The Simpsons

Season 1 Episode 12

Krusty Gets Busted

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1990 on FOX

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    Bart's hero, Krusty the Klown is accused of armed robbery and is locked up so it's up to his most loyal fan Bart and Lisa to clear his name which is hard seeing as all evidence points to the clown. While this episode is played out like a mystery; i have seen questions on the back of Happy Meal packs that are harder to work out; It's almost as if the writer's want us to figure it out as soon as possible as it adds to the emotion or whatever. Also it's never shown how Bob can look and sound exactly like Krusty when framing him, this logic problem plagues the whole episode. Even though the intrigue part crashes and burns the heart is very evident as it really is just about Bart who wants to prove his idol innocent of a crime he didn't commit and this saves the episode in the end. This is one of the only episodes where Krusty is a sympathetic character or at the very least, this is the most sympathetic he's ever made out to be which is becuase at this point he's pretty much a textbook friendly TV clown while later on he's shown to be arrogant and apathetic. Sideshow Bob lends his pompous vocals in his first appearence as Sideshow Bob and suprisingly, his recognisible voice suits the character very well and even adds some genuine creepiness to him that other voices wouldn't have acheived. Speaking of vocals; Dan Castellaneta is fantastic as Krusty and highlights his suffering without ever making him a depressing character. This episode is directed by Brad Bird but don't expect the stunning visuals and direction of his previous award - winning outing the Incredibles he seems to be on directing auto - pilot as he knows its only a low - key TV animation and doesn't require a great deal of depth and none is really needed. The trend of the first season is followed dutifully here in that the jokes are totally expected and are mostly given such an weak set - up that all we can do is not laugh but this is just part of the subtle mystique of the opening season. Krusty gets Busted is atouching episode of the first season but for people who prefer a stronger half hour of TV; the only touching will be their finger on the remote.