"Marge Be Not Proud
" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons
<nowiki>'</nowiki> seventh season
. It originally aired on the Fox network
in the United States on December 17, 1995. In the episode, Marge
refuses to buy Bart
the new video game Bonestorm
, so he steals it from a local discount store. Bart ends up being estranged from his mother when he gets caught, and fearing that he has lost her love, he decides he must regain it.
The episode was written by Mike Scully
and directed by Steven Dean Moore
. Scully got the inspiration for it from an experience in his childhood when he shoplifted
. Lawrence Tierney
guest starred in the episode as Don Brodka. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from fans and television critics. It acquired a Nielsen rating
of 9.5, and was the fourth highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired.
Bart sees a commercial
advertising the new fighting game Bonestorm
. It becomes a hit among his friends, a must-have item. He asks Marge
to buy it, but she refuses. Discouraged, Bart visits the local Try-N-Save
discount store where Jimbo Jones
and friends convince Bart to steal a copy of the game. On his way out of the store, Bart is caught by the store's security guard
, Donald Wilson "Don" Brodka, who tells Bart to leave and never return or else he will be spending Christmas in juvenile hall.
Marge, unaware of Bart's shoplifting
, takes the family to the same store to get their annual... Read More