Recap: The Simpsons S 8 E 5 Bart After Dark

Episode - 4F06
First Aired - 11/24/1996

While Lisa and Marge spend the day cleaning rocks after Captain MacCallister runs his ship aground a la the Exxon Valdez incident in 1989, Bart gets in trouble for breaking the gargoyle of an old house, and the owner wants Bart to work for her to pay for it — by making him her right-hand man for her burlesque house.

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  • All Men Are Perverts: It might be easier to list who hasn't been going to the Maison Derrière.
    "Oh, I'm afraid this problem goes far beyond Eugene and Rusty."
    • During the vote to close the place:
      Jasper: Are they talkin' about the bordello?
      Abe: No, the burlesque house! Now keep yer mouth shut!
  • Ambiguous Syntax: During a town meeting, Marge announces that she's sharing her moral outrage over "a certain house in our town". The others, however, assume she's referring to the meeting house they're in.
    Moe: Yeah, well, what's wrong with this house? Is it the plumbing?
    Marge: No, it's a house of ill fame... a house of loose ethics.
    Kent Brockman: Is there a building code violation? A drainage issue? A surveying error?
    Marge: The house is perfectly fine!
    Chief Wiggum: Well, then quit bad-mouthing the house!
    Otto: Yeah, leave the house alone!
  • Arrows on Fire: Moleman's weapon of choice.
  • Broken Gargoyle Penalty
  • Bouncer: Bart acts in this fashion; escorting Homer off the premises after he drunkenly demands Marge "take it off!" during her ventriloquist act.
  • Brick Joke: When the townsfolk are tearing down the house, Moleman is seen with a flaming arrow; and begs them to "please hurry..." When Marge comes in with the bulldozer and demands she be allowed to sing a Crowd Song of her own; said flaming arrow is seen embedding itself in the tree.
  • Cameo: Princess Kashmir appears, doing a Fan Dance.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When the news reports a terrible oil spill in Alaska, Lisa is clearly horrified at the environmental devastation, but Homer thinks her concerns lie elsewhere:
    Homer: Don't worry honey, there'll be lots more oil.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Homer attempts to chastise Belle for allowing Bart to work at her establishment, but has difficulty doing so while watching Princess Kashmir.
  • Everything Has Rhythm: The musical number 'We Keep The Spring in Springfield' includes such effects as Moe banging bin lids together, Belle 'boing'ing Bumblebee Man's antenna and Willie smacking Lenny in the head (accidentally) with a sledgehammer.
  • Hypocritical Humor and Aesop Amnesia: Homer drooling over Princess Kashmir (the stripper/belly dancer from "Homer's Night Out") in front of Bart, seasons after Homer learned his lesson on not objectifying women.
  • Moral Guardians: Marge, because she thinks that Springfield does not want a burlesque house, despite everyone else's views. It's not "Springfield doesn't want a burlesque house", it's "Marge Simpson doesn't want a burlesque house, and is forcing everyone to follow her view".
  • Never Trust a Promo: A lot of TV and radio promos for this episode played up the sex angle of this episode. Commercials that aired during prime-time claimed that Springfield would be rocked by a sex scandal, and showed Marge's incriminating pictures of people leaving the Maison Derriere (which was correct, only it didn't go that far)note , while a radio station had Homer saying, "I have misplaced my pants," which, out of context, paints a rather risque mental picture of Homer, when really that line was used in the scene of Belle taking Bart back home and Belle finding that Homer is using a grocery bag as a substitute for underwear.
  • Oh, Crap: Homer when he openly admits to a crowd about letting his son work in a burlesque house with Marge in earshot.
    Homer: If Homer Simpson wants his ten-year-old son to work in a burlesque house, then Homer Simpson's ten-year-old son is going to work in a burlesque house. That—(sees Marge; laughs nervously) Hi, Marge. Now you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Grandpa's infamous reaction to Bart's presence in the Maison.
  • Shaming the Mob: Homer does this, with a lavish musical number.
  • Spontaneous Choreography
  • Stylistic Suck: Marge's attempt at a counter-song after the "We Put the Spring in Springfield" sequence.
    Marge: (singing off key) Morals and ethics and carnal forbearance...
    • Also, Marge's ventriloquist act.
  • Unishment: To give Homer some credit, he didn't know the house Bart vandalized was really a burlesque house. Of course, he doesn't mind Bart still working there after he finds out.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Marge is at her worst pre-Flanderization here, forcing her views on the town of Springfield because she has a problem with the house existing, rather than her underage son working there (which would have caused Belle to get arrested and the entire place to get shut down, if the show followed reality).
  • Torches and Pitchforks: and Sledge hammers, oh my! Seen when the town is forced by Marge to tear down the house; they also discuss what they plan to smash and/or loot.
  • Trash of the Titans: The floor is so coated in garbage that Homer and Bart make garbage angels.
  • What Could Have Been: The producers originally wanted a Celebrity Voice Actor for Belle, but couldn't find anyone good enough (or with a free schedule), so they brought in Tress MacNeille.
  • Work Off the Debt: Bart breaking the gargoyle kicks off the A-plot. At the end, Marge replaces the club's warm-up comedian after demolishing half the building.