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Context Recap / TheSimpsonsS29E14FearsOfAClown

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1Bart goes to prankster rehab after a clown-mask prank terrifies the town and destroys Krusty the Clown's career. A tortured Krusty then tries his hand at serious drama with a regional theater company.!! Tropes:* TheCameo: Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind of the band Ok Go make one in a fictional music video.* DefensiveFeintTrap: Skinner only pretended to retire to lure Bart out in the open so he could pull a prank on him. Bart is only pretending to repent so he can pull a prank on those he "apologizes" to.* DomesticAbuse: What Homer's fate at the end of the episode is implied to be after sheepishly telling a pissed off Marge that "Boys will be boys."* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Bart has second thoughts about his pranks whenever his mother risks being hurt by them. Unfortunately, she ends up among the dozens hit with the water balloons.* FalselyReformedVillain: Bart is only pretending to regret being a prankster to reunite people where he can drop water balloons on them.* KickTheSonOfABitch: Skinner deflects Bart's shot with a lid, which then bounces off and knocks out his abusive mother Agnes.* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Skinner's prank hinges on Bart genuinely believing that he's retiring. It's never confirmed whether if any of the other students were in on the prank or if they were also unaware until Skinner revealed it, though the scene with Martin suggests they weren't in the know either.* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Krusty starts seeing his old self telling him that he's going to fail as a serious actor. He also sees his father Herschel.* MonsterClown: Bart's prank is to glue clown masks on the teachers' faces, causing everyone who sees them to be scared. There is also a guest appearance by [[Literature/{{It}} Pennywise]].* {{Parody}}: "The Salesman's Bad Day" is a parody of ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''.* RecycledPlot: "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E15TheLastTemptationOfKrust The Last Temptation Of Krust]]" had Krusty changing his act out of desperation as well.* SelfDeprecation: Upon seeing Krusty without a clown face, Homer realizes Krusty looks like him. He also notices that "Maggie looks like Lisa" and Milhouse's parents look like each other.-->'''Homer:''' Why is this universe so lazy?* ShoutOut: The subsequent strings of encounters resulting from Bart's pranks references the real life plague of clowns appearing throughout 2016. The 2017 incarnation of Pennywise also appears, referencing the belief the stunts were part of a promotional tactic for the film.* SoundEffectBleep: When Reverend Lovejoy swears at Bart, his model train's horn censors his dialogue.* TakeThatUs: Ok Go crashes their set after being frightened by a clown, now concerned that people will have to judge them by their music and not their gimmicks.* TarAndFeathers: Skinner's prank on Bart is to cover him in honey and birdseed, then get attacked by crows.* ThumbtackOnTheChair: Bart tries to pull this on the psychologist, but he turns the tables on him by asking Marge to take his seat instead.


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