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Bart the Fink

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Season 7 Episode
142 "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield"
"Bart the Fink"
"Lisa the Iconoclast" 144
"A professional in an ape mask is still a professional."
Marge Simpson
"Bart the Fink"
Bart the Fink promo 1.jpg
Episode Information
Episode number: 143
Season number: S7 E15
Production code: 3F12
Original airdate: February 11, 1996
Couch gag: The couch is a fax machine that spews out a piece of paper with The Simpson family in a sitting position.
Guest star(s): Bob Newhart as himself
Phil Hartman as Troy McClure
Showrunners: Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Written by: Teleplay: John Swartzwelder
Story: Bob Kushell
Directed by: Jim Reardon
DVD features

"Bart the Fink" is the fifteenth episode of season 7 of The Simpsons and the one-hundred and forty-third episode overall. It originally aired on February 11, 1996. The teleplay was written by John Swartzwelder and the story was written by Bob Kushell. The episode was directed by Jim Reardon. It guest stars Bob Newhart as himself and Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.


"When Bart accidentally finks on him to the IRS, Krusty the Clown decides to go for that last plane ride."


After Homer and the family inherit some money from his late Great Aunt Hortense, Marge asks the kids what they want to spend their money on. However, when Bart intends to take advantage of a Tacomat deal (100 tacos for $100) and Lisa says she'll contribute her inheritance to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Marge puts her foot down and forces them to put their money in a bank account. Bart gets a checkbook that links into his account and starts writing checks to people, and in hopes of getting Krusty the Clown's signature, slips a check into his pocket. When his monthly bank statement comes in, he is upset to find that Krusty has neglected to sign the check, and instead the stamp of a holding company is present.

Bart goes to the bank but is informed that there is nothing wrong with simply stamping the check. However, the stamp makes the teller suspicious. The teller asks to be excused, and within a few hours (with Bart standing waiting for the teller to return), comes back to tell Bart that the check has caused Krusty to be arrested for tax fraud. It was revealed that Krusty's money was being held in an illegal account in the Cayman Islands (with no small help to the accounts manager saying he couldn't talk about Krustys "secret illegal account.")

To pay for his tax evasion, Krusty's salary will be reduced drastically. The repayment eats into all corners of his empire. The Krusty the Clown Show is scaled back drastically (no money exists in the budget for props, costumes or Sideshow Mel), the IRS takes over ownership of the Krusty Burger chain, and Krusty's valuables are auctioned off.

Shortly afterward, Krusty is seen flying his private plane erratically, causing it to crash. When no remains are found, Krusty is declared dead. Bart is wracked with guilt, feeling terrible that he brought on the death of his idol. However, over the next couple of days, Bart is shocked when he sees a man looking suspiciously like Krusty. With Lisa's help, they soon find out that Krusty had faked his death, and assumed the new identity of Rory B. Bellows. Confronting him at the Springfield Docks, Krusty claims he is happy being a salvager, but Bart and Lisa convince him otherwise.

Krusty decides to give up his new life, and assures the two that with the life insurance from his identity of Rory Bellows, he should be able to pay off the government (he then blows up the boat they have just left).



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