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 bourbon and her prison time (resulting from being railroaded in court and having Lionel Hutz as her attorney) has an adverse effect on the family and eventually the whole town, when the bake sale proceeds come up short and they have to buy a Jimmy Carter statue for their town instead of an Abraham Lincoln one.

!!This episode contains examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Helen Lovejoy implies Marge drinks. Marge's incredibly tense reaction suggests it's true, although it's just as likely she's tense because [[KickTheDog Helen's gleefully digging Marge's grave]].
* AnythingButThat: 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.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The alligator is shown with interlocking teeth as it crunches Abe's dentures. Gets jarring in that it was correctly shown with an overbite in other scenes.
* AsHimself: David Crosby (who is said to be a doppelganger for ''Simpsons'' writer John Swartzwelder), from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
* BitingTheHandHumor: Flanders thinks his family falling ill from the Asian flu epidemic is God's way of punishing him for watching and laughing at ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
-->'''Flanders''': The network slogan is true: Watch Fox and be damned for all eternity.
* BlatantLies: When Dr. Nick turns on the juicer, it makes a ''very'' loud grinding noise. Troy shouts, "ARE YOU SURE IT'S ON? I CAN HARDLY HEAR IT!" Nick shouts back, "IT'S WHISPER QUIET!"
* BrickJoke: 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. After Hutz loses Marge's case, the judge announces that the next case features Hutz as the defendant being sued by the very same people featured in his imagination.
* BuffySpeak:
--> '''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.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Wanting a cure for Osaka flu, the people of Springfield mob Dr. Hibbert's office, who tells them that the only cure is bed rest and that anything else would be a placebo. The mob then overturns a truck filled with killer bees in search of placebos.
-->'''Bystander:''' ''(eats a bee)'' I'm cured! I mean, ouch!
* ContinuityNod: One of the jurors at Marge's trial is Jack Marley, from "Marge Gets a Job".
* DesignatedVillain: In-universe. Marge is suddenly treated like a pariah by nearly everyone in Springfield because she accidentally forgot to pay for a bottle of bourbon.
* DisguisedInDrag: Bart's ImagineSpot for breaking Marge out of prison involves him dressed as a woman named "Bartina," romancing the warden, then knocking him out with a crowbar to get the cell keys.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Marge forgets to pay for a bottle of bourbon, apologizes and stays where she is clearly intending to pay for it. Apu hits the silent alarm and within moments is surrounded by a police force that would be more suited to a crazed gunman.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: While battling the alligator, Grandpa keeps taunting it with a toilet plunger until his dentures fall into its mouth. The gator promptly crunches them to bits and gives Grandpa a mocking grin.
* TheDogBitesBack: Literally. When the Springfieldians riot over the Jimmy Carter statue, Wiggum attempts to sic the police dogs on the rioters. When Lou notes that they look angry, Wiggum explains that's because he's been mistreating the dogs to rile them up (such as starving them, teasing them, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking singing off-key]]). The dogs proceed to tear him apart when they're set loose.
* EpicFail:
** When Burns finds Homer eating a sandwich in the special chamber he's built for himself to sit out the flu epidemic, Homer's cover story for what he's doing there: "My name is Mr. Burns."
** 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.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Apu's LaserGuidedKarma in Snake stealing the Kwik-E-Mart and transferring it by truck to Mexico is the first sign that Springfield will enter chaos.
* ForWantOfANail: Had Marge not been in prison, she could've helped out with the bake sale to raise money to buy a statue of Abraham Lincoln, instead of the Jimmy Carter statue which angered the citizens so much a mass riot broke out.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the riots, a man can be seen stealing a TV in nothing but his underwear.
* GilliganCut: 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.
** With Marge gone, Lisa suggests that if the rest of the family work together they can keep the house clean. 10 minutes later, and the kitchen is a total mess.
* GossipyHens: Helen Lovejoy, by her own admission. She even gives gossip as evidence at Marge's trial.
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** After Marge is accused of shoplifting, Professor Frink, testifying for the prosecution, pretty much accuses her of being the second gunman of the Grassy Knoll. His evidence is nothing but a blue bush that looks similar to Marge's trademark blue hair. Even though it's unlikely, the jury buys it.
** Apu thinking that Marge being in jail will mean the store is safe. Even without the scene with the store being hijacked, one of the recurring gags about Apu is how often his store is robbed by people who aren't Marge. Though he might have assumed Snake and Marge were in on it together.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Apu, Sanjay and the majority of on-screen characters who gossip about Marge because she forgot to pay for the bourbon even though it was clearly an accident due to how stressed out she was. Kudos to [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Helen Lovejoy]], whose gossip mongering and testimony help get Marge thrown in prison.
