Synopsis by Mark Deming
Rather than postpone his vacation to Hong Kong, where he can buy "custom made suits at slave labor prices," Principal Skinner (voice of Harry Shearer) starts Spring Vacation a day early at Springfield Elementary School by declaring Friday "Go To Work With Your Parents Day." While Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) spends the day with her father Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) ends up watching his aunts Patty and Selma (both voiced by Julie Kavner) torment patrons at the Department of Motor Vehicles. While no one is watching, Bart makes a driver's license for himself, and when he and his friends Milhouse (voice of Pamela Hayden) and Nelson (also voiced by Cartwright) discover easily intimidated class brain Martin Prince (voice of Russi Taylor) has made $500 investing in soy with his stockbroker father, the boys pool their resources and go on a road trip. Telling his parents he's attending the National Grammar Rodeo in Canada, Bart and his pals rent a car and head to Knoxville, Tennessee for the World's Fair, unaware that the fair ended fourteen years earlier. While Bart and his friends are stranded in Knoxville, Lisa unexpectedly enjoys bonding with her dad at the Power Plant, until she learns her suspicions that Bart is up to no good are well founded. "Bart On The Road" was first aired on May 31, 1996.