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A 24 parody, featuring Bart and Lisa trying to stop a bake sale attack.

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  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The Springfielders once Jack Bauer reassures them the town that got blown up was Shelbyville.
  • As You Know: 90% of the school's income comes from the annual bake sale. The viewers learned this when Lisa believed Principal Skinner needed a reminder.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Principal Skinner asked "Lord" for guidance, he was asking for directions from someone whose surname was Lord.
    • Also, after Martin's guilt trip, it appears he's going to climb up a ladder and commit suicide. It turns out he just wedgied himself.
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  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: "I'm Jack Bauer, who the hell are you?"
  • Bowdlerisation: The scene where Bart scratches the words "Homework Sucks" onto his shoulder was edited out in some broadcasts.
  • Boxed Crook: Skinner springs Bart from detention because he's the only one who can stop the bullies' plan.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After being ordered by Mr. Burns to clear all the garbage in his work station and take it somewhere else, Homer cheers "Woo-hoo! Business trip!"
  • Dark Reprise: Martin sadly sings "Skip To My Loo" (which he sang when passing Nelson earlier) as he proceeds to give himself a wedgie.
    • He also hums it to himself after he knocks out Bart with his brass instrument and pulls his unconscious body away.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jack Bauer pulled several agents from other assignments to find and capture Bart for a prank call.
  • Doom It Yourself: Moe tries to be his own dentist using a mirror and a drill.
  • Enhance Button: Parodied when Skinner asks for a picture of desk grafitti to be enhanced, but when it turns out to read "Seymour Sucks" he hastily asks for it to be dehanced.
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  • First World Problems: The narrator snarks that Marge is unemployed after she freaks out over forgetting a school bake sale- the implication being that only someone with too much time on their hands would worry about that.
  • I Am Big Boned: Kearney was "bulking up for football".
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Bart parodies this in one scene after he observes Nelson ''not'' beating up Martin. To get the word that Martin's working for Jimbo, Bart whacks Nelson over the head with a trash can, puts it over his head, then starts punching it. He gets the response he wants, but does it again anyway just to get Nelson to say "yes, sir".
  • Medium Awareness: During a phone conversation between Martin and Jimbo, the latter is aware of the split screens and tells Martin to close his.
  • The Mole: Martin Prince.
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  • My God, What Have I Done?: Martin Prince after regretting being The Mole.
  • Oven Logic: Marge's cake was so hard it broke a bullet-proof glass.
  • Previously On: Parodied. As part of another allusion to "24", this episode starts with a narrator treating it as a sequel to a previous episode. The narrator even mistakenly calls the cartoon "24" before correcting himself.
  • Serious Business: The bake sale and an attempt to disrupt it is taken by the hall monitors as a 24-style threat. Justified Trope on the bake sale (see As You Know above) and the stink bomb because it is something obscenely powerful.
    • Jack Bauer ends up calling in every CTU field agent away from a nuclear threat in Shelbyville to arrest Bart for his earlier prank call.
  • Squick: The bullies throw some rather gross ingredients into their stink bomb, including a possum placenta, a bottle of farts, sweat from a Goofy Suit and to top it off, some moldy yogurt they stole from Homer earlier.
  • Stink Bomb: One which is powerful enough to be considered an In-Universe terrorist threat.
  • Tempting Fate: Moe says his attempt to be his own dentist will hurt but he'll be able to withstand it.
  • We Have Your Wife: The bullies have Martin's ant farm.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Marge puts no small amount of effort into concealing the inedibility of her cake, but when Bart is in danger she instantly smashes a window with it to save him.

Alternative Title(s): The Simpsons S 18 E 2124 Minutes

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