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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.

Director:

David Silverman

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A mural in the post office resembles Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. See more »

Goofs

Smithers couldn't have given Burns his kidney if his blood type is different. See more »

Quotes

Homer: Bart, I'm not asking you to give blood for free. That would be crazy. You may not realize it now, but when you save a rich guy's life, he showers you with riches. Don't you know the story of Hercules and the Lion?
Bart: Is it a Bible story?
Homer: Yeah, probably. Anyway, once upon a time, there was a big, mean lion who got a thorn in his paw. All the villagers tried to pull it out, but nobody was strong enough, so they got Hercules and he used his mighty strength, and bingo. Anyway, the moral is, is that ...
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Simpsons Episodes (2012) See more »

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Iron Man
(uncredited)
Written by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bill Ward
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Decent Way To Finish Second Season!
3 May 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the twenty-second and final episode of the second season and it's a pretty good one. But like the first season, I feel like the finale could have been stronger. It has a good story and all, but I think it was undermined by the previous 3-4 episodes which were very strong. That being said, it's still rather funny and the battle between Homer and Mr. Burns never gets old.

In this episode, "Blood Feud," Burns is dying from hypothemia which is a rare blood disease and requires a blood type that no one at the power plant has. But when Homer finds out Bart has that rare blood type, he makes Bart donate some blood. But when they only receive a thank-you card for their effort, Homer feels a little bit unappreciated.

Overall, this is a solid episode but could have been a better finale. That being said, the second season on the whole makes a better progression. With better animation, better plot-lines, funnier jokes, and more timely satire, things can only get better. I rate this episode 8/10.


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