[MG31] Shoplifting

Shoplifting                                            Written by Matt Groening
[$Id: mg31 1.1 92/04/20 07:47:48 raymond Exp Locker: raymond $]
> Didja notice...
    Voice credits:
        NANCY CARTWRIGHT as Bart
        YEARDLEY SMITH as Lisa
        JULIE KAVNER as Mrs. Simpson
        Dan Castellaneta as the security guard

    Animation producer was Margot Pipkin.
    Animators were Wesley Archer and David Silverman.

> Freeze Frame Fun
>> Security office
   Wall sign:  ``I [heart] my weapon''
   Framed photo of Ronald Reagan.

> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:09, whereas the
syndication package contains only 1:06 of animation.

Marge's face does the Bart Twitch twice, once when she says ``disappointed''
and again when she says, ``No, no, no.''

> Quotes and scene summary
% B = Bart, L = Lisa, G = security guard, O = store owner, M = Marge, H = Homer
% Bart, Maggie and Lisa stand in front of a candy stand inside a convenience
% store.

B: I've gotta have those candy bars!
L: But Bart, we don't have any money.
B: There's <gotta> be a way!
L: You better not be thinking of stealing those candy bars...
B: That's it!
L: Better not, Bart.

% Meanwhile, Bart stuffs candy bars into his pants as he mischievously
% raises his eyebrows.

B: So long, suckers!

% Bart exits.  Then soon thereafter returns, carried by the back of his shirt
% by the store security guard.

B: They caught me.

% Bart is placed in the security office, his ill-gotten gains arrayed on
% the desk before him.

G: You just sit right there and think about your crime, you dirty
   little shoplifter-thief.

% The guard leaves.

B: [false fear]  Yes, sir!  [sticks out his tongue]

% Back in the store, the guard chats with the store owner.  Maggie and
% Lisa hide behind the candy stand, their eyes (and cute noses) peeking
% over the counter.

O: Is he scared?
G: I think I got that kid so scared he can't even see straight.
O: Good.  Frighten him some more while I call his parents.
L: [quietly]  Poor Bart...

% The guard returns to the office.

G: Well, boy.  Looks like the jig is... Gasp!

% Bart sits at the desk, his hands and mouth smeared in chocolate.  The
% evidence on the desk is gone.

B: I know my rights!  You can't hold me if you ain't got no evidence, copper!

% Bart sees his face in the mirror and swallows hard.

B: Uh, is it too late to make a full confession?

% {Homer and Marge come to take them home.}
% In the car.  Homer drives.

M: Your father and I are <very> disappointed in you, Bart.

% Lisa smiles.

B: Gee, I hadn't noticed.
H: Bart!
M: What have you learned from this experience, Bart?
B: Well, Mom, I might have been caught and had a few bad moments there, but I
   gotta admit, the chocolate was delish.
M: No, no, no, Bart.  The lesson is, ultimately, crime hurts the criminal.
B: That's not true, Mom.  I got a free ride home, didn't I?

% The car screeches to a halt.  We hear Bart yell ``Ungh!'' followed by
% a thud.  The car speeds off.  Bart is left standing by the side of the
% road.
% [End of Act One.  Time: 1:06]
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