The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 20

The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 05, 1994 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

We begin with Bart and Lisa heading to school. Bart is bored in class, so he forges a note from Marge to cut class and goes to see "Boobarama." Meanwhile, Skinner is trying to track him down after becoming suspicious of the note. Bart narrowly escapes his grasp by stowing away in Quimby's nephew's car. At a Quimby party, the nephew gets in an argument with a waiter. Bart witnesses the waiter clumsily injuring himself. No one else sees it, so the waiter claims Quimby's nephew assaulted him. The trial is a media event, but Bart cannot come forward or Skinner will give him detention. The jury consists of Homer, Skinner, Apu, et cetera. Homer is an incompetant juror and wants to be sequestered at the city's nicest hotel. After watching "MacArnagle," Bart decides to come forward to the Judge. Bart's testimony frees the innocent Quimby, but gets him four months of detention.moreless

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  • Good episode.

    Bart plays hookey by foriging a note for a dentist appointment to get out of school to avoid staying 2 extra hours to make up for time the class lost due to Barts tampering kit that made the school clocks run fast. Bart was very honest about cutting school and Skinner talking to him about it to him and still had to punish him for it despite it was wrong what he did. I wish that Skinner had given Bart 4 weeks detention instead of 4 months detention.moreless
  • superb

    what i liked- Freddy freaking out over the pronounciation of 'chowder', Hibbert saying that Hitler and Walt Disney had the 'evil gene' (or whatever it was called), Bart misspelling Lincoln in his daydream, the two strange men riding up to Bart, the ending of the episode with the glasses, Apu pointing out that Homer was wearing glasses pretending to be listening, Bart 'reading' Skinner's and Homer's thoughts in court, amongst other things.

    funny episode, plain and simple. nota great episode in terms of plot, but in terms of humor it is pretty strong, like most from season 5. B+/A- as my final grademoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show bart decides to skip school and play hookie and he witnesses a dispute betwen mayor quinbys spoiled nephew and a waiter and the nephew is accused of beating the waiter after the disput and is on trial about it but the thing is bart can tell the story about what reall happend if he can tell people he was not in school he skipped school that day. and homer is on the jury and he is enjoying himself . this was a good ep and had a great story to it i thought.moreless
  • The Simpsons are rounding out the season and as I said before they still are going strong, and they don't look like they are goin to stop this great humor anytime soon.moreless

    In a case ripped right out of the headlines, Bart is the only witness when Mayor Quimby's ne'er-do-well nephew, Freddy, allegedly assaults a snooty French butler. Hiding under a table in the kitchen of the Quimby Compound, Bart can plainly see that Freddy didn't harm a single hair on the butler's head. When the case goes to trial and Freddy is sure to be sized-up for a holding cell, the only thing preventing Bart from coming forward and clearing him is the fact that he'll have to admit that he was cutting school that day and receive a stiff detention sentence. As luck would have it, Homer is sitting on the Quimby trial jury and causes a delay of the proceedings because he enjoys being sequestered in a hotel. After Lisa's urging, Bart comes forward and clears Freddy. And as a reward for his honesty, Bart only has to serve four months in detention.moreless
  • Bart, after forging a note to get out of school, sneaks into the Quimby family home and watches a clumsy waiter injur himself. Believing there were no witnesses the waiter falsely accuses Mayor Quimby's nephew Fred of assault. Will Bart come forward?moreless

    I gave this episode a high rating mainly because I laughed a lot. The scenes of the waiter's clumsy antics are one reason why I laughed. However, I have to say the very predictable story was a problem here. There were no surprises at all. It was painfully obvious that Bart would come forward despite the consequences. I knew right from the beginning that Fred Quimby was innocent and I'm sure everybody watching it knew that as well. As I said before however, the many laughs in this episode save it from total disaster. Anybody up for some chowder?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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Bart: (trying to buy a ticket at the Aztec Movie Theater) Look, if I was really under 17 I'd be in school, right?
      Ticket seller: Yeah, I guess you are right. Enjoy Boob-a-rama, sir.

    • Bart: See Lisa, they don't need my help proving Freddy innocent.
      Lisa: That's because Mayor Quimby is buying his nephew's freedom.
      Bart: The system works.

    • Homer: Marge, it was horrible. Everyone was against me in that jury room. But I stood by the courage of my convictions and I prevailed. And that's why we had Chinese food for lunch.

    • Principal Skinner: You're stealing a table?
      Homer: I'm not stealing it. Hotels expect you to take a few things. It's a souvenir!
      Principal Skinner: Ah. Is that my necktie you're wearing?
      Homer: Souvenir.

