Recap: The Simpsons S 10 E 11 Wild Barts Cant Be Broken

Chief Wiggum enforces a curfew on the town's children after blaming them for vandalizing the school (when, in fact, it was the fault of Homer and his drunken buddies, Lenny, Carl, and Barney, celebrating the Springfield Isotopes' first win in years), and the kids rebel by hosting a pirate radio show about the adults' embarrassing secrets.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Artistic License: The child curfew law that Chief Wiggum enforces is nowhere close to how most cities enforce similar child curfew laws. For starters, these laws usually state when a child can't be out at night without adult supervision (as kids do tend to be out late to attend sporting events, movie screenings, and other activities), not when a kid must be at home. Second, most cities curfew time is usually a set time (i.e. 9:00PM), not as soon as the sun sets (and even if the time based on when the sun sets, the curfew starts at least an hour after it sets).
  • As Herself: Cyndi Lauper, singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in the style of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" in the first scene.
  • Bait and Switch: During one of the radio broadcasts:
    Lisa: (on air) And guess who's been practice medicine without a licence?
    (listening in his home, Dr. Hibbert nervously pulls his collar)
    Lisa: That's right, Homer Simpson.
    Homer: (distant) D'oh!
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In the opening scene of The Bloodening:
    Boy: You're thinking about hurting us.
    Girl: Now you're thinking, "How did they know what I was thinking?"
    Boy: Now you're thinking, "I hope that's shepherd's pie in my knickers."
  • Comically Missing the Point: Homer still thought it'd not make a difference if he voted despite the curfew for people under 60 having been Decided By One Vote.
  • Counterpoint Duet: "Adults/Kids" is a group version of this
  • Creepy Child: The kids from The Bloodening
  • Crowd Song: "Adults/Kids"
  • Decided By One Vote: The curfew for people under 60.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The kids from The Bloodening. The kids watching the movie appear to do this when Chief Wiggum catches them, but it's just Eddie shining a police light on them.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Milhouse's Teletubbies underwear is exposed when Nelson kicks him through a fence.
  • Hands-Off Parenting
    Nelson: Breaking curfew, Mom!
    Nelson's mom: (off-screen) We're out of Skoal!
  • Instant Costume Change: Played for Laughs when Homer, upon hearing that the Isotopes are actually winning, runs offscreen and comes back in full Isotopes regalia in a moment.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Bart may be a jerk but when it comes to the adults and their rules against kids, he was right to call them out on that, even Nelson, a Jerk Ass himself, agrees to help Bart.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: To break curfew, Nelson disguised his voice and got a fake I.D. Chief Wiggum actually believed Nelson was Dr. Hibbert.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Chief Wiggum imposes the curfew without getting Mayor Quimby involved, or whatever Springfield has as a City Council.
  • Shout-Out: The big musical argument between Springfield's children, adults and eventually senior citizens, is a parody of the song "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Silent Movie: Homer's attempt to remember what happened the previous night is a pastiche of one, called "Homer's Night Out" (not to be confused with the season one episode of the same name).
  • The Stinger: The Crazy Old Man's Jewish Complaining occurs while the credits play.
    Crazy Old Man: (during the Gracie Films logo) Oh, don't tell me to shush, you stupid lady!
  • Take That: What drives Bart and Lisa to the breaking point? Sassy primetime TV, like Don't Go There and Talk to the Hand (the latter of which stars David Faustinonote ).
  • Technology Marches On: Milhouse's suggestion to put the adults' secrets online wouldn't seem silly or impossible today, thanks to social media websites, blogs, and domains where people can make and maintain their own websites.
  • Tempting Fate: During the first time the kids started exposing adults' secrets, they started with Homer. When Homer expressed relief that at least they'd already done him, they announced there'd be more about him.
  • Title Drop: In-Universe with Don't Go There.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The adult reveled in the curfew more than any adult ever should. Even Marge who is one of the Nicer Simpsons made a few jokes. When the kids get even, the adults act as if they did nothing wrong and that the kids are to blame.