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The Boy Who Knew Too Much

The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Rating: 3.9 (151 votes)

Plot

On a hot day at school, Bart fakes an absence note and skips class. Principal Skinner is suspicious and tracks down Bart in town. Bart manages to escape into the back of Freddy Quimby's car (Mayor Quimby's nephew). He ends up at Freddy's birthday party. At dinner, Freddy has an argument with the waiter over how to pronounce "chowder." Later, the waiter is brutally beaten in the kitchen, and Bart, hiding under a table witnesses the assault. Freddy Quimby is charged with beating the waiter, and Homer is on the jury. Bart confesses to Lisa that Freddy Quimby is innocent, but can't tell anyone because Skinner will know he skipped school. In court, everything is going well for Freddy until the chowder argument resurfaces. Everyone on the jury now believe him guilty. Homer, however, votes innocent so that he can stay in a luxury hotel for free. Eventually, Bart confesses that he saw the whole incident: the waiter simply slipped and injured himself in the kitchen. Freddy Quimby is innocent, and since Bart showed bravery by coming forward, Skinner gives him just four months detention.


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Notes

  • Bart uses the "Li'l Bastard Clock-Tampering Kit."
  • The sign outside Quimby's house reads: Thursday Is Ladies' Night.
  • McBain (based on Arnold Schwarzenegger) is with his wife, who looks like and has the same name as Schwarzenegger's wife.
  • There is "El Barto" graffitti outside the courthouse.
  • The courtroom artist is Matt Groening.
  • At the end of the episode, Homer has several lamps and other items he stole from the hotel.

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References

  • The title of this episode comes from the film, "The Man Who Knew Too Much".
  • The episode plot is similar to that of "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
  • Homer's "Meow" song comes from a TV commercial.
  • The scene in the hotel, where Skinner picks up Homer's cigar is actually from "The Odd Couple."
  • The waiter is very similar to Inspector Clouseau from ''The Pink Panther''.
  • Bart escapes from Principal Skinner by hiding under a dark green blanket in the back of Freddy Quimby's car, parodying Back To The Future II. Similar music to that from the film also plays.

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