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Episode Number 266
Production Code CABF14
Original Airdate April 29, 2001
Chalkboard Gag "Fire is not the cleanser"
Couch Gag Skate Ramp couch gag
Special Guest Voices Frankie Muniz as Thelonius
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Written By Matt Selman
Directed By Mike B. Anderson

"Trilogy of Error" is the eighteenth episode of Season 12. It aired on April 29, 2001. The episode was written by Matt Selman and directed by Mike B. Anderson. Frankie Muniz and Joe Mantegna guest star. This episode features many connections in the 3 stories. For example, at the end of Homer's story, he witnesses Linguo fall into a trash can from and explosion, and it is explained in Bart's story where they have to sacrifice it.

SynopsisEdit

Homer's thumb is cut off following breakfast and the episode follows three different paths. Homer's day; as he and Marge race to get his thumb reattached. Lisa's day; as she misses the bus and tries to get to school so that she can win the science fair. Bart's day; as he and Milhouse make use of a stash of fireworks that Fat Tony has illegally smuggled into the country. In the end their respective paths come together.

Full StoryEdit

PrologueEdit

Every part begins with the garbage truck coming by. It picks up Ned Flanders' mailbox (making him say "Son of a diddily"), and then a newspaper saying that Spring has arrived is tossed.

Homer's DayEdit

Homer's Day

Homer is getting ready for work and after coming out of the shower he tries to eat breakfast. However, Marge bought a really hard to eat breakfast from Europe. Bart leaves when Milhouse rings the doorbell. Lisa tries to spare her mother's feelings by winking to Homer and asking if he wants to see her school project, Homer not understanding what Lisa is doing says no but he'd rather do that than eat the crappy breakfast, leaving Marge in the kitchen hurt, Before going back downstairs and winking at Marge.

Lisa shows Homer her science project, Linguo, a grammar fixing robot. When Homer says "Me love beer," Linguo corrects it by saying "I love beer." Homer misinterprets into thinking that Linguo loves beer, so he grabs a can of Duff and pours it on Linguo, which causes it to malfunction. Homer then sees a tray of brownies and wants one but Marge says he has to wait til dinner. He dances around her and singing in a mocking faction that he's going to take one, but as she is still cutting them, she accidentally cuts off Homer's right thumb. Marge tries to call 911, however Chief Wiggum, who picks up, he misinterprets the information as a deliberate murder attempt and states that she will be arrested, forcing Marge to use a fake address of 123 Fake Street. Marge drives Homer to a doctor, but crashes into Rainier Wolfcastle's car forcing them to carjack him.

After learning from Dr. Hibbert that Homer's finger insurance does not cover his thumb, Marge drives Homer to Dr. Nick's. Homer's thumb starts to decay, so they stop at Moe's Tavern and Moe gives Homer a new jar to put his thumb in to preserve it. After wasting time in the bar, Homer comes out and finds out that Marge and the car are gone. Homer catches a ride with Cletus to go to Dr. Nick's. However, it's on fire by an item that was supposed to be inflammable and Cletus's truck is stolen, forcing Homer to walk to Shelbyville. On the way, he sees Linguo's head flying towards him following an explosion.

Lisa's DayEdit

Lisa's Day

After Homer causes Linguo to malfunction, Lisa goes to her room and repairs it. When she has to leave, however, her bike is missing, the bus has left, and Homer and Marge have left for the hospital. Lisa runs to school and sees Krusty's limo after it almost hits her. Krusty has his chauffeur Mr. Teeny take Lisa to school, passing Chief Wiggum along the way who asks for directions to 123 Fake Street. However, Mr. Teeny thinks that Lisa is supposed to go to West Springfield Elementary School. There, she meets a student named Thelonius, who she falls in love with.

Lisa then runs to Moe's Tavern to find Homer, but he's not there. She notices that Chief Wiggum is working on a sting operation to catch firework smugglers and is listening to the conversation with some people he sent undercover and the criminals. When Lisa recognizes one of the criminals as Fat Tony, Wiggum speaks into the microphone which exposes his undercover people. Just as Lisa leaves Moe's, Homer and Marge arrive and she sees Marge outside. The two leave for school; however, the car instructions are in Italian and they run out of fuel. Marge and Lisa then hitch a ride in Cletus's truck by hiding in the back and after arriving at Dr. Nick's, Marge steals the truck during the time that Homer and Cletus observe that the hospital is on fire. With only a few minutes of school left, they nearly run over Bart.

Bart's DayEdit

Bart's Day

Milhouse comes over and explains that he found something in a forest and Bart tags along with him. They steal Lisa's bike and go to a cave where Milhouse has found firecrackers. They then proceed to blow stuff up including Dr. Nick's (where the firework hit the inflammable item) office until they hear sirens and hide in an abandoned building which is, unfortunately, addressed as 123 Fake Street, the same address Marge gave to Chief Wiggum, who catches the boys.

The boys are then put into a sting operation to find the real firework smugglers, which is the Springfield Mafia. Bart and Milhouse are exposed when Wiggum speaks loudly into their receiver and are forced to escape. They come out through a sewer and exit through a Manhole cover. They are nearly run over by Marge and Lisa. The boys are then confronted by Fat Tony in an alley, but Marge throws Linguo at them. When Legs and Louie start using mobster lingo, Linguo is unable to correct them all. Thus causes Linguo to short-circuit, causing sparks that ignite Fat Tony's fireworks, knocking out the mobsters and causing Linguo's head to fly, where it lands near the trash can where Homer was. Marge then finds Bart and Milhouse holding each other and hiding in the trash can.

EpilogueEdit

Legs is able to reattach Homer's thumb with success and it becomes Lisa's science project. It wins first place. Then the whole episode cast comes and laughs except for Mr. Teeny who murmurs "this plot made no sense."

Citations Edit

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