The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 15

Bart the Fink

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Simpsons each inherit $100 after a recent death in the family. Bart and Lisa use their new fortune to open a bank account. With checkbook in hand, Bart has the idea of writing Krusty a check, so that when Krusty endorses the check, Bart will then have his autograph. Once the check is endorsed by Krusty's offshore holding corporation, it is discovered that Krusty is guilty of massive tax evasion. Devastated because his career is ruined, Krusty fakes his own death. It is now up to Bart and Lisa to bring him back to the top.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show one of the relitives dies and leaves money and bart and lisa each get 100 dollars and bart makes check and sends it krusty so he can send it back with a autograph thing is bart does not know about what kind of problems he is in and the check he wrote got krusty introuble for tax invasion and that leads krusty to fake his own death in a airplane and so bart and lisa start to see krusty all over the place and so they lead krusty back to the straight path .moreless
  • Bart the Fink

    Krusty is tired of the way he has been treated lately, by the IRS, and by his fans. So instead of changing, he "kills" himself. Bart, his biggest fan of course, feels tremendously sad, and thinks it was his fault. Later on he starts to notice a man who looks like Krusty without clown make-up. Him and Lisa track the man down, and in the end of the episode, Krusty goes back to comedy again.

    A decent episode, filled with some great humor, like Handsome Pete. Also great end. My overall grade is easily an A+, one of the bestsmoreless
  • Krusty returns from the dead, agian.

    I like Krusty the clown, I like his arrogance, I like the fact that he makes Bart very happy. Hey, but he is definitely a moron. Once again we find Krusty getting into trouble thanks to his stupidity and once again the Simpsons save him somehow. Not a very funny episode, but what it lacks in the laughter department, makes up for in the emotional side. I love how the orange tones of the night and sunset surround Krusty's fall and departure from the show business.

    This seventh season has ben marked by good episodes that don't make you laugh but atleast they are watchable.moreless
  • Great surprise ending

    Bart messes with Krusty the Clown's life yet again, this time getting his idol busted for tax fraud. An audit reveals that Krusty is one of the worst scofflaws in history and the IRS seizes all his assets and sells them at auction. In the throes of financial despair, Krusty crashes his plane, The I'm-On-A-Roll-A-Gay, into a mountain, killing himself. While mourning Krusty's death, Bart and Lisa start getting the sneaky suspicion that the clown actually faked his own death to avoid the taxman. After tracking down Rory B. Bellows, the man they suspect is Krusty, their suspicions are confirmed. Krusty did fake his own death, and now he will fake the death of Rory B. Bellows, whose life is ensured for millions and signed over to Krusty. With his new inheritance, Krusty can start his life over and return to showbiz. Guest star: Bob Newhart as himself.moreless
  • For a Hundred dollars more

    Bart inherted $100 and sign up for a checking account, which leads to this week tragic character of Krusty the Clown. the IRS own him big time and when he lost everything, he fakes his death by crashing into a mountain. this episode loks at the fall of a clown due to problems with the IRS. Bart and Lisa learn the id of Krsuty, by his body language. After Elvis died in 1977, there are claims that Elvis is still alive. He was even spotted at a Burger King in Kalamazoo in 1988. Krusty is not elvis, but he might be close.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

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart


Guest Star

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The episode reveals that Jimbo Jones's real name is "Corky" and that Principal Skinner's mother's first name is Agnes.

    • There has been more than one Aunt Hortense in the Simpson and Bouvier families. In the Season 2 episode "Bart Gets Hit By A Car," Bart is on an escalator to Heaven and he sees an old lady on a cloud and says, "Aunt Hortense!"

    • People sitting on the stage, at Krusty's funeral include: Sideshow Raheem, Tina Ballerina, Mr. Teeny, Luke Perry, and Corporal Punishment.

    • At Krusty's funeral, one of the people attending is writer John Swartzwelder with a Kermit the Frog puppet on his hand.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Bart: Dr. Hibbert, who was that man?
      Dr. Hibbert: Why, Bart, telling you that would violate the patient-doctor privilege, just as if I were to tell you that Jasper here has five seconds to live.
      Jasper: What did he say?
      Mrs. Glick: He said I'm next!

    • Bart: Mom, I just saw Krusty!
      Marge: Yes, dear, in your mind.
      Bart: No, on the street.
      Marge: On the street in your mind.
      Bart: Why won't you believe me?
      Marge: Sweetheart, sometimes when people die, you just want them to be alive so badly you see them everywhere. I went through the same thing when Lyndon Johnson died.

