The Simpsons: Bart the Fink (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After a distant relative dies, the Simpsons discover they've each been bequeathed 100 dollars, and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) open their first bank accounts. Lisa, ever the sensible one, opens an interest-bearing savings account, while Bart opts for a checking account, doubtless prompted by the offer of custom checks which form an animated flipbook of the crash of the Hindenburg. One day, as Bart and his friend Milhouse (voice of Pamela Hayden) wait in line to get an autograph from unscrupulous children's entertainer Krusty the Clown (voice of Dan Castellaneta), Bart gets a brainstorm -- he'll slip a check for 25 cents into Krusty's pocket, and when Krusty endorses it, he'll have his signature. However, when Bart gets his canceled checks, he discovers it was merely stamped for deposit into a holding company's account in the Cayman Islands. When Bart goes to his bank to complain, he inadvertently starts an investigation that leads to Krusty being arrested for tax fraud. After the IRS seizes Krusty's property, takes over his TV show, and even claims ownership of the Krusty Burger franchise, Krusty falls into a deep depression, and one evening he crashes his private plane into a mountain. Krusty's death comes as a tremendous blow to Bart, and his friends and family wonder if he might be starting to imagine things when he reports he's seen Krusty alive and well on the streets of Springfield. "Bart the Fink" also features a guest appearance by Bob Newhart, who is roped into giving a eulogy at Krusty's funeral; the episode first aired on February 11, 1996.