The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 7

The Great Money Caper

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2000 on FOX
7.9
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The Great Money Caper
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Bart gets a magic set and with it he and Homer try street performing to make money. When it doesn't work out, Homer leaves Bart on his own, fending for himself. Being abandoned by his father makes Bart into a charity case and people just start giving Bart money. So Bart and Homer start working this angle and then get some advice from the man who wrote the book on grifting, Grampa Simpson. When they get busted pulling a scam, they manage to scam their way out of the situation; but Groundskeeper Willy may wind taking the fall, unless Homer or Bart confesses their guilt.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • good

    7.5
    if you made the ending something that wasn't so rushed, this would have been a better episode. there were some laughs, like the various cons bart and homer pulled, "so the whole town was in on it?" "Willie Wasn't!", and it is a nice episode, but the ending is really rushed and not funny. I don't care about rushed endings if i find them funny, but in this instance it just wasn't, so it lost some points for me. characterization was good and like i said, there were at least a few funny parts, but the ending is just rushed. so my final grade is going to be a C+/B-moreless
  • Homer and Bart are con artists.

    10
    In this episode, Homer and Bart become con artists after Bart gets a magic set and begins to perform magic on the street. So when it does not work out, Homer leaves Bart stranded which makes Bart a charity case and people start giving him money. Bart and Homer start working this angle and get advice from someone who wrote the book on grifting - Grandpa Simpson. When they get busted for conning the old people at Grandpa Simpson's nursing home, they try to scam their way out of it and Groundskeeper Willie ends up taking the fall until he decides to shoot some of the people at the courthouse. Which is when Homer and Bart realize that they were being conned too.



    I don't know why everybody thinks this episode sucks, I thought that it was really funny. One of the best of season 12 which has alot of good eps.moreless
  • Bart and Homer become can artists.

    10
    Bart gets a magic set and with it he and Homer try street performing to make money. When it doesn't work out, Homer leaves Bart on his own, fending for himself. Being abandoned by his father makes Bart into a charity case and people just start giving Bart money. So Bart and Homer start working this angle and then get some advice from the man who wrote the book on grifting, Grampa Simpson. When they get busted pulling a scam, they manage to scam their way out of the situation; but Groundskeeper Willy may wind taking the fall, unless Homer or Bart confesses their guilt.







    I never understood why this episode was hated. I always have loved this episode since I saw it the first time. The whole idea was hilarious. As for the ending, it felt more like the ending of Missionary Impossible which was no problem for me. A must see!moreless
  • Random. Very random.

    4.5
    Random is the only way to discribe this episode. That is all it is. Random random. A russian fish plops onto the Simpsons car. To get money to fix it, Homer and Bart scam people.



    Bart and HOmer were really out of character. It was also never explained about everything. Thej ury was there why? But they don't explain it at the end like they should. They just all go surfing.



    A bit of randomness doesn't help this episode. Thankfully, it is in much lower doses these days, but it killed an episode that could have beeen oh so very funny and clever.moreless
  • Bart and Homer become scammers. Do I need to say much more??

    9.9
    Bart becomes obsessed with magic after the family attends dinner at a magic theme restaurant. On the way home from the restaurant, a sturgeon falls from the sky onto the hood of the car, crushing it like a can. When Homer gets the bill, he takes Bart on the road with his magic act in a desperate attempt to raise some cash. While the act proves a failure, Bart manages to score some big money after Homer abandons him. Knowing a good thing when they see it, Bart and Homer begin conning Springfield's citizens out of their money using a series of confidence scams. However, when Grandpa Simpson joins them on the biggest heist of their short career, they run into trouble.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

Edward Norton

Edward Norton

Devon Bradley

Guest Star

Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger

Himself

Guest Star

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

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  • TRIVIA (12)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Marge is more focused on her Long Island iced tea than the magic show)
      Lisa: Mom, you're missing a great show!
      Marge: You don't know what I'm missing.

    • Homer: Lies got us into this mess, Son. From now on, it's honesty all the way.
      (at Home)
      Marge: You were carjacked … in the church parking lot?!
      Homer: Absolutely. We had stopped in for a quick prayer, when -- Bart, would you call him a crazy man?
      Bart: Definitely … well, crazy about carjacking.
      Lisa: What did he look like?
      Homer: Um … let's see … he was … foreign … and he had…
      Bart: Wild, bushy hair -- like an animal!
      Lisa: Anything else?
      Homer: Well, he seemed like a loner -- kept to himself, mostly.
      Bart: And, he said if we went to the cops, he'd come back for Maggie.
      Marge: (gasps) Oh, dear! We don't want that!
      Homer: Any who, the whole nightmare has really made us sleepy. Let's hit the hay.

