“Don’t blame me, I didn’t do it! – Krusty.
Written by: Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
Occasionally, an episode has a joke so brilliantly specific to that episode, I almost wonder if the entire episode wasn’t constructed around that joke. I’m still convinced that Newsradio did the entire ”in space" episode just to make the “space heater” joke.
In the case of “Krusty Gets Busted,” it’s the moment where Homer – who has witnessed Krusty The Clown rob a convenience store – is down at police HQ to ID Krusty in a lineup. And Wiggum says: “Send in the clowns.”
That just kills me. And the reason that it’s funnier than Bart yelling “Say it ain’t so, Krusty!” or Sideshow Bob observing that he would have “gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids” is that “send in the clowns” is a joke that advances the actual plot, as opposed to a crammed-in pop culture reference.
Those other references are funny, of course, but they aren’t beautiful.
Of course, it wasn’t Krusty what robbed the Kwik-E-Mart, but rather Sideshow Bob, his long-suffering sidekick, voiced by Kelsey Grammer. Grammer, of course, was the perfect choice for the role, and totally knocks it out of the park, especially in the “Sideshow Bob’s Cavalcade of Whimsy” sequence.
Still, at the time, nobody knew that they’d come up with a lifelong nemesis (I mean our lives, cos we’re the ones who age) for Bart – and that’s proven by the fact that Sideshow Bob doesn’t come back until near the end of the third season
For the second straight episode, the climax comes when Bart has a revelation just when all seems lost, which has inspired me to have my own revelation: Bart is secretly smart, he just hides it within a wall of of disinterest, slackerdom and cool.
Whether or not that is “true,” I’m going to be watching future episodes for more evidence of this theory.