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Dark Knight Court
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Dark Knight Court is the sixteenth episode of Season 24. It aired on March 17, 2013. Janet Reno guest starred as herself sharing lines with her sister in this episode.


When Bart is falsely accused of playing a prank on the school band, Lisa defends him in student court; Mr. Burns is vengeance - he is the night (well, the early evening) - he is Fruit Bat Man.[1]

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Springfield is celebrating Easter and the school band is playing. However, Easter Eggs out of the horn section's instruments, landing on the crowd. After seeing Bart laughing, everyone chases after him. Mr. Burns and Smithers take a wander in the Android's Dungeon instead. Burns spots superhero comics and recalls his younger years of reading comic books but his father had burned down the comic book shop, At home, the family (save Lisa) accuse Bart of the prank when he swears he didn't do it. Lisa protests for a trial but finds it difficult to find a judge that likes Bart. Grampa tells Bart and Lisa the story of him meeting Janet Reno in 1998, which they refuse to believe.

At Burns Manor, Burns takes a liking to the Detective Comics, featuring Batman. He informs Smithers that he shall become a crime fighter, and he names himself Fruit Bat Man. The trial is held at Springfield Elementary and Superintendent Charmers reveals the judge to be Janet Reno. The same night, Mr. Burns stops crime in Springfield but can not know that Smithers is faking the crimes to protect Burns.

Lisa makes a plea for clemency but Janet denies the plea, making all of Bart's enemies (including Homer, Moe, Sideshow Bob and Apu) testify against him. At home, Lisa sees Burns as his superhero persona in the newspaper and makes a smug yet bold statement: "A Simpson never gives up" (to which the rest of the family laughs uproariously, including Maggie). Burns refuses to help Lisa after she asks for help and is outraged when he discovers that Smithers faked the crimes.

The next day, Lisa discovers a small splatter on Willie's kilt and they question him. Willie explains that he committed the prank because he hates Easter. Willie destroys the kilt to remove the evidence, but he got arrested and defeated by Burns, who decided to help Lisa after all. It was presumed that Willie was sent to Springfield Penitentiary for a few years for his actions and possibly lost his groundskeeper job. Bart is clear for all charges, and the same night, he tries prank calling Moe's Tavern. As the credits role, a trailer for "The Dependables" is shown and the heroes start playing poker against each other.

Citations Edit

Season 23 Season 24 Episodes Season 25
Moonshine RiverTreehouse of Horror XXIIIAdventures in Baby-GettingGone Abie GonePenny-WiseguysA Tree Grows in SpringfieldThe Day the Earth Stood CoolTo Cur, with LoveHomer Goes to Prep SchoolA Test Before TryingChanging of the GuardianLove is a Many Splintered ThingHardly Kirk-ingGorgeous GrampaBlack-Eyed, PleaseDark Knight CourtWhat Animated Women WantPulpit FrictionWhiskey BusinessThe Fabulous Faker BoyThe Saga of CarlDangers on a Train

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