The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 16

Wandering Juvie

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 28, 2004 on FOX
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Wandering Juvie
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The family is at a downtown department store, where among other things Lisa looks at the latest in fashion for young girls, Marge gets some rejuvenating cream, Homer uses the dressing room for something other than trying clothes on, and Seymour and Edna are selecting some wedding china. Bart uses the wedding gift registry to sign himself and his bride "Lotta Cooties" for wedding presents. He invites a number of people to attend his wedding and he plans to return all the unused gifts for store credit. He gets all the gifts delivered but he gets caught by Chief Wiggum. The judge sentences Bart to six months of juvenile detention. Bart tries to find his way at the center, and when Homer becomes a guard, it doesn't improve his situation at all. The boys and girls are brought together for dance lessons, but Bart's partner Gina decides that they have an opportunity for escape and since they've been handcuffed together, she brings him along. Out on the lam together they become attached, even after they've gone to a blacksmith to get their cuffs removed; because when Gina is on her own she knows she has nothing to return to, whereas Bart has a family. When the pair is found, Gina makes a confession that makes it so Bart is free to return to his family.moreless

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  • Bart breaks out of Juvie.

    3.5
    This was a weird episode. Bart acts sort of out of character in some scnes. Bart throws a fake wedding party so he can get gifts (to return for store credit.) He gets put in Juvie. Homer becomes a guard there so he can watch Bart. Bart meets a girl named Gina and she gets him to break out with her. He acts much more mature than usual and he and Gina kiss twice. When Gina admits to the police that it was her idea to break out, she has to go back to Juvie for a long time. The episode ends with the Simpsons having a \'Make Your Own Taco Night\' in Gina\'s cell.moreless
  • Quite possibly my favorite episode of all time!

    8.5
    This was an amazing episode, an episode with Bart getting sent to Juvie was a long time coming. After Bart sets up a prank wedding, he is caught by Chief Wiggum, who sends him to Juvenile Hall. While there, Bart is constantly bullied and is not the popular kid he is outside the prison. Homer becoming a prison guard in order to help him out is no help at all.



    (Bart is getting beat up by bullies) Homer: Not so fast! If you're gonna pick on someone, how bout picking on someone bigger than you with a gun! (gives Bart lollipop) Oh, look at that, my shift just ended. Well, I'll see ya monday, boy! Oh, look at that, Monday's Martin Luther King day! Well, I'll see you when I see you.



    Bart: (bullies advance on him) Uh, you know, this lollipop's really for everyone…



    Then, when the boys and girls are handcuffed together for the school dance, Bart is paired with bad girl Gina, who sees an opportunity to escape, and, seeing as Bart is handcuffed to her, takes him with her. Now begins a sort of half-romance between Bart and Gina, with them kissing twice, the rest of the time being filled with Gina punching him in the stomach!

    When they get to a blacksmith, he removes their handcuffs, but soon afterward they are both caught by the police. Gina turns herself in to free Bart, and when she returns to prison she finds Bart and his family are throwing her a make your own taco party in her cell, as she has no family of her own.



    An absolutely perfect episode with a lot of laughs, a perfectly structured storyline, and a sort of half-romance which i love, because I love episodes where Bart gets a girlfriend but hate it when he sort of has to lie to her to win her or toady up to her in other ways. 10.1/10moreless
  • Bart goes to juvie

    9.0
    While at a downtown department store, Bart uses a wedding gift registry to sign himself and his bride "Lotta Cooties" for wedding presents. He invites a number of people to attend his wedding and he plans to return all the unused gifts for store credit. He gets all the gifts delivered but he gets caught by Chief Wiggum. The judge sentences Bart to six months of juvenile detention. Bart tries to find his way at the center, and when Homer becomes a guard, it doesn't improve his situation at all. The boys and girls are joined for dance lessons, but Bart's partner Gina decides she wants to escape. Since they're handcuffed together, she brings him along. Out on the lam together they become attached. They go to a blacksmith to get their cuffs removed, but when Gina is own her own she has nothing to go back to, whereas Bart has a family. When found, Gina confesses it was just her that broke out so Bart is free to return to his family. We knew that the writes would exploit this plot sooner and later just we didnt know how good it would be. Well dont fret, this was a funny episode. Homer as a prison guard was hilarious! A must see to say the least!moreless
  • Bart finally gets sent to Juvenile Hall, but I hope we all had the common sense to know that this day would come....

