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The Parent Rap

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Season 13 Episode
270 "Treehouse of Horror XII"
271
"The Parent Rap"
"Homer the Moe" 272
"I'm gonna lock you up till frogs do fractions!"
Judge Constance Harm
The Parent Rap
Parent Rap promo.jpg
Episode Information
Episode Number: 271
Production Code: CABF22
Original Airdate: November 11, 2001
Couch Gag: The Simpsons are in Marge's painting of a boat.
Blackboard Text: "Nobody reads these anymore"
Special Guest Voices: Jane Kaczmarek as Judge Constance Harm
Jess Harnell as Charlton Heston
Show Runner(s): Mike Scully
Written By: George Meyer
Mike Scully
Directed By: Mark Kirkland
DVD features


"The Parent Rap" is the second episode of season 13.

Synopsis[edit]

"Bart appears in court to pay for an embarrassing joy ride in the police chief's patrol car. But just before he is set free, a second, vindictive judge named Constance Harm assumes the case and sentences him to the worst kind of detention imaginable: being tethered to Homer around the clock."


Plot[edit]

After missing the school bus, Homer takes Milhouse and Bart to school. Homer hears on the radio an announcement for a KBBL's "Prize Possie" radio contest, and whoever gets spotted the radio station's van and has a "KBBL Party Penguin" hanging from the car antenna wins a prize of $40. Immediately after the announce, Milhouse spots the van crossing traffic. Homer then abandons Bart and Milhouse on the side of the road and sets out to chase the prize van. The boys start to walk to school by themselves, until they notice Chief Wiggum's squad car. They get inside and mess around in the front seat, but accidentally put the car into neutral after being threatened by the squad's canine in the back seat. After crashing the police car into a tree, Wiggum puts Bart and Milhouse in custody for assuming they used the car for a joyride.

In juvenile court, Milhouse gets his case dismissed for Judge Snyder believes that "boys will be boys". Bart, not worried about any punishment as he believes that Snyder is "the good judge", comes up to face his trial. Snyder is just about to let Bart free when abruptedly the judge's vacation starts. The replacement judge, Constance Harm, isn't a pushover, and is just about to sentence him to juvenile detention. But after realizing that Homer was the one who abandoned Bart in the first place, she orders that Bart and Homer are to be tethered together for the time being.

At first, both of them are unhappy about the punishment, but after the pair attend school, work and Moe's together, the two begin to bond. The bond ends shortly, however, when Bart gets fed up of being tethered after almost having to sit through Homer and Marge having sex. Bart starts a fight with Homer, frustrating Marge, which causes her to cut the tether. Unfortunately, Judge Harm catches her through firewall cameras in the tether rope. Judge Harm decides that both Bart's parents are unfit, so she has Homer and Marge put into wooden stocks and punishes them by making them bend over by the road so people can drive by and spank them (Or in Nelson's case, whip them). Later, Homer and Marge use Ned Flanders' table saw and candle to break free. In retaliation, they go to Harm's houseboat to put up a "Big Meanie" banner across her front door. Just when they were about to leave, Harm's pet seal alerts the judge. Harm runs out, while Homer throws a cinder block at her head. He misses but hits her houseboat, therefor sinking it.

When brought before Judge Harm again, Homer and Marge were almost sentenced to gruesome punishment. However, Bart interrupts the trail and confesses that he should be the one punished, not his parents. Harm gets ready to punish Bart when Judge Snyder's vacation expires, putting him back on the case. Snyder moves for a motion that "boys will be boys" and dismisses the case. While going home, Marge makes the family promise that they will never break the law for a whole year. Homer immediately breaks the promise by unintentionally ruuning over Hans Moleman.

Production[edit]

The episode was co-written by George Meyer and Mike Scully, and Mark Kirkland served as the director for the episode. Jane Kaczmarek and Jess Harnell guest starred in the episode. Judge Constance Harm is introduced in this episode.

Reception[edit]

"The Parent Rap" was seen by approximately 14.4 million viewers. The episode received generally mixed reviews from critics.

Gallery[edit]

Season 13 Episodes
Treehouse of Horror XII The Parent Rap Homer the Moe A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love The Blunder Years She of Little Faith Brawl in the Family Sweets and Sour Marge Jaws Wired Shut Half-Decent Proposal The Bart Wants What It Wants The Lastest Gun in the West The Old Man and the Key Tales from the Public Domain Blame It on Lisa Weekend at Burnsie's Gump Roast I Am Furious (Yellow) The Sweetest Apu Little Girl in the Big Ten The Frying Game Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge