The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 6

Pranks and Greens

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Groundskeeper Willie tells Bart about Andy Hamilton, a former student who was an even better prankster than Bart is. Bart tracks down Andy, now 19 and still pulling pranks, and the two become quick friends.

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  • This episode was excellent

    Groundskeeper Willie tells Bart about Andy Hamilton, a former student who was an even better prankster than Bart is. Bart tracks down Andy, now 19 and still pulling pranks, and the two become quick friends. I thought this episode was excellent. The plot was very interesting that there is a prankster (besides Bart) named Andy Hamiliton. The couch gag for the episode was amusing. I laughed at some of the parts such as Skinner jumping to a pool with worms, Loser line, "They're going to ruin the show!" "It's about 20 years too late for that." and some more but I actually forgot. Overall, an excellent episode. 10/10moreless
  • Lisa thinks TV writes are losers, LOL

    After some pranks, skinner tells Bart he is not the best prankster Springfield Elementary, and that there was a betterv one, but won't tell. so Bart goes to a more siniester source - Groundskeeper Willie. He tells Bart of the "Night of the Wrigglers", where this prankster filled Swimming-Instructor Willie's pool with worms and locked it, trapping once-cool Skinner there, which made him what he is today. The name is: ANDY HAMILTON! so Bart tracks him and finds him, haves fun withy him, but realses he is unemployed and lives with his mother, and tries to find him a job. Meanwhile, Marge is teased by the Mid-day Mommies (Selma, Manjula, Baby Gerald's mom) because she has fat-filled food, so the simpsons go on a veggie adventure. But Marge later couldn't lock the real her, so she allowed fat in her house. As Homer would say, WOOHOO! In the end, Bart finds a job for Andy: TV writer at Krusty-Lu Studios. As Lisa would say:

  • Dang good

    This episode was pretty good. After Bart starts playing a lot of pranks on Skinner, Skinner informs him that he is not the best pranker the school has ever had, and a now 19-year old named Andy Hamilton is. So Bart tracks him down, and he is still acting like a young kid, pulling pranks and stuff. So Bart tries to help him out by getting him a job. He eventually gets him a job on Krusty's show. And everything is normal.

    This was another reason why the current season is loads better then most anything from season 20. A hilarious episode with a good plot. The only real complaint is that I didn't like some of the last act. But the rest was greatmoreless
  • Can't find the right adjectives to describe how good this episode is.

    I was impressed from start to finish watching this great installment! It's well-written, just pure "Simpsons" brilliance! This week, it mainly center on Bart meeting a better prankster (voice of Jonah Hill). The main plot actually works. There's a lot of bits and gags to laugh about. There's no filler and holes! And I'm glade, I stick watching the whole thing. Also, the b-plot which features Marge trying to be "green" is also stellar. I think they found something the the character funny to do. Lisa's bits also works. "LOSSERR!" - funny funny oh funny.

    One thing I hate is Maggie's scene. So much potential on her character to be funny in this episode. But rather than that, this one is one the best one for a really really long time!moreless
  • Bart is sent to the Principal again and he finds out that he isn't the greatest prankster in Springfield Elementary history. So he goes out and finds this legend and ends up helping him. Marge gets on a healthy kick at the behest of her woman's group.moreless

    Is it my imagination or does the Simpsons seemed generally uninspired this season? The episodes are not bad, but in general aren't sparkling like they were in earlier seasons.

    In this episode Bart learns of a greater prankster from Swim Coach Willie. Yes Swim Coach Willie! It seems there use to be a pool at Springfield Elementary and the cool, hip Principal Skinner was forever changed one day after a prank involving the pool scared him for life.

    Andy Hamilton voiced by Jonah Hill is this legendary prankster and Bart drags Millhouse along to meet him. Bart loves this guy, but some surprising and educational situations are going to force Bart to rethink things.

    Meanwhile Marge is forced by peer pressure from "The Midday Mommies" group to stop serving unhealthy food to her family. Marge as well finds out some surprising revelations about the whole healthy food kick and how much she wants to be swayed by her peers.

    The funniest gag was the food that they were purchasing disintegrating as they stood there as there were no preservatives in it. Also $40 for a small box of organic blueberries! :)

    In the end all is well and Bart probably didn't learn anything. Entertaining, but missing something. We'll see what they come up with next. Thanks for reading...moreless
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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill

Andy Hamilton

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the scene where Milhouse is fantasizing about the biggest prankster's sidekick, the giant sidekick has e^(ipi)+1=0 on it. This is Euler's identity, a famous formula in mathematics and physics.

    • Upcoming pranks spotted on Bart's bullentin board:

      Night of a Thousand Skunks
      Who Let The Dogs In?
      Tora Tora, Toilet
      R.I.P. Skinner
      I love the M-80's
      Untitled Skateboard Project
      Operation Gumbo Drop

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Shary Bobbins (seen in the episode "Simpson-califragilisticexpiala-(Annoyed Grunt)-cious") flies across the screen holding up her magic umbrella.
      Billboard Gag: Dr. Otto's "Wellness Clinic" (with a winking Otto holding a bong with a certain haze of smoke in the background)
      Blackboard Joke: Halloween does not kick Thanksgiving's ass.
      Couch Gag: The family, standing in front of a Christmas tree, sings a Simpsons version of The Twelve Days of Christmas with the following lyrics:

      On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

      Twelve Grampas grumbling,
      Eleven Barneys belching,
      Ten Lennys leaping,
      Nine Carls dancing,
      Eight Moes a-milking,
      Seven Selmas smoking,
      Six Flanders praying,


      Four crawling nerds,
      Three-eyed fish,
      Two special Ralphs,
      And a Maggie in a Snuggley.


    • Desilu Studios
      The name of the studios where Bart tries to get Andy a job is Krustylu Studios, which is a play on Desilu Studios created by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for different TV shows of the '50s and '60s like The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy.

    • Pork and Beans
      The title of this episode is a take on the title of the Weezer song "Pork and Beans."