    9.4
    While at a downtown department store, Bart uses a wedding gift registry to sign himself and his bride "Lotta Cooties" for wedding presents. He invites a number of people to attend his wedding and he plans to return all the unused gifts for store credit. He gets all the gifts delivered but he gets caught by Chief Wiggum. The judge sentences Bart to six months of juvenile detention. Bart tries to find his way at the center, and when Homer becomes a guard, it doesn't improve his situation at all. The boys and girls are joined for dance lessons, but Bart's partner Gina decides she wants to escape. Since they're handcuffed together, she brings him along. Out on the lam together they become attached. They go to a blacksmith to get their cuffs removed, but when Gina is own her own she has nothing to go back to, whereas Bart has a family. When found, Gina confesses it was just her that broke out so Bart is free to return to his family. This episode is without a doubt a half hour of your time if you watch it you will not be disappointed...moreless
  • A great episode. Worth a watch for sure.

    8.4
    When I first heard about this episode, I wasn\'t sure if it would work - I felt that Bart going to juvie was a little extreme, turning him into a criminal when all he wants to be is a petty thug (as he said in Bart\'s Girlfriend). However The Wandering Juvie was a great mix of plot, characterization and subtle humour.



    The first half was much funnier than the last, although that\'s not necessarily a bad thing. It set up the episode well. Once Bart gets to juvenal hall, the story is executed so well I almost forgot about the humour. There were many \'light\' jokes here and there which kept the episode fresh and original. The guest appearance by Sarah Michelle Gellar was excellent and exactly what a guest voice should be about - the character they play and not the guest star.



    The episode finishes pretty well, although the cut to the credits (the stuff about the Warden) was pretty abrupt.



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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

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Gina Vendetti

Guest Star

Charles Napier

Charles Napier

Warden

Guest Star

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Judge Constance Harm

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The list of things Bart picks for his fake wedding: A coffee maker, waffle iron, tea service, fondue pot, dish towels, silverware, cheese grater, mellonballer, andirons, china figurine, and chain valance.

    • Music From This Episode
      "Color My World" by Chicago (During the prison dance)
      "White Wedding" by Billy Idol (While Bart picks his fake gifts)

    • People who are handcuffed and waiting for the blacksmith:
      Laurel and Hardy
      A soldier and a hippie
      A cowboy and a Native American
      A nun and a prostitute
      The Sea Captain and a squid.

    • The voice of Kearney appeared in two different boys when Bart was in Juvie and neither were Kearney. First a kid with blonde hair in the yard, and then later in the dance hall in a bald kid.

    • Wiggum just got mauled by a bear, yet his clothes are not ripped at all, and his guts aren't spiling out, he has suffored no blood loss, and he isn't even in any pain (apparently

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Warden: You two will dance, and you will like it! Then you will have punch and you will drink it! Then your eyes will meet, and it will be awkward, so help me God!

    • Homer: It's not all your fault. All these years I've watched you turn our son into a time bomb and yet I did nothing. So in a way, I too am a victim. Of you!

    • Wiggum: Take a good hard look at the innocent love in your son's eyes because when he gets out of prison it'll be gone forever. He will have a great bod though, and a couple of those teardrop tattoos. Those are cool!

    • Kent: I am not chipping in on a birthday cake for that jackass Arnie Pie, let him eat... This is Kent Brockman, live at..

    • Lisa: His acting out was probably caused by negative reinforcement.
      Homer: Oh, I get it, blame the strangler! Hmph! ........ Hmph!........... Hmph!

    • [Upon looking upon the Simpson clan, and Gina, eating a huge 'Make Your Own Taco' Feast]
      Warden: (sigh) I guess I'll just be having another lonely night; eating leftovers, watching reruns of "Will & Grace" and crying myself to sleep.
      (The family looks around at each other)
      Marge: Uhhhhh, would you like to join us?
      Warden: Didn't you hear me? I have an evening planned!!!
      (Slams prison gate)

    • (Homer has a fantasy of Bart being led into a spaceship at gun point by aliens.)
      Alien: You shall marry my daughter, moon-Hilda!
      Hilda: I can't wait to lay ma eggs in his brain.
      (Back to reality)
      Homer: No son of mine is going to march down the aisle at the barrel of a ray gun!

    • Bart: Prison Girl!
      Gina: Smelly Boy!
      Bart: No Family!
      Gina: Family Guy!

    • Saleswoman: This is our little hooker line. All the girls your age are wearing it, except the freakishly unpopular.
      Lisa: But I'm 8 years old!
      Saleswoman: So is your look.

    • Homer: I believe that children are our future... unless we stop them now!

    • Gina: There's something I have to tell you guys.
      Lou: Alright, look, my fly is down 'cause it's broken, okay?
      Gina: No, it's something else.

    • Bart: Wait, do you even have parents?
      Gina: They're imaginary, like your brain.

    • Warden: The part of the brain that remembers dance steps is also the anger center. So, juveniles who know how to fox trot are 10% less likely to commit a double homicide.
      Prisoner: Who conducted this study?
      Warden: The Institute of Shut Your Fat Face!

    • Gina: I'm Gina. Touch my fence again and your puberty's gonna be very boring.

