The Rise and Fall of Bartholomew J. Simpson
| The Rise and Fall of Bartholomew J. Simpson
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It's the future and the Simpsons children have grown up. Bart has ended up in hospital needing a digestive tract and an anonymous donor has provided one, claiming to be indebted to him. When Bart speaks the words "Fish Logs", Lisa decides to investigate to see if they are related to the donor. In turn, she speaks to Milhouse, Chief Wiggum, Ralph, Fat Tony, Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders who each tell the story of what happened with Fish Logs when Bart was still ten years old:
Shortly after Lisa goes away to saxophone camp for two weeks, Bart helps Fat Tony hide from the police during a chase. To repay him, Tony gives Bart a silver case filled with Fish Logs. The Springfield Police have been ordered (bribed) to destroy the Mafia's Fish Log production, as it directly compete's with Freddy Quimby's fish stick business.
Bart introduces the Fish Logs to the kids at Springfield Elementary and goes on to sell them as school dinners under the pseudonym "Mr. B", with the Mafia as his supplier. As the sales become popular, the school's income from lunch money falls and Quimby's fish stick sales reduce. Mayor Quimby and Principal Skinner agree to close the school early so that Bart will lose his income. Although their plan succeeds and the Fish Log empire collapses, local businesses fail as kids no longer receive lunch money to spend. Springfield receives relief money from the Federal Government and everything returns to normal.
In present day, Lisa is still trying to work out the identity of Bart's donor, soon revealed to be Üter Zörker, who slimmed down and became an action movie star after living on nothing but Fish Logs. Bart then reveals that Fish Logs are what landed him in hospital after he binge ate them on a dare while he was at work.