Bart fakes his own kidnapping to get out of being punished for going to a rap concert without his parents' permission, but the ruse goes too far when Milhouse's father is implicated as the kidnapper and Chief Wiggum sees this as an opportunity to make a name for himself as a competent police officer.

!! Tropes:

* ActorRoleConfusion: When [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]] gives advice to Wiggum:
--> '''Barney Fife''': Well, I'm wanted back on the set.\\
'''Wiggum''': "Set"? Are you the character or the actor who plays him?\\
'''Barney Fife''': ''(ominously)'' Now I must goooo!\\
'''Wiggum''': Wait a minute, now you're a ''ghost''?\\
'''Barney Fife''': Avenge me.
* AlienGeometries: Somehow, Alcatraz has a wax museum in the ''basement of his limo''
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kirk becomes popular with women after being arrested for kidnapping. For that reason, he's among the people who don't want the truth to be revealed.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: There's a scene with Milhouse throwing a Frisbee without anyone to catch it. He says it's not the same without Bart because Bart usually watches him doing it.
* BrokenAesop: Lisa continuously tries to prove to everyone that lying is bad and they need to come out and have Bart confess the truth, but nobody takes her lesson to heart and would rather prefer everything would be left as it is. [[StatusQuoIsGod All of this is undone without explanation by the next episode, though]].
* DancePartyEnding: The episode culminates with a moral situation: should the truth behind Bart's FakedKidnapping come out or remain covered up? Alcatraz suggests there's only one solution to the dilemma: ''house party!''
-->'''Lisa:''' I don't understand. After all the corruption and deceit we've witnessed, how can everyone just party?\\
'''Homer:''' Lisa, the world is a very complicated place. When you get right down to it... cannonball!
* DudeWheresMyRespect: When Chief Wiggum is promoted to Commissioner, he promotes Lou to Chief and Eddie to "Lou". The new "Lou" asks who the new "Eddie" will be and Wiggum says they don't need an Eddie.
* FieryCoverup:
--> '''Lisa''': A shirt from that rap concert. Bart must've gone to the show. But that means Bart was never kidnapped!\\
'''Homer''': Lisa, I'm very glad you brought me this. I'll see that it gets to the proper authorities. ''(throws it in the fireplace)''\\
'''Lisa''': Dad! Why did you do that?\\
'''Homer''': Hollywood producers have paid me a fortune, which I've already lost, for the rights to Bart's story. So I have to destroy anything that proves that story's not true. ''(takes off his shirt and throws it in the fireplace)''\\
'''Lisa''': Why did you burn up your shirt?\\
'''Homer''': ''What'' shirt? I don't see any shirt. Burn the truth! Burn the truth!
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: When Lisa asks Homer why he's destroying evidence that Bart wasn't really kidnapped, he tells her that he already sold the rights to Bart's tale for a fortune he already lost.
* FunWithAcronyms: Homer tells Marge that when Bart gets home, he's gonna be Music/{{NWA}}: "Not without ass-welts."
* {{Gasshole}}: One of Bart's impromptu raps:
--> '''Bart''': You can trace my remorse to its supersized source: / A hungry, hungry hypocrite named Homer, of course / My old man's pathetic, damn, is his head thick, / the gas from his ass is carcinogenic!
* {{Irony}}: Despite being framed for kidnapping Bart, Kirk is much happier in prison: It's nicer than his crappy apartment, and he suddenly has a fanbase of women attracted to prisoners.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: When Wiggum pulled his gun on Alcatraz only to have the rapper's entourage drawing their guns on him, he comments that his gun is not even loaded.
* NoodleIncident: The viewers are given no clue to how Homer lost the fortune he got by selling the story about Bart being kidnapped.
* PissTakeRap: When Homer and Marge forbid Bart from going to the rap concert, they put in a way he can understand: Rap.
--> '''Homer''': You did it on the straight, got your dad's permission / But your mom dropped a bomb, so I flipped my position!\\
'''Marge''': Don't argue with Marge, I know what's best. / The only rap in this crib keeps sandwiches fresh! / Fresh, fr-fresh for Mommy's baby boy!\\
'''Homer''': Ba-ba-ba-baby boy!
* PottyFailure: After Milhouse complains that Bart framed Kirk for kidnapping:
--> '''Bart''': if you tell anyone, I'll tell the world you wet your pants watching Harry Potter.\\
'''Milhouse''': I wasn't scared, I was just peeing!
* SnowballLie: Bart lying about being kidnapped by Milhouse's father: it makes Chief Wiggum rise to Commissioner, Milhouse's father becomes popular with the ladies (while at prison) and receives more meals a day, and Bart becomes friends with Alcatraz.