Papa's Got A Brand New Badge
Production Code
Episode Number
22 May 2002
Dana Gould
Pete Michels
Executive Producer
Al Jean
Jimmy Heenan
Plot Once again, Springfield is in the midst of a massive heat wave. Every apartment building has installed a large air conditioning device. However, this draws a lot of power from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Despite the safety measures Mr. Burns has taken (cutting power to the orphanage), the plant is at full power. At home, without an air conditioning device, the Simpsons have to follow an old-fashioned fan. Homer decides to give them a taste of winter by plugging in his dancing Santa Claus. This overloads the plant and causes a town-wide blackout. Eventually, a huge riot and looting occur. The police become powerless to stop the massive crime wave.

The next day, Springfield has been devastated by the crime. Quimby decides to take action by forming a Blue Ribbon Committee. At the Simpsons’ house, someone stole Lisa’s Malibu Stacy collection. Homer decides to take action by finding them. He does and later foils a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart. He likes the idea of combining his love of helping and hurting people. Homer forms his own security company called “SpringShield.” Although it only has Homer, Lenny, and Carl, it is more efficient and successful than the Springfield Police Department. When Quimby sees Chief Wiggum trying to shoot a Piñata with a shotgun, he dismisses Wiggum and makes Homer the chief of police.

After busting Fat Tony trying to make “toy poodles” by gluing cotton balls to ferrets, Homer practically rids Springfield of crime. However, Fat Tony escapes and vows to kill Homer unless he leaves town. Homer is unable to get protection from the citizens he protected (only Ned Flanders volunteers, but Homer ignores his offer) and Lenny and Carl lock themselves in a jail cell. When Homer does not leave, Fat Tony arrives with a few of his own henchmen (including Johnny Tightlips), as well as mafia muscle—the characters of the Sopranos series. Just before they are about to kill Homer, someone shoots the mobsters and injures them. Safe again, Homer makes Wiggum the chief of police again. When Marge thanks him for saving Homer, Wiggum says that he lost his gun, badge and nearly lost his squad car. Unbeknownst to them, the person who saved Homer was Maggie, who fired at the mobsters from her window with a scoped sporting rifle.
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