the new area code and let them have it, and Homer thinks that it's a good idea. However, when he tries to call the station, he gets the tri-tone, and Bart laughs at the situation. Outraged for getting the tri-tone again, Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart with the phone's cord. Bart fights back by hitting Homer's head repeatedly with the receiver until they both end up passing out on the floor.
  • In Lisa the Tree Hugger, while staying in Springfield's oldest redwood tree, Lisa sees from her binoculars what looks like Homer and Bart hugging each other from their home and admires that moment, but it turns out to be Homer strangling Bart while shouting, "You call that saying grace?!" at dinnertime, as Maggie watches.
  • In Hungry, Hungry Homer, Homer has his hands around Bart's neck at the start of the episode.
  • In Children of a Lesser Clod, when Homer sees that Bart and Lisa have presented a video tape exposing Homer's less than stellar parenting methods to his own children, one of the clips shows Homer chasing Bart outside with a medieval flail, shouting "I'll mace you good!". Then, right after the clip is shown, in response to it, Homer shouts that the clip was taken out of context, and then climbs onto the stage, shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart.

Season 13

  • In Treehouse of Horror XII, Homer is cursed by a gypsy to bring bad luck to everyone he loves. When Marge wakes up the next morning with a beard, Bart mockingly says she should be in a freakshow and Homer, in defense for Marge, angrily shouts out "Don't make fun of the bearded lady, you little!" and strangles Bart, causing Bart's neck to grow longer and fall down backwards. Marge points out that Homer strangled Bart many times and this never happened before.
  • In The Parent Rap, after Judge Constance Harm orders Bart and Homer to spend some time tethered together, Homer tries to have sex with Marge while tethered to Bart when he almost has to sit through his parents having sex. Marge realizes that they shouldn't be having sex with Bart around, and they don't want him to see them do it, but Homer argues that kids are very visual these days. Marge says no to this, and Homer agrees further, but Bart interrupts and says "The lady said no.", so Homer tells him to shut up. Bart then tells Homer to shut up, which results in a fight between him and Homer as Bart uses the tether to make Homer slap himself in the face while Homer tries to shout "Why you little!". He then unintentionally uses the tether to make Bart slap himself in the face. The two then use the tether to make each other slap themselves in the face until Homer finally shouts "Why you little!", wraps the tether around Bart's neck and strangles him. Bart then uses the free section of the tether to whip Homer's butt.
  • In Brawl in the Family, after Lisa calls Bart out for cheating at Monopoly, Marge claims it an accident. Lisa then accuses Marge of only taking his side just because he bought her a house on St. James Place. Bart then asks, "Who else is going to take care of her? Dad?" Homer, offended at the question, shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart. Marge then tries to pry them apart while shouting "Stop fighting!" Lisa sees this, and tells Marge that the way she's prying them apart is not how she does it, so she then proceeds to pry them apart as well. Marge, while trying to pry them apart, tells Lisa that she's [Marge] been prying Bart and Homer apart since before Lisa was born. Maggie sees this, so she speed-dials the police about this. When the police arrive, Homer is still strangling Bart, and Maggie is now trying to pry them apart along with Marge and Lisa.
  • In Half-Decent Proposal, while Bart is filming Homer's speech to Marge (who danced with Artie Ziff, thus making Homer leave her), Homer says, "Don't worry about the kids. I'll drop them off with Patty and Selma.", but Bart, who's holding the camera, says (on the tape, but off camera) "Patty and Selma? Screw that!", so Homer angrily replies, "Just run the camera, you little...!" and lunges at Bart. However, he hits the lens of the camera and knocks it over. The camera then refocuses, as Homer picks up and strangles Bart. Homer then starts to cry as he says, "Goodbye, my darling." and continues to strangle Bart.
  • In Blame It on Lisa, after Marge tells him that their phone bill charged them 400 dollars for a call to Brazil, Homer asks Bart if he made a prank call to Brazil and Bart says that he didn't. Homer, not believing Bart (likely because of the time Bart prank called Australia), shouts "Choke on your lies!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Gump Roast, clips of past times when Homer strangled Bart are shown.
  • In I Am Furious (Yellow), this gag happens twice: First, when Homer finds out at the power plant that Bart was the one who made the Angry Dad cartoon starring Homer (from seeing the "A Bart-toon Presentation" logo), Homer shouts, "Why that little!" and immediately proceeds to drive home in anger. Not long later, after he gets home from work and upon hearing the Angry Dad cartoon that Bart and Milhouse were watching, he runs in and shouts "Die, monster!" at Bart and strangles him. Marge sees this and asks him what is he doing. Homer then replies that he was just rehearsing for "Angry Dad: The Motion Picture", and Bart asks Homer if he would like to be played by John Goodman. Homer, angry at the question, strangles Bart again while shouting, "It's so obvious! It should be Gary Oldman!"