    • Homer: I'm only doing what I think is right. I believe Freddy Quimby should walk out of here a free hotel.

    • Homer: What does "sequestered" mean?
      Principal Skinner: If the jury is deadlocked they're put up in a hotel together so they can't communicate with the outside world.
      Homer: What does "deadlocked" mean?
      Principal Skinner: It's when the jury can't agree on a verdict.
      Homer: Uh huh. And "if"?
      Principal Skinner: A conjunction meaning "in the event that" or "on condition that".
      Homer: So if we don't all vote the same way, we'll be deadlocked and have to be sequestered in the Springfield Palace Hotel--
      Patty: That's not going to happen.
      Jasper: Let's vote. My liver is failing.
      Homer: --where we'll get a free room, free food, free swimming pool, free HBO… ooh! Free Willy!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Well, only one in two million people has what we call the "evil gene". Hitler had it, Walt Disney had it, and... Freddy Quimby has it.
      Lionel Hutz: Thank you, Dr. Hibbert. I rest my case.
      Judge Snyder: You rest your case?
      Lionel Hutz: What? Oh no, I thought that was just a figure of speech. Case closed.

    • Principal Skinner: (thinking) I know you can read my thoughts, Bart. Just a little reminder. If I find out you cut class, your ass is mine. Yes, you heard me. I think words I would never say.
      Homer: (thinking) I know you can read my thoughts, boy. (singing) Meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow.

    • Chief Wiggum: Oh my God! Someone's taken a bite out of the big Rice Krispie square! Oh yeah, and the waiter's been brutally beaten.

    • Bart: (about Principal Skinner) Oh my God, he is like some sort of ... non ... giving up ... school guy!

    • Principal Skinner: Why, there are no children here at the 4H club, either! Am I so out of touch? No, it's the children who are wrong.

    • Helen Lovejoy: Heh, this won't take long. He's clearly guilty. We'll probably be home by dinner time.
      Jasper: Good. I hear the dog from Frasier is going to ride the dolphin on SeaQuest.

    • Freddy Quimby: That's chowdah! Chowdah! I'll kill you! I'll kill all of you! Especially those of you in the jury!

    • Marge: Your Uncle Arthur used to have a saying. "Shoot em' all and let God sort it out." Unfortunately, one day he put his theory into practice. It took 75 federal marshals to bring him down. Now, let's never speak of him again.

    • Bart: Ah, the joys of mortgaging your future.

    • Milhouse: I lost all feeling in the left side of my body.

    • Otto: The regular school bus broke down, so take a seat before I blow your heads off!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: There's plenty of businesses like show business.
      Couch Gag: The living room is the set of The Late Show With David Letterman.


    • 12 Angry Men
      Mayor Quimby's nephew is on trial for assault, a crime in for which he is innocent. But due to his angry outbursts, the jury feels he is guilty. Of the 12 jury members, Homer is the only one to cast a vote of "not guilty" which angers the other 11 jurors. The outcome of the trial ends with a verdict of "not guilty". This is a reference to the film "12 Angry Men" in which an innocent man on trial is believed to be guilty by 11 of the 12 jurors. The outcome of the trial in the film ends with a verdict of "not guilty".

    • Back to the Future Part II
      Bart Simpson skips school and Principal Skinner is quickly trailing him. In order to avoid being caught by Skinner, Bart hops into the back seat of a convertible, hiding under a blanket. The shot of Bart hiding under the blanket resembles Marty McFly hiding under a blanket in the back seat of a convertible in Back to the Future Part II.

    • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
      Principal Skinner goes through extensive measures to prove Bart is skipping school much like Rooney in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

    • Kent Brockman: This reporter suggested "Waitergate," but was shouted down in the press conference.
      This is a pun on Watergate, a scandal with Richard Nixon that led to his resignation from the presidency of the United States.

    • French Waiter: I am not some clumsy, Clouseau-esque waiter!
      This is a reference to Inspector Clouseau of the 1963 film The Pink Panther. Clouseau is a bumbler, and the waiter uses this comparison when Bart says that the waiter tumbled through various objects in a clumsy, Clouseau-type manner.

    • Westworld
      The chase scene between Skinner and Bart parodies the 1973 film Westworld.

    • Bart: Hey McBain, your last movie sucked!
      Chief Wiggum: Yeah, magic ticket my ass!
      This is in reference to Arnold Schwartzenegger's failed 1993 film The Last Action Hero. A kid has a ticket to see a movie starring his favorite superhero but the ticket has magic powers which sends him to the superhero's world.

    • Episode Title: "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"
      The title is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's film The Man Who Knew Too Much.