Episode - 9F20
First Aired - 5/6/1993
While shopping for her family in the midst of an Asian flu epidemic, Marge gets arrested for shoplifting, and her resultant prison time has an adverse effect on the family and eventually the whole town.
This episode contains examples of:
- Anything But That!: Lionel Hutz imagines what life would be like without lawyers, which features people from every race, ethnic background, creed, and color dancing under a rainbow while a non-copyright-infringing version of "I'd Like to Teach The World to Sing" plays. It sickens Hutz.
- As Himself: David Crosby
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Flanders thinks his family falling ill from the Asian flu epidemic is God's way of punishing him for watching and laughing at Married... with Children (and, for the record, there was never an episode that had Al telling Peg to care for her lifeless and limp houseplants and Peg suggesting that the plants would feel more at home in the bedroom, as it's used to having something lifeless and limp in there: either their sex life or Al's penis).
- Buffy Speak:
Lionel Hutz: I move for a 'bad court thingy'.
Judge Snyder: You mean a mistrial?
Hutz: Yeah! That's why you're the judge, and I'm the... law-talking... guy.
Snyder: You mean lawyer?
Hutz: Uh, right.
- Epic Fail: Lionel Hutz gets busted on jury-tampering by submitting the verdict himself...on a cocktail napkin, that still says "guilty," and "guilty" is spelled wrong.
- Gilligan Cut: After Marge was found guilty, Apu commented on how safe the Kwik-E-Mart was. Cut to Snake and an unnamed criminal loading the store onto a flatbed truck and hauling ass to Mexico.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The Asian flu epidemic that plagues Springfield on the first half of the episode stops being funny, considering the hysteria over SARS, the bird flu, and the swine flu that happened in the mid-to-late 2000s.
- Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure
- Take That: Without the income from Marge's Rice Krispies squares, the only President whose statue the town could buy was Jimmy Carter. The town rioted against the idea of homaging him. According to DVD commentary, the writers do think Jimmy Carter was a bad President, but not as bad as George W. Bush.
Mayor Quimby: (while unveiling the statue) I, uh, give you our 39th President, Jimmy Carter!
Random Citizen 1: Aw, come on!
Random Citizen 2: He's history's greatest monster!