    • Mayor Quimby: If anyone asks, you're my niece from out of town.
      Wedding Guest: But I am your niece.
      Mayor Quimby: Good Lord! I'm an abomination!

    • Gina: There's no such thing as cootie insurance.
      Bart: Man, but State Farm took my money.

    • Chief Wiggum: What does it say on my badge? Cash Bribes Only!

    • Warden: You got the guard job!
      (He holds out a nightstick)
      Warden: This end's for whacking, this one's for holding.
      Homer: When does training start?
      Warden: It just ended.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Though John Frink & Don Payne wrote this episode together they were credited seperately in co executive producers.

    • This is the second time Chicago's "Colour my World" has been played in this show. The first was in Homer the Moe

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "The Battle of Slaughter-loo"
      Prior to the film proper, we see a notice that the film was edited for prison viewing. Itchy and Scratchy lead two armies against each other. As they run towards each other on the battlefield, they pull out bigger and better weapons. As they collide, the episode cuts to the mice celebrating victory.

    • This marks Sarah Michelle Gellar's first time on TV since the ending of Buffy last May.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: A large undeveloped Polaroid picture drops onto the couch. As the photo develops the family begins to appear in their respective places on the couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • The Battle of Waterloo
      The Itchy & Scratchy episode, "Battle of Slaughter-loo," is a refference to the Battle of Waterloo, fought on 18 June 1815. This was Napoleon Bonaparte's last battle. His defeat put a final end to his rule as Emperor of the French.

    • :
      The picture Gina showed Bart with her pushing Snow White off the castle and the subtitle below saying, "It's a Fall World" is a take-off of one of the rides at Disney World, "It's a Small World".

    • Gina: Family Guy!

      One of Gina's names in the short name-calling moment refers to the campy, short-lived animated sitcom Family Guy about a fat, idiotic, Catholic man with a hardworking wife, a loser teenage daughter, a slow-witted son, an infant son who dreams of world domination and a dog with a drinking problem and high IQ.

      About a year after this episode aired, new episodes of Family Guy were produced and the series returned to the Fox Sunday line-up after the reruns met remarkable success on DVD and in reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Since then, the two series have taken many good-natured potshots at each other, such as a "Treehouse of Horror" story featuring Homer making clones of himself - one of which being Peter Griffin, and a Family Guy episode in which Stewie runs Homer over in a parody of The Simpsons opening animation.

    • Snake: The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Criminals
      Snake's new book, "The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Criminals" (no doubt aimed at criminals looking to improve their "craft") spoofs the Franklin Covey book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (for people wanting to improve their success in the workplace and all other facets of life).

    • :
      Comics Laurel and Hardy are among the people in line waiting to be freed from being chained to one another at the blacksmith's shop.

    • :
      Bart considers his wedding day prank his masterpiece, comparing it to the Beatle's masterpiece album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The cover art on the "Sgt. Pepper" album has been used as an opening couch gag before.

    • Skinner: "The dishes Mother won on Let's Make a Deal are holding up nicely."
      Skinner's mother apparently was a contestant on Let's Make a Deal, the game show were costumed contestants vied to trade an item for possibly a prize or a worthless zonk. China and dinnerware (such as what Agnes Skinner won) were common prizes during the show's run.

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      The episode title is a play on the Middle Ages tale, "The Wandering Jew." According to legend, the story's main character once offended the Son of God before the crucifixion. Jesus, upon learning of the Jew's comments (he goes by various names), curses him to roam the world alone for all enternity.

    • Chief Wiggum: Well, well, well, if it isn't Punch and Juvie!
      Punch and Judy are the main characters in the popular English puppet play. The plays are typically violent, with the two main characters (who are husband and wife) constantly fighting and end with Punch mortally harming his wife and other characters. He then stands trial for his actions, is convicted and sentenced to death; however, he usually escapes punishment.

    • :
      One of Cletus' wood carvings is the Pillsbury Dough Boy (hoo-hoo).

    • :
      The episode owes much of its plot to "The Definant Ones." The basic elements are identical to the classic 1958 film starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier:

      • Two inmates who absolutely despise each other break out of jail.
      • The two are chained together by a common pair of handcuffs.
      • Each of the escapees have distinctly different backgrounds and personalities.
      • The two must depend on one another while on the run from authorities.
      • The convicts come to respect one another as they continue their escape.
      • After they finally have the cuffs removed, both exclaim, "We're free!"

      "The Defiant Ones" was also the inspiration for the classic Warner Bros. film, "D' Fightin' Ones" (which starred Sylvester the Cat).

    • Sign on a wall: His Judgement Cometh and that Right Soon
      When Homer is interviewing for a job in the Warden's office, there is a sign on the wall containing the quote. This is the same quote as the hanging on the wall of Warden Norton's office in Shawshank Maximum Security Penitentiary.

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