Recap / The Simpsons S 13 E 2 The Parent Rap

Jane Kazmereck (Lois from Malcolm in the Middle) guest stars as the voice of a new, harsher judge who punishes Bart (for joyriding in a police car) and Homer (for letting it happen) by tethering them together.


  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: The Simpsons go to court when Bart and Milhouse get in trouble for stealing Chief Wiggum's squad car. Judge Roy Snyder is shown to know Bart already pretty well when he is brought to court. Bart knows him pretty well too, since he knows that he will let him of the hook, since "boys will be boys".
    Marge: I love our court days. It's about the only thing we do as a family anymore.
    (the Simpsons walk past a bailiff)
    Lisa: (to the bailiff) Hey, Karie.
    Karie: Hey, Lisa.
  • Bait and Switch: Homer and Marge tried to nail a sign at Judge Harm's house, we see it starts with the letters "BI". Then we get to see it actually reads "Big Meanie"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Judge Snyder gets back from vacation exactly one second before Judge Harm is able to make Bart's sentence official.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The Simpsons attitude to appearing in court, Marge say's it the only thing they do as a family anymore.
  • Chained Heat: Bart and Homer.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Bart and Homer are tethered to each other, then Homer and Marge are pilloried. And then, they are forced to stand by the curb so people driving by can spank them (as long as they don't use extension cords)
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Okay, so you want to get even with the judge that sentenced you to the pillory. Sinking her houseboat is a bit much. And if it wasn't intentional, what did Homer intend with that cinder block?
    • The implication is that he panicked and tried to hit the judge with the cinderblock when she was about to catch them, yes.
  • Hanging Judge: Although for personal gains since she does obey the law, Constance Harm is quick to let people know how she got that name.
  • Idiot Ball: Shouldn't Lisa have invoked the eighth amendment while in the courtroom during either sentence?
    • Probably to avoid punishment.
  • Jerk Ass: Judge Harm. Up to Eleven, and then some. Her punishments are outdated, bordering on illegal.
    • It's not like Homer's a saint here, though. See Disproportionate Retribution above, and you'll know why Judge Harm wanted to chuck Homer in prison "till frogs do fractions."
  • Karma Houdini: Lisa calls Bart out for not taking responsibility for his actions and letting his parents be punished. It isnt until Homer and Marge are sentenced to jail when Bart finally admits he deserves the punishment instead of them.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Judge Harm? Yeah, I'm sure she'll give a lenient sentence...
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Judge Harm is a parody of Judge Judy.
  • Punished for Sympathy: Bart would've gotten this for standing up for his parents had Judge Roy Snyder not arrived just in time. He even agrees with Lisa considering Bart, Homer, and Marge have been through enough.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When it comes to Harm's punishment, this tropes makes sense even if she obeys the law.
  • Self-Deprecation: During the chalkboard gag, Bart writes "Nobody reads these anymore."
  • Special Guest: Jane Kaczamarek brings out her Lois as Judge Constance Harm.
  • You Remind Me of X: During Bart's trial, Judge Harm tells him "You remind me of me when I was a little boy." Only Snake gets weirded out by its implications.
    Snake: Um... did she say she used to be a dude?