Season 14

  • In Treehouse of Horror XIII, Homer and his clone strangle each other and simultaneously say "Why you little!" Homer says that they're evenly matched, to which his clone agrees and they continue to strangle each other.
  • In Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade, when Bart shows Lisa a picture of Lisa thinking "I am a loser!" Lisa tackles Bart down a hill and they land in a lake where Lisa strangles Bart underwater. Bart then strangles Lisa underwater. They surface and continue to strangle each other.
  • In Helter Shelter, when the family first appear at "The Reality Channel", the executives are watching them in the testing area and Homer is shown strangling Bart while shouting "I'll teach you to whistle on the Sabbath!"
  • In Barting Over, after Bart learns that Homer threw away his Baby Stink Breath commercial money, Bart tangles Homer, shouts "You stole my money!", removes Homer's belt off his pants, wraps it around his neck and strangles him with it. This is possibly the first time Bart has strangled Homer. Later, Homer strangles Bart shouting "I paid for your splendor!" after he [Bart] moves to his new house.
  • In C.E. D'oh, while playing baseball Bart tackles Homer and they get into a fight before Bart asks if Marge would love this, at which point Homer strangles Bart.
  • In Three Gays of the Condo, when Bart says that he loves watching Homer and Marge fight and that it's his earliest memory, Homer says "Why you little...!" and strangles him. Bart notice Homer's hands are soft and Homer replies he's been using Lancome.
  • In Old Yeller-Belly, when Santa's Little Helper eats Homer's burger, Homer says why you little!!! and strangles him.
  • In Brake My Wife, Please, when Homer says Marge has done so much without getting anything in return, Bart comments "Except a place to live and free food." Homer then says "Why you little!" and strangles Bart with one hand.

Season 15

  • In My Mother the Carjacker, Homer looks at a photo of him strangling Bart while being strangled by Mona.
  • In The Fat and the Furriest, when Bart insults Homer on his bravery, Homer shouts "Choke on your candor!" to Bart and strangles him. While this happens, Lisa says "You can strangle Bart but you can't strangle your humiliation." Homer says "It's a deal." and keeps strangling Bart.
  • In Today, I Am a Clown, when the Simpsons learn that Santa's Little Helper has had puppies again, Lisa mentions that they had him neutered after that. Homer recalls that he was supposed to have the dog neutered, but later decided that he wouldn't go through with it, provided he never does it again and when that flashback ends, Homer is strangling Santa's Little Helper, shouting "You broke our deal! We had an oral contract!", with the rest of the family trying to pull them apart. Later, when Bart says that Homer had lost his stranglehold on the audience, Homer shouts "I'll audience you!" and strangles him, as Dr. Hibbert and his family watches this happen on TV. Dr. Hibbert replies by saying "So that's where Bart got all those broken tracheal bones. Tight bow tie, my ass!" This is likely the first time Homer has strangled Bart and another character within the same episode.
  • In 'Tis the Fifteenth Season, Kent Brockman shows a retouched photo of Homer looking mad and holding flowers in front of Marge and Lisa. Evidence would suggest that he was originally strangling Bart in the photo.
  • In Margical History Tour, Homer (playing King Henry the 8th) imagines Bart as his unborn son and goes "Oh, my beautiful boy. Why can't I have you?". Bart says "I don't know. Too much Jerk in your Merking." To which Homer says "Why you little!" and strangles Bart. While Strangling Bart, Homer says "Get out of my dreams and into my wife!".
  • In Smart and Smarter, Bart pulls a bathroom prank on Homer, to which Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart and the two get in an epic bathroom brawl.
  • In The Ziff Who Came to Dinner, after Homer is put in jail by Artie Ziff, The family goes to visit him. Seeing how miserable Homer is, Bart says "Why you little!" and strangles himself, to try and cheer him up
  • In Catch 'Em if You Can, when Bart says "You're never alone in this crap shack.", Homer shouts "Why you little!", punches a hole through the wall of Bart's room, and strangles him from his and Marge's room.
  • In The Way We Weren't, when Milhouse drains a bottle of Homer's beer so he, Bart, Ralph Wiggum, Sherri, Terri and their cousin can play "Spin the bottle", the beer lands in Homer's mouth. Homer, surprised by this, goes to investigate and accidentally kisses Milhouse. Afterwards, he then notices his empty beer bottle, grabs it, and sobs while telling it that it never had a chance to become his urine. He then sees Bart and shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart, and continues as he and Bart go down Bart's treehouse's ladder.
  • In Fraudcast News, Bart comments about the rock looking like a dude and then comments that Homer looks like a monkey. Homer walks by humped over like a monkey, scratching his butt and eating a banana and then strangles Bart while shouting, "Bart, you promised you'd stop making that comparison! Per...our...agreement!"

