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Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge
Treehouse of Horror XIII


Have no fear! SpringShield's present!
Homer Simpson

"Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge" is the twenty-second episode and season finale of Season 13.

Synopsis

Homer accidentally causes an electrical blackout in Springfield, and the residents begin looting the town's businesses. Chief Wiggum is useless at restoring order, so Homer takes the law into his own hands, starting a private police force, and becoming the "chief of police".

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During a scorching heatwave, everyone is trying to beat the heat. Springfield Elementary has a great new air conditioner which brings back old students and everyone in town is using theirs. That night, Homer plugs in a singing/dancing Santa to try to make the family feel cooler. This action causes all of Springfield to experience a power failure, as the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is unable to cope with so many appliances demanding power all at once.

Homer confronts Jimbo.

Lenny and Carl spark off a massive looting spree after crashing their cars into each other - then a store window - whilst talking to each other on their cell phones. Soon the whole town wants in on the riot and even steal cinder blocks and parts of the tire fire. The Simpsons set up chairs on their roof to watch the thievery (though Bart does beg his parents to take part in it, they refuse), and wait for the police to arrive. After the Police finally show up, they accidentally let it slip to the crowds that the police are not prepared to use force, the rioters start to smash up the police car. The next day after the riot, the city is destroyed. During a town hall meeting, several people complain the town isn't safe and blame the police for not being prepared. Instead of taking responsibility, Wiggum just tells the town they never should have started this whole thing.

During the riot, someone stole Lisa's Malibu Stacie collection, but Homer makes a promise to find the thief. Homer tracks down the thief of Lisa's dolls by going to The Wooly Bully where he discovers that the thief was Jimbo. Marge is glad that Homer lived up to his promise and Lisa is happy too. Next, Homer saves Apu from being robbed and shot, by tossing hot nacho cheese on Snake.

Homer excited he is now the authority.

He plans to start a security company, SpringShield, to protect the town--as the police are now a joke to the townspeople. Homer enlists Lenny and Carl to accompany him, before long Springshield cleans up the town and are respected more than the Police themselves. Marge and the kids are very proud of Homer that they celebrate together. Mayor Quimby tries to insist he has faith in the police on TV but after walking into the station discovers Chief Wiggum trying to shoot a piñata with a shotgun, blindfolded instead of trying to work. The Mayor fires Wiggum right on the spot and in a blind rage turns all of the town's police duties over to Homer and SpringShield. They set up the station house as their new office and actually do the work.

SpringShield collars Fat Tony, catching him gluing cotton balls on ferrets to sell to a pet shop, claiming they are toy poodles. A depressed Wiggum sees this on the news and tells Ralph he's done trying. Fat Tony then vows, over the radio, that he and his associates will gun Homer down if he doesn't skip town by noon the next day.

In church, Homer asks for his fellow churchgoers to stand and fight with him, but none are willing - except Flanders, who Homer tells to shut up. Lenny and Carl lock themselves in a police cell as they too will not help. Homer becomes very upset that for once he actually enjoyed working and did great on the job but now he's getting killed for it.

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Fat Tony meets with his New Jersey associates (comprised of members of the Tony Soprano crew: Christopher Moltisanti, Paulie Walnuts, and Silvio Dante) as well as Johnny Tightlips. They travel to the Simpsons house - Sopranos style - and demand for Homer to come out. Just as the mobsters draw, gun shots ring out. Fat Tony, and two others, drop their guns. More shots ring out and the rest of the mobsters go down, injured.

Homer swears to give his badge to the next guy he sees. Wiggum appears and takes the badge, saying that this is how he got the job the first time. Marge thanks Wiggum for saving Homer, but he says it wasn't him. Homer states that he must have a guardian angel (with a rifle).

The scene shifts to Maggie's bedroom, and she is holding a smoking rifle but quickly hides it under her mattress as Homer and Marge come to check on her. They think she is napping, and "probably dreaming about the time she shot Mr. Burns." "She's just like Clark Kent," says Homer. "When there's lots of excitement, she's nowhere to be found." He pulls the blanket over Maggie and walks out. Maggie then opens her eyes and gives a grin to the "camera".

Citations

Season 12 Season 13 Episodes Season 14
Treehouse of Horror XIIThe Parent RapHomer the MoeA Hunka Hunka Burns in LoveThe Blunder YearsShe of Little FaithBrawl in the FamilySweets and Sour MargeJaws Wired ShutHalf-Decent ProposalThe Bart Wants What it WantsThe Lastest Gun in the WestThe Old Man and the KeyTales from the Public DomainBlame it on LisaWeekend at Burnsie'sGump RoastI Am Furious (Yellow)The Sweetest ApuLittle Girl in the Big TenThe Frying GamePoppa's Got a Brand New Badge
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