Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 7 The Great Money Caper

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Grandpa teaches Homer and Bart how to be con artists while Marge gets smashed on Long Island Iced Teas.

Tropes:

  • Gainax Ending:
    Homer: Wait a minute, you're telling me the police force, the TV news, a courthouse full of people, and a popular entertainer had nothing better to do than to teach me and Bart a lesson?
    Lisa: I know it seems farfetched, even insulting to your intelligence, but there's a simple and highly satisfying explanation. You see...
    Otto: (interrupting) Hey everybody, surf's up!
  • Giant Novelty Check: Homer, Bart and Grandpa use one as part of the scam they pull on Abe's fellow residents at the retirement castle.
  • Kangaroo Court: Groundskeeper Willie's trial. Willie was the only person in court aside from Homer and Bart who didn't know the trial was a sham to make Homer and Bart confess. He even shot Principal Skinner, who faked his death.
  • Of Course I Smoke: After failing to con Flanders, Homer and Bart hide in the treehouse, where Grandpa is waiting for them in a dark corner with a pipe.
    Grandpa: Amateurs! [lights up]
    Homer: Dad?!
    Grandpa: That's right!
    Bart: You don't smoke a pipe.
    Grandpa: That's right! [coughs]
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why would so many people (including special guest star Edward Norton) go that far just to teach Homer and Bart a lesson?
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: Homer and Bart try a scam they saw in a movie but it backfires when their target recognises the scenario. Grandpa Simpson's scam also comes from a movie but one no-one watched so no one catches on.
  • Shout-Out: In one grifting scheme, Homer poses as Ed Mc Mahon and declares Abe the winner of $10,000,000 from "that Publisher's Clearing Dealie".
    • Grampa's line about being rich enough to afford a "crazy, stripper wife" is a reference to Anna Nicole Smith and her marriage to J. Howard Marshall, which a lot of people believed was so Smith could get his money when he died.
  • Wrote the Book: Abe claims he wrote the book on grifting. Bart checks the grifting book he had been carrying and sees Abe's name.
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