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The Seven-Beer Snitch

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"The Seven-Beer Snitch"
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The Seven-Beer Snitch
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 349
Production Code: GABF08
Original Airdate: April 3, 2005
Couch Gag: The Simpson's are dunked into a pit of fire.
Special Guest Voices: Frank Gehry as himself
Charles Napier as Officer Krackney
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Show Runner(s): Al Jean
Written By: Bill Odenkirk
Directed By: Matthew Nastuk


"The Seven-Beer Snitch" is the fourteenth episode of the sixteenth season.

Synopsis[edit]

"After the town enforces new laws, Homer gets arrested for kicking the same beer can five times. He gets put in the new state prison, where he becomes a prison snitch."


Plot[edit]

The Simpson family visit Shelbyville, and have a great time until they visit a theatre where Springfield citizens are portrayed as hicks. This angers Marge, who suggests to the Springfield Cultural Advisory Board that architect Frank Gehry design and build a new cultural center for Springfield. Gehry reads the letter and crumbles it up. After throwing it on the ground, the shape the letter is in gives him an idea. He submits his idea, and the town approves of it. The $30 million project is eventually finished and it opens and closes swiftly because no one in Springfield likes classical music (past the first few bars of Beethoven's 5th).

This allows Mr. Burns to swoop in with an idea of his own: take over the now-derelict concert hall and turn it into a state prison. Homer applies for a guard job, but he fails the guard test because Otto switched his urine sample, loaded with so many drugs there are only trace amounts of human urine, with Homer's. Burns wants Chief Wiggum to bring back some old and forgotten laws in order to fill his prison with convicts. After Homer kicks a Duff Beer can 5 times in a row, he is thrown into jail for illegal transport of litter.

Homer goes to jail, and when he is there, he (unknowingly) snitches on Snake's escape attempt, thinking that Snake was hurt. Burns makes Homer a prison snitch. Without a doubt, Homer snitches up and gets rewarded by the guards, even getting a new plasma TV, who Lenny and Carl say to the other convicts watching is from Homer's mother. During a visit from Marge she loudly exclaims that he was a snitch while other prisoners are getting visits as well. This angers the prisoners and shocks their wives. Fat Tony and his goons want to learn about the snitch and tell Homer about a breakout. Homer, as usual, tells the guards, and all of them wait outside that night. One of the guards notices that there is something wrong, as when there is a breakout there is usually electricity in the air. In fact, the prisoners are all wanting to get Homer. When Homer realizes this, he manages to escape. Marge ends up discovering where Homer is hiding, and once the other prisoners notice, they chase after the two. The two run into a gas chamber, but before the prisoners can get into the chamber, the room gets filled with gas. Mr. Burns and Governor Mary Bailey enter the room, and Homer tells them about the prison's bad conditions. Eventually, he gets released and the governor releases all of the prisoners onto a barge ("where you will all bare-knuckle box until one of you emerges as king of your floating hell").

Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa find out that Snowball II has been gaining weight due largely in part to eating food from another family's house, while Bart wanted to find out what the dog was up to (who was flying around in an airplane). They also reveal that she has another family, who call her "Smokey". Snowball II likes her new family better than her original family, and Bart attempts to get her out. However, the mother in the family fills Bart up with food, making him forget about the situation.

After Homer has been released, he sneaks out to Moe's Tavern and he sees Snowball II heading to the bar as well. Homer tells Snowball that "I won't tell if you don't tell."

During the credits, Homer runs into the concert hall, claiming the building is a death trap. But Bart says that Homer had fallen asleep in front of the TV watching The Towering Inferno and that his claim is only a dream. At that rate, Homer gets angry at Bart for knowing the name of his "prophetic vision".

Notes[edit]

  • According to Neilsen ratings, 7.3 million people tuned in, making this season 16's least-watched episode.
  • Frank Gehry is the first (and so far only) architect to do voicework for The Simpsons.

Production[edit]

Season 16 Episodes
Treehouse of Horror XV All's Fair in Oven War Sleeping with the Enemy She Used to Be My Girl Fat Man and Little Boy Midnight Rx Mommie Beerest Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass Pranksta Rap There's Something About Marrying On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister Goo Goo Gai Pan Mobile Homer The Seven-Beer Snitch Future-Drama Don't Fear the Roofer The Heartbroke Kid A Star Is Torn Thank God It's Doomsday Home Away from Homer The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star