The Wandering Juvie

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"The Wandering Juvie"
The Simpsons episode
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Bart and Gina
Episode no. 329
Directed by Lauren MacMullan
Written by John Frink & Don Payne
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Production code FABF11
Original air date March 28, 2004
Couch gag The shutter click of a camera can be heard as an undeveloped Polaroid photo floats to the couch and develops into the Simpsons family.
Guest star(s) Sarah Michelle Gellar as Gina Vendetti
Charles Napier as the Warden.
Jane Kaczmarek as Judge Constance Harm
Commentary Al Jean
Don Payne
Ian Maxtone-Graham
Matt Selman
Michael Price
Tom Gamill
Max Pross

"The Wandering Juvie" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' fifteenth season. The episode aired on March 28, 2004. It guest-starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Gina Vendetti. It also guest-starred Charles Napier and Jane Kaczmarek. Bart gets sent to juvenile hall after wreaking havoc at the department store. This episode sees the first appearance of Gina Vendetti, who later appears in "Moonshine River".


When the Simpson family is at the Costington's department store, Bart uses the wedding gift registry as a prank to register himself and his bride, "Lotta Cooties", for wedding presents. Bart invites many people to his so-called "wedding" and plans to take all the unused gifts back for store credit, but he is stopped in his tracks by Chief Wiggum, who arrests Bart. He tries to bribe Chief Wiggum with the wedding presents, but Chief Wiggum only accepts cash bribes, as stated on his badge. Bart is sentenced to six months of juvenile detention by Judge Constance Harm.

At the detention center, Bart is being harassed by Gina Vendetti, who ties him to the fence and uses a knife to destroy his uniform and threatens to castrate him if he tries anything. Bart is afraid he will be buried alive in the sandpit or photographed being punched while going down a slide. Bart has another problem when he is partnered with Gina Vendetti for the dance by the warden. When they are dancing, Gina escapes with Bart using a rope, finding themselves on a window ledge. Due to the fact that they are handcuffed together, Gina is forced to bring a reluctant Bart along before the window can be closed (though he only comes after she kisses him). Slowly, they gain each other's trust.

On the lam, the duo look for a blacksmith who can remove their cuffs. They are freed, but after it happens, Gina is alone and forlorn. The police come and arrest them (and a bear that Cletus said would attack Chief Wiggum), telling the Simpsons that now Bart will stay in Juvie even longer. Gina, feeling terrible, confesses she does not have a family when she returns to jail (also clearing Bart of all charges that would result in him remaining in prison), but the Simpsons and the warden step in to help Gina by offering a Mexican food feast in her cell at the end.

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