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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.
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* ActingUnnatural:
-->'''Marge:''' ''(reading the paper)'' Mmm. It says Freddy Quimby beat a waiter half to death! Those Quimby children are so wild and rich, I hope he finally gets what's coming to him.\\
'''Bart:''' But Freddy Quimby's innocent!\\
'''Lisa:''' How do you know? There weren't any witnesses.\\
'''Bart:''' Heh, oh yeah, right.\\
'''Lisa:''' You'd think someone would have seen something at a crowded party like that.\\
'''Bart:''' Well they didn't, OK? They didn't. It says right here in black and white, "No witnesses." Case closed. ''(grabs paper)'' Now let's all read the funnies. ''(reads)'' Oh look: [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] said "good grief". Hah. I didn't see ''that'' coming. ''(forced laughter)''
* ActorRoleConfusion: Bart and Chief Wiggum address Rainer Wolfcastle as [=McBain=].
* AllForNothing: In a deleted scene, Freddy would have been shortly taken back into custody after threatening the waiter for real, making Bart's sacrifice meaningless.
* AmusingInjuries:
** Mr. Lacoste, the waiter, undergoes a series of kitchen accidents [[EpicFail in a ridiculously short time]] after arguing with Freddy Quimby (and tries to get some money out of it by suing him in court).
** And later on he falls several stories from the courtroom window on the back of a truck full of rat traps (which of course had an open roof).
* BaitAndSwitchComment: When Bart argues that having Freddy acquitted cancels out his skipping school, Skinner gives him three months detention. Then he says "Wait", as if he's going to take it back, only to give him ''four'' months.
* BerserkButton: Freddy really doesn’t like it when people mispronounce “chowdah.”
-->'''Defense Attorney''': You certainly would never lose your temper over something as trivial as the pronunciation of the word “chowder.”
-->'''Freddy''': That’s “chowdah!” “Chowdah!” I’ll kill you! I’ll kill all of you! [[NoKillLikeOverkill Especially those of you on the jury!]]
-->'''Defense Attorney''': [[{{Understatement}} Wow, that didn’t go well]]. The defense rests.
* CaptivityHarmonica: Played by one pupil at the prison school bus.
* ClockTampering: Mrs. Krabappel says that, thanks to a clock-tampering incident, class will be extended for two hours to make up for lost time. Bart groans and begrudgingly looks at the Lil' Bastard Clock Tampering Kit hidden in his desk.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: [[{{Parody}} Parodied]]. Bart is [[InnerMonologueConversation randomly able to hear Principal Skinner and Homer's inner monologues]]. Skinner's monologue is played straight, but Homer's thoughts suddenly trail off into [[EarWorm the Meow Mix jingle]].
* CourtroomEpisode
* CreatorBacklash: In-Universe, Rainer Wolfcastle agrees with Bart's assessment of his last film and says there were a ton of script problems.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/MattGroening as the courtroom sketch artist.
* DeusExMachina: Just as Bart is about to get caught by Skinner, Freddy Quimby happens to drive by the place, allowing him to escape.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Bart skipped school and when he confessed to it so Freddie Quimby wouldn't be sent to jail for a crime he didn't commit, Skinner gives him four months detention.
** The waiter attempts to cover up his clumsiness by framing Freddy for his injuries, who had insulted him beforehand.
** Bart is afraid of being sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor in the cafeteria for skipping classes.
** Freddie ''threatens to kill everybody in the courtroom'' because his own lawyer doesn't say "chowder" as "chow''dah''". This one backfires on him hard because he did it right after testifying that he ''didn't'' had such a HairTriggerTemper.
* EvilIsPetty:
** Skinner admits to be a petty man right before defying SavedByTheAwesome and give Bart three... no, ''four'' months' detention for skipping school just ''one day'' (he also went all "Hah! I '''knew''' you would slip up!" right when Bart testified (and thus confessed his skipping), unnerving the rest of the jury (and Apu telling him to stop acting like that).
** The case against Freddy Quimby is so open-and-shut because he is the kind of guy who ''would'' clobber someone just for not saying a word the way he wants to... even if it's inside a courthouse.
* ExtraYExtraViolent: One of the pieces of evidence used against Freddy Quimby is Dr. Hibbert exposing that he has an "Evil Gene".
