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Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 20 The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Episode - 1F19
First Aired - 5/5/1994

Bart sneaks out of school and finds himself at a party for Mayor Quimby's nephew, Freddy but when Freddy gets in trouble for allegedly assaulting a French waiter, Bart must choose to keep his mouth shut about the ordeal or expose the truth and admit that he cut school to see it happen.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Artistic License - Law: Lampshaded for once. The judge acknowledges that re-opening the case when she does is grossly unconstitutional, but she 'just can't say no to kids'.
  • Book Dumb: Homer didn't know the meaning of words like "deadlocked", "sequestered" or "if" until Principal Skinner explained them to him.
  • Courtroom Episode
  • Crazy-Prepared: Homer's fake glasses, which he brings to jury duty, only for them to be taken from him. They show up again at the end of the episode when Marge tries to tell him about what she's been doing. Marge instantly notices, and takes them from him, along with the two spares.
  • Determinator: Skinner will stop at nothing to get Bart back into the classroom. When Bart destroys a bridge, Skinner just walks through the river.
    Bart: Oh my god. He's like some sort of... non... giving-up... school guy!
  • Hollywood New England: Freddy, like all the Quimbys, has a Kennedyesque Boston accent. In fact, his insistence that the French waiter pronounce chowder "correctly" as chowdah is the whole reason the trial is taking place.
  • Infant Immortality: Hilariously averted in the McGarnagle clip.
  • Jury Duty: Homer's reaction to being summoned for it was wanting to make Freddy pay for it.
  • The Klutz: The Reveal as to where the French waiter's injuries really came from. Freddy teased him a little, then got distracted by a bottle of champagne and walked off with it. The waiter promptly slipped and stumbled around the kitchen, brutally beating himself against various appliances. The case is made when the waiter, standing up to protest this as defamation, undergoes a similar experience in the courtroom before falling into the back of an open truck carrying a load of mousetraps.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Marge mentions an uncle who used to say "Shoot 'em all and let God sort it out." And he preceded to do just that.
    Marge: It took 75 state marshals to take him down and let's never speak of him again.
    • And then Marge actually does speak of him again when he tells Bart to listen to his heart, and not the voices in his head like a certain uncle did.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Freddy's attorney says it's ludicrous that his client would attack someone for the way he says chowder, Freddy snaps back "That's 'chowdah'! Chowdah! I'll Kill You! I'll kill all of you! Especially those of you in the jury!"
    • Even worse is that he was almost home free at that point.
    • In a deleted scene, Freddy walks out of the courthouse, only to grab the waiter demanding to say 'chowdah' correctly. And the cops pull him back inside.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: While skipping class, Bart found Homer and then hid before Homer saw him. To avoid getting caught for skipping class, Bart pushed his hair forward in hopes Homer wouldn't recognize him. Homer, on the other hand, actually saw and recognized Bart but was too afraid of getting caught for skipping work to care about the boy skipping classes so he put a hair comb on his face to pass it as a mustache. They pretended not to recognize each other.
    • Homer's fake glasses, which don't hide the fact he's snoring and drooling in court.
  • Re Cut: Homer is watching Free Willy, but instead of making the famous jump, the whale doesn't and crushes the boy.
    Homer: Oh, I don't like this new director's cut.
  • Rogue Juror: Homer deadlocks the jury for the sole purpose of staying sequestered and enjoying the free hotel room and amenities it entails.
  • Saved by the Awesome: Bart tries to invoke this, explaining that if he hadn't skipped school an innocent man would have gone to prison, and thus should not be punished for it. Skinner gives him three months detention anyway, stating that he's a "petty, petty man." Then he adds an extra month.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Mayor Quimby bribed witnesses to help his nephew's case. They were given money while on the stand.
  • Shameful Source Of Knowledge: Bart can't testify without revealing that he skipped school.
  • Shout-Out: Skinner's Non-Giving-Up School Guy moment is a Shout-Out to Westworld where a robot does the same walking through a river trick.
    • Bart hears Homers thoughts, which at that moment happens to be the Meow Mix jingle.
    • Skinner imitates part of the opening sequence from The Odd Couple, and even notes it, until Homer yells at him to shut up.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    Chief Wiggum: Oh my god...somebody's taken a bite out of the giant Rice Krispies square! ...Oh, and the waiter's been brutally beaten. Heh...
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
  • Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Based on a comment by Kent Brockman in this episode, it's in a state where it's illegal to broadcast trials.
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