The Simpsons

Krusty Gets Busted

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 4/29/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Krusty the Clown commits armed robbery and Bart can’t believe it, so he sets out on a quest to clear Krusty's name.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jay Kogen

  • Brad Bird

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Larina Jean Adamson

  • Kelsey Grammer

    Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

  • Fan Reviews (39)
  • reciew

    By noman, Dec 11, 2013

  • Best season 1 episode ever

    By fsaenz0125, Sep 23, 2014

  • Probably Best of the Season!

    By AndrewOchwat, Jun 24, 2013

  • Perfect

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • First Bob Episode

    By futuramarama, Nov 04, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Homer: Krusty, I’m man enough to admit I was wrong, and I’m sorry I fingered you in court. I sincerely hope that the horrible stories I heard about what goes on in prison are exaggerated.

    • (Apu is still jittery after the robbery and overreacts by cowering behind the counter when Bart and Lisa enter the Kwik-E-Mart.) Apu: Oh, oh. Okay, okay. Don't try anything funny. I'm armed to the teeth.

    • (Sideshow Bob greets his viewers for the first time since taking over for Krusty the Clown.) Sideshow Bob: My young friends, for years I have been silent, save for the crude glissandos of this primitive wind instrument. (Holds up slide whistle.) But now, destiny has thrust me into the center ring. In the coming weeks, you will notice some rather sweeping changes in our program. Please do not be alarmed. Itchy and Scratchy will still have a home here. But we will also learn about nutrition, self-esteem, etiquette, and all the lively arts.

    • (Krusty the Clown breaks down on the witness stand and admits that he can’t read.) Judge Snyder: Can it be that the champion of child literacy can’t even read himself? Krusty: (Distraught) Is it a crime to be illiterate? Prosecutor: All right, all right. See this, Krusty? (Holds up an evidence label with a “B” on it.) This is a “B.” And this is exhibit B. (Holds up betting slips.) Betting slips--obtained by this court indicating that you have lost substantial sums of money on sports gambling. Krusty: (Nearly crying) Is it a crime to bet on sporting events? Prosecutor: Yes, it is! Krusty: (Sheepishly) Oh.

    • (During Krusty the Clown’s trial, Homer is on the witness stand and the security camera footage from the robbery has just been played for the jury.) Prosecutor: Mr. Simpson, was that you taking that cowardly dive into that display of heavily-salted snack treats?

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    Notes (10)

    • Matt Groening reveals that Krusty the Clown is modeled after a famous performer, Rusty Nails, a children's Christian radio and television clown.

    • The idea behind the Itchy & Scratchy cartoons is nothing more than an "extremely violent" version of the old Tom & Jerry cartoons. Their names however were inspired by the 1958 cartoon Pixie & Dixie.

    • James Earl Jones was also considered for the voice of Sideshow Bob.

    • In 2006 this episode was ranked #9 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.

    • The number on Krusty's uniform (A113) is a joke from Brad Bird. He tried to put it in every episode he directs. What does it mean? It's the number of a classroom at his old film college. As he quotes in the Season One DVD Commentary, "It's a geek thing."

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    Trivia (9)

    • The cover of Timely Magazine: "Krusty-Krook of the Year"

    • Goof: When Lou the Policeman appears each time in this episode, he is white instead of black.

    • Sign seen on the Kwik-E-Mart microwave: "People with pacemakers should stay away from this thing."

    • During Kent Brockman's news report on Krusty's arrest, magazine headlines can be seen in the background. From Timely: "Krook of the Year," and from Newsweekly: "Rhymes with Dastard."

    • Homer doesn't wear his tie and ID badge at the plant.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Batman Reverend Lovejoy refers to Krusty as "The Clown Prince of Corruption". This is an allusion to The Joker, Batman's arch-enemy who is nicknamed "The Clown Prince of Crime".

    • The New York Review of Books This episode features a copy of The Springfield Review of Books magazine, which is a direct parody of The New York Review of Books magazine.

    • Perry Mason The attorney prosecuting Krusty the Clown is dressed up, and acts a lot like 1950's attorney Perry Mason.

    • Bart: Comedy, thy name is Krusty! This line is a pun on the line, "Frailty, thy name is woman!" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    • Krusty: Give a hoot, read a book! The poster featuring Krusty with a book is a spoof of the U.S. Forest Service mascot, Woodsy Owl's, catchphrase encouraging us to, "Give a hoot, don't pollute!"

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    • meathead704 Dec 20, 2014

      The writers of this episode unknowingly made an accurate prediction about the future. Specifically the scene of the SWAT raid on Krusty's home. With the increased militarization of United States police departments SWAT raids are becoming more and more frequent even for the most frivilous of reasons. When I first saw this episode I laughed hysterically at that scene. Today I look at it and think how sad that scenario became all too common in the United States. Let me state for the record that I do not think that all police and all SWAT teams are inherently bad people. I have great respect for all people in law enforcement as we should all have. I am just saying that it is a sad sign of the times that we are seeing such things happen more than they should.