Crook & Ladder is the 19th episode of season 18 and the 397th overall, first broadcasted on May 6, 2007 with a script by Bill Odenkirk and directed by Lance Kramer.
When reading a parenting magazine, Marge follows the advice too literally and throws away Maggie’s pacifier. However, when the pacifier is thrown in the trash, Maggie goes on a path of destruction in the Simpsons’ home. Meanwhile, Homer, Moe, Apu, and Principal Skinner become volunteer firefighters and begin stealing items from the homes whose fires they extinguish.
Homer Simpson as a firefighter, this is where The Simpsons works its’ finest where you just have a simple job for Homer to do and the jokes write themselves, this is one of the few bright spots this season and has some really great jokes attached to it such as this one:
When you have Homer working off of Moe, Apu, & Skinner as firefighters and have the premise be that they eventually steal stuff from the places they rescue, that leads to a ton of great comedic potential all around and the episode definitely delivers on every opportunity available.
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