Bart Ruins Thanksgiving
S02E07 - Bart vs. Thanksgiving
It is Thanksgiving and Lisa assembles a decorative centerpiece for the dinner table. Meanwhile, Homer leaves to pick up Grampa from the retirement home once Patty and Selma arrive, bearing food (Swedish meatballs), and to Marge's consternation they insinuate that they find Marge's turkeys are dry and inedible. Their mother Jaqueline Bouvier arrives in a taxi, suffering from laryngitis, and tells Marge she never does anything right.
Once they are all assembled, the Simpson family sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. When Lisa places the centerpiece on the table, she argues with Bart about where it should go since there is no room left for the turkey. In the ensuing fight, Bart accidentally throws the centerpiece into the fireplace and it burns up. Devastated, Lisa runs to her room crying, while Bart is sent to his room by his parents for causing the incident.
Convinced that he has not done anything wrong, Bart decides to run away from home, taking Santa's Little Helper with him. While wandering the streets, he gets Homer's ID that he uses to sell his blood to a plasmapheresis facility and visits a breadline that is serving Thanksgiving dinner for homeless people. A television crew led by Kent Brockman is covering the event, and they interview Bart. The family sees the report on television and calls the police, hoping that they can find Bart and return him. When the police fail to find him, Homer and Marge start to regret the bad things they said to Bart, who eventually returns home feeling remorseful. However, his dilemma is worsened when he imagines his family blaming him for everything if he did apologize for ruining Thanksgiving. Back to the present, he realizes that it was all his own imagination. He climbs up onto the roof of the house to think things out. Hearing Lisa cry because she misses him, Bart calls for her to come onto the roof. He then realizes that what he did was wrong and apologizes to her. Bart later rejoins the family to enjoy a meal of Thanksgiving leftovers.