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[[caption-width-right:340:[[DarthWiki/DethroningMomentofSuck The error that ruined an entire season.]]]]

One day at the Springfield Little League Park, Bart catches the winning ball for the town's little league team, the Isotots, which sends them into the Little League Championships against Shelbyville. Because of this, the town celebrates the team as heroes and gives them the right to "behave like arrogant oafs", allowing Bart to moon them and happily get pelted with eggs by the team. Before the game, the Simpsons go shopping at Costington's and a tired Homer decides to rest on one of the sale mattresses. When he is caught in the mattress, he tries to save face by complimenting its qualities, which convinces a customer to buy the mattress. The owner of the store goes to Homer to congratulate him for making the sale and hires him as a mattress salesman.

On the day of the big game, with Sheblyville loading the bases and Springfield on the verge of winning. However, Bart misses the pop fly and constantly fumbles ball trying to pick it up, allowing Shelbyville to score four runs win the game, and costing Springfield the championship. The spectators boo Bart for causing the team to lose and he runs to Chief Wiggum to escape the mob. However, the Chief drives Bart back into and around the stadium and opens the car's roof so the crowd can throw garbage and beer cans at him. Bart is totally humiliated and is now a pariah.

Meanwhile, while Homer is selling mattresses, Reverend Lovejoy comes to him to help him find a mattress to put the spark back in his love life with his wife Helen. Homer suggests the "Snugglux" by Matrimonium and they buy it. The next day, the Lovejoys come to the house to tell Homer that their troubles haven't been solved, but as Homer is writing them a refund check, they begin making out on Homer and Marge's bed and enjoy their experience. They and Homer trade each other's mattresses; the next day, the Simpsons are stagnant and bored while the Lovejoys are acting giddy in church.

For the past few days, Bart has been getting harassed nonstop by Springfield's denizens for his error. In fact, the KBBL radio station has Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney sing "Bart Stinks" as part of its "Bash Bart Block". Seeing Bart depressed from the abuse, Lisa tries to cheer him up by taking him to a baseball convention to meet Joe [=LaBoot=], a veteran player who had a similar experience as Bart's when his fumble ended up scarring the First Lady. Bart is at first relieved that somebody sympathizes with him, until [=LaBoot=] discovers his identity and gets everyone in the room to boo him, making Bart feel even worse. The next morning, Bart is gone, and Lisa wakes up to find that somebody had spray-painted the words "I HATE BART SIMPSON" over the front of the house. She and Marge explore the town to find that the phrase had been painted all over town (including on a passed out Barney), and discover the citizens looking up at the vandal writing the phrase on the watertower and discover that the vandal is none other than Bart himself, who has snapped into a state of self-loathing from the town's constant harassment. At the town's insistence, Bart jumps from the tower in a suicidal attempt to escape his ordeal.

Bart survives his fall and is knocked unconscious. While Marge visits him in the hospital, she hears a mob of townspeople outside chanting "Bart sucks!". Finally having had enough of the town's constant bullying, she steps outside and chews them out on their extreme vindictive behavior, effectively more than living up to their title as the "meanest city in America". Feeling guilty, the townspeople apologize for hurting Bart and agree to restage the fame to fix his self-esteem. Bart awakens in his baseball uniform on the field and, after 78 tries, Bart finally catches the ball and "wins" the game.

In the meantime, Homer and Marge try to sneak back into the Lovejoys' house to reclaim their mattress, but they catch them in the act and, after a brief squabble, they settle on splitting the mattress in half "Solomon style". The Simpsons end up taking their half of the mattress and make out on it behind a billboard, just like they did on their honeymoon.

The episode ends sometime in the future, where an elderly Bart and Milhouse living at the retirement home commenting on the events that transpired, while a ghostly Homer asks Marge for ghost sex despite her pleas that it's "worse than nothing".

