[[caption-width-right:350: [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy To alcohol! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems]]]]

Episode - 4F15\\
First Aired - 3/16/1997

Alcohol is banned from Springfield after Bart gets drunk at the St. Patrick's Day parade and the local law clerk finds a Prohibition amendment that was written but never enforced. To combat this, Homer becomes a bootlegger -- and the town fights back with a no-nonsense, Elliot Ness-style lawman who puts the incompetent Chief Wiggum out of a job.

!!This episode contains examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: When the anti-alcohol women's group catch Chief Wiggum dancing with Princess Kashmir, Wiggum decides to "give them the old Wiggum charm." Just as he struts up to the group, smiling, Helen Lovejoy screams, "PERVERT!" thinking that he was going to molest her.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The newspaper headlines "Beer Baron Beats Banner" and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Banner Bars Booze (Booze Barred By Banner)"]].
* AssholeVictim: Rex Banner, who gets launched by the catapult after testing it by launching a cat.
* BehindTheBlack: After returning from a Beer Baron run, Homer briefly considers checking to see if the coast is clear before taking his wheelbarrow inside...and running into Marge, who's standing right in front of him.
* BlatantLies: After escaping Banner, Homer insists to Marge that nothing happened to the car, despite the obvious damage to it. Averted in the next scene when Marge asks why he has so many bowling balls.
-->'''Homer:''' I'm not gonna lie to you, Marge. So long. ''[leaves]''
* BrokenAesop: Rex Banner's JerkassHasAPoint moment when he says you can't not follow a law just because it's not liked really loses validity points when it's revealed the Prohibition law was actually repealed a year after it was made official, meaning everyone who disobeyed the law were punished for nothing. Likewise, Banner and the policemen were the ones who should've been arrested for unlawfully imprisoning and punishing citizens who technically hadn't broken any laws.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: The plot gets kicked off by Bart accidentally ingesting a truckload of booze fired from a Duff parade float and getting drunk. ''In 5 seconds.'' You ''could'' justify it by the fact that he's a kid, so he doesn't have any experience with the stuff, and his dad's a noted alcoholic, but even then, he probably only would've been drunk in a few minutes, not seconds.
* CatapultToGlory: The catapult is the method of punishment for breaking Springfield's (obviously outdated) prohibition law.
* TheComicallySerious: Rex Banner. For example, look at him on [[http://britfa.gs/poof/src/133546925442.png his birthday]] and his inability to laugh naturally.
* DesignatedDriver: Moe tells all of the arriving patrons that, since it's St. Patrick's Day, it's going to be the biggest drinking day of the year. Moe then asks for the designated drivers to identify themselves, then tells them, "Beat it. I got no time for cheapskates."
* DoWrongRight: Marge is impressed with Homer for running such a successful operation with less of his characteristic stupidity than usual.
* {{Expy}}: Rex Banner is a clear spoof of Elliot Ness of ''Film/TheUntouchables.''
* GilliganCut: The head of Duff Brewery, under the belief his customers like beer for its flavor and not for its alcohol, announced Duff Zero. Cut to thirty minutes later, the brewery was out of business.
** Also, when asked what'd happen to him, Homer said he'd probably be just fined. Cut to the town ready to give him death by catapult.
* GoToYourRoom: When Marge and Lisa finds out Homer's beer smuggling, the former is very impressed for once that Homer is using his own intellect for once and raising money for the family. When Marge says the prohibition was a dumb law, Lisa said it's still a law and was about to ramble on about her views and is sent to her room by Homer, Marge, and Bart.
* HairTriggerTemper: Implied with Banner. During his speech about the necessity to maintain law regardless of public opinion, he says that if there were no laws, he would kill anybody who "looked at him funny".
* IShallTauntYou: A funny example here, when Rex vows to get the Beer Baron. Homer taunts him from a very far distance.
--> '''Rex Banner:''' You're out there somewhere Beer Baron and [[IWillFindYou I'll find you!!]]
--> '''Homer:''' No you won't!!!
--> '''Rex Banner:''' Yes I will.
--> '''Homer:''' Won't!!!
* JerkassHasAPoint: Banner might have just cemented the {{Jerkass}} part by using a cat to test the catapult but he rose a quite valid point with his speech against ignoring a law just because it's not liked.
** Obnoxious as they were, the anti-alcohol women's group were right. A 10-year-old got drunk during the parade because someone fired alcohol into the crowd, and Wiggum was brazenly not enforcing the prohibition law [[note]]a law everyone thought at the time was in effect[[/note]] by getting drunk at a speakeasy.
* KarmaHoudini: The police are able to a catapult a cat and Rex Banner in front of a large group of people and nothing happens except the mayor saying that was unexpected.
* KarmicDeath: Rex Banner gets flung by the same catapult he'd just tested by flinging a cat.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Moe fronts his speakeasy as Moe's Pet Shop. However, the fact that it plays jazz music at 1:00AM and attracts a certain partygoing clientele make its true purpose blatantly obvious.
-->'''Banner:''' What kind of pet shop is filled with rambunctious yahoos and hot jazz music at 1:00AM?\\
'''Moe:''' Um, the best damn pet shop in town.\\
''[Crowd cheers]''
* LawfulStupid: Rex Banner is too inept to realize Homer is the Beer Baron he's been hunting down.
* MoralGuardians: The anti-alcohol women's group, again.
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: A parade float honoring [[OfficerOHara Irish police]] is escorted by several of them, all saying things along the lines of this trope.
* NighthawksShot
* PoliceAreUseless: Why Wiggum is tossed off the force. We also get a gag of an officer who keeps his badge in his mouth.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Rex Banner doesn't accept bribes.
* ShaggyDogStory: The 200-year old law banning alcohol in Springfield had been repealed the following year.
* ShoutOut: Comic Book Guy references ''{{Superman}}''.
-->'''Banner:''' Are you the beer baron?
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' [[SarcasmMode Yes, but only by night. By day, I'm a mild-mannered reporter for a major Metropolitan newspaper.]]
* SkewedPriorities: Banner shuts down Fat Tony's operation immediately.
-->'''Fat Tony:''' Okay, you win. From now on, we'll stick to smuggling heroin.\\
'''Banner:''' See that you do.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Trying to evade Rex Banner had to take some serious planning for Homer and Bart.
* StoppedReadingTooSoon: A 200-year-old law banning alcohol is discovered in the Springfield Charter. It took until the very end of the episode to discover that it was repealed 199 years ago.
* TakeThat: To non-alcoholic beer. The head of Duff Brewery, under the belief his customers like beer for its flavor and not for its alcohol, announced Duff Zero. Cut to thirty minutes later, the brewery was out of business.
* ThinkOfTheChildren
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The clerk who unveiled the old Prohibition law especially because he never bothered to read the whole parchment and learn the law was no longer in effect. It would be a miracle if he managed to retain his job after making such a horrible blunder. Of course, this is Springfield we're talking about.
* VersusTitle
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Springfield anti-alcohol women's group that forced the application of the outdated prohibition law in the first place disappears after Rex Banner is hired to head the police force.
* WholePlotReference: The Prohibition Era of TheRoaringTwenties and ''Film/TheUntouchables''.
* WillNotTellALie / NonAnswer: When Marge confronts Homer of bringing so many bowling balls (which are hollowed to smuggle beer) to bowling.
-->'''Marge:''' Why do you have so many bowling balls?
-->'''Homer:''' I'm not gonna lie to you, Marge. ''(proceeds to get in his car and drive off)''
* WrongGenreSavvy: Rex Banner acts like he's in 1920s Chicago rather than [[SurroundedByIdiots Springfield]].