Synopsis by Mark Deming
Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and his sister Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) have an argument in which Lisa contends that water always drains clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, while Bart says she's all wet. Bart decides to place a collect phone call to Australia to find out, but when the phone remains of hold for six hours, the Aussie family on the other end finds themselves stuck with a 900-dollar long-distance bill. Soon Bart is being indicted for fraud, and the Simpsons are visited by Evan Conover (voice of Phil Hartman), U.S. Undersecretary of International Protocol. Conover insists that to avoid an international incident, Bart must go to Australia and apologize, and soon the Simpsons find themselves being flown down under by the United States government. Bart apologizes during a meeting of Australian parliament, but soon discovers that's not all they want from him; it seems the Aussies have a form of corporal punishment called "the Boot," in which wrongdoers are kicked in the backside with an unusually heavy bit of footgear, and Bart is to become the Boot's next victim. "Bart vs. Australia" first aired on February 19, 1995.