Season 16

  • In Sleeping with the Enemy, when Homer accuses Bart of cheating on his test, he shouts "Well, take note of THIS!", lunges at Bart and strangles him. While getting strangled, Bart laughs for a couple seconds, gets strangled again, and laughs for a couple of seconds again.
  • In She Used to Be My Girl, this gag happened three times: First, Homer is strangling Bart for a unknown reason when Marge stops him, saying they got to get Lisa, who has run off with Chloe Talbot. Homer tells Bart "We'll we're gone, boy you think about what you did!" and Bart then asks "What did I do?". Homer then shrugs and shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart again. Later, after the Simpsons have brought Lisa home, Bart tells Marge that he wants to be like her: the lava part and not saving Lisa, Homer shouts "Pretend to care!" and starts strangling Bart.
  • In Goo Goo Gai Pan, Homer tries to put a baby panda in his bag. The baby panda bites his finger and Homer shouts "Ow! Why you little! I'll endanger you!" and then strangles the baby, only to be strangled by the baby's mother.
  • In Mobile Homer, when Bart and Lisa are driving Homer's R.V., Marge says "Now pull over!" and Bart says "First, raise my allowance.", Homer shouts "Why you little..!" and strangles him from the R.V. while Marge is driving the family car.
  • In Future-Drama, this gag happened in a unique way: Bart gets strangled by someone other than Homer and Homer strangles someone other than Bart. In the future, a teenaged Lisa strangles a teenaged Bart after finding out that he took her Yale scholarship, shouting "You've wrecked my life!". While watching this in the present, the 8 year old Lisa also strangles 10 year old Bart shouting "You're gonna wreck my life!". Later, after Future Homer learns that Future Krusty the Clown is Future Marge's new boyfriend, Future Homer strangles Future Krusty while Future Krusty strangles him back.
  • In Home Away from Homer, after Homer walks into Bart's room and catches Bart and Milhouse watching Ned Flanders' two female tenants, Vicky and Katja, transmitting slightly naughty live webcam videos from inside the Flanders house, he thought that it was softer-than-soft-porn at first and shouts "Scantily clad co-eds?!". He then shouts "Why you little! I'll teach you to have a libido!" while strangling Bart.

Season 17

  • In The Girl Who Slept Too Little, a home movie shows Homer strangling young Bart saying "Why you very little!".
  • In Milhouse of Sand and Fog, when Bart tells Homer "I planted Marge's bra in Milhouse's parents' bed!", Homer shouts "Why you little-!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Treehouse of Horror XVI, when the family gets a robot replacement of Bart named David Homer asks the delivery guy if he can strangle his new son. The delivery guy allows it and Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles David, and then finds that his neck is made of rubber so he can move it while strangling him.
  • In See Homer Run, while Homer is at a press conference running for mayor, Kent Brockman asks Homer "Mr. Simpson, what about those photos of you strangling you child?" and holds a photo of Homer strangling Bart. In the photo, there is a banner above them that reads "Good Luck At The Press Conference, Dad.".
  • In The Italian Bob, Bart asks Marge "Why don't you encourage him [Homer] to get us some health insurance?" to which Homer shouts "Why you little-!" and strangles Bart. Bart then pulls a lever, and a robotic arm holding a car part begins to hit Homer on his head. After a few seconds, they pass out.
  • In The Wettest Stories Ever Told, during the "Mayflower Madman" story, Homer starts crying because Marge is going to marry Moe, so Bart tells Homer "Well, I'm sure the way to win her heart is to be fat and crying". Homer, offended, shouts "Why thee little!" and starts strangling Bart with everyone watching them. Marge says "Oh, don't stop. You're choking him the way his father used to."
  • In Regarding Margie, when an amnesiac Marge wonders what home that her and her family lives at, Bart says "Oh, it's great. Like somebody barfed on a two-story pile of puke." Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles him. Marge is shocked that Homer did that and she asks "You strangle your child?". Homer looks at her and says "Uh, yeah, but he's cool with it." He then looks back at Bart and asks "Right?". Bart says "It hurts when I swallow.", so Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles him again.

