The Great Money Caper
The nurse is not dealing
Couch gag: The family swim to the couch in deep sea diving gear, and as the camera pans out it is revealed that the couch is in a fishbowl.
Director: Michael Polcino
Edward Norton as Devon Bradley
Synopsis: Bart accidentally stumbles upon grifting as a way to earn money, but things go awry when Homer joins his act.
Discussion: This is a pretty good episode. Bart and Homer try to perform magic, which turns into grifting and becomes quite profitable. It doesn’t rely on silly premises to get the plot moving, which is a change from recent episodes in the season. In fact, this works really well… until the final scene. But I can forgive that; there are few satisfactory explanations to close the narrative and they probably suck anyway. Just go with something stupid featuring every character seen in the ep. Why not?
This is one of those eps where I must have seen them but had completely forgotten. Homer and Bart’s bonding never goes well, and this can be added to the list. Lisa and Marge hiring an actor and staging the arrest is a pretty smart idea, and it almost becomes a battle of wits between Marge and Homer, unknowingly, of course. Marge has organised the actor to pose as FBI, who tells Homer and Bart to turn themselves in. Homer suggests a cunning plan to make it seem like he and Bart have been imprisoned… while the actor grifts their car. It’s genius!