The Simpsons

Season 24 Episode 16

Dark Knight Court

24
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 2013 on FOX
8.0
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Bart is falsely accused of pulling a prank on Easter involving the school marching band and stuffing rotten eggs in the brass section's horns, and Lisa must step in as his attorney to defend her brother. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns attempts to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a superhero, Fruit Bat Man.

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  • thE dark fight at Night

    10
    I think that the show is funny not it is hAlares
  • The Episode Should Have Been Simply Called "Fruit Bat Man"

    10
    Mr. Burns decides to act out on his childhood fantasy of becoming a superhero known as Fruit Bat Man, and in the process, foils a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart as well as exonerating Bart, who was falsely accused of an Easter prank upon Springfield Elementary. Easily the best episode this year and could qualify as one of the Top Ten All-Time Favorite Simpsons Episodes alongside the classic episodes, except that Moe gets terrified when he finds out that Bart has been pulling all those crank calls at the tavern and begins sobbing. A different gag would have helped as well in place of "Mike Rotch". How about "Gina Miassira" (pun on a** is raw)?moreless
  • As Bart is accused of a big time prank, Mr. Burns decides to act out a childhood fantasy.

    8.0
    The writers of this episode certainly did see the movie "Kick Ass". Despite that, "Dark Knight Court" was actually quite good. There were some geniune laughs here. The best being Fruit Bat Man's less than perfect exit from the Kwik-E-Mart. Former Attorney General Janet Reno was very good in her guest apearance. She had some well written dialogue. The episode is not without its flaws however. It could not have been more obvious that Bart was innocent, however the investigation which uncovers the actual perpetrator was well done and makes up for this flaw to a certain degree. The scene of the guilty party's confession is very well done also. Definitely an episode worth your time. It has more than its fair share of laughs.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Michael Dees

Michael Dees

"Easter Parade" Vocals

Guest Star

Janet Reno

Janet Reno

Herself

Special Guest Star

Maggy Reno Hurchalla

Maggy Reno Hurchalla

Herself

Special 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

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The prank call name that Moe used in court to testify against Bart "Mike Rotch" was previously used by Bart as a prank call during the season 2 episode "Blood Feud".

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Smithers enters the Kwik-E-Mart to see Apu being robbed by Snake)
      Smithers: Look, I'll give you each $1,000 if you pretend to let that old man out there stop this crime.

    • Janet Reno: (To Principal Skinner) You're wearing sneakers to a trial? Oh God, the press is going to have a field day with this.
      Ralph: (Runs out of the gym) Yay, field day! I can go cuckoo and no one can stop me!
      Janet Reno: That's exactly what George W. Bush said when he was inaugurated. People don't remember that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: The Easter Bunny and the St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun leaping in the air, engaged in battle that ends when they respectively burst into decorated Easter eggs and four-leaf clovers when they punch each other.
      Billboard Gag: Herman's Antiques (and guns)--[with the one-armed Herman pictured, having some of his weapons on display]
      Chalkboard Gag: Jesus's last words were not "TGIF".
      Lisa: Playing the violin instead of her saxophone.
      Couch Gag: In a closeup shot, a hand places four Easter eggs, each decorated with the images of Marge and the kids on the couch. Afterward, Homer arrives and winds up sitting on the eggs, making a mess in the process.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • The black guy with the eye patch at the end episode is based off of Marvel Comic's Nick Fury as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the Marvel films. Also the program he activates is a parody of the Avengers Initiative used in those films and the elderly superheroes that appear are parodies of superheroes from both Marvel and DC Comics.

    • The episode title is based off DC Comics' character Batman (since one of his aliases in the comics is the Dark Knight). Additionally the Mr. Burns subplot as Fruit Bat Man is a parody of Batman as well the villains he fights which are parodies of different Batman villains.

    • One of the magazines Mr. Burns sees is The Mulk. This is an allusion to the comic book hero The Hulk.

    • The name of the episode is a parody name to the 2008 movie The Dark Knight, that starred Christian Bale and Heath Ledger.

    • The name of this episode is also aparodyof the 1984 sitcom Night Court, that starred Harry Anderson, Richard Moll, & John Larroquette.

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