Season 18

  • In The Wife Aquatic, when Homer and Bart are lost at sea, Homer asks "Do you think your mother will ever remarry?" Bart comments "In about two seconds." Homer then shouts "Why you little...!" and strangles Bart while they are in the sea water.
  • In Stop or My Dog Will Shoot!, when Bart tricks Lisa into touching his new pet python Strangles who is slimy, Homer shouts "Why you little! I'll teach you to trick your sister!" and strangles Bart. Strangles sees this and proceeds to wrap itself around Homer's neck. He then starts choking Homer until he turns red and falls on the floor, telling Marge that he is okay afterwards.
  • In You Kent Always Say What You Want, in the Family Portrait short that is shown in place of the intro, when Bart keeps making faces, Homer snaps, shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart just as the camera timer stops and the picture is taken.

Season 19

  • In The Homer of Seville, when Homer asks the opera director what the movie is about, the director says "For the last time, it's not a movie!" Homer then replies with "Sorry, film." The director briefly strangles him while shouting "It's an opera! And you are in it!"
  • In I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, when Homer sees Marge and Bart dressing up he argues with his brain about what the occasion is and strangles his own brain.
  • In Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind, after Homer sees his 20 year old self get beaten up by Bart, he looks at Bart, shouts "I'll teach you to beat up yester-me!" and strangles him.
  • In Any Given Sundance, one of the scenes in Lisa's film has Bart breaking plates on the floor. Homer walks in, saying, "You stupid kid! What if I walked in here barefoot?". Bart then says "You did, Dad." Homer looks down, sees he is standing on the broken plates with bare feet, screams in pain and strangles Bart.
  • In Smoke on the Daughter, Homer sees raccoons resembling himself, Bart, Marge and Lisa. The Homer raccoon strangles the Bart raccoon.

Season 20

  • In Double, Double, Boy in Trouble, Bart, who is disguised as Simon Woosterfield (his look-a-like double), sits in a limousine and watches Homer strangling Simon (who is disguised as Bart) while shouting "You ruin everything!" after Bart created a disaster at Lenny's party.
  • In No Loan Again, Naturally, when Bart comes out of the closet dressed like a ghost, he says "Ooooh, I died when Homer sat on me!" Homer then shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart. While strangling Bart, Homer says "I'm the victim here!"
  • In Wedding for Disaster, when Lisa says that Homer and Marge's re-marriage will be romantic and that they can pretend they're newlyweds, Bart says "Yeah, instead of exhausted zombies running down the clock." Homer then shouts "Why you little bastard!" and strangles Bart, with Lisa saying "That's the angry one."
  • In Father Knows Worst, when Bart tricks Homer into drinking lighter fluid, instead of water, Homer realizes what Bart did, so he starts breathing fire as he shouts, "!". As he strangles Bart, he shouts, "Burn, Barty, burn!", breathing fire at Bart's head.

Season 21

  • In Stealing First Base, when Homer sees Seymour Skinner on stage dressed like Bart, he says "We finally caught one of Bart's school plays." Marge tells Homer "That's not Bart. It's Principal Skinner. Bart's sitting right next to you." Homer looks and sees Bart beside him then looks back at Skinner, saying "Yeah, now that I look closer, that guy couldn't fool anybody." Skinner then says to Homer "Shut up, fatso." Homer then shouts "Why you little!", rushes onto the stage and strangles Skinner.
  • In The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed, when Bart shows Homer a prayer on a paper that Homer wrote saying "Dear Lord, Don't let Marge find out the hotel leaves chocolates on the pillows at night.", Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart. Bart writes something on the blank side of the paper, Homer releases him and reads what Bart wrote which is "Give my dad another heart attack." Offended, he strangles Bart again.
  • In Judge Me Tender, during the couch gag there is a puppet show of Homer and Bart attacking each other until puppet!Homer strangles puppet!Bart. The camera then pans down to underneath the stage where the real Homer is strangling the real Bart.

