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Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 16 The Wandering Juvie

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Bart gets sent to juvenile hall, where he is dragged into escaping with a female prisonmate.


  • Ass Shove: Gina threatens Bart with this using a pinecone to stop him calling for help during the breakout.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Bart is confused by Gina as well as annoyed by her constantly-changing attitude towards him, but when he finds out that, unlike him, she doesn't have a family as he had previously thought, he organizes a Mexican food feast in her cell at juvenile hall with the rest of his family, something she appreciates.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: At the end of the episode, the Warden sees Gina and the Simpsons about to enjoy a family dinner. He muses about the lonely night he's planned for himself. Marge invites him to join them, but he blows them off, re-iterating he has plans.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Chief Wiggum gets mauled by a bear, which is arrested at the end of the episode. Cletus even whittled this event before it happened.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bart in juvenile hall. Every time he tries to find somewhere to go or something to do, he realises he can't go there or do it because he will get beaten up, so he decides to hang out by the fence to the girls' juvie. Unfortunately, this gets his uniform sliced up.
  • Chained Heat: Bart and Gina end up like this during a juvie hall dance. It's the reason Bart is forced to go along with Gina when she escapes.
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  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Gina slices up Bart's uniform when they first meet, and punches him numerous times throughout the episode. Averted when, near the end, she attacks Bart one time too many, and, having had enough, he fights back.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Mayor Quimby declares himself an abomination once he's told that the girl he took with him to Bart's fake wedding is his niece.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Bart fails to see Chief Wiggum being mauled by a bear near him as he decides to go back and find Gina.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Cletus demonstrates the ability to foresee events before they happen and whittles them out in little wooden statuettes. One such scene portrays Chief Wiggum getting attacked by a bear. This later comes true as a Funny Background Event.
    • After Gina slices up Bart's uniform, she turns her head to look at him as he is walking away.
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  • Genius Ditz: Cletus. He's a hillbilly and definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer (he was dumb enough to drink out of a thermometer), but he's a good observer and whittles what he sees, so he's able to help Chief Wiggum in tracking down Bart and Gina. He's also able to whittle the future, in particular Chief Wiggum getting mauled by a bear, which comes true later.
  • Groin Attack: When Gina slices up Bart's uniform, she implies she will castrate him by saying his "puberty will be very boring" if he comes near the fence again.
  • Heel Realization: Gina has one when she and Bart are arrested, and told that Bart will stay in juvenile hall even longer because of her. It inspires her to confess to Lou and Eddie that she was the one behind the escape.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gina is a vicious and cruel delinquent, and is not only willing to lie to get Bart in trouble, but threaten and attack him a few times. But it turns out her anger is due to having no family. And when she learns what Bart will go through because of her, she confesses to forcing him to make a prison break.
  • Knife Nut: Gina, which we see when she's introduced.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Gina claims she can act all sad to make Bart take the blame for their escape. After seeing her act, Bart claims he is screwed.
  • Meaningful Name: Gina's surname of Vendetti is a clear pun on "vendetta", which is Italian for "revenge", referring to her vicious and manipulative nature.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The blacksmith forging the key that is used to unlock Bart and Gina's handcuffs is played out this way.
  • Never My Fault: Homer refuses to take no blame for his negative reinforcement (i.e., the constant strangling) having any influence on Bart's behaviour.
    Lisa: You're a great mom. You're always there for Bart with love and support. His acting out was caused by negative reinforcement! [They both glare at Homer]'
    Homer: Oh, I get it. Blame the strangler!
  • Noodle Incident: Gina was apparently imprisoned for pushing Snow White over a parapet at Disneyland. The woman apparently survived, but according to Gina, "it's not a good life".
  • No-Sell: Bart tries to bribe his way out of punishment by bribing Chief Wiggum with the wedding presents at the start of the episode, but it doesn't work as Chief Wiggum only accepts cash bribes.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Somehow, Chief Wiggum managed to arrest the bear that attacked him and put him in handcuffs.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Poor Gina, when Bart finds her crying and realizes she doesn't have a family.
  • Papa Wolf: Homer decides to become a guard at the juvenile hall in order to try and protect Bart from being beaten up. It works, but only briefly.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Bart goes through a lot in this episode, but when Gina lashes out at him again after he tries to comfort her when he finds her sobbing because of not having a family, he decides he's had enough and fights back.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When Chief Wiggum arrested Bart, Bart tried to bribe his way out with a gift but Wiggum pointed to his badge, which read "Cash Bribes Only".
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After Gina confesses to her part on the escape, Wiggum decides to let Bart go despite him still having two weeks left in his sentence.
  • Signs of Disrepair: In the beginning of the episodes, a hobo walks by a sign on the Costington's store saying "Downtown's Last Gasp of Class" and drunkenly bumps into it, knocking off a few letters. Bart then walks up with his family and laughs at the resulting text on the sign, which now reads "Downtown's Last Gas of ass".
  • Sham Wedding: Bart arranges a fake wedding for himself and "Lotta Cooties" (there is no such a girl/woman) so he can return the gifts the invited guests will bring for store credit. He ends up getting busted and sent to juvenile hall.
  • Special Guest: Sarah Michelle Gellar as Gina.
  • Tsundere: Gina. She constantly threatens Bart and even tries to get him to take the blame for her prison break. It's not until the end of the episode that she tells Bart why she is this way and takes the blame.


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