    • Bart: Why are we still grifting? The car's paid for; doesn't that balance out the universe?
      Homer: In a way, but I also remembered some other stuff, like my bike that was stolen in third grade. Plus the baldness.
      Bart: Okay, I'm sold.

    • Lisa: I don't know, Mom, I think they're up to something.
      Marge: Sure looks that way, but at least Bart and Homer are spending quality time together.
      Lisa: It that a Long Island iced tea?
      Marge: Oh, this? Hmm, I think it is! (Drinks it) You're a pretty girl. (Pats Lisa's face)

    • Kent: Oh, excuse me.
      Bart: (pretending to be blind) What happened? Where's my cake? It's alright, isn't it?
      Kent: Um….
      Homer: What have you done, you clumsy little ox?! That cake was for your deaf sister!
      Kent: Sir, it was my fault--
      Homer: No, no. Don't protect him. (to Bart) You'll work off that cake in the acid mines!
      Kent: Oh, no, no! I'll pay for the cake.

    • Marge: What are you doing? Why are you frosting that old throw pillow?
      Homer: I could ask you the very same question.
      Marge: Mmm ... should I just back out of the room?
      Homer: Would you?

    • Bart: But wouldn't that make us con artists?
      Homer: Well, yeah, but … God conned me out of 6,500 bucks in car repairs.
      Bart: So … in a way, we'd just be balancing out the universe.
      Homer: There you go! We'd be stealing from people we know! It's just like the seasons!
      Bart: Sounds good. Want to eat my fat?
      Homer: I think you know the answer to that. (gulps down Bart's steak fat)

    • Homer: Come on, pony up, Flanders. The kid's not turning tricks for nothing.
      Ned: Oh, no. I could never support the black arts.
      Homer: Black arts?!
      Ned: Yeah, you know, magic, fortune telling, oriental cooking…

    • Questo: And for the lady, a Long … Island iced tea.
      (pulls the drink out of his jacket and sets it in front of Marge)
      Marge: Oh, they ought to call that a "Large" Island iced tea! (only she laughs) No, "Long" is better.
      Lisa: Are you really gonna to drink that?
      Marge: Well, maybe a sip; I don't want to offend our mentalist.
      Questo: (thinking) If she doesn't like it, I'll just die!

    • Questo: Hello, I'm Questo. I'll be your waiter and mentalist for this evening. I'm receiving a drink order… something foamy… is it a bee--
      Homer: Beer! Yes! How did you know? (Homers stomach bursts from his shirt onto the table)

    • Homer: Let's all hit the hay.
      Marge: It's 10 in the morning.
      Homer: I guess you haven't heard of chloroform.

    • Magician: I'm Diablo. What's your name?
      Marge: Marge.
      Diablo: Okay, Marge, and who's that gentleman you're with?
      Marge: That's no gentleman, that's my husband.
      (audience laughs)
      Lisa: Wow, Mom got a laugh!
      Bart: I wish she drank every day.

    • Bart: That's not an FBI badge!
      Homer: Colgate Cavity Patrol!? Awww...

    • Abe: Call me Mint Jelly, 'cause I'm on the lamb.

    • Ralph: (covered in fake blood) I look like cable TV!

    • Homer: A good son would come through for his dad.
      Bart: Yeah, and a good dad wouldn't miss his son's Little League games!
      Homer: I told you, I find them boring.
      Bart: Well, I showed up for all your stupid interventions!

    • Bart: Dad, you gotta buy me that magic kit!
      Homer: (Ushering Bart out of the store) I would son but we already left the gift shop--
      (He realizes they've walked into the gift shop extension.)
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Marge: How was the magic show?
      Homer: What in the hell are you talking about? Oh, right, the magic! The magic was great. It's really the way to go.
      Lisa: How'd you do your act? You left your magic kit here.
      Bart: Or so it would seem!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: The nurse is not dealing.
      Couch Gag: The couch is underwater. The family wearing scuba gear swim to their usual places on the couch, the camera pulls back revealing they are in a fishbowl.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Bart's book, A Child's Garden of Cons, has a similar title to Robert Louis Stevenson's book A Child's Garden of Verses.

    • Episode Title
      The title of this episode is probably a reference to the title of the 1981 Muppet film called The Great Muppet Caper.

    • Kent Brockman: Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.
      Kent Brockman says this phrase, used by various anchors on the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live over the years.

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