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.