Recap: The Simpsons S 4 E 1 Kamp Krusty

Episode - 8F24
First Aired - 9/24/1992

Bart and Lisa go to summer camp, but when they find that it's a run-down hellhole run by Krusty's uncaring accountant (and former president of Euro-Krustyland) and the town's resident thugs (Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney) the kids stage a revolution that ends up making the news.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Lisa tries to warn Marge and Homer about Kamp Krusty, but they just brush it off as home sickness.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Double-subverted:
    Bart: Krusty, this camp was a nightmare. They fed us gruel, they forced us to make wallets for export, and one of the campers was eaten by a bear.
    Krusty: Oh my God! (sobbing)
    Bart: Well, actually, the bear just ate his hat.
    Krusty: Was it a nice hat?
    Bart: Oh, yeah.
    Krusty: Oh my God! (sobbing)
  • Bait and Switch: There are a couple in this episode. One is found at the end of the synopsis above. The other has Homer giving Marge a massage on a hill. When she says they'll miss the fireworks, Homer says they have all the fireworks they need right here (implying that they're going to have sex). He then pulls back a blanket to reveal a picnic basket stuffed with fireworks (which are probably Bart's).
  • The B Grade: Lisa has trouble accepting her report card had one B+ instead of only As.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Homer and Marge interpret Lisa's letter for help (which outlines how brutal the camp is) as typical homesickness.
  • Daydream Surprise: The episode begins with Bart asking Mrs Krabappel to alter his grades so he can go to Kamp Krusty. After a few seconds hesitation, she agrees. Then Principal Skinner, via the intercom, asks the students if they've brought their 'implements of destruction'. Cue the school being destroyed, until we cut to Bart in bed.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: One runs the fat camp.
    Drill sergeant: "Alright you piles of pan-drippings, I wanna see Crisco coming out of those pores! We're not leaving till this Christmas HAM gives me a pull-up."
  • Five Second Foreshadowing: As the bus enters Kamp Krusty, the bridge it drives over collapses, an indication of what's in store for the children.
  • For the Evulz: Everything Mr. Black does boils down to this.
    Mr. Black: "Gentlemen, to evil."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Kearney telling the kids, "Here's your cabin. If ya don't like it, T.S." T.S. means tough shit.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard: Miss Hoover gives Lisa a B+ in conduct simply because she feels Lisa needs a blotch on her record. Lisa's resultant Freak Out causes her to injure Hoover.
  • Hong Kong Dub: The introductory video to Kamp Krusty is clearly dubbed over whenever Krusty mentions ' Mr Black'.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Homer telling Bart that if you want something out of life, you have to work for it...and then telling him to be quiet, so he can hear the latest lottery numbers.
    • Kent Brockman saying, without hyperbole, that the Kamp Krusty revolt is a million times worse than the conflicts he's reported on in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
  • Jerk Ass: The parents, who celebrate the minute their children are out of sight. One of them even shouts "Don't come back."
  • Kick the Dog: Mrs Krabapple takes joy in sabotaging Bart's efforts to go to Kamp Krusty.
    Mrs Krabappel: "Have a D-lightful summer!"
  • Knighting: Krusty is in the middle of receiving one of these when he gets the phone call about Kamp Krusty.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Krusty, when he sees what he allowed to transpire in the camp he authorized.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Mr. Black!
  • Nice Hat: According to Bart, one of the campers had one of these that was eaten by a bear. This is what truly convinces Krusty that the camp was a nightmare.
  • Noodle Incident: Mr. Black was president of Euro-Krustyland until it blew up. We don't find out how that happened or if he was involved.
  • Off Model: Ralph Wiggum looks skinny and misshapen during the scene of Lisa handing out care packages and mail to the campers. This can be justified in two ways: (a) Ralph was in the fat camp and his skinny, misshapen look is from lost weight, or (b) the animators (either overseas or domestic) screwed up and didn't have time to change it.
  • Oh, Crap: The expression on the kid's face when they meet the counselors.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Mr. Black trying to pass off Barney as Krusty, in lieu of dinner, is what finally pushes Bart into action and revolt.
  • Rule of Cool: Bart's argument for renaming the camp "Camp Bart" instead of "Camp Freedom."
  • Sanity Slippage: Bart, after too long in Kamp Krusty.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Kearney playing the drums while the children are working on their wallets is a reference to Roman slavery ships, where one the guards beat a drum to add tempo to the rowers' movements.
    • Lisa giving a letter to a 19th century style horseman is a reference to The French Lieutenant's Woman.
    • The children taking over Kamp Krusty and raising their own society is a reference to Lord of the Flies.
    • The camp post-revolt is a reference to Apocalypse Now.
  • Shower of Love: Homer and Marge have sex in the shower during their time away from the kids.
  • Summer Campy: A darker example of this trope.
    • Fat Camp: Kamp Krusty has one of these as well.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: While the kids are away, Homer actually loses weight and his hair starts growing back. Then he sees Bart in charge of Kamp Krusty. His hair instantly falls out and his stomach bloats.