    • Krusty: But I love that plane! I used to fly to Vegas in it with Dean Martin. One time we were flyin' in it, and the moon hit his eye like a big pizza pie! We wrote a song about it! But it ended up infringing on one he recorded years before.

    • Krusty: Oh, my beloved pornography! I can't watch this anymore. I'm going to bed.
      Auctioneer: How much for Krusty's bed?
      Moe: Half a buck.
      Auctioneer: Sold!
      Moe: Good night everybody!
      Crowd: Good night Moe!

    • Bart: Krusty's my hero. How could I do this to him?
      Lisa: It's a tragedy for all us kids, but Bart, you can't beat yourself up.
      Bart: Yeah. There'll be plenty of people to do that for me at recess tomorrow.

    • Milhouse: A million dollars? Gee, thanks Bart, I owe you one.
      Bart: That's a postdated check, remember. Don't cash it 'till the year 10,000.
      Milhouse: Okay! (looks at his watch)

    • Man: …and your future is far more thrilling than any roller coaster.
      Bart: Really? Wow, I should have started a long time ago!
      Man: Mm-hmm. Now sign these forms. I'm sure you'll find them more interesting than a weekend with Batman.

    • Marge: You'll feel better knowing your money's in the hands of professionals.
      Clerk: (wearing an ape mask) Uk, uk, are you folks ready to go ape?
      Lisa: Mom…
      Marge: A professional in an ape mask is still a professional.

    • Marge: What are you gonna spend your money on, kids?
      Bart: There's a special down at the Tacomat… a hundred tacos for a hundred dollars. I'm gonna get that.
      Lisa: I'm going to contribute my money to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
      Marge: Tacos? Public broadcasting?

    • Krusty: I can't go to jail! I got a swanky lifestyle. I'm used to the best.
      IRS Guy: Krusty, this is America. We don't send our celebrities to jail. We're just going to garnish your salary.
      Krusty: Garnish my celery?!
      IRS Guy: Please, Krusty, no jokes!
      Krusty: Who's Joking?! Oh, I don't understand what you're saying, it all sounds so crazy to me.

    • (Bart stands at the bank teller's window at closing time.)
      Bank Teller: Sorry, the bank is--Oh, kid! Gosh, I meant to tell ya. Turns out Krusty is one of the biggest tax cheats in the history and they nailed him, all thanks to you.
      (Bart gasps)
      Bank Teller: Some might say you're a hero, kid. Not me, however. I love Krusty.

    • Chief Wiggum: Okay, folks. Show's over. Nothing to see here. Show's… (sees plane crash) OH, MY GOD!!! A horrible plane crash! Hey, everybody! Get a load of this flaming wreckage! Come on! Crowd around, crowd around! Don't be shy; crowd around!

    • Troy McClure: I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such celebrity funerals as "Andre the Giant, We Hardly Knew Ye," and "Shemp Howard, Today We Mourn a Stooge."

    • Homer: Don't let Krusty's death get you down, boy. People die all the time. Just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow. Well, good night.

    • Homer: Don't worry, son. I'm sure he's up in heaven right now, laughing it up with all the other celebrities...John Dillinger, Ty Cobb, Joseph Stalin...I wish I were dead.

    • (At IRS Burger, formerly Krusty Burger)
      Homer: Um, I'll have four tax burgers, one IRS-wich, withhold the lettuce, three defendant-sized sodas, and a FICA-cino.

    • Krusty's Cayman Islands Associate: Oh, I'm sorry. I can't divulge information about that customer's secret illegal account. (hangs up the phone) Oh, crap. I shouldn't have said he was a customer. Oh, crap. I shouldn't have said it was a secret. Oh, crap. I certainly shouldn't have said it was illegal. Ah, it's too hot today.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: A life-size fax of the family comes out of the cushions, is ripped off, and floats to the ground.


    • Enola Gay
      Krusty's plane, the "I'm-On-A-Roll-A-Gay", is a crack at the "Enola Gay" which was the name for the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

    • Captain McAllister: Arr, I've got some customers. Call me back, Ishmael.
      "Call me Ishmael" is the opening line of Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby Dick.

    • Barton Fink
      This title of this episode is a reference to the 1991 Coen Brother's film, Barton Fink.