!!"The Boys Of Bummer" contains examples of :
* AlasPoorVillain: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], as Bart was never a villain, but even though he can be quite a {{Jerkass}} for the most part, it's still impossible not to feel bad for him here as the entire town ruthlessly and maliciously harass him for no good reason.
* BaseballEpisode: The plot hinges on Bart's snafu making his team lose.
* TheBully: Practically ''everyone'' in Springfield[[note]]excluding his own family (although Homer was persuaded to go with the others[[/note]] is one towards Bart, going as far as to encourage Bart to kill himself. And they still bully him after he's hospitalized, forcing Marge to condemn their evil acts on him. It's honestly [[SubvertedTrope a miracle]] they didn't target her next for [[NeverMyFault daring to call them out, as they did with Homer]].
* BuriedAlive: "Bart, Cottontail died. Dad buried him in the backyard -- but not in that order."
* ButtMonkey: Bart ''really'' gets it in this episode.
* CardCarryingVillain: The whole town quite proudly ([[NotHyperbole literally, as in has it on billboards advertising the place]]) labels itself "The Meanest City In America".
* CaptainObvious: The cover of one of Lenny's mystery novels has the phrase "The Murderer Did It".
* CrapsackWorld: During her [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speech]], Marge addresses a nearby billboard citing Springfield as the "Meanest City in America". After the townspeople's actions in this episode, she couldn't agree more.
* DespairEventHorizon: Bart comes very close to this when he tries to kill himself thanks to being hated and bullied by everyone in town.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Played almost to the point of {{deconstruction}}. The town's cruelty to a Bart, who did a simple mistake at a sport that is unimportant, would be absurdly cruel if he was a grown man. Doing that to a ''kid'' just paints the town as a horde of complete psychos.
* DoubleStandard: The town turns against Bart to such an extreme degree that Moe ''[[UpToEleven vilifies Homer for not using a condom to prevent Bart's conception]]'', and when Homer stands up for Bart the crowd turns on him until he takes their side. However, none make a similar accusation regarding Marge not taking the pill and when ''she'' confronts the mob, none attack her [[ShamingTheMob and she single-handedly convinces them to stand down]]. Some see this as a gender-based DoubleStandard, adding to the sour reception of the episode since Marge is spared vilification from doing the same things that Homer gets attacked for.
* DownToTheLastPlay: Bart was supposed to catch a simple fly ball and his team would have won. You can guess how that went.
* DrivenToSuicide: Springfield's cruelty results in Bart jumping from a water tower. Thankfully, he survives, though is knocked unconscious.
* EpicFail: For the sake of trying to help Bart feel okay, the whole town makes a new game and they try to make Bart the hero of the day. Emphasis on "'''try'''". An absurd barrage of failures make it so Bart can't catch a single ball or do anything else right (not to mention add another bunch of humiliations), and by the time he finally makes the play, it's nighttime and almost everybody who was watching had gone home or was falling asleep (and the umpire had to order the play to be redone so many times that it was probably illegal).
* EasilyForgiven: After driving Bart to kill himself, he and his family forgave the whole town after one little apology.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Bart losing the game results in almost ''everyone'' hating him and wanting him dead.
* HiddenDepths: Lenny is revealed to be the author of a successful series of mystery novels that are praised by ''Creator/StephenKing''.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [=LaBoot=] chides Bart for his fumble despite not only doing the same thing himself years ago, but doing it much worse when he supposedly disfigured the first lady. Lisa calls him out on his evil action.
* IHaveThisFriend: Reverend Lovejoy when he comes to Homer about his bed problems.
-->'''Lovejoy:''' I have a friend. Well, a friend ''of'' a friend.
-->'''Homer:''' ''(loudly)'' Sex problem, eh?
* JudgmentOfSolomon: The Simpsons and Lovejoys decide who gets the mattress by splitting the mattress diagonally, making it look like a grilled cheese sandwich.
* KickTheDog: Or, in this case, [[UpToEleven Torture the Dog]]. Driving a ten year old boy to suicide is one the nastiest things anyone in the show has pulled. [=LaBoot=] was an especially bad case; once he learns Bart's name, he's outright ''evil'' towards him.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Bart jumps off the town's water tower and is knocked into a coma. The town decides to stand outside his hospital window and keep ragging on him, even if he's completely unable to hear or react to them. This is what hits Marge's RageBreakingPoint and makes her tell off the whole town.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: When Marge and Homer sneak into the Lovejoys' house to retrieve their mattress, Homer imitates a sneaky high-top cymbal like in a spy movie until Marge tells him to cut it out.
* {{Mooning}}: "Behold, my naked butt! Each cheek is a god to you!"
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Moe streaking on the field.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The announcer is a sound-alike of Vin Scully.
* NoLongerWithUs: Flanders, while wearing a black armband, tells the team to do it for Groundskeeper Willie -- not because he's dead, but because he made the armband.
* OnlySaneWoman: Marge is the only one to stand by Bart's side (excluding Lisa and Maggie, who didn't get involved at all).
* OverlyLongGag:
** Bart attempting 78 times to catch the ball during the restaging of the game. In fact, by the time Bart finally caught it, most of the spectators had left.
** PlayedForDrama with the town's treatment fo Bart. Springfield being a land of extreme (and that is ''lynch-causing violent'') sore losers had appeared on quick gags before, but basing an entire episode on that showcased the whole town as villainous.
* PetTheDog: Despite his {{Kick The Dog}} / {{Yank The Dogs Chain}} moment earlier in the episode, [=LaBoot=] tries to catch Bart after the latter jumps from a water tower. Unfortunately, he misses.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Marge calls out the [[ShamingTheMob entire town]] for their [[KickTheDog harassment towards]] [[MamaBear her son.]]
* SoreLoser: The ''entire town'' are this. Bart fumbles the ball in the Little League Championships which causes Springfield to lose to Shelbyville. [[{{Understatement}} Springfield doesn't react well to this.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Exaggerated regarding Minor League Baseball. Lose a game, and the town will bully someone to death. It also works the other way around as Bart could ask people to worship his butt with no consequences since the team was winning.
* SuicideDare: Chief Wiggum tells Bart to jump off the water tower.
* ToTheTuneOf: "Bart Stinks" to [[Music/TheJGeilsBand "Love Stinks"]], courtesy of Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Everyone in Springfield goes into this, and Marge lets them all know it.
* VillainOfTheWeek: [=LaBoot=], for his KickTheDog actions on Bart in the second act.
* YankTheDogsChain: When Bart meets [=LaBoot=] and sees that he had a similar ordeal like him, Bart feels happy knowing that there’s one person who's not mad at him... until Lisa says his name.
-->'''[[{{Jerkass}} LaBoot]]''': "Bart?!" Are you Bart Simpson? The kid who dropped that easy fly ball?! [[EvilAllAlong You stink like a Dutchman's throw-up.]]"