3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage
Fears of a Clown
No Good Read Goes Unpunished


  • This is the fourth time Krusty is seen without his clown makeup. The first three times happened in "Krusty Gets Busted", "Dead Putting Society", and "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution".
  • This is the second time in Season 29 when Bart causes a prank at school without warning others or at least with Marge being unaware. First being Haw-Haw Land. The aforementioned episode had a chemical explosion and in this episode it it water in balloons.

Cultural References

  • This episode's title is a reference to the song "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, which has been previously referenced in Clown in the Dumps with the Tears of a Clown Counseling Center.
  • One of the clowns scaring bystanders after a prank of Bart's in Springfield is an alternately coloured version of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King's IT.
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