Season 22

  • In Treehouse of Horror XXI, in the opening, when Bart carves holes in Homer's pants with a pumpkin-like smile on them, Homer shouts "Why you little...!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Donnie Fatso, when Homer says that he'll be out of the federal penitentiary in 18 months for good behavior, Bart says "We're Simpsons, Dad. We don't do good behavior." Homer shouts "Don't tell me I'm not capable of good behavior!" and starts to strangle Bart, but he asks the judge he would request for a sidebar and starts chasing Bart with a sidebar.
  • In Homer the Father, when Bart tells Homer "You're the worst dad whoever lived! I'd rather take my chances in a hot car than go in a store with you!" Homer shouts "Why you little!" and strangles him.
  • In Angry Dad: The Movie, when Homer says Bart is his little Roman Polanski and Marge whispers something to Homer in his ear about Roman Polanski, Homer says "He what?" then he strangles Bart while shouting "You monster!"
  • In How Munched is That Birdie in the Window?, Bart strangles an ostrich.
  • In Love is a Many Strangled Thing, since this episode is about Homer's strangling, Homer has a flashback strangling his dad as a kid when Grampa says "Look at these grades! They're a disgrace! No TV for a week!". A younger Homer responds by shouting, "Why you little!" and strangles his dad. Next, Dr. Zander brings in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Homer, while Kareem wears a Homer toupee and Homer wears a Bart toupee. Then, a montage of Kareem strangling Homer is shown; A second basketball player, Shaquille O'Neal, takes Kareem's turn for strangling Homer. Finally, during the climax, Dr. Zander shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart when he doesn't cut Homer down. This is the second time where Homer strangles somebody but not Bart and where Bart is strangled by somebody who is not Homer.

Season 23

  • In Treehouse of Horror XXII, when Homer tries to prove that God doesn't exist to Ned by burning his copy of the bible, God tears through the roof yelling "Why you little!" and strangles him to death.
  • In Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson, when Homer finds out that the whole family tricked him with a leaflet with a James Madison lookalike to teach him a lesson, Bart says he did it to mess with his mind. Homer strangles him while shouting "That's what a play within a play is for!"
  • In At Long Last Leave, Homer strangles Bart at the end of the couch gag, shouting "Why you little!"
  • In Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart, after Bart's birthday gift for Marge ruins Homer's birthday gift for her, Homer shouts "Why you little!" at Bart and gets ready to strangle Bart, but decides not to. Later, after Homer learns that Bart has been making graffiti of him [Homer] around town, Homer strangles Bart while shouting "Why you little! Pay for your genesis!"
  • In How I Wet Your Mother, when Bart insults Homer's socks, Homer shouts "Why you little! I'll teach you to make fun of my socks!" and strangles Bart. Later, when Bart tells Homer "Man, Homer! You've always been a loser." in the dream theater, Homer shouts "Why you little!" and uses Bart's seat to strangle him while shouting "There's nothing in this dream world that can't strangle you!"
  • In A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again, Homer shouts "Choke on my numb blue hands!" and tries to strangle Bart with his cold, numb and blue hands, but to no avail.
  • In Ned 'N Edna's Blend, when Bart says to Homer "Yo, Homer! Mom says get your fat ass over to Flanders!", Homer replies "Bart! Don't call me that!". Bart then smugly asks, "Which one, Homer or fat ass?". Homer then strangles him off-screen, shouting "Why you little! They're both bad and I suspect you know it!". Bart, while getting strangled, tells Homer, "Get your hands off of me, you fat ass!".

Season 24

  • In Changing of the Guardian, when Homer says that him and Marge are going to concentrate on living, Bart says "If you call this living", to which Homer shouts "Why you little!", lunges at Bart and strangles him while shouting "I do call this living! Living the way kids in India can only dream of!".
  • In Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing, when Homer says "I'm so much older and wiser", Bart says "More like balder and wider", to which Homer shouts "Why you little! I'll teach you to say something that sounds similar!" and strangles Bart as Milhouse watches them through his glasses.
  • In Hardly Kirk-ing, after Bart insults Lisa, Milhouse, who is there desisted as his own father, orders Bart to apologize. Bart says "Make me, Baldy." and pushes Milhouse, to which he shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart a bit, which later turns into a fight between Bart and Milhouse. Later, when Homer says "Son, promise you will never look like me," Bart replies "I sure hope not". Homer then shouts "Why you little!" and strangles Bart while shouting "That's not a heartwarming thing to end on!"

Season 25

  • In What to Expect When Bart's Expecting, Homer strangles Bart in the episode's couch gag. Later, after Homer learns Bart's baby scheme, he shouts "Why you little! I'll teach you to answer peoples' prayers!" and strangles Bart.
  • In The Kid is All Right, While doing The Super Bowl Shuffle, after Homer's verse, Bart adds "If you try to run, you'll get a heart attack", making Homer strangle him [Bart] and saying "Why you little!" .

