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.
  • Blatant Lies: Principal Skinner's attempts to claim he's not a customer at Maison Derrière. When he enters the place and asks Bart about specific girls, he eventually realizes who he's talking to and tries to convince Bart that he expected to find a museum there. Later, when people tell Homer about Bart working at a burlesque house and that they learned it from Skinner, he shows up to claim that he only entered there to ask for directions to get out of there.
  • 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's lots more oil where that came from.
  • Delayed Reaction: When Belle drags Bart back to the door, she immediately sets about informing Homer about what happen. It takes her a few seconds to realise Homer's answered the door in a grocery bag (he misplaced his pants).
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: When Mayor Quimby declares his support of the Maison Derriere's service, his wife scolds him for it, only for him to point out she was working there at the time.
  • 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.
    • Homer also tells Bart that working to repay the damage he caused is "responsibility". He then immediately drives into a lamppost, then flees.
  • Jerkass/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".
  • Lampshade Hanging: After Marge hears about the song, she asks if they can see it again, only for everyone to get sheepish, explaining it as a "spur of the moment" decision.
  • Never Trust a Trailer 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.
  • Nice Girl Nice Woman]]: Belle. Despite Marge's trying to force her out of town and then accidentally demolishing part of the house, Belle is nothing but polite and friendly the whole time and tries to be understanding towards Homer when he's upset that Bart's working so late and then comps him for the night.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Bart, when Belle declares the only person who can fill in for their comedian is someone who fits his suit. Which just happens to be Bart's size (though Bart does enjoy the job once he's doing it).
    • 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.
    • After a few days scrubbing off rocks, Lisa declares it's unsatisfying. Marge agrees, but they made a commitment, and should see it through. Then the organiser shows up to say they'll be watching Johnny Arvik, the "Eskimo comedian". The next scene is Marge and Lisa fleeing as fast as they can.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Marge is at her worst pre-Flanderization here, acting more like Helen Lovejoy by 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.