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The Great Money Caper
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"Why are we still grifting? The car's paid for; doesn't that balance out the universe?"

The Great Money Caper is the seventh episode of Season 12.


When the family car gets destroyed by a sturgeon that fell from space, Bart decides to make money by doing street performing, but when people see Homer abandon Bart in the street and give him money out of pity, Homer, Bart, and Grampa decide to become grifters.

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Grandpa gives Homer and Bart a suggestion

The episode opens with the Simpson family eating at the Springfield Dinner Theater. Bart buys a magic kit and as the family drives home, a sturgeon falls from the sky (from the Russian space station Mir), damaging the car. Bart offers to pay for the damages by making money from his magic act, but it doesn't make enough. Homer is displeased with Bart and abandons him to walk home.

People seeing Bart's dilemma give him money to get a taxi home. Homer gets the idea to trick people to give him and Bart money. They take up grifting, and choose to continue doing so after earning enough money to fix the car. Grampa joins in the grifting to help Homer and Bart con the Springfield Retirement Castle, but Homer and Bart are arrested by a member of the FBI.


Willie about to shoot

When they arrive at the police station, the man lets Bart and Homer turn themselves in. Once they go inside their cell, the FBI member is revealed to be a grifter and he steals Homer's car and the money they took from the old folks. Bart and Homer lie and say that the car was stolen by a foreign loner with wild, bushy hair; the next day, Groundskeeper Willie is arrested for stealing Homer's car.

During the trial, Homer is led by the lawyer to implicate Willie. Once Willie is convicted and given his sentence, he goes berserk. After Willie shoots Seymour Skinner, Homer finally tells them that Willie didn't steal his car and he and Bart were conning people and someone else stole it. It is then revealed that the trial was a trap in order to make Homer confess to his grifting. Skinner used a blood pack to look like Willie shot him (with blanks loaded into the gun), Marge used squibs to create the bullet hole in her hair, the judge is really Grampa wearing a latex mask, and the man who stole Homer's car is an actor named Devon Bradley. Everyone in the courthouse was involved in the prank, except Willie. Then Otto bursts in and declares "Surf's Up!" and everyone goes surfing as the episode finishes.


Season 11 Season 12 Episodes Season 13
Treehouse of Horror XIA Tale of Two SpringfieldsInsane Clown PoppyLisa the Tree HuggerHomer vs. DignityThe Computer Wore Menace ShoesThe Great Money CaperSkinner's Sense of SnowHOMЯPokey MomWorst Episode EverTennis the MenaceDay of the JackanapesNew Kids on the BlecchHungry, Hungry HomerBye Bye NerdieSimpson SafariTrilogy of ErrorI'm Goin' to PraiselandChildren of a Lesser ClodSimpsons Tall Tales