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Recap / The Simpsons S18E21 "24 Minutes"

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Original air date: 5/20/2007

Production code: JABF-14

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


  • 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 learn this when Lisa believed Skinner needed a reminder.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Skinner asked "Lord" for guidance, he was asking for directions from someone whose surname was Lord.
    • Bait-and-Switch Suicide: 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.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: "I'm Jack Bauer, who the hell are you?"
  • Bowdlerisation: The scene where Bart scratches the words "Death Before Homework" 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 knocks out Bart with his brass instrument and pulls his unconscious body away, and again later when he proceeds to give himself a wedgie.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: Spoofed when Martin appears to hang himself out of guilt from helping the bullies. In truth he only wedgied himself on a coat hanger.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • His Name Is...: Exaggerated when Bart really draws out revealing that Martin is a mole for the bullies, which inevitably leads to him being silenced before he can actually say it.
  • I Am Big Boned: The bullies mock Homer's weight, which he fires back that Kearney is equivalently overweight, he responds that he's "bulking up for football".
  • I Have Your Wife: The bullies coerce Martin into helping them by taking his ant farm hostage. Comically, one of them apparently pulled a Face–Heel Turn and joined them.
  • 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".
  • Karma Houdini: Yes, Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney's plan has been foiled, but the trio are not punished onscreen for nearly unleashing a volatile stink bomb on the gym. Unless one assumes they were caught and punished offscreen.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Martin after regretting being The Mole.
  • Noodle Incident: Bart's introductory chyron notes that he's "two months sober."
  • 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.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: On Lisa's advice, Skinner pulls Bart out of detention to help him figure out what the bullies are up to.
  • Serious Business:
    • The bake sale and an attempt to disrupt it is treated by the hall monitors as a 24-level 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.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: While our heroes succeed in defusing the bullies' stink bomb before it can ruin the bake sale, they do it at the cost of not only swamping the area in 30-year-old hot dog water but getting multiple CTU units called to the gym. No word on how either one affected sales numbers.
  • Special Guest: Both Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub guest star as their 24 characters.
  • Stacy's Mom: Though they're not shown onscreen, Jimbo's mom interrupts the bullies' planning while topless. Jimbo implores her to put her top back over her implants, while Dolph and Kearney both stare and smile in silence.
  • 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.
  • Turbine Blender: To short out a ventilation fan, Bart has Lisa open a water pipe in the room they're in. Next to the risk of drowning, they're also rising towards the razor sharp fan, Willy Wonka-style. Lampshaded when Willie complains he just sharpened those blades.
  • 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.
    • Similarly, Lisa is nothing but reluctant to work with Bart, but when he stops responding to her radio transmissions, she cries out in fear for him.

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