Episode - 1F09\\
First Aired - 1/6/1994

While the Simpsons sleep, their house is invaded by the Springfield Cat Burglar, who leaves a calling card in exchange for such valuables as Marge's pearls (even though Marge has a large ball of replacement pearl necklaces in a drawer), Bart's stamp collection[[note]]the revelation of which gets him laughed at by his own family and Nelson Muntz, who somehow got The Simpsons' home number[[/note]] and portable TV, and Lisa's saxophone. It's up to Homer and his newly-formed vigilante group to catch their man -- if only they'd stop bullying everyone in town.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalPublicConfession: While Homer might have thought he was being clever and using ConfusingMultipleNegatives, it's really this trope.
-->'''Kent Brockman:''' Well, what do you say to the accusation that your group has been causing more crimes than it's been preventing?
-->'''Homer:''' Oh Kent, I'd be ''lying'' if I said my men weren't committing crimes.
-->'''Kent Brockman:''' Mmm, touche.
* AffablyEvil: Molloy. If it weren't for his stealing and, at the end, tricking everyone into going on a wild goose chase so he can escape prison, he'd just be affable. If anything, Springfield's attempts to deal with the cat burglaries cause more damage than he does.
* BigNo: Homer's reaction to Jimbo Jones quitting the posse to go to law school after he feels Homer let him down.
* CallingCard: The cat burglar leaves his business card at his crimes.
* DumbassHasAPoint: At the end after everyone forgives Molloy, Chief Wiggum reminds them that he broke the law and the appropriate punishment is him going to prison.
* EasilyForgiven: After Molloy was caught, he talked the citizens into forgiving him. [[SubvertedTrope The trope was subverted]] when, despite this, Chief Wiggum arrested him and he had to escape.
* EasyComeEasyGo: Thanks to a house's laser system, Jasper regained his eyesight but lost it seconds after. He even mentioned the trope when he accepted the loss.
* EvilOldFolks: Molloy.
* FoodAsBribe: That's how Molloy bribes the Simpsons' dog into letting him rob them. Homer takes a similar bribe that night.
* GentlemanThief: Molloy.
* {{Homage}}: The final few minutes of the episode are an homage to ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld.''
** In fact, when they reach the "Big T," you can see the "Big W" in the background.
** Also caricatures of ''IAMMMMW'' actors such as Phil Silvers, Milton Bearle, and Buddy Hackett start appearing in the crowd during this sequence.
** The scene of Bart tricking Phil Silvers into driving into the river is a direct homage to the movie.
** The Simpsons didn't have insurance because Homer spent the money on [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Magic Beans]].
* InstantlyProvenWrong: After people decide the Springfield Cat Burgler is not so bad after all and want him released from jail.
-->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Oh, sorry folks. Gee, [[SarcasmMode I really hate to spoil this little love-in]], but Mr. Malloy broke the law. And when you break the law, you gotta go to jail.
-->'''Mayor Quimby:''' Uh, that reminds me, er, here's your monthly kickback.
-->'''Wiggum''': ''[Utterly dumbfounded]'' [[LampshadeHanging You just...you couldn't have picked a worse time!]]
* NeverMyFault: Homer hates the magic beans for him not having the money to pay for the insurance.
-->'''Marge:''' Ooh, stop blaming the beans!
* NoodleIncident: The story Homer tells at the dinner table: "So I says, 'Look, buddy, your car was upside-down when we got there. And, as for your grandma, she shouldn't have mouthed off like that!"
* NotHelpingYourCase: When Homer first forms the militia, Marge is concerned about having guns in the house. Homer assures her that they know what they're doing, but he's repeatedly interrupted by the group's guns accidentally going off. And one of the members holding a rifle that went off accidentally is ''Bart''.
** When Homer was accused of sleeping on duty, he replied that instead of asleep, he was ''drunk''.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
-->'''Lisa:''' If you're the police, who polices the police?
-->'''Homer:''' I dunno... Coast Guard?
* RidingTheBomb: When Herman shows Homer an A-bomb that was designed to kill beatniks, Homer not only imagines himself doing just that in a direct ''Film/DrStrangelove'' parody, but also straddles the bomb in reality. Herman then directs Homer's attention to a sign posted nearby: "DO NOT RIDE THE BOMB".
* RuleOfThree: "Since the police can't seem to get off their duffaroonies to do something about this burglareeno, I think it's time we start our own neighborhood watch...aroonie!"
* ShoutOut: When Homer and Skinner nod back and forth to each other, the theme to ''Radio/{{Dragnet}}'' plays.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/SamNeill as Molloy.
* SpinningNewspaper: Used to show the cat burglar's crime spree... until the burglar takes it too.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Homer's group wants to do this, though Homer denies as much.
* TakeThat: Homer and his group chasing down a street musician after he tells him he got his saxophone from Sears.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: Subverted. Kent Brockman's initial report on the Springfield Cat Burglar -- which suggests that mass murders may happen next, and that the burglar may be a WolfMan -- ends with him asking a professor if it's time for the town to panic over the matter. The professor says it is!
* TooDumbToLive: Chief Wiggum has a handkerchief the cat burglar left behind during a robbery and is about to let a police dog smell it when he decides to use it to wipe some sweat from his face. Unsurprisingly, the dog attacks Wiggum.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: PlayedForLaughs. While the cat burglaries are worthy of above-the-flap placement, the secondary story -- "Man Marries Woman in Wedding Ceremony" -- is less so.