The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 21

24 Minutes

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 20, 2007 on FOX
9.1
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Principal Skinner opens a CTU – Counter Truancy Unit – at Springfield Elementary School with Lisa heading up the operation. Homer is sent to dispose a container of yogurt so far past its freshness date that it could be toxic, but the reeking yogurt falls into the hands of Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney. With the help of Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian, Bart and Lisa must stop the bullies from releasing the ultimate stink bomb at the school’s bake sale.moreless

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  • 24 + The Simpsons = 24 Minutes

    9.5
    Principal Skinner opens a CTU Counter Truancy Unit at Springfield Elementary School with Lisa heading up the operation. Homer is sent to dispose a container of yogurt so far past its freshness date that it could be toxic, but the reeking yogurt falls into the hands of Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney. With the help of Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian, Bart and Lisa must stop the bullies from releasing the ultimate stink bomb at the school's bake sale. I thought that this was an excellent episode of "The Simpsons". I thought the idea of The Simpsons having a "24 parody episode" was awesome. I didn't watch the show "24" that much and some of the episodes I have watched were pretty cool. The only thing that made my score a little bit low was that almost the entire episode felt a little rushed. It seemed like the writers had to rush it a little too much in this one. So yeah, the pacing isn't the best but the whole episode plus the storyline, characters, and everything else was awesome. There were some very funny parts in this episode as well. I also enjoyed the cameo appearances of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe O' Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) in this episode. The very ending of the episode was funny as well. Overall, the episode did seemed be a little rushed almost the way through but I really enjoyed the storyline and the humor plus the characters acted..... so did 24 and The Simpsons make a good team? Yes they did. 9.5/10moreless
  • Best Modern Simpsons episode!

    10
    "24 Minutes"

    Grade: A*

    Wow! Who would have thought a 24 Parody on The Simpsons would turn out to be one of the greatest episodes of the show? 24 Minutes has everything you could ever want in a Simpsons episode. The humour is excellent, every second of the episode is entertaining, the plot is genius, and Bart Simpson attacks Nelson Muntz in it. Jack Bauer's cameo appearence in it is used effectively, and everything comes full circle at the end with a dark joke to finish the episode off. It's just amazing to see The Simpsons can still pull off 10/10 episodes like this, and FOX should have made this the 400th episode. It was THAT good!moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes

    9.0
    I haven't seen 24… even so, this episode was hilarious and awesome. It was just so funny and I didn't get that it was a parody of 24 (cause I'd never seen it) but I definitely got that it was a parody of such action/science fiction movies. SO, It begins with Principal Skinner opening CTU: Counter Truancy Unit. His agents are Lisa, Database, Martin, Milhouse, and some of the other nerds. Immediately three 6th graders (Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney) go missing. They are tracked to the Kwik-E-Mart, where Homer is returning a toxic yoghurt well past its freshness date. They steal the yoghurt, putting it in a suitcase, and walk outside, where Milhouse is spying on them for Principal Skinner. Homer comes up and says:

    "Hey, Milhouse, who you spying on? Those bullies?" The bullies throw both Homer and Milhouse in a dumpster and send it rolling down the road. Lisa, suspicious of the bullies activities, makes a deal with Bart to go see what the bullies are doing. He figures out they are going to put a stink bomb in the school-just as the annual bake sale is happening. Martin is a traitor and instructs Jimbo to leave. The bullies leave just as Bart comes to their house. The bullies come with the stink bomb to school, hiding in the janitors closet. Bart tracks them, finding out that Martin is a traitor, but too late, he knocks Bart out with a french horn and sends him (along with Willie, who was in the janitors room) to be tied to a chair until after the bake sale is over. They leave the stink bomb in the janitors room with a countdown and push Martin out, just as the bake sale starts.



    Meanwhile, Marge struggles to make a cake on time for the bake sale, but has problems: One, they are out of raisins, so she must go to the store to get more. She comes back with 5 minutes to spare, and bakes the cake at 1200 degrees to get it done on time. Not surprisingly, the oven explodes, and her cake is ruined. None the less, she decides to go to the bake sale anyway, covering the whole cake with pink frosting. When she gets there, she drops it on the ground and picks it up again. She then walks into the gym, proclaiming, "I'm in the sale, i'm in the sale!" Meanwhile, Homer and Milhouse steer the dumpster around town and eventually end up at the bake sale. Now comes the climax…



    Really good episode, I commend the writers for doing something out of the ordinary, and it works really well. I wish they would do something like this nowadays…



    This, 'Trilogy of Error,' 'Who Shot Mr. Burns, parts 1 and 2,' and '22 Short Films about Springfield' are some of my favorite episodes because I love it when the writers do something unusual. A big improvement from some of the episodes in the 18th and 17th season.



    9/10moreless
  • 24 teams up with the Simpsons!

    9.5
    I love 24 and the Simpsons so I was really excited about the episode, 24 Minutes. The idea was brilliant and the cameos from Jack Bauer and Chloe O' Brian were funny and the ending were Bart got arrested was hilarious. Whoever thought up the Counter Truancy Unit was a genius and I hope the writer makes more episodes like this! Hopefully we will see more of CTU, Bart and Lisa in another 24 parody sooner or later in Season 21. This is a brilliant episode and if you haven't seen it yet, try and see it anyway you can!moreless
  • One of season 18's best episodes!

    10
    Principal Skinner opens a CTU – Counter Truancy Unit – at Springfield Elementary School with Lisa heading up the operation. Homer is sent to dispose a container of yogurt so far past its freshness date that it could be toxic, but the reeking yogurt falls into the hands of Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney. With the help of Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian, Bart and Lisa must stop the bullies from releasing the ultimate stink bomb at the school's bake sale.