* FauxHorrific: Just to show how insulated and small the people of Springfield are, Quimby's lawyer has his opening statement being to defame the waiter's character by point out not only is he not from Springfield, he's not even from ''America''. Cue several people rushing to the phones, and Hutz angrily whispering that he be told everything.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Skinner notices a chewed wad of gum on the ground and tastes it:
--> '''Skinner''': His brand of gum: Doublemint. Trying to double your ''fun'', eh, Bart? Well I'll double your ''detention''! Heh... I wish someone was around to hear that.
* FisherKingdom: Otto snaps at Bart and Lisa, but quickly apologizes, blaming it on the prison bus he's been forced to drive ("This bus and I have sort of a ''[[Film/TheShining Shining]]'' thing going on."). Likewise, the other kids start acting like they're in prison (complete with banging a cup against the bars).
* FlashbackEffects: When Bart recalls the fateful event, it is preceded by a fuzzy visual transition and the typical xylophone sound effect.
* ForgedLetter: Bart creates one as an excuse to skip school.
-->''Please excuse my handwriting, I busted whichever hand it is I write with. Signed, Mrs. Simpson.''
* FrameUp: Freddy Quimby may be a complete {{Jerkass}}, but he is innocent of the crime he is accused of.
* FreudianSlip: When Homer [[RogueJuror deliberately deadlocks the jury]] by voting not guilty instead of guilty:
-->'''Homer:''' I'm only doing what I think is right. I believe Freddy Quimby should walk out of here a free hotel.
* FromBadToWorse: The events that motivate Bart to skip school. On a beautiful spring day, Bart has to take a dingy prison bus to school, where new and painful chairs have been installed to eliminate slouching, and everyone has to stay behind for an hour thanks to Bart's own tampering with the clocks.
* GilliganCut: Lisa assures Bart that Quimby will receive a fair and impartial jury. Cut to...
--> '''Homer''': Ohhhh, jury duty?! I'll see that Quimby kid ''hang'' for this!!\\
'''Lisa''': I knew it was a bad idea to watch him open the mail.
* GoodCopBadCop: Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie try this on Lisa after Bart skips school, but it fails because they both keep forgetting whether they're supposed to be Good Cop or Bad Cop.
* HairTriggerTemper: Freddy. Having it go off in the middle of declaring under oath that he ''didn't'' had it almost did him in.
* HollywoodLaw:
** The entire jury was made of major cast members, such as Homer, his sister-in-law Patty, his next-door neighbor Ned, Apu (who at the time was not yet a US citizen), and Principal Skinner (whose presence is a plot point, because it means that Bart can't admit that he witnessed what really happened without admitting that he was skipping school to a school official). Part of the process to ensure jury impartiality is to ensure that none of the jurors are personally connected to the defendant, the plaintiff, any witnesses, or ''each other''. No sane judge would impanel a jury where everybody knows everyone else. Plus witnesses are bribed right there in open court, and [[RuleOfFunny no one cares.]]
** {{Lampshaded}} on one point. The judge acknowledges that re-opening the case when she does is grossly unconstitutional, but she 'just can't say no to kids'.
** And it still might be an example, since re-opening the case due to new evidence which could have changed the original verdict is usually permitted, though it's only permissible in regards to ''exculpatory'' evidence, as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_jeopardy Double Jeopardy attaches in the event of an acquittal]].
* HollywoodNewEngland: 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.
* ImagineSpot: Bart has one when Skinner passes him when exiting the jury box:
--> '''Skinner''': I can't wait until the sentencing part. That's where I ''really'' shine!\\
(Bart has a daydream where Bart's on trial and Skinner's the judge)\\
'''Skinner''': Bart Simpson, for the heinous crime of hooky, I sentence you to a lifetime of hard labor in the cafeteria!\\
(flashes forward to the future, where Bart is serving the sons of the school bullies)\\
'''Bart''': (now with a hoarse voice, a la Lunchlady Doris) More cream corn, Jimbo Junior?\\
'''Jimbo Junior''': This cream corn tastes like cream ''crap''!\\
'''Bart''': Watch the potty mouth, honey.
** At the beginning of the episode, while riding to school, Bart sees a pond and imagines himself hanging out on a raft with [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huckleberry Finn]] and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Later, while he is at the pond, he sees a raft with two figures approach, assuming his fantasy is coming true. But it turns out to be two creepy men who offer to show Bart a dead body.
* InfantImmortality:
** [[RefugeInAudacity Hilariously]] averted in the [=McGarnigal=] clip.
** As well as in ''Film/FreeWilly'' new Director's Cut (see ReCut further down).
* InstantlyProvenWrong: Lisa. When Bart compares going to school to being in prison, Lisa scoffs at the comparison. Then Otto drives up on a prison bus because the regular school bus is being repaired.
