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Pranks and Greens

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Season 21 Episode
446 "The Devil Wears Nada"
"Pranks and Greens"
"Rednecks and Broomsticks" 448
"Pranks and Greens"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 447
Season number: S21 E6
Production code: LABF18
Original airdate: November 22, 2009
Title screen: Shary Bobbins flies by
Billboard gag: Dr. Otto's "Wellness Clinic"
Chalkboard gag: Halloween does not kick Thanksgiving's ass.
Couch gag: The Simpson's sing the Twelve Days of Christmas with different Springfield citizens.
Guest star(s): Jonah Hill as Andy Hamilton
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Jeff Westbrook
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz

"Pranks and Greens" is the sixth episode of season 21 of The Simpsons and the four-hundred and forty-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on November 22, 2009. The episode was written by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Chuck Sheetz. It guest stars Jonah Hill as Andy Hamilton.


"Fed up with Bart's constant pranks, Principal Skinner tells Bart that there is a former Springfield Elementary student hailed as the best prankster ever - even better than Bart - but he won't divulge the legendary student's name. Bart finally gets Groundskeeper Willie to reveal the prankster's identity: Andy Hamilton. Bart tracks down Andy, who is now 19 years old and hasn't grown out of his pranking days. Bart and Andy become fast friends until Bart gets Andy a job working for the ultimate clown."


After Bart is apprehended for playing pranks on the teachers of Springfield Elementary, Principal Skinner reveals to Bart that he is not the greatest prankster to ever walk the halls of that school. Bart is shocked by this revelation and sets out to discover the identity of this prankster. After sifting through countless back issues of the school paper, he discovers that there is a two week gap in its publication dating back 10 years, and that there is a substantial change in Principal Skinner's demeanor and appearance before and after the gap. Groundskeeper Willie tells Bart that he was once the school swim instructor, and that Principal Skinner was once fun-loving and laid-back until an incident dubbed "Night of the Wigglers". Here, a prankster locked Skinner in a pool full of earthworms for an entire weekend. This experience changed Skinner's personality for the worst. Willie then tells Bart that the prankster was named Andy Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Marge is harshly criticized by other Springfield mothers for serving unhealthy snacks at their "Midday Mommies" meeting. She burns the family's junk food, to Homer's horror. The family purchases organic food at a local market, but Marge meets with more criticism when she uses non-stick bakeware and plastic (7) drinking bottles. The other mothers storm away and Marge realizes that she misses eating junk food. Homer catches Marge eating from his stash of candy and the two of them indulge in junk food together.

Bart meets Andy Hamilton and discovers that he is unemployed and lives with his mother. When Lisa calls Andy a "loser", Bart gets him a job as Krusty's assistant but is angry when Andy quits after one day. Bart gets him rehired and goes to check Andy's progress. When a truck full of earthworms drives into the studio, Bart is terrified that Andy is repeating the "Night of the Wigglers" prank (in the process of trying to stop Krusty, he ends up blurting what caused Principal Skinner to become the strict disciplinarian that he currently is on the air, much to Skinner's trauma). He discovers it is part of the show and that Andy has been hired as a writer for Krusty's show and has a girlfriend. Andy says that his pranking days are over, and thanks Bart for believing that he could grow up.

Despite Andy's success, when Lisa finds out that he is a TV writer she still calls him a loser (at this point the credits start to appear and Lisa repeats the word "loser" a few more times).

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "L wie Looser" L for Looser
Spain flag.png Español "Burlas y verdes" Taunts and greens
Hispanic America.gif Español "Bromas y legumbres" Jokes and legumes
France.png Français "Farces et agapes" Pranks and treats
Flag of Quebec.svg.png Français "Vers de contact" Contact verses
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Scherzi e salute" Jokes and health

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