- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- TheRealJims believes Hollis Hurlbut actually wanted Lisa to learn the truth about Jebediah Springfield, since Hurlbut's attempts at discouraging Lisa were weak at best, even theorizing that Hurlbut himself wanted to share the truth years ago before deciding against it.
- Springfield may have been an atoner who wanted the truth known himself, seeing as the note is a Deathbed Confession that was never found.
- The evil laughter at the end might diminish the theory a bit. A pertinent question to this issue would be: Did Sprungfeld intend for anyone to see the confession? He had taken the pains to hide it in his pipe, but if he never wanted anyone to know, why hide it in one of his possessions instead of destroying it afterwards? Clearly, he would not want anyone discovering it until after his death so he would not be tried and executed for his crimes, but was he hoping that the truth eventually would come out, for one reason or another?
- He may have wanted at least one person to know the truth at some point in the future knowing they won't convince the entire town that worshipped him. Or that they'll be responsible for destroying the hopes and dreams of the town if they did believe them.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Not only was Springfield Evil All Along, his real name is Hans.
- What an Idiot!: Mayor Quimby almost commits a major one. He intends to cover-up the truth about Jebediah Springfield by hiring a sniper to kill a little girl, in full view of the public, after she has spent days telling everyone around her that Jebediah Springfield is a pirate. Even in Springfield, it's unlikely that everyone would overlook the murder of an eight-year-old girl and not connect it to her latest campaign for justice.
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