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Crook and Ladder

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Crook and Ladder
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Crook and Ladder
Crook and ladder
Episode Number 397
Production Code JABF13
Original Airdate May 6, 2007
Chalkboard Gag "I will not look up what teacher makes"
Couch Gag The TV moves aside as The Simpsons are put through a car wash, where they get sprayed with water, blasted with hot wax, and scrubbed with prickly brushes. In the end, Marge’s hair is puffy, the family looks miserable, and Maggie’s pacifier is gone. Three men come in, wipe the family down with rags, and give Maggie a new pacifier.
Show Runner(s) Al Jean
Written By Bill Odenkirk
Directed By Lance Kramer

"Crook and Ladder" is the nineteenth episode of Season 18. It originally aired on May 6, 2007. This episode was written by Bill Odenkirk and directed by Lance Kramer.


Homer, Moe, Apu and Principal Skinner become volunteer firefighters. But just because they're not getting paid doesn't mean that they can't find a way to receive compensation.[1]

Full Story Edit

Marge, following the advice of a parenting magazine, takes away Maggie's pacifier, leading Maggie to destroy the inside of the Simpson home. Marge decides to get Maggie a new pacifier, but she cannot find the right brand; then Maggie cries. Luckily, Santa's Little Helper gives Maggie his squeaky toy that not only calms Maggie down, but also leads to Homer being unable to sleep. He takes sleeping pills and becomes a fat, suggestible zombie dad. One night, Bart and Milhouse take advantage of him by having him take them places. Homer then wakes up while driving, causing him to crash into the Fire Department, injuring all the firemen and landing them in the hospital. While they recuperate, Homer, Apu, Moe, and Principal Skinner become volunteer firefighters. After the first few fires, they are rewarded for saving the buildings. They then save Mr. Burns' house, but he gives them no reward. Feeling cheated, they decide to steal some of his treasures, covering their tracks by claiming they were destroyed by the fire. From then on, they start taking items from the places they save for their payment. After Marge and the kids see Homer stealing, Marge gets them to make a very sad face. Everywhere he goes, the kids come out of nowhere to show him how sad they are. After the sad faces begin to get annoying, he decides to stop, and convinces the others to stop, after saving Moe's and Apu's life. They then give all of their loot to the homeless.

Citations Edit

Season 17 Season 18 Episodes Season 19
The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her HomerJazzy and the PussycatsPlease Homer, Don't Hammer 'EmTreehouse of Horror XVIIG.I. (Annoyed Grunt)Moe'N'a LisaIce Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)The Haw-Hawed CoupleKill Gil, Volumes I & IIThe Wife AquaticRevenge is a Dish Best Served Three TimesLittle Big GirlSpringfield UpYokel ChordsRome-Old and Julie-EhHomerazziMarge GamerThe Boys of BummerCrook and LadderStop or My Dog Will Shoot!24 MinutesYou Kent Always Say What You Want

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