|The Simpsons episode|
|Orig. airdate||December 8, 2013|
|Written by||Joel H. Cohen|
|Directed by||Bob Anderson|
|Chalkboard gag||I will not ask when Santa has time to go to the bathroom.|
|Couch gag||The Simpsons are flailing tube man balloons on a used couch lot. Balloon Bart steals a pair of scissors and cuts Balloon Homer, who flies into some power lines.|
|Guest star(s)||Kevin Michael Richardson|
"Yellow Subterfuge" is the seventh episode of the 25th season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 537th episode of the series. The episode was written by Joel H. Cohen and premiered on December 8, 2013, on Fox.
Principal Skinner announces that the school will go on a field trip in a submarine, however since the space is limited, only the most well-behaved students gets to ride the submarine. If a student breaks a rule, Skinner crosses their name off his list. Bart decides to behave more appropriately to get into the submarine. But Skinner crosses his name anyway since Bart enters the school with a muddy footprint. Bart asks Skinner for a second chance, but Skinner refuses. Bart even uses a laptop with a program to make it sound on Skinner's phone that Barack Obama is calling him to let Bart go on the trip until a bird ruins Bart's plan. Seeing how upset his son is, Homer teams up with Bart to get revenge on Skinner. The next morning, Skinner wakes up and finds Agnes's stabbed corpse in his kitchen, he quickly removes the dagger and hides Agnes under a rug. Bart and Homer enter Skinner's kitchen and found the corpse, Homer agrees to clean up the mess and sends Skinner upstairs. Agnes wakes up, revealing that she is actually alive and is also a part of Bart and Homer's scheme. Bart and Homer tell Skinner that the cops are on their way to arrest Skinner, Bart gave him a fake ID as "Dick Fiddler" and sends him on a bus to Juarez. When Bart and Homer arrive at home, they find Skinner sitting on the couch who tells them that he cannot run away from his deeds, but deep down he is probably glad that he stabbed Agnes. Marge stops this and Agnes comes out alive, hearing everything he said and decides to be meaner to him by stopping to take the pills that keep her nice.
Meanwhile, Lisa learns that Krusty the Clown has gone broke. To earn more money, Lisa suggests that Krusty sells the foreign rights to his show. The foreign "Krusty the Clown" shows are gaining high ratings all over the world. However, soon the foreign "Krusties" are gaining much more attention than the original Krusty. So, instead of raising the foreign Krusty the Clowns' share of the show profit, Krusty is doing a guest shot on all of the foreign Krusty the Clown shows. They all quickly disagree and chases Krusty who is running away in a golf cart.
Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a C+, saying "While there are a fair amount of laughs along the way, “Yellow Subterfuge” is a rushed, ramshackle enterprise, livened up by some solid Skinner-work. Even Bart’s teary breakdown to Homer that he had actually been trying to be good cribs liberally from the legendary “Bart Gets an F,” one of the first episodes to hint at The Simpsons’ seemingly incongruous ability to wring genuine emotion from overtly silly situations. It’s a damnably difficult balance to achieve—but the show used to be much better at it."
The episode received a 3.1 rating and was watched by a total of 6.85 million people, this made it the most watched show on Animation Domination that night beating American Dad!, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy.
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