    What I liked: Awesome 24 parody- probably one of the very few parodys that I actually liked.

    The part with Homer riding in the dumpster- funny as hell!



    There's alot more stuff that I liked, but I'm too lazy to put them all so overall, I think that this was one of s18's best eps.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland

Jack Bauer

Guest Star

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Chloe O'Brian

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Ingredients of the stink bomb: Road kill, Burnt hair, Jimbo's sister's retainer case, Six weeks of bottled farts, Possum placenta, Sweat from a walk-around Goofy suit, and TCBY (That Container of Botulized Yogurt).

    • The upside-down newspaper Milhouse is holding is the Springfield Shopper. The headlines read "Mayor's Breath Still Problem", "Corn Less Popular" and "Bake Sale Today".

    • Goof: Somehow, the lettering on Martin's sash reverses so it can be read properly in the mirror's reflection, and flips back to normal when he turns around.

    • In the opening sequence, one of the CTU's computer screens shows Willie making out with Ms. Hoover.

    • Among the professional staff at Springfield Elementary is a secretary named Mrs. Lord.

    • Lisa reads the three missing students on paper and it says:

      Jimbo:
      -Full name: Corky James Jones
      -Known alias: Jamesbo, Dr. J., Hector Gutierrez,
      -Last known location: Duff Gardens Log Flume (Middle Seat)

      Dolph:
      -Full name: Dolphin Starbeam
      -Speaks: Spanish, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Latin, Old English, Klingon, Esperanto
      -Friends with Jackie Chan (unverified)
      -Special skills: Horse riding, tap dancing, British accent, stage fighting

      Kearney:
      -Full name: Kearney Zzyzwicz
      -Prior offenses: Indian burn (3rd degree), full moon, half moon, attempted purple nurple, hertz donut (acquitted)
      -Owns owns tuxedo.

    • Martin Prince's Ant Farm brand is from Uncle Milton.

    • Jimbo's mom's name is Carol.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Milhouse: Lisa, if I don't make it back, there's a letter in my locker I want you to read.
      Lisa: I've already read it.
      Principal Skinner: We've all read it.

    • Principal Skinner: (On the phone) Lord, give me guidance... That's right, the guidance department. Thank you, Mrs. Lord.

    • Lisa: I've got something! The sixth grade security camera shows three empty desks.
      Principal Skinner: Enhance!
      (Camera zooms in on desk with "Skinner Stinks" carved into it)
      Principal Skinner: De-hance! De-hance!

    • Principal Skinner: Simpson! I'll teach you to make a Poupon me!

    • (Apu sniffs some old yogurt that Homer tries to return at the Kwik-E-Mart.)
      Apu: Oh my god! If a dead fish and a homeless person had a baby and the baby puked, and a dog ate the puke, this smells like the rear end of that dog!

    • Bart: I might be able to stop them, but I need a schematic of Jimbo's house!
      Lisa: Jimbo drew a couple pictures of his house in second grade, but I can't vouch for their accuracy. The teacher gave them a frowny face.

    • (Bart spots an incapacitated Ralph in a cage.)
      Bart: I've got a man down! Well, not a man, a very special boy.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: Teens? In Willie's hidey-hole? I'll mop up your blood from the inside!

    • Jack Bauer: Chloe, I need those schematics now.
      Bart: What? Who is this?
      Jack Bauer: I'm Jack Bauer, who the hell are you?
      Bart: Me? Uhh, I'm Ahmed Adoodie.
      Jack Bauer: Chloe, find out all you can about Ahmed Adoodie. Does anyone there know Ahmed Adoodie?
      Chloe O' Brian: Ahmed Adoodie, wealthy Saudi financier, disappeared into Afghanistan in the late 90's.
      Jack Bauer: Really?
      Chloe O'Brian: No, Jack. It's a joke name. You're being set up.
      Jack Bauer: Dammit!

    • (Marge kisses Bart)
      Marge: Oh my special little guy! I'm so glad you're okay.
      (Homer kisses Bart)
      Homer And I'm so glad you taste like hotdogs!

    • (Homer picks up the bomb which has 7 seconds left till it blows)
      Homer: Oh a thermos! And it has 7 cups of coffee left.
      (The bomb changes to 6)
      Homer: No wait, 6.
      Lisa: Dad! That's a bomb!
      Homer: Ah! You take it!

    • Jack Bauer: Previously on 24… I mean The Simpsons.

    • Jack Bauer: Bart Simpson, 12 minutes ago you made a very annoying prank phone call to me. I pulled every agent off of their assignment to track you down and bring you to justice. It was a tough call but I think I made the right one.
      (nuke goes off)
      (crowd gasps)
      Jack Bauer: Don't worry. That was just Shelbyville.
      (crowd sighs with relief)

    • Homer: (To Milhouse) Cops. Act natural.
      Homer (Imitating a woman) Oh hello officer!
      Chief Wiggum: (While driving by) Oh hello, Ma'am! (To self) What is it about a women and a dumpster.

    • Bart: Son of a beachball, they escaped.

    • Skinner: Okay, you have a deal, you conniving little… (whispers in Bart's ear)
      Bart: Wow, that's a swear!?
      Skinner: Used as a noun, it is.

    • Milhouse: Mr. Simpson I'm scared.
      Homer: This is our life now Milhouse, we're dumpster folk!

    • Dolph: Now this crossword is nothing but swears.

    • Jack Bauer: The following takes place between 2:34 p.m. and 3:04 p.m. Or maybe it's a.m. Whichever one is the morning one. Not that one.

    • Marge: If someone did eat Bart's shorts, they would have a tummy full of pocket garbage.

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