** The two factory workers who start the whole mess. One coughs into the box delivering the juicer, and the two laugh heartily about violating workplace safety standards.
* JerkassBall: Apu and Sanjay cheering and celebrating at the idea of getting Marge arrested and jailed.
* JustFollowingOrders: When Homer asks Apu and Sanjay to drop the charges against Marge, Apu tells him they're required by company policy to prosecute her. Their celebratory mood over the issue, however, makes it clear that it's not the only reason they're doing it.
* TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw: The ringing of the Kwik-E-Mart's silent alarm to deal with an accidental shoplifter merits multiple patrol cars that arrive within ''seconds'' of the button being pressed and officers pointing their guns at Marge like she was armed and dangerous. But Snake '''stealing the whole damn building''' with a flat-bed truck later in the episode? Nothing happens.
* KickTheDog: The main reason why Marge ended up in prison is because Helen Lovejoy is a bullying [[GossipyHens gossipy hen]].
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** The majority of Springfield treating Marge like a pariah comes back to bite them big time when riots break out after the city purchases a statue of Jimmy Carter instead of Abraham Lincoln, all because they couldn't raise enough money to buy Lincoln. The reason behind this is because, had Marge been able to help out with the bake sale used to fund the statue's purchase, they would've made just enough to buy Lincoln.
** Snake stealing the Kwik-E-Mart and taking it to Mexico could be considered this for Apu and Sanjay.
** This happens to Chief Wiggum thanks to the guard dogs as seen in The Dog Bites Back.
* LimitedWardrobe: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Lisa when she gets her clothes dirty.
-->'''Lisa:''' It seems like I've been wearing this same red dress forever!
** Homer points out that there's plenty of clothing in the attic, and then walks down the stairs dressed as a precious bride.
* LoopingLines: Invoked. The two Japanese factory workers' dialogue is clearly dubbed.
* NoodleIncident: What did Hutz do to piss of the International Council of Churches so much?
* POVCam: Of Arnie Pye's ''vomit''.
--> '''Otto''': ''(laying down to sunbathe)'' Okay, Mr. Sun, gimme what you got! ''(cut to POV of the vomit falling towards Otto)'' Aaaahhhh!!!
* SewerGator: A sewer gator appears trapped in the Simpsons toilet - and battling Grampa:
-->'''Bart:''' "We flushed the gator down the toilet, but it got stuck halfway, and now we have to feed it."
* ShoutOut:
** Annie's tattoo on her back is one to ''Magazine/MadMagazine''.
** Flanders remembers watching ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' on FOX and thinks he's been damned for it.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Apu testifies in a courtroom scene in the episode that he is able to recite 40,000 decimal places of the number pi. He correctly notes that the 40,000th digit is the number one. The writers prepared for this scene by asking David H. Bailey of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (now at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) for the number of the 40,000th decimal place of pi. Bailey sent them back a printout of the first 40,000 digits.
** For Apu and Sanjay's brief lines of Indian dialogue, the writers called the Embassy of India in Washington to get them to translate. The Embassy was not "interested or happy" but still did it.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: At the juice loosener ad, Troy [=McClure=] smashes an orange at his face to imply that's the only way to extract juice from it before the loosener was invented. Homer is then seen using that method while watching the ad and being surprised it's not the only way.
* TakeThat:
** The crowd goes into a riot when, instead of an UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln statue, a UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter statue is built (according to the DVD commentary, the writers do believe that Jimmy Carter was a bad U.S. President, but not as bad as UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush):
--->'''Random Townsperson''': He's history's greatest monster!
** Marge being accused of shooting JFK could be this towards the various conspiracy theories.
* TemptingFate: After Marge gets sent to jail, Apu pronounces that the Kwik-E-Mart is safe once more. Cue Snake stealing said store and driving off to Mexico with it.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The juice loosener factory worker who refuses to take a sick day and the worker who doesn't report him for this.
* VomitDiscretionShot: When Arnie Pie is giving his helicopter news report, he gets sick and vomits out the copter window. We don't see it, but smash cut to Otto, who is about to sunbathe. The camera takes the viewpoint of Arnie's vomit, which falls towards a screaming Otto.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: According to a sign at the end of Act Two, Springfield is 678 miles from Mexico City, putting it around southern Texas.
* WhoShotJFK: Professor Frink accuses Marge of this, claiming a hedge by the grassy knoll sort-of resembles Marge's hairstyle.
* WillfullyWeak: Bart deliberately suppresses his immune system in order to avoid school.
* WorkingThroughTheCold: One of the employees at the juice loosener factory causes Springfield's Asian flu epidemic. His coworker claims to have a shattered pelvis.