|The Simpsons episode|
|Promotional artwork for the episode featuring Bart next to Blink-182 members (left to right) Tom Delonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus.|
|Orig. airdate||February 16, 2003|
|Show runner(s)||Al Jean|
|Written by||Andrew Kreisberg|
|Directed by||Matthew Nastuk|
|Chalkboard||"I will not" (Bart destroys the chalkboard with an axe)|
|Couch gag||The living room is made of gingerbread and candy. The Simpsons are gingerbread people who rush to the couch. Homer takes a bite out of Bart’s head.|
|Guest star(s)||Tony Hawk as himself
Blink-182 as themselves
Jane Kaczmarek as Judge Constance Harm
"Barting Over" is an episode of The Simpsons advertised by FOX, and indicated on-screen, to be the 300th episode of the show (even though in broadcast order, it is the 302nd episode, as noted by Marge to Lisa in the episode proper). It aired on February 16, 2003.
Bart and Lisa discover an ad that Bart starred in as a baby. Bart asks where the money went and Homer tells him it was used to buy photos of Homer dropping Bart from a balcony. Bart then goes to see the Blue-Haired Lawyer in order to get emancipated. The next day, the lawyer serves Homer with a subpoena and includes a side of bacon in order to get Homer to open the door.
At the trial, the lawyer makes a case that Homer swindled Bart and has clear anger-management issues, which is proved when Homer shakes his fist at everyone in the courtroom. Judge Harm grants Bart's request based upon the testimony and her own personal opinion of Homer, she had been drawing a picture of him hanging during the trial and orders Homer to give Bart half his salary until Bart is paid off. Homer rushes the bench and gets knocked out by a bailiff.
The next day Bart leaves the house and moves into a loft downtown. He soon finds that Tony Hawk is living in the building and throwing a party with Blink 182. He and Hawk become friends, and Bart is content with his new life. Back at the Simpson house, Marge convinces Homer to apologize to Bart, and the family goes to meet him at his loft. Homer apologizes and requests Bart come home. Bart accepts the apology, but tells them that he is going on Tony Hawk's Skewed Tour.
At the event, Homer meets up with Hawk and pleads with him to pretend to lose to him so that he can make Bart proud of him again. Hawk reluctantly agrees and gives Homer a modified skateboard, which does all the stunt work. Later, Homer challenges Hawk to a skateboard match and does a good job, thanks to the skateboard. Hawk, unhappy about being showed up by Homer, decides to "take out the trash". They duel with their skateboards in mid-air, and Tony falls to the ground. Homer speaks to Bart and finally promises that he will never ill-treat him again. Lindsey Naegle approaches Homer and asks him to star in a commercial. Homer accepts so that he can get Bart fully repaid. Homer is embarrassed when he watched the final product, an ad for an impotence drug, but Bart tells him that nobody will remember in 50 years. Fifty years later, Homer is dead, and a middle-aged Nelson Muntz laughs at his grave.
Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 has stated that being on The Simpsons is "...one of the best things that has happened in my life". Tony Hawk also said "being on The Simpsons, let alone a milestone episode, really made me think to myself that I've actually, completely made it".