Recap / The Simpsons S 18 E 2124 Minutes

A 24 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.
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