Bonfire of the Manatees

Bonfire of the Manatees

Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = Bonfire of the Manatees
episode_no = 357
prod_code = GABF18
airdate = September 11, 2005
show runner = Al Jean
writer = Dan Greaney
director = Mark Kirkland
blackboard = "Does any kid do this anymore?"
couch_gag = Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie go through a metal detector safely, but Homer sets it off. After three attempts (and removing all but his underwear), Homer is then searched with a scanning wand by a security guard.
guest_star = Alec Baldwin as Caleb Thorn Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

image_caption = Marge along Homer (behind) and Caleb Thorn
season = 17

"Bonfire of the Manatees" is the first episode of "The Simpsons'" seventeenth season. It originally aired September 11, 2005. It was the first episode to air in September and first non-Halloween episode to start out the season since season 11's "Beyond Blunderdome". This was the second time this name for the episode was seen in Simpsons media. A mission in "", which predated this episode, was also titled "Bonfire of the Manatees." 11.1 million viewers tuned into this episode.




The idea for the episode was pitched in 2003 during the writers' idea sessions for "The Simpsons Movie". Al Jean suggested the idea of the family rescuing Manatees, and while it was rejected for the film, it was adapted into the script for the episode. [cite news | author = Dan Snierson | title = Homer's Odyssey | work = Entertainment Weekly | url =,,20035285_20035331_20047512_3,00.html | accessdate=2008-08-29|date=2007-07-20]

Cultural references

*The title is a take-off on the novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe.
*The title of the "snuggle film" Fat Tony wants to shoot (Lemony Lick-its "A Series of Horny Events") is a spoof of the popular children's book series and movie Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events".
*During the "snuggle film" shooting, Carl tells the director that he has a Foghorn Leghorn tattoo and showing it might lead to possible copyright infringement.
*The New Jersey band Folly released a song called 'Bonfire of the Manatees'.


On May 11, 2008, "Entertainment Weekly" named Alec Baldwin's role as Caleb Thorn as the first of 16 great guest stars on "The Simpsons".cite news | title = 16 great 'Simpsons' guest stars | publisher = Entertainment Weekly | date = 2008-05-11 | url =,,20049408,00.html | accessdate =2008-05-11]


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