Episode - 1F09\\
First Aired - 1/6/1994

While the Simpsons sleep, their house is invaded by the Springfield Cat Burglar, who leaves a calling card in exchange for such valuables as Marge's pearls (even though Marge has a large ball of replacement pearl necklaces in a drawer), Bart's stamp collection[[note]]the revelation of which gets him laughed at by his own family and Nelson Muntz, who somehow got The Simpsons' home number[[/note]] and portable TV, and Lisa's saxophone. It's up to Homer and his newly-formed vigilante group to catch their man -- if only they'd stop bullying everyone in town.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalPublicConfession: While Homer might have thought he was being clever and using ConfusingMultipleNegatives, it's really this trope.
-->'''Kent Brockman:''' Well, what do you say to the accusation that your group has been causing more crimes than it's been preventing?
-->'''Homer:''' Oh Kent, I'd be ''lying'' if I said my men weren't committing crimes.
-->'''Kent Brockman:''' Mmm, touche.
* AffablyEvil: Terry Molloy. If it weren't for his stealing and, at the end, tricking everyone into going on a wild goose chase so he can escape prison, he'd just be affable. If anything, Springfield's attempts to deal with the cat burglaries cause more damage than he does.
* BigNo: Homer's reaction to Jimbo Jones quitting the posse to go to law school after he feels Homer let him down.
* EasilyForgiven: After Molloy was caught, he talked the citizens into forgiving him. [[SubvertedTrope The trope was subverted]] when, despite this, Chief Wiggum arrested him and he had to escape.
* EasyComeEasyGo: Thanks to a house's laser system, Jasper regained his eyesight but lost it seconds after. He even mentioned the trope when he accepted the loss.
* EvilOldFolks: Terry Molloy.
* GentlemanThief: Terry Molloy.
* {{Homage}}: The final few minutes of the episode are a homage to ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''.
** In fact, when the reach the "Big T", you can see the "Big W" in the background.
** Also caricatures of ''IAMMMMW'' actors such as Phil Silvers, Milton Bearle, and Buddy Hackett start appearing in the crowd during this sequence.
** The scene of Bart tricking Phil Silvers into driving into the river is a direct homage to the movie.
** The Simpsons didn't have insurance because Homer spent the money on [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Magic Beans]].
* NeverMyFault: Homer hates the magic beans for him not having the money to pay for the insurance.
-->'''Marge:''' Ooh, stop blaming the beans!
* HypocriticalHumor: After the moment mentioned in EasilyForgiven:
-->'''Wiggum''': Oh, sorry folks. [sarcastic] Gee, I really hate to spoil this little love-in, but Mr. Malloy broke the law. And when you break the law, you gotta go to jail.
-->'''Quimby''': Uh, that reminds me, er, here's your monthly kickback.
-->'''Wiggum''': ''[Utterly dumbfounded]'' [[LampshadeHanging You just...you couldn't have picked a worse time!]]
* NoodleIncident: The story Homer tells at the dinner table: "So I says, 'Look, buddy, your car was upside-down when we got there. And, as for your grandma, she shouldn't have mouthed off like that!"
* NotHelpingYourCase: When Homer was accused of sleeping on duty, he replied that instead of asleep, he was ''drunk''.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
-->'''Lisa:''' If you're the police, who polices the police?
-->'''Homer:''' I dunno... Coast Guard?
* RidingTheBomb: When Herman shows Homer an A-bomb that was designed to kill beatniks, Homer not only imagines himself doing just that in a direct ''Film/DrStrangelove'' parody, but also straddles the bomb in reality. Herman then directs Homer's attention to a sign posted nearby: "DO NOT RIDE THE BOMB".
* SpecialGuest: Creator/SamNeill as Terry Molloy
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The cat burglar's musical theme is a copyright-friendly version of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' theme music, and the final stretch of the episode features the trope applied to the music from ''It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World''.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Homer's group wants to do this, though Homer denies as much.
* TakeThat: Homer and his group chasing down a street musician after he tells him he got his saxophone from Sears.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: Subverted. Kent Brockman's initial report on the Springfield Cat Burglar -- which suggests that mass murders may happen next, and that the burglar may be a WolfMan -- ends with him asking a professor if it's time for the town to panic over the matter. The professor says it is!
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: PlayedForLaughs. While the cat burglaries are worthy of above-the-flap placement, the secondary story -- "Man Marries Woman in Wedding Ceremony" -- is less so.