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Yellow Subterfuge

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Season 25 Episode
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"Yellow Subterfuge"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 537
Season number: S25 E7
Production code: SABF04
Original airdate: December 8, 2013
Title screen: Kang and Kodos fly by in a flying saucer, laughing.
Billboard gag: Moe's Tavern - We Accept Most Fake ID's
Chalkboard gag: I will stop asking when Santa goes to the bathroom
Couch gag: The Simpsons are flailing tube man balloons on a used couch lot. Balloon Bart steals a pair of scissors and cuts Balloon Homer, who flies into some power lines.
Guest star(s): Kevin Michael Richardson as Jamaican Krusty
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Joel H. Cohen
Directed by: Bob Anderson

"Yellow Subterfuge" is the seventh episode of season 25 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and thirty-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on December 8, 2013. The episode was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Bob Anderson. It guest stars Kevin Michael Richardson as Jamaican Krusty.


"Principal Skinner promises the students that the best-behaved among them can take a ride in a submarine. When Skinner gives all the kids a clean slate, Bart believes even his own past indiscretions will be forgotten if he doesn't get into any more trouble. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to help a cash-poor Krusty to turn things around by suggesting he sell the foreign rights to his shows."



This episode gathered 6.85 million viewers and a 3.1 million demographic rating, gaining only 70,000 and 10,000 viewers, respectively, from the previous episode "The Kid Is All Right", which aired two weeks prior.[1]

The episode received mixed to minorly negative reviews from critics. The A.V. Club awarded it a C+ rating, reprimanding "one of the least effective B-stories in recent memory" for the inability to flesh out the Skinner/Bart story, and for the "too rushed to build the comic momentum" final story, in which Homer, Bart, and Agnes contrive to get rid of Skinner. The aforementioned final story was also praised for being "not a horrible idea", and rewarded the hilarity of Skinner's overall constant attempts to convince others he isn't powerless to prevent disaster; and concluded "while there are a fair amount of laughs along the way, "Yellow Subterfuge" is a rushed, ramshackle enterprise, livened up by some solid Skinner-work."[2] We Got This Covered stated that "there was nothing flashy about this outing," saying that was akin to the rest of the season's episodes, and finished, reporting the episode as "another solid entry with more than a couple of laughs".[3] TV Fanatic labelled the episode as feeling "...like a rerun, even though it was a new installment. Most of the events have taken place before and with greater comedic effect," but also praised the originality of Bart's revenge, giving 2.5 out of 5 stars overall.[4]

Fan reaction was mixed. On NoHomers.net, this episode holds a majority rating of 3/5 stars on a fan poll. Similarly to the critics, they panned the B-plot, but were ambivalent over the main plot, some saying the episode was "the best of the season so far," but also saying it was "badly executed" and panning the Agnes death/prank scenes for being "too rushed" and saying "it could have been better"; one called it "a typical middle-of-the-road modern Simpsons episode."[5]

International premieres[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America June 15, 2014; 8:30PM (Argentina Time) Fox Latin America



External links[edit]

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