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Bart the Murderer

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Season 3 Episode
038 "When Flanders Failed"
"Bart the Murderer"
"Homer Defined" 040
"A job's a job. I mean, take me. If my plant pollutes the water and poisons the town, by your logic, that would make me a criminal."
Homer Simpson
"Bart the Murderer"
Bart the Murderer.gif
Episode Information
Episode number: 39
Season number: S3 E4
Production code: 8F03
Original airdate: October 10, 1991
Chalkboard gag: "High explosives and school don't mix."
Couch gag: The family form a pyramid, with Maggie on top.
Guest star(s): Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony and himself
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Joey
Neil Patrick Harris as himself
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: John Swartzwelder
Directed by: Rich Moore
DVD features

"Bart the Murderer" is the fourth episode of Season 3 of The Simpsons and the thirty-ninth episode overall. It first aired on October 10, 1991. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Rich Moore. It guest stars Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony and himself, Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Joey and Neil Patrick Harris as himself.


After having a very lousy day at school, Bart accidentally stumbles into `The Legitimate Businessman's Social Club', a mobster front. He becomes a bartender, but when he shows up late at work and blames Principal Skinner, Skinner disappears.


The day begins with Bart preparing for the school day, during which he is supposed to go on a field trip to the chocolate factory. But his day quickly turns sour, as Homer steals his cereal prize, Santa's Little Helper eats his homework, and he misses the school bus and arrives late for school. During recess he rips his pants, and finally, he realizes he forgot his permission slip for the field trip, and is forced to spend the day at school with Principal Skinner.

On his way home from school, he slips on his skateboard in front of a local mafia hangout. They take him in and after he coincidentally picks a winning horse for mafia don Fat Tony, begins to mix drinks for them, and they hire him as their personal bartender. Bart is skilled at making a Manhattan cocktail because he read a chart on how to mix drinks, something the mobsters neglected to do. Not knowing his new boss is a mafia don, Bart begins to unwittingly help Fat Tony, accept gifts from him, and even hiding a stolen cigarette shipment in his bedroom. But soon, it becomes apparent Bart has been taken in by criminals, and Marge instructs Homer to go talk to Fat Tony about Bart. However, Homer's greed and stupidity get the better of him, as he approves Bart's job after the mobsters are intentionally losing at poker in order to curry Homer's favor. Carrying over his new persona into the schoolyard, Bart gets a detention for trying to bribe Principal Skinner.

As a result, he is unable to attend a meeting of Fat Tony's, where the mafia don promised his guests would sample Bart's drink-mixing expertise. Bart arrives later, and is reprimanded by Fat Tony. When Bart explains his absence was due to Principal Skinner, Fat Tony decides he and his associates will go to 'meet and greet' him. Shortly afterwards, Skinner goes missing. Bart suspects Tony may have something to do with it, and begins to have nightmares about Skinner's death. Bart approaches Tony who denies having anything to do with Skinner's disappearance. During their chat, Chief Wiggum and his officers enter Tony's hangout, arresting everyone in there for Skinner's apparent murder.

A trial begins, and Lionel Hutz acts as Bart's lawyer. On the stand, Bart is upset to find Fat Tony and his gang name Bart as the head of their organization, pinning any issues regarding Skinner's disappearance (as well as everything else they did) on him. Just when it seems Bart is going to be found guilty, Skinner bursts into the courtroom, and tells everyone he was, in fact, trapped under a pile of newspapers in his garage for a week. The case is dismissed, and Bart quits his job.


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Verbrechen lohnt sich nicht" Crime is not worth it
Spain flag.png Español "Bart, el asesino" Bart the Murderer
Hispanic America.gif Español "El pequeño padrino" The Little Godfather
France.png Français "Le Petit Parrain" The Little Godfather
Flag of Quebec.svg.png Français "Bart le meurtrier" Bart the Murderer
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Bart l'assassino" Bart the Murderer
Brasil Flag.png Português "Bart, o Assassino" Bart the Murderer
Hungary flag.png Magyar "Bart, a gyilkos" Bart the Murderer
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "マフィアのバート" Bart's Mafia

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