Season 26

  • In Clown in the Dumps, when Krusty asks Bart if talking to his dad makes him feel better, Bart says "Well, no, but he's not a rabbi. More of a flabbi." to which Homer shouts "Why you little! I'll show you who's a flabbi!" and instead of strangling Bart, he rolls Bart's face on his stomach.
  • In Simpsorama, Homer picks up a few Bart creatures and rips them apart while shouting "Why you little!". Eventually, he picks up the real Bart and Bart says "Dad! It's me!" and Homer says "Prove it! When's your birthday?" Bart responds "February 23rd.", to which Homer shouts "Ha! February has no 23rd!" and strangles Bart. Marge then pries them apart saying "Yes it does!"
  • In The Kids Are All Fight, Homer strangles a 4 year old Bart in slow motion, after shouting "Why you little!" when he sees 4 year old Bart hitting 2 year old Lisa with the Phonic Frog. After a few seconds of Homer strangling Bart in slow motion, the strangle is back at regular speed, and Bart pries Homer off.
  • In Bart's New Friend, Homer is hypnotized into thinking he is 10 years old. During his time in this hypnotic state, Homer and Bart bond and become close. When Homer is finally changed back to his normal self, he comments to Bart that he "once used to have this friend" and that he told him "all of his dreams," likely referring to Bart. When Homer wonders what ever happened to him, Bart says "well, maybe you sat on him and he was never seen again," causing Homer to shout "Why you little!" and move his hands towards Bart's neck. He is unable to strangle Bart, however, and instead he decides to "try something new" and embraces Bart in a hug. When Homer asks for Bart to share his lasagna, Bart replies "get lost," prompting Homer to again shout "Why you little!" and instead of strangling Bart, he tightens his hold on Bart and squeezes him.

Season 27

  • In How Lisa Got Her Marge Back, Bart cuts Maggie's hair to look like his for a prank on Homer. When the prank goes off, Homer sees Maggie, who looks like Bart, and shouts "Why you little!". When Homer prepares to strangle Maggie, Bart appears and exclaims "Dad! No! You're going to strangle the baby!" Homer, horrified, then strangles Bart while shouting "Why you little! Turning a sweet little baby into a you!"

Season 28

  • In "A Father's Watch", young Abraham is seen strangling a mannequin, to which his father Orville strangles him to show how to do it correctly, to which Abe's grandfather "Old Tut" stangles Orville.

Season 29

  • In Treehouse of Horror XXVIII, in "Coralisa", when Homer enters the Other Simpson family's world, the Other Marge Simpson asks Homer if he would like two eyes, so they can talk to each other while he watches TV. But before Homer could answer, the Other Bart Simpson says, "Just what Homer needs; an excuse to get lazier.", to which Homer shouts, "Why you little!", and strangles the Other Bart while shouting, "I'll lazy you! You otherworldly-!", but he accidentally decapitates the Other Bart.
  • In Mr. Lisa's Opus, in one scene, Future Homer strangles Future Bart. Then very soon after, it's the other way around as Future Bart strangles Future Homer.
  • In 3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage, when Bart calls Homer "Booze and Snooze", Homer says "Why You Little!" and strangles Bart.
  • In Flanders' Ladder, after Bart destroys the entrance to Heaven sending Homer's ghost back to his body and resurrecting him, Homer, instead of being grateful for Bart saving his life, is angry at Bart for ruining his chance of an afterlife and strangles him saying "Why you little!".

Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover

  • In The Simpsons Guy, Homer strangles Peter Griffin until Peter breaks lose of Homer's grip and says "What the hell? That really hurts!" and Homer then says "No It doesn't! I do it to my son all the time!", to which Peter replies "You strangle your son? That's insane! No wonder he's fat and stupid and masturbates all the time.", leading to Homer shouting, "That's YOUR son!", showing that Peter is disgusted that Homer often strangles Bart, even though he [Peter] farts on HIS oldest child's head.

The Simpsons Movie

  • When Homer is hammering in a nail while repairing the roof of their house, he hits his eye with the hammer, which makes Bart laugh. Homer then pulls out the hammer from his eye, shouts "Why you little! I'll teach you to laugh at something that's funny!" and strangles Bart.
  • Later, when Bart reveals to Homer that he defaced Homer to look like Ned Flanders, Homer shouts "Why you little! I'll strangle-angle you!" and strangles Bart while he waves the picture in his face.


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