* IResembleThatRemark: "This is an outrage! I am not some clumsy Clouseauesque waiter! I will..." [''falls out of the court window into an open truck fall of rat traps''].
* JuryAndWitnessTampering: A pretty memorable subversion in that, even with all of the blatant bribery that Quimby was tossing around, Freddy was ''still'' going to be declared guilty (the fact that Freddy threatened to kill said everybody in court, jury included, when he was put on the witness seat was all the jury needed to decide).
* JuryDuty: Homer's reaction to being summoned for it was wanting to make Freddy pay for it.
* KarmaHoudini: {{Played with}}. Freddy Quimby didn't do anything to the waiter except act like a jerk, so he did deserve a not-guilty verdict. On the other hand, he was also a massive jackass, and it's very easy to see why the jury would believe he assaulted the waiter (and he even did so in a deleted scene, which lands him back in court and makes Bart's sacrifice pointless). [[http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/the-simpsons-classic-the-boy-who-knew-too-much-96279 One review]] of the episode said that part of what made it interesting was that beating up the waiter was probably the only thing Freddy ''wasn't'' guilty of.
* TheKlutz: TheReveal 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.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** Marge mentions an uncle who used to say "Shoot 'em all and let God sort it out." And he did just that.
-->'''Marge''': It took 75 federal marshals to bring him down. Now let's never speak of him again.
** And then Marge actually does speak of him again when she tells Bart to listen to his heart, and "...not the voices in your head like a certain uncle did one gray December morn."
* LittleStowAway: Bart in the backseat of Freddy's car.
* LostMyAppetite:
--> '''DaChief''': Well [=McGarnigal=], Billy is ''dead''! They slit his throat from ear to ear!\\
'''[=McGarnigal=]''': Hey! I'm trying to eat lunch here!
* MauriceChevalierAccent: The French waiter’s accent becomes the object of Freddy’s ridicule.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: Even with all of the blatant bribery and tampering Quimby is doing, the case against Freddy is pretty much a KangarooCourt and would have gotten him sentenced regardless if not for Bart's testimony (that Freddy ''threatened to kill everybody in the courtroom, jury included'' in a moment of HairTriggerTemper when he almost had it made didn't helped him any). Lisa lampshades it such:
--->"It's ironic that a monstrous, yet innocent, man will be found guilty."
* MouseTrap: When the waiter tries to tell everybody that he's not clumsy, he slips and falls out the window into a truck full of mousetraps.
* NeverMyFault:
** Skinner looks for Bart in all the places he thinks a boy would go for fun, but when he can't find him at the museum or the 4-H club (which is long abandoned), he considers "Am I so out of touch? No, it's the children who are wrong."
** The whole courtroom plot is pivoted by a waiter more willing to falsely accuse and jail a man for assault than admit he suffered injuries from being a klutz.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Bart suddenly has the ability to read Skinner's and Homers minds, and they both know it.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** The Quimbys are parodies of the Kennedys, with the family scandals and [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston accents]]. When Mayor Quimby says he does not recognize Bart, Bart says he’s a nephew he doesn’t see often named “Bart Bart.” This is a play on the nickname of [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy’s]] son, John Jr., who was known as “John John.” John’s mother, Jackie, kept him away from Kennedy family events, so he wouldn’t get caught up in their scandals.
** Rainier Wolfcastle moves from being a generic TheAhnold to having more specific character traits of the actual Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. His wife is named Maria, like Arnold’s (now ex-)wife and Kennedy family member, Maria Shriver. And there is a [[TakeThat joke about a movie]] that sounds suspiciously like ''Film/LastActionHero''.
-->'''Bart''': Hey, [=McBain=], I’m a big fan, but your last movie really sucked.
-->'''Wolfcastle''': I know. [[TroubledProduction There were script problems from day one]].
-->'''Chief Wiggum''': Yeah, I’ll say. Magic ticket, my ass, [=McBain=].
-->'''Wolfcastle''': Maria, my mighty heart is breaking.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Hilariously subverted with the injured waiter.
* NonGivingUpSchoolGuy: 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... [[BuffySpeak non... giving-up...]] [[TropeNamer school guy!]]
* NoSympathy: When discussing the "slouch-eliminating" chairs:
--> '''Milhouse''': (slurring) I lost all feeling in the left side of my body. (tries to lift hand but fails)\\
'''Edna Krabappel''': Yeah, yeah.
* NotHelpingYourCase:
** 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!'' '''''IllKillYou 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 he say 'chowdah' correctly. And the cops pull him back inside.
