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Why are we still grifting? The car's paid for; doesn't that balance out the universe?
Bart

The Great Money Caper is the seventh episode of Season 12.

Synopsis

Strapped for cash, Homer and Bart thumb their way through "A Child's Garden of Cons" in search of the road to easy money.

Full Story

The episode opens with the Simpson family eating at the Springfield Dinner Theater. Bart buys a magic kit and as the family drives home, a sturgeon falls from the sky (from the Russian space station Mir), damaging the car. Bart offers to pay for the damages by making money from his magic act, but it doesn't make enough. Homer is displeased with Bart and abandons him to walk home.

People seeing Bart's dilemma give him money to get home. Homer gets the idea to trick people to give him and Bart money. They take up grifting, and choose to continue doing so after earning enough money to fix the car. When trying to grift the Springfield Retirement Castle, they are arrested by a member of the FBI.

When they arrive at the police station, the man lets Bart and Homer turn themselves in. Once they go inside their cell, The FBI member is revealed to be a grifter and he steals Homer's car and the money they took from the old folks. Bart and Homer lie and say that the car was stolen by a foreign loner with wild, bushy hair; the next day, Groundskeeper Willie is arrested for stealing Homer's car.

During the trial, Homer is led by the lawyer to implicate Willie. Once Willie is convicted and given his sentence, he goes berserk. After Willie shoots Seymour Skinner, Homer finally tells them that Willie didn't steal his car and he and Bart were conning people and somebody else stole it. It's then revealed that the trial was a trap in order to make Homer confess to his grifting. It is revealed that Skinner used a blood pack to make it look like Wille shot him. The man who stole Homer's car is an actor named Devon Bradley. Everyone in the courthouse was involved in the prank, except Willie. Then Otto bursts in and declares "Surfs Up!" and everyone goes surfing.

Behind the Laughter

Production

The episode was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Michael Polcino. Edward Norton guest starred as Devon Bradley.

Reception

Simpson Crazy labelled this as the worst episode of all-time.

Citations

Season 11 Season 12 Episodes Season 13
Treehouse of Horror XIA Tale of Two SpringfieldsInsane Clown PoppyLisa the Tree HuggerHomer vs. DignityThe Computer Wore Menace ShoesThe Great Money CaperSkinner's Sense of SnowHOMЯPokey MomWorst Episode EverTennis the MenaceDay of the JackanapesNew Kids on the BlecchHungry, Hungry HomerBye Bye NerdieSimpson SafariTrilogy of ErrorI'm Goin' to PraiselandChildren of a Lesser ClodSimpsons Tall Tales