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The Best Milhouse Episodes of 'The Simpsons'

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Milhouse Van Houten is one of the most popular supporting characters on The Simpsons. He is Bart's best friend, and while Bart is usually the troublemaker, Milhouse is typically found not too far behind, led into many of Bart's schemes through his own naivete. Milhouse has many hilarious attributes that make him ripe for comedy. So it's easy to see why numerous episodes throughout the series have dedicated a great deal of time to him. These are the best Milhouse episodes of The Simpsons of all time, as voted on by you and other Simpsons fans.

Many people don't realize this, but Milhouse wasn't actually introduced initially in an episode of The Simpsons. He made his debut in a Butterfingers commercial as a friend for Bart, but everyone liked the design so much, they put him in the show. From that point onward, Milhouse would go on to be bullied by Nelson and have an unrequited love for Lisa. He's hilarious, tragic, and complex. He fits in perfectly with everyone else around Springfield. 

This list counts down the best Simpsons episodes about Milhouse. Vote for the ones that continue to make you laugh to this day. No matter which episode comes out on top, everything's coming up Milhouse.

  • After a dinner party goes wrong, the Van Houtens announce they'll divorce. Milhouse adjusts to mom's new boyfriend – an American Gladiator named Chase – while Homer worries whether his marriage could also head for divorce. 

    Memorable Quotes:

    Milhouse: [makes racing noises while driving his miniature toy car in the house, crashing into things] And the winner of the Milhouse 500 is... Milhouse!
    Luanne: [from another room] Milhouse, are you sure you want to drive that inside?
    Milhouse: Yes! Mom.
    Luanne: Okay! Be careful, sweet, sweet treasure!

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    • Bart gets a fake driver's license and drives Milhouse, Martin, and Nelson around the country. They want to go to the World's Fair in Knoxville, but after discovering the fair was years ago, they are left stranded. 

      Memorable Quotes:

      Milhouse: [as the guys try to decide on where to go, Milhouse looks at a guide to the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN, but he doesn't realize that the fair was in 1982] How about a fair? Not just a county fair, not just a Europe fair but a world's fair! The World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
      Bart: Keep reading.
      Milhouse: The Hungarians have built a giant, motorized Rubik's Cube and the fair's symbol is the sun sphere which sits atop a 266-foot-tall steel shaft.
      Bart: What's inside?
      Milhouse: An information desk! Cool!
      Bart: So, it's a choice between Disney World and Knoxville.
      Milhouse, Nelson, Martin: Knoxville, Knoxville, Knoxville!
      Bart: I concur.

      Milhouse: [They arrive in Branson, Missouri] What is this place?
      Bart: Branson, Missouri. My dad says it's like Vegas if it were run by Ned Flanders.

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        Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for $5. Afterward, Bart wonders if he really did have a soul to begin with and tracks Milhouse down to get his soul back. Milhouse traded the soul to the Comic Book Guy who went on to sell an unnamed buyer who turns out to be Lisa. When his soul is returned, Bart eats the paper so this won't happen again.

        Memorable Quotes:

        Milhouse: I'm really sorry... I kind of traded your soul to the guy at the comic book store. But look! I got some cool pogs. Alf pogs! Remember Alf? He's back... in pog form.

        Bart: Well, if your soul's real, where is it?
        Milhouse: [points at his chest] It's kind of in here. And when you sneeze, that's your soul trying to escape. Saying "God bless you" crams it back in. And when you die, it squirms out and flies away.
        Bart: Uh-huh. What if you die in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean?
        Milhouse: Oh, it can swim. It's even got wheels, in case you die in the desert and it has to drive to the cemetery.

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        • Bart wants to play Fallout Boy in the new Radioactive Man movie, but the part goes to Milhouse. Bart helps Milhouse with his newfound fame and encourages him to give up the part if it will make him happy. 

          Memorable Quotes:

          Director: We have got to do the "jiminy jilickers" scene again, Milhouse.
          Milhouse: But we already did it. It took us seven hours, but we did it. It's done.
          Director: Yes...But we have got to do it from different angles. Again and again and again and again and again.

          Bart: Ohh, all these new superheroes suck! None of them can hold a candle to "Radioactive Man."
          Milhouse: The only decent new one is "Radiation Dude".
          Bart: Nah, he's just a cheap imitation of Radioactive Man.
          Milhouse: Explain.
          Bart: The similarities are subtle, but many. For example, Radioactive Man has his famous catch phrase, "Up and at 'em!" with "at 'em" spelled A-T-O-M in a delicious pun.
          Milhouse: Go on...
          Bart: While Radiation Dude has a similar but lamer catch phrase, "Up and let's go!"

          Milhouse: It's a sham, Bart! You get up on that movie screen pretending to be a hero, but you're not. The real heroes are out there, toiling day and night on more important things!
          Bart: Television.
          Milhouse: No! Curing heart disease and wiping out world hunger.
          Bart: But, Milhouse, they haven't cured anything! Heart disease and world hunger are still rampant. Those do-gooders are all a bunch a pitiful losers...every last one of them. Want results? You have to go to the Schwarzeneggers, the Stallones, and to a lesser extent, the Van Dammes.

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