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The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 14

The Seven-Beer Snitch

2
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2005 on FOX
8.0
out of 10
User Rating
146 votes
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The Seven-Beer Snitch
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The family visits Shelbyville and are appalled at the perception those citizens have of the inhabitants of Springfield. Back in town, Marge brings it to the attention of the Springfield Cultural Advisory Board and then asks architect Frank Gehry to design and build a new Springfield cultural center. He sees inspiration in her request and submits a design that is approved by the town. $30 million dollars later, the project is built and it opens and closes quickly as nobody in town really cares for classical music. Mr. Burns agree to take over the space, with his plan to turn it into a state prison. Homer applies for a job as a guard, but fails the drug test after Otto switches their samples. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa follow Snowball II, when they believe the reason she is so fat is that she is getting food from elsewhere; after following her they discover she has another family. Burns needs convicts for his prison and Chief Wiggum blows the dust of some old forgotten laws. Homer is arrested for illegally transporting litter (kicking a can 5 times in a row). In prison Homer inadvertently squeals on Snake's escape attempt and is drafted to becoming a snitch and he begins enjoy the perks that go along with it. Snowball II ("Smoky") enjoys life with her new family and Bart gets into the home to find out; there is plenty of good eating to be found there. Fat Tony and his boys try to find out who the snitch is. They feed Homer information regarding a breakout. While all the guards are outside waiting for the breakout, the prisoners are taking care of their snitch and a riot ensues. The riot is stopped and Homer snitches on the conditions of the prison.moreless

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  • Homer in prison.

    7.5
    This episode was ok. It was not the best and it was not the worst. The part that made the episode good was when Fat Tony was in prison. That was what made it good because besides that, it was not very good at all.



    What I liked about the episode:

    * Fat Tony (and the Mafia) - one of my favorite characters and they definately need more of him.

    * Homer being prison snitch - him and that stupid hat



    What I did not like about the episode:

    * The whole thing with the cat - that was not very funny at all. I think that it was just there as a filler and nothing more

    * The beginning - the beginning was kinda lame and not really funny.



    They could have done a better job on this episode. The only thing that made this episode good was that they had Fat Tony and the Mafia on there. Other than that, it was an OK episode.moreless
  • MORE EPISODES WITH FAT TONY

    10
    Another episode that i enjoyed. Gotta love the mafia boss fat Tony and his boys. Seeing the Springfield mafia just adds to this already classic show. Any episode with fat Tony im just glued to the screen, i hope the producers can have a little more of him, as hes easily my best character.
  • Great

    7.0
    State prison and Homer becomes the prison snitch... this was good, of course the guys wouldn't kill homer but it was interesting to see how they would be stopped.



    The cat subplot wasn't that good.... it seemed more like time-filler to me, and not good time filler either. But that was a small portion of the episode.



    Overall the actual plot was good, the subplot was weaker. The main plot had a better plot, and was funnier, the subplot had nothing really. So my grade for this reflects this, and as such I give it a B+ or about that. Decentmoreless
  • One of my absolute favorite episode's!

    10
    this episode is about the simpson's going to shelbyville only to be made fun of by the whole city. so marge writes a letter to frank gehry to make a building so they can use it for classical music. only to find out nobody in the town likes classical music so mr. burns turns it to a prison. and homer is sent to prison because he broke a wacky law, when he's there he becomes a snitch. It was pretty funny when homer showed he's bling bling to the prisoners and kent brockman called homer blobby. this episode is funny and brilliant.moreless
  • Pretty good episode if you ask me.....

    9.4
    The Simpsons go to Shelbyville and are treated as lower class citizens. Marge brings this to the attention of the Springfield Cultural Advisory Board who follow by building a new cultural center designed by Frank Gehry. 30 million dollars later the center opens and closes immediately since nobody likes classical music. Mr. Burns buys the building and turns it into the state prison. Homer applies for a guard job but fails the drug test when Otto switches. Burns urges Wiggum to find convicts for his prison, and Homer is arrested under the act of kicking a can 5 times in a row. In prison Homer becomes the snitch and stops Snake from escaping. Fat Tony and his men feed Homer info about a breakout so while the guards are waiting for a breakout, the prisoners are taking care of Homer. The riot is stopped and Homer snitches on Burns' prison conditions.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

Charles Napier

Charles Napier

Officer Krackney

Guest Star

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Himself

Guest Star

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (looking at his drugged urine sample for a drug test)
      Otto: Cool! But I'll never pass with this. I better switch samples!
      (he switches his name label with Homer's)

    • Homer: The guards are sadistic and cruel.
      Guard: I can't help the way I am. When I was ten I saw my father murdered in front of my own eyes . . . by me!

    • Homer: I only did what I had to do to survive . . . in a style befitting a French monarch.

    • Mr. Burns: Simpson! I haven't see so many drugs in a wang, since I ran a Chinese opium den! Crack, smack, uppers, downers, outers, inners, horse tranquilizers, cow paralyzers, blue bombers, green goofers, yellow submarines, LSD, Mach-3, and trace amounts of... dewewehhhh, human urine?

    • Marge: Think Marge think. Culture, vulture, birds of prey, pray in a church, The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, ghosts are scary, scary rhymes with Gary... That's it, Architect Frank Ghery!

    • Snake: Ha, ha! No Frank Gehry designed prison can hold me!

    • Mr. Burns: I'll make these rioters regret their folly! This prison will make Abu Gahraib look like the Four Seasons!

    • Gehry: ...And none of this would happen if it weren't for a letter written by a little girl.
      Marge: I wrote that letter.
      Gehry: You wrote "You are the bestest architect in the world"?
      Marge: Well aren't you?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Bart: No dad, you fell asleep in front of the TV, watching The Towering Inferno
      A quick reference to the film The Towering Inferno.

    • Mr. Burns: I'll make Abu Ghraib look like the Four Seasons.
      A quick reference to the prisoner of war camp in Iraq which was highly looked at for prisoner abuse.

    • Wiggum: Yeah, that's it. Lots of flash and no meaning.
      The shots of the can are a quick reference to the show CSI.

    • Marge: Don't leave now! The next piece is an atonal medley by Philip Glass.
      A funny reference to famous composer Philip Glass.

    • Ghery: Snoopy stationary!
      This quote, as well as Santa's Little Helper flying in a red dive bimber are references to the catroon strip Peanuts.

    • Homer: Well I am a sucker for a little hat.
      When Burns gives Homer the tiny hat to wear, this is a reference to HBO's show Oz in which inmate Simon Adebisi wears a similar hat tilted on his head.

    • Episode Title: The Seven-Beer Snitch.
      The title is a parody of the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

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