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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛Grandpa teaches Homer and Bart how to be con artists while Marge gets smashed on Long Island Iced Teas.˛˛!! Tropes:˛˛* AbusiveParents: Homer abandons Bart at the wharf at night after his magic act only earns 60 cents. [[EasilyForgiven Bart doesn't really hold it against him, though.]]˛* AllPartOfTheShow: Subverted when Marge is attacked by the monkeys in the magic act:˛-->'''Announcer:''' Folks, this is not part of the act. Please help her.˛* {{Bowdlerization}}: Around the time Michael Jackson's death made the news, Channel 4 in the UK cut the part where Bart gets attacked by a street performer pretending to be The Jackson Five.˛* BrutalHonesty:˛-->'''Homer:''' A good son would come through for his dad!\˛'''Bart:''' And a good dad wouldn't miss his son's little league games!\˛'''Homer:''' I ''told'' you: I find them boring!˛* CaptainObvious: Marge's reaction when Homer and Bart lie to her and Lisa about the church carjacker:˛-->'''Bart:''' And he said if we went to the cops, he'd come back for Maggie.\˛'''Marge:''' ''(gasps)'' Oh dear, we don't want that!˛* CreatorCameo: Showrunner Mike Scully voices the announcer at the magic show.˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: In retrospect, Grampa easily getting away on a motorized cart without any pursuit from the "FBI agent" should've been a clue that Grampa was in on the con.˛* GainaxEnding:˛-->'''Homer:''' Wait a minute, you're telling me the police force, the TV news, a courthouse full of people, and a popular entertainer had nothing better to do than to teach me and Bart a lesson?\˛'''Lisa:''' I know it seems farfetched, even insulting to your intelligence, but there's a simple and highly satisfying explanation. You see...\˛'''Otto:''' ''(interrupting)'' Hey everybody, surf's up!˛* GenreSavvy: Ned instantly catches on to the Simpson males' attempt at trapping him in a BiblesFromTheDead scam because he saw ''Film/PaperMoon'', in which the characters use it often.˛* GiantNoveltyCheck: Homer, Bart and Grandpa use one as part of the scam they pull on Abe's fellow residents at the retirement castle.˛* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Parodied:˛--> '''Blue-haired lawyer:''' Will you tell the court your whereabouts at the time of the carjacking?\˛'''Willie:''' I was alone in me Unabomber-style shack. I had nothing to do with the carjacking.\˛'''Blue-haired lawyer:''' Carjacking? Who said anything about a ''carjacking?'' (''audience murmurs'')\˛'''Willie:''' But didn't ya just say-\˛'''Blue-haired lawyer:''' I'll ask the question here, Carjacker Willie!"˛* KangarooCourt: Groundskeeper Willie's trial gets him rapidly convicted on only circumstantial evidence, and the judge allows Willie to be nicknamed "Carjacker Willie". The trial was a sham to make Homer and Bart confess, [[ComedicSociopathy but for some reason]][[note]]In the original ending, Lisa realizes everyone forgot to tell him.[[/note]] Willie was the only person in court aside from Homer and Bart not told about this--he even shot Principal Skinner, who faked his death.˛* KickTheDog: While most of Homer and Bart's cons are petty, trying to con Flanders using his dead wife was another level of low. It could truly qualify as a moral event horizon.˛** Homer abandoning Bart at the beginning of the episode; and being angry with him, just because he did not make enough money and rightfully called him for his assholery was ridiculously petty.˛* LatexPerfection: The judge in the trial is Grampa in disguise, who removes the mask when all is revealed.˛* NeverMyFault: In the original ending, after the trial was revealed to be a setup to get Homer and Bart to confess, they ''still'' manage to dodge responsibility:˛-->'''Homer:''' People, thank you. This was a real wake up call... for my son.\˛'''Bart:''' Huh?\˛'''Homer:''' ''(laughs)'' That's right, boy! [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty I was... in on it... too!]]\˛'''Bart:''' Oh, really? Then so was I.\˛'''Homer:''' You ''were''? Well... I guess... that explains everything.˛* NonAnswer:˛-->'''Marge:''' Why are you frosting that old throw pillow?\˛'''Homer:''' I could ask ''you'' the very same question.˛* NotHelpingYourCase: When Willie is grilled on the stand:˛--> '''Willie:''' I was alone in me Unabomber-style shack.˛* OfCourseISmoke: After failing to con Flanders, Homer and Bart hide in the treehouse, where Grandpa is waiting for them in a dark corner with a pipe.˛-->'''Grandpa:''' Amateurs! ''(lights up)''\˛'''Homer:''' Dad?!\˛'''Grandpa:''' That's right!\˛'''Bart:''' You don't smoke a pipe.\˛'''Grandpa:''' That's right! ''[coughs]''˛* ProductDisplacement: Like with the case of Chanel in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E14ScenesFromTheClassStruggleInSpringfield Scenes From the Class Struggle In Springfield]]", it's okay for Homer to say the name of the soda bottle he mistook for chloroform, but it's not okay to actually show the logo, which is [[ partially obscured by Homer's fingers]].˛* {{Pun}}: When Homer wants to "scare Bart straight" by requesting Wiggum put him in a jail cell:˛--> '''Wiggum:''' I'll put you in the Rick James suite. It's "super-freaky".˛* OhCrap: After Ned starts to catch on to the Bible grift, Homer and Bart book it to the treehouse.˛* RiddleForTheAges: Why ''would'' so many people (including special guest star Creator/EdwardNorton) go that far just to teach Homer and Bart a lesson?˛* SawItInAMovieOnce: Homer and Bart try a scam they saw in a movie but it backfires when their target recognises the scenario. Grandpa Simpson's scam also comes from a movie but one no-one watched so no one catches on. ˛* ShoutOut: In one grifting scheme, Homer poses as Ed [=McMahon=] and declares Abe the winner of $10 million from "that Publisher's Clearing dealie".˛** Grampa's line about being rich enough to afford a "crazy, stripper wife" is a reference to Anna Nicole Smith and her marriage to J. Howard Marshall, which a lot of people believed was so Smith could get his money when he died.˛** Kent Brockman ends his pay phone call with: [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow."]]˛** Homer and Bart try to con Ned by selling him a Bible with his name on it, but Ned says, "Wait a minute, this seems an ''awful'' lot like that movie ''Film/PaperMoon''."˛** Devon Bradley is currently performing in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'' at the dinner theatre.˛** The title is a play upon ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper''.˛* TakeThat: "Now, this little number was in ''Film/TheSting Part II'', so ''nobody'' knows about it!"˛* TookALevelInJerkass: Homer and Bart are quite unsympathetic in this episode. While trying to get money to recover the car was at least an excuse, it is clear they are just doing it out of greed or plain cretinism, and they keep doing it after having repaired the car.˛* UnwittingPawn: After the truth comes out in the courtroom that the whole thing was to teach Homer and Bart a lesson:˛-->'''Homer:''' I can't believe everyone was in on it.\˛'''Willie:''' WILLIE WASN'T!˛* WroteTheBook: Abe claims he wrote the book on grifting. Bart checks the grifting book he had been carrying and sees Abe's name.


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