The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 22

Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 22, 2002 on FOX
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Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge
When the power plant can't keep up with the electricity demand due to a heat wave, a hot and bothered Springfield resorts to looting. To defend his family, Homer starts up his own security company, SpringShield, and after they prove to be effective Mayor Quimby appoints Homer's outfit in charge of policing the town.moreless

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  • The thirteenth season ends with Homer starting his own private police force much to Chief Wiggum's dismay.

    The scene of Homer listing all of the jobs he has had during the course of the series is by far the best and most clever moment in the series' long history. What made it even better was Marge walking off screen while Homer is listing his jobs and coming back with her hair in curlers. Absolutely brilliant. I will admit I was a little turned off at the beginning because it just seemed like we were going to get another tired and formulaic episode when Homer caused the blackout. Who did not see that coming? However this disappointment quickly disappeared as the episode progressed. Who knew there were so many University of Notre Dame alumni living in Springfield? Again the series' talent for parody shines again here with an excellent parody of the opening theme montage of "The Sopranos". Just when you thought the episode could not get any better, it concludes with a terrific climactic scene. Maggie proves the shot she took at Mr. Burns was no fluke. The season thirteen finale is a great episode that has stood the test of time. Well worth seeing.moreless
  • this would've made a great series finale

    homer becomes leader of "Springshield" and busts perps. but when he busts fat tony and his gang, they vow to gun him down. will he be saved?

    i swear this would have made an awesome finale. It's got loads of references to past episodes, such as when homer is listing all the jobs he's had over the course fo the show, and the line about maggie "dreaming she shot mr burns again." overall this was a funny episode and a great conclusion to the 13th season, which itself was great, and thus this episode gets an A+ in my bookmoreless
  • The Best of Season 13!

    In this ep, Homer causes a blackout because the power plant can not keep up with the demand for energy, therefor the residents of Springfield resort to looting. So, to defend his family, Homer starts up his own security company, SpringShield, and when they prove to be effective, Mayor Quimby puts Homer and his crew in charge of policing the town.

    What I liked:

    * Homer being a cop

    * Fat Tony

    * The scene where Chief Wiggum was shooting at the pinata

    * The showdown with the Mafia

    * Scene where the mafia is driving through town to the Soprano's theme

    So, overall, I think that this is one of the best eps of season 13 and if I had to recommend one to somebody, it would be this one.moreless
  • Amazing! The best of season 13!

    Haven\'t we already had a clip show this year? I couldn\'t help but feel that this episode was just a compilation of several storylines from past episodes. Think about it:

    Unseasonable heat wave (Bart of Darkness, Lisa\'s Sax)

    Blackout in Springfield (Last Exit To Springfield)

    Wiggum is unable to stop crime and a new chief of police is brought in (Homer Vs. The 18th Amendment)

    Homer has yet another job (previous jobs listed in the episode)

    Member of Simpson family is police officer (The Sringfield Connection)

    Showdown with the mafia (The Twisted World of Marge Simpson)

    Maggie being violent (Itchy & Scratcy & Marge, Who Shot Mr. Burns?)

    However, despite all of this, the episode was extremely good! The story progressed well, Homer actually seemed to have feelings and he was trying to do good things, and the ending was good, although a little unexpected.

    Probably my favorite part of this episode was when the mob were driving through the town, to the Soprano\'s theme - we really get to see Springfield in all it\'s glory!

    The episode was amazingly funny and this has to be one of my favorite Season finale\'s ever!moreless
  • Springshield defends Springfield.

    Homer as a cop was just a great idea from the start, and I expected much from this episode. I expected so much that I feared the finale would not live up to my expectations, but to my happiness it did live up to them. The final scence where Maggie shoots all the mobsters with a shotgun was just hilarious, I was happy to see the writers finally include her as a crucial part of the family. This was a great ending to a great season. If you have the time, watch not only this great episode, but this great season.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Music featured in this episode
      "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms (Homer's dancing Santa Claus plays this song)
      "Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful (Heard as the town is looting)
      "Radar Love" by Golden Earring (Homer listens and sings along to it on the radio)
      "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3 (Heard during The Sopranos theme parody)

    • The settings on Groundskeeper Willie's air conditioner are: Glasgow Winter, Well-Digger's Bum, and Witch's Teat.

    • Homer's SpringShield slogan is "Have no fear! SpringShield's present!"

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Fat Tony: Did you have a nice flight, Johnny Tightlips?
      Johnny Tightlips: I ain't sayin' nothin'.
      Fat Tony: I understand. So how is your mother?
      Johnny Tightlips: Whoa, hey, who says I have a mother?

    • (The mobsters are getting shot at)
      Fat Tony: Johnny Tightlips, can you see the shooter?
      Johnny Tightlips: I see a lot of things.
      Fat Tony: You know, you could be a little more helpful.

    • Marge: I made you your favorite dinner. All three courses dessert.
      Homer: Even dessert?
      Marge: Dessert is three kinds of dessert.

