Episode - 7G07\\
First Aired - 2/25/1990
Cornered at the town square by a pitchfork and torch-wielding mob, Bart tells the rioting townspeople the story of how he stole the head of town founder Jebediah Springfield to impress some local thugs, Dolph, Jimbo Jones, and Kearney.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Is the Lincoln Memorial just a statue!? Is the Statue of Liberty just a statue?!"
* TheCameo: Sideshow Bob.
* DeletedScene: The TV version of this episode has an extra scene where Bart explains to the townspeople that they've lost their way as Springfieldianites by being so quick to lynch a ten-year-old boy who actually feels sorry for what he's done[[note]]yet those same townspeople would feel little to no remorse for Bart losing a championship baseball game in "The Boys of Bummer"[[/note]]. The DVD version doesn't have this scene, and according to WordOfGod, the TV-exclusive scene was shoehorned [[ExecutiveMeddling because FOX wanted the episode to have a moral about people losing their town pride]] (never mind that there was already a moral in this episode -- a subtle one about not giving in to peer pressure).
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: The first glimpse of Smithers' affection towards his boss.
-->''[after Bart puts the head back on the statue]''\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' I love you, Smithers.\\
'''Smithers:''' The feeling's mutual, sir.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney may be petty thugs, but when they hear that someone defaced the statue of Jebediah Springfield, they want to bash his face in (and explain that what they said about wanting to deface the statue themselves was just "cloud talk").
** Call it EarlyInstallmentWeirdness or Flanderization or whatever, but Mr. Burns... THE Charles Montgomery Burns actually cries at the sight of the headless statue and joins the angry mob in retaliation.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: This is the first appearance of Sideshow Bob (though his design is ''way off'', except in the end when Bart puts the head back).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Bart after stealing the statue's head.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marge holds Homer responsible for inspiring Bart of his popularity advice that caused him to commit the crime in the first place.
* OffModel: When Sideshow Bob appears in the middle of the episode his hair is a giant red afro. At the end of the episode it's in its normal style.