Recap / The Simpsons S 18 E 2124 Minutes
parody, featuring Bart and Lisa trying to stop a bake sale attack.
Tropes: And There Was Much Rejoicing: The Springfielders once Jack Bauer reassures them the town that got blown up was Shelbyville. As You Know: 90% of the school's income comes from the annual bake sale. The viewers learned this when Lisa believed Principal Skinner needed a reminder. Bait and Switch: When Principal Skinner asked "Lord" for guidance, he was asking for directions from someone whose surname was Lord. Also, after Martin's guilt trip, it appears he's going to climb up a ladder and commit suicide. It turns out he just wedgied himself. Dark Reprise: Martin sadly sings "Skip To My Loo" (which he sang when passing Nelson earlier) as he proceeds to give himself a wedgie. He also hums it to himself after he knocks out Bart with his brass instrument and pulls his unconscious body away. Disproportionate Retribution: Jack Bauer pulled several agents from other assignments to find and capture Bart for a prank call. Enhance Button: Parodied when Skinner asks for a picture of desk grafitti to be enhanced, but when it turns out to read "Seymour Sucks" he hastily asks for it to be dehanced. I Am Big Boned: Kearny was "bulking up for football". Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Bart parodies this in one scene after he observes Nelson not beating up Martin. To get the word that Martin's working for Jimbo, Bart whacks Nelson over the head with a trash can, puts it over his head, then starts punching it. He gets the response he wants, but does it again anyway just to get Nelson to say "yes, sir". The Mole: Martin Prince. My God, What Have I Done?: Martin Prince after regretting being The Mole. Oven Logic: Marge's cake was so hard it broke a bullet-proof glass. Previously On: Parodied. As part of another allusion to "24", this episode starts with a narrator treating it as a sequel to a previous episode. The narrator even mistakenly calls the cartoon "24" before correcting himself. Serious Business: the bake sale and an attempt to disrupt it is taken by the hall monitors as a 24-style threat. Justified Trope on the bake sale (see As You Know above) and the stink bomb because it is something obscenely powerful. Stink Bomb: One which is powerful enough to be considered an In-Universe terrorist threat.