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Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment
Grade School Confidential

"You're out there somewhere, beer baron! And I'll find you."
Rex Banner
"No you won't!"
Homer Simpson, from distance

"Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" is the eighteenth episode of Season 8.

Synopsis[]

After Bart gets drunk at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Springfield enforces a Prohibition-era law banning all alcohol from being made and sold. As a result, Moe opens a speakeasy, Homer becomes a bootlegger, and a no-nonsense Elliot Ness-style lawman sets out to stop them.

Full Story[]

It is Saint Patrick's Day, Lisa is wearing a green dress and Bart obliviously arrives at school in his usual attire, resulting in him being pinched en masse by the entire student body. Meanwhile a Moe's everyone is waiting outside, after coming out, Moe tells them that because today is the busiest drinking day of the year, he can't have the designated drivers around. The town of Springfield then celebrates the holiday by drinking a large amount of beer. At the parade, Bart buys a plastic novelty horn although Marge reminds him, he'll just throw it out the car window afterwards like always. When a Duff Beer float sprays free beer, most of it goes into Bart's horn, making him drunk. After seeing Bart drunk, everyone stops celebrating and Homer sees this on TV. To make matters worse, Bart's scene is put on the evening news and because of what happened Marge forbids Homer to have any more beer for the rest of the day. The next day, a group of women complain to the mayor that they should ban all brands of alcohol. The keeper of the town laws goes over some old texts and discovers that a Prohibition law has been around for 200 years but has never been enforced. Quimby has no choice but to ban alcohol from Springfield. This news causes all of Springfield's alcoholics to faint (such as Homer, Moe, Barney, and Dr. Hibbert's wife, Bernice).

All the beer barrels are buried in the dump and Duff goes out of business shortly after releasing Duff Zero (thinking that their customers drink Duff because it tastes good and not simply to get drunk). The mafia begins providing beer illegally, bribing the police force to turn the other way. Even though a Prohibition law has been passed, everyone goes to a nearby speakeasy, disguised as "Moe's Pet Shop", for beer and dancing. The ladies against beer enter the bar and see Chief Wiggum drunk and dancing. They demand they bring in a police chief who will enforce the law. They sent a telegram to Rex Banner to get to Springfield. Banner arrives and takes over as police chief of the town, leaving Wiggum jobless.

Ireland Homer

St. Patrick's Day at Moe's

Homer, who dislikes the no beer methods of Banner, figures out a way to keep Moe's bar operating through bootlegging. One night, he and Bart sneak out to the city dump to reclaim the beer that was disposed of when the Prohibition law was about to be enforced. He then sets up shop in his basement pouring the beer into hollow bowling balls. With the use of an intricate set of pipes under the Bowl-a-rama, he bowls the balls into Moe's, and in return, Moe puts the money in the bowling balls and sends them back.

Marge and Lisa later catch him, but Marge compliments him for doing so since it is the most brilliant thing that he has ever done over his years of stupidity. She also adds that the law is unjust and is amazed at how much money Homer has made. Lisa, on the other hand, objects over this idea, but is unanimously sent to her room by the entire family.

The media realizes someone is allowing Springfield's underground alcohol trade to flourish, and they give the still-unknown Homer the nickname "Beer Baron". Rex investigates but finds no evidence. He vows to catch the Beer Baron and soon resorts to stopping people in the street to question them, including Ned Flanders. Meanwhile to cover up their tracks Moe manages to turn his bar into a pet store before the police come in, Rex is suspicious as to why a pet store would have loud music and dancing this late. Moe responds that it's the best pet shop in town, Rex convinced that this is a pet store leaves but before he does, reminds everyone how baby alligators and snakes might be great pets they get bigger and badder.

Bathplace

Homer purchasing bathtubs

Homer eventually runs out of beer from the barrels, so he plans to start making bootleg hard liquor when Moe gets irritated at him for the beer shortage. This proves difficult as he not only has to place a suspicious order for 42 bathtubs but his stills keep exploding. Marge eventually becoming concerned tells Homer that while he had a good run, he should stop. After Homer goes downstairs and catches fire, he tells Marge he agrees with her and will stop. He observes Wiggum in an alley at night and plans to help him in this tricky situation. He gives his story to Wiggum so he can get his job back; however, Homer is punished for his illegal alcohol supply, and he is going to be sent away by catapult. Wiggum does tell Homer he didn't think Homer would be punished this way at all.

Before sending him off Marge tells the town they can't do this and how this law doesn't even make sense. She goes on to say that even though car crashes and fist fights have gone down, the town has lost its freedom to drink. Rex, however, interrupts saying that they don't get to choose which laws they follow and which they don't. They see him step on the catapult and Wiggum sends him "back to Mama". An old clerk reads the laws and discovers the law was repealed 199 years earlier. The mafia fills the town with beer within four minutes and everyone is drunk and happy again. Homer then finishes the episode by giving a toast to alcohol - "the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems".

Citations[]

Season 7 Season 8 Episodes Season 9
Treehouse of Horror VIIYou Only Move TwiceThe Homer They FallBurns, Baby BurnsBart After DarkA Milhouse DividedLisa's Date with DensityHurricane NeddyEl Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)The Springfield FilesThe Twisted World of Marge SimpsonMountain of MadnessSimpsoncalifragilisticexpiala-D'oh-ciousThe Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie ShowHomer's PhobiaBrother from Another SeriesMy Sister, My SitterHomer vs. the Eighteenth AmendmentGrade School ConfidentialThe Canine MutinyThe Old Man and the LisaIn Marge We TrustHomer's EnemyThe Simpsons Spin-Off ShowcaseThe Secret War of Lisa Simpson
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