Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 8 Boy Scoutz N The Hood

After Bart and Milhouse go on a sugar bender after finding a $20 bill (that Homer found under the couch while looking for a peanut and lost when he slipped on the very peanut he was trying to find) and spending most of the money on a Squishee made of syrup, Bart wakes to find that he's a member of the geekiest club known to man: The Junior Campers (not affiliated with The Boy Scouts of America).


  • As Himself: Ernest Borgnine
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hans Moleman draws a big knife that's too heavy for him to use.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The other Campers group is attacked by a bear. Borgnine's attempt to save the day with his Swiss Army Knife is subverted because Homer stole it to give to Bart.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Bart calls out Homer on being a jerkass to Ned since at least Ned is trying to help with the situation and Homer isn't even trying.
  • Cane Sword: Hans Moleman has one
  • Chekhov's Gun: The map with the Krusty Burger franchises, showing that there's one on an (unmanned) oil rig about to shut down.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: After Bart decides to abandon the Campers because he's not allowed a knife, he grumbles that maybe they are not exciting. Cue a barrage of exciting (and funny) situations appearing as he walks down the street where a knife saves the day (Hans Moleman getting thrown out of Moe's and threatening to cut him with a cane sword that's too heavy for him, Jimbo and Kearney robbing Martin Prince of his box of cookies after helping him open the box with a knife, and Dr. Hibbert performing a streetside appendectomy with a pocket knife).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Moe threatened to stab Hans Moleman for not putting his beer on a coaster.
  • Double Negative: "Don't do what Donny Don't does."
    Bart: [sigh] They could have made this clearer.
  • Epic Fail: All of Homer's attempts at saving the day once the group is stuck at sea. For Krusty, the idea of opening a Krusty Burger franchise on an oil rig without taking heed to the fact that it was unmanned (however, it's just a fail for him — it saves the group's lives).
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Homer slaps Ned out of a Heroic BSOD when a pod of dolphins won't help them. He repeats the process several times just to make sure.
  • G-Rated Drug: The all-syrup Squishee.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: What happened to the Flanderses and the Simpsons. The other Campers don't end quite as well.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Bart and Milhouse get thrown out of the arcade for running out of money, a hobo tells them that the two mustn't waste time, they should cherish it and seize the day...right before asking the two for change so he can get loaded.
  • I Have No Son: Homer's reaction when Bart liked a joke told by Flanders.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: As the Flanders and Simpsons' boat drifts away from the mainland, Homer suggests they stop paddling and let the current take them back to land. They end up in the open sea.
  • Noodle Incident: Barney wakes up on a Greek ship wearing a navy uniform. He exclaims "not again".
  • Rule of Funny: Triple-G-rated movies (the kids' version of triple-X-rated movies)
  • Ruptured Appendix: A man on a street suffers a severe case of this. Fortunately, Dr. Hibbert had his pocket knife, allowing him to perform a street operation and save the man's life, to the cheers of everyone present. Parodied, as the appendix literally explodes (i.e., like a stick of dynamite would after being lit) after Dr. Hibbert throws it.
  • Scout Out: The Junior Campers are not associated with the Boy Scouts of America, as the sign on their meeting room says.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bart and Milhouse's song "Springfield, Springfield" is a parody of "New York, New York" from the musical On the Town. They even lampshade this by having a sailor join in, singing "New York, New York", to which Bart sends him in the right direction.
    • The scene where Hans Moleman draws out a knife and says: "You call that a knife, THIS is a knife" is a parody of a famous scene in Crocodile Dundee. The (nearly) blind man having a cane sword is a reference to Zatoichi.
    • The scene where Ernest Borgnine and the campers travel through the backwoods by boat, while mysterious people are hiding themselves behind the trees is a nod to Deliverance.
    • The scene where Ernest Borgnine and the campers are attacked near the campfire references Friday the 13th.
  • Special Guest: Ernest Borgnine.
  • Take Our Word for It: The curse word written on the back of Milhouse's head. The only clue to how dirty it is was Principal Skinner's reaction upon reading it and the punishment ("I'm gonna shave you bald, young man, until you learn that hair is not a right; it's a privilege.")
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: For Bart, it's enlist on the Junior Campers while going through a sugar-based Mushroom Samba. For Barney, it was somehow end up on a Greek ship wearing a Greek sailor uniform while passed out on bags of baklava. For Milhouse, it was getting a dirty word shaved in the back of his head and punished for it by being shaved bald.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the other parents that were going on the raft tour? Probably they were killed by the hillbillies.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Nelson stops laughing at Bart for being a Junior Camper after Bart points out that being a Junior Camper is what exempts him from taking a test.
  • Worst Aid: Dr. Hibbert not only cuts out a man's appendix in the middle of the street with just a pocket knife, but he doesn't even wipe the knife clean until afterwards. However, given that the appendix then exploded, this was probably prudent.