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Homer the Vigilante

Homer the Vigilante

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The Simpsons wake up to find that they have been robbed. In fact, all of Springfield has been hit by a cat burglar. The police are useless at stopping the robberies, so the townpeople start a Neighborhood Watch scheme, with Homer as leader. However, they end up causing more crimes that they were preventing. Homer appears on "Smartline", where the cat burglar phones in and reveals that he will be stealing the world's largest cubic zirconia from the Springfield Museum. Homer vows to guard the museum, however, he gets drunk and the zirconia is stolen. The townpeople are mad at Homer, until his father reveals he knows who the burglar is - Malloy, an old man at his retirement home. Malloy is imprisoned, and tells Homer that he hid his treasure under a "big T." The whole town races off on a wild goose chase to find it, however, all they find is a note from Malloy saying there is no treasure after all, and he has escaped from jail. The townpeople keep on digging though...

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  • Chief Wiggum says the Simpsons' address is 723 Evergreen Terrace.
  • Pictures of Fat Tony and Ms. Botz (the baysitter bandit) can be seen at the police station.
  • A headline in the newspaper reads: ''Man Marries Woman In Wedding Ceremony.''
  • A poster in Flanders' rumpus room reads: ''Seven days without a drink makes me weak.''

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  • Music from ''The Pink Panther'' accompanies the burglaries.
  • The scene where Homer rides the A-Bomb is from ''Dr. Stangelove.''
  • The ending to this episode is a direct take-off of the movie ''It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'':
    • Treasure is hidden under a giant letter (W in the movie);
    • everyone backing off slowly, then running;
    • the plane flying through a billboard;
    • the man in the car sinking in the river;
    • the Big T is a palm tree like the W in the movie - in fact, the original Big W can be seen behind the T;
    • everyone frantically digging;
    • the shot of everyone's heads in a circle, looking at the treasure;
    • the music accompanying the scenes is from the film;
    • the music over the end credits is a Simpsons theme variation on the film's music.
  • Molloy looks and sounds like David Niven, who played the Phantom in the Pink Panther.
  • In The Pink Panther, the title jewel is the world's largest diamond. In this episode, Molloy steals the world's largest cubic zirconia.

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