* OddCouple: Skinner and Homer at the hotel.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: When the confrontation happens between Freddy and the waiter, the audience hears the dialogue but [[InstantMysteryJustDeleteScene only sees Bart watching the scene]]. When Bart testifies later, he reveals that after Freddie says, “I’m gonna enjoy this!” he picks up a bottle of champagne, chugs it, and leaves the kitchen. The waiter [[TheKlutz then slips and causes his own injuries]].
* PaperThinDisguise:
** 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.
* PerpSweating: Lisa is grilled by Skinner about Bart's whereabouts under a lamp.
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision A-Strike]]: "I know you can read my thoughts, Bart. Just remember, if I find out you cut class, your ass is mine. Yes, you heard me. I think words I would never say."
* ReCut: 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.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Homer is the only juror to correctly declare Freddy not guilty. He doesn't do it because he honestly believes it, but just so he can deadlock the jury and enjoy a free night in a luxury hotel with HBO.
* RopeBridge: Bart destroys one to stop Skinner from following him. It doesn't work.
* RogueJuror: Homer deadlocks the jury for the sole purpose of staying sequestered and enjoying the free hotel room and amenities it entails.
* RuleOfFunny: The waiter's injuries are all shown in detail, save the broken limbs he has during the trial. Once he finally falls unconscious, the waiter's limbs spontaneously break without prompting.
* RunningGag: During the trial, Homer wears fake glasses to trick people into thinking he's paying attention. At the end of the episode, he tries the same trick when Marge decides to tell him about her day.
* SavedByTheAwesome: 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 "small, petty man." Then he adds an extra month.
* {{Scandalgate}}: During his report, Kent Brockman said he suggested that the name of the media event covering Freddy Quimby's trial should be "Waitergate" instead of "Beat-Up Waiter", but he was howled down at the press club.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Mayor Quimby bribes witnesses to help his nephew's case. They're given money while on the stand.
* ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge: Bart can't testify without revealing that he skipped school.
* ShoutOut: Skinner's NonGivingUpSchoolGuy moment is a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Westworld}}'' where a robot does the same walking through a river trick.
** Bart hears Homer's thoughts, which at that moment happens to be the Meow Mix jingle.
** Skinner imitates part of the opening sequence from ''Series/TheOddCouple'', and even notes it, until Homer yells at him to shut up.
** Bart's daydream is of course a reference to ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
** Otto suddenly snapped at Bart and Lisa, claiming he and the prison bus have "sort of a ''[[Film/TheShining Shining]]'' thing".
** When Bart testifies that the waiter's injuries were the result of his own clumsiness, the waiter denies being ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Clouseauesque]]''.
* SkewedPriorities:
** When the injured waiter's body is found:
-->'''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...
** Skinner considered Bart's confession about skipping school slightly more important than the court case in which he was a juror.
* SkippingSchool: Bart ditches school and is pursued by [[NonGivingUpSchoolGuy Principle Skinner]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: The waiter that was more willing to frame Freddy Quimby for assaulting him than admit he was merely TheKlutz.
* SoapWithinAShow: Bart watches a TV show episode of [=McGarnigal=] that bears a striking similarity to his situation.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Bart would have likely evaded getting caught skipping school if not for the stubborn waiter's false allegations forcing him to confess what he witnessed. This itself was a Spanner In The Works to the waiter's lawsuit against Freddy Quimby.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz.
* StealingFromTheHotel: Homer takes "souvenirs" from the hotel room where he's being sequestered, including the table at one point. At the end he has put ''all'' of the room's furnishings into his bedroom.
* StopBeingStereotypical: The waiter objects to being seen as a "Clouseauesque waiter." He elaborately pratfalls and injures himself in a slapstick fashion twice over.
* TakeThat:
** Bart and Chief Wiggum criticize Rainer Wolfcastle for his latest movie, which is obviously meant to be ''Film/LastActionHero''. "Magic ticket, my ass."
** Creator/WaltDisney is one of the people mentioned as having the "evil gene".
* TemptingFate: After the waiter falls out of the window into the truck full of rat traps, he remarks "at least there were no big ones". There's then a very loud snapping sound, and another groan of pain from the man.
* TryAndFollow: Bart shouts this to Skinner after destroying the RopeBridge.
* [[TheButlerDidIt The Waiter Did It]]: To himself!
-->"This is an outrage! I am not a clumsy, [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Clouseau]]-esque waiter! I will …" ''(trips and falls out the window into a truck full of rat traps)''

* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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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