The Simpsons Season 34 Episode 21 “Clown V. Board of Education” – Recap & Review

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Clown V. Board of Education

Krusty the Clown has lost his audience because kids are busy on social media. The clowns have a meeting and they deliberate over the issue of their shrinking reach. The group comes up with an idea to open a school for students wishing to be clowns. Within no time, a school called Herschel Krustofsky School for the Clowning Arts comes into being.

Seeing an advertisement on television, Bart becomes interested in joining the Clowning School. Based on his years of experience as a class clown, Bart is immediately selected to be a student. Krusty, who is only after greens, is bent on mindlessly filling up his school with students.

Bart is doing pretty well as a Clowning School student. In a competition, the Clowning School, led by Bart, beats Springfield Elementary led by Lisa. Marge thanks Krusty for doing what appears to be a miracle with Bart.

Later, Krusty is interrupted by a powerful mob boss who wants a bite out of his school business citing benefits brought by the ever-rising tuition fee. Threatened, Krusty hands over control of the school to the man, which goes downhill immediately.

Seeing the horrible state of the institution, Krusty decides to set things right despite the obvious threats. He goes to the police with a request for help. Chief Wiggum suggests if Krusty is willing to wear a wire, they might be able to help save the school. However, the plan goes haywire, and the gang finds out he is wearing a wire. Krusty is caught, but, the students arrive just in time to save him.

Eventually, the gang burns down the school to get insurance money. Krusty feels he failed, but Bart tells him that he made a difference in the lives of a number of kids.

And just like that Krusty the Clown is happy again and gets back the attention of the kids. 

The Episode Review

Humourous, meaningful, witty, and lightly funny. The latest Simpson episode bears the watered-down hallmark of its iconic episodes. The narrative is plain and simple, but it manages to get us hooked immediately.

In addition, the freshness of the plot fans our interest. The season so far has been mixed, but the episode in question gives a steep push upward to the graph. 

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2 thoughts on “The Simpsons Season 34 Episode 21 “Clown V. Board of Education” – Recap & Review”

  1. Hi Tom, you make a good point here. There have been so many episodes so some things have happened before, but I realized this one is pretty different in its story movement.

  2. I’m surprised you’re praising the freshness of the episode because nearly everything felt recycled to me. There was already an episode devoted to Krusty opening a clown school (“Homie the Clown” in season 6), and the subsequent plot twist of having Fat Tony muscle his way into the business and eventually take over has been done in multiple episodes (I believe the earliest one being Marge’s pretzel wagon in “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” in season 8). It was also strange to see Bart persuade his parents to let him attend clown school by threatening that otherwise he’d have to go to Catholic school, as if there hadn’t already been an episode focused on him going to Catholic school (“The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star” in season 16).

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