    • Kid: Hey Officer Homer how'd you get so big and strong.
      Homer: Green vegetables and homework.
      Kid: Aw shucks!

    • Bart: Look at those looters, breaking things, setting fires. They're living my dream and you won't let me join them. Please can I throw one little…
      Homer: No!
      Bart: What if I just burn down a…
      Homer: No!
      Bart: Can I at least…
      Homer: No! I've caused enough trouble already by plugging in that Santa Claus. No more irresponsible behavior.
      Bart: Can I have a beer.
      Homer: Alright, but not the imported.
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: You've got to set limits, Marge!

    • Arnie Pie: This city has exploded in a fireball of rage.
      Kent: I think what the viewers want to know, Arnie, is: Is my house okay?
      Arnie Pie: You mean is your giant castle okay, Kent?
      Kent: Don't hassle me because I bought at the right time.
      Arnie Pie: When's my right time, Kent? When's my right time?

    • (Upon crashing into Costington's)
      Lenny: I don't hear an alarm. Let's take stuff.
      Carl: Eh, whoa! Isn't that stealing?
      Lenny: No! It's just looting.
      Carl: Sweet! Let's go nuts!

    • Mayor Quimby: Gentlemen, our city's sucking down the juice like my wife at an open bar.
      Mr. Burns: We've siphoned extra power off from the orphanage. Who are they going to complain to? Their parents?

    • Dr. Hibbert: It happens every heat wave. Okay people, out of my freezer!
      Abe: But we're hot and elderly.
      Dr. Hibbert: I'm sorry; these are for the recently deceased. (to Hans Moleman) Hmm, don't you go too far.

    • Homer: Lisa, if we start conserving, the environmentalists win!

    • Homer: What about you, Dr. Hibbert?
      Dr. Hibbert: Oh, uh, well, I-I'd love to help you, Homer, but I have too darn much to live for. I just discovered Thai food.
      Comic Book Guy: I'd help you, but have yet to kiss a human girl.
      Captain McCallister: And I've got a TiVo full of unwatched Dharrr-ma and Gregs.
      Barney: Sorry, Homer. I'm a coward now, just like all recovering alcoholics.

    • Homer: Yeah, but this town doesn't deserve me. I'm gonna give this badge to the next person I see!
      Chief Wiggum: (walks up & takes badge) Hey, this is funny, 'cause this is how I got the job the first time.

    • Homer: I finally found a job where I wasn't lazy, stupid or corrupt ... and I'm gonna get killed for it!

    • Fat Tony: Any last words?
      Homer: Yeah. You can kill me, but someone will take my place. And if you kill him, then someone will take his place. And if you kill him... well, that's pretty much the end of it. The town will be yours.

    • Homer (about Maggie): She's just like Clark Kent. When there's something exciting going on, she's nowhere to be seen.

    • Bart: Cool, a lie detector! Lisa is a dork, Lisa is a dork!
      Lisa: Stop that!
      Homer: Well, according to this, he's telling the truth.

    • Homer: Finally, a way to combine my love of helping people with my love of hurting people!

    • Homer: You know, I've had a lot of jobs... boxer, mascot, astronaut, imitation Krusty, baby-proofer, trucker, hippie, plow-driver, food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carny, mayor, grifter, bodyguard for the mayor, country western manager, garbage commissioner, mountain climber, farmer, inventor, Smithers, Poochie, celebrity assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, Kwik-E-Mart clerk, homophobe, and missionary.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: We're wasting more energy than Ricky Martin's girlfriend.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This is the second appearance of Johnny Tightlips (one of Fat Tony's henchmen.) He also appeared in episode 251 (12-3) "Insane Clown Poppy."

    • Originally aired at 8pm ET on a Wednesday.

    • In some parts of the country this episode was interupted by coverage of breaking news on the Chandra Levy missing person case.

    • When the power goes out through Springfeild someone yells through the city, "I'm going to miss FOX celebrity boxing!" The night when this episode appeared, celebrity boxing was right after it.

    • This episode was originally supposed to air in season 14 but FOX decided to air a "bonus episode" so that's why "The Frying Game" became the season finale.

    • The screaming butterfly from the heat wave sequence is the adult screamapillar which made its debut in the previous episode.

    • This episode was dedicated to the memory of Stephen Jay Gould. Stephen appeared as himself in the season 9 episode "Lisa the Skeptic."

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Blue Man group is performing in front of the couch as the family enters.


    • Dragnet
      The music and Homer's interrogation of the proprietor of "The Wooly Bully" are reminiscent of Dragnet, a crime drama that aired from 1967 to 1970.

    • Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1965 James Brown song "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".

    • Richard Nixon
      Superintendent Chalmers' billboard that reads "Now More Than Ever" is a reference to a campaign poster with the same phrase used by Richard Nixon in the 1972 Presidential election.

    • The Sopranos
      When Fat Tony and the mob drive through Springfield to track down Homer, the montage parodies the opening credits to the TV show The Sopranos complete with its theme song, "Woke Up This Morning" by A3, playing in the background.