- "Krusty the Clown, you are being arrested for armed robbery!"
- ―Clancy Wiggum
"Krusty Gets Busted" is the twelfth episode of season 1. It originally aired on April 22, 1990. The episode was written by Jay Kogen and directed by Brad Bird. Kent Brockman and Scott Christian make their first appearances on The Simpsons in this episode. Kelsey Grammer makes his first appearance on the show as Sideshow Bob.
Homer witnesses a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart, and he identifies Krusty the Clown as the culprit. Krusty is arrested, tried, jailed, and replaced on the show by Sideshow Bob. Lisa and Bart are adamant that Krusty is innocent, so they examine the evidence and they conclude that he was framed. Eventually, they uncover evidence proving Krusty's innocence and showing that the robber was Sideshow Bob, who framed Krusty. When Bart confronts Bob, he admits to the crime and is sent to jail, while a grateful Krusty is released and thanks Bart for believing in him.
The episode begins with Bart, Lisa and Maggie watching Krusty the Clown on TV. During the show a reluctant and unhappy Sideshow Bob is launched from a cannon, also an episode of Itchy and Scratchy is aired (titled: Burning Love). Marge calls Homer at work and asks him to stop on his way home to pick up some ice cream. Homer asks what the occasion is, and shudders when he learns that Patty and Selma are coming over later to show slides of their vacation in Mexico. Homer stops at the Kwik-E-Mart for ice cream on the way home, and while there he witnesses Krusty rob Apu at gunpoint. Cut quickly to the Simpson house, as the rest of the family watches Patty and Selma's slides. Cut back to Homer, who gives a description of Krusty to the police. Meanwhile at Krusty's apartment Krusty is relaxing with a drink when a SWAT team busts down his door and take him into custody. At the police station Homer identifies Krusty as the armed robber. Homer finally makes it home just as the news report about Krusty's arrest comes on the air. Bart is devastated that his idol Krusty could have done such a thing.
On the news, Kent Brockman reports on the upcoming trial and history of Krusty the Clown including the fact that Krusty has a pacemaker. Reverend Lovejoy calls for a public burning of all Krusty merchandise. The next day as Krusty walks up the steps to the courthouse Bart and Lisa watch in disbelief and Bart notices that Krusty has small feet. Inside the courtroom during the trial, even after Bart begs him not to, Homer points out Krusty to the jury as the armed robber. Later back at the house, Homer and Marge gather up all the Krusty merchandise in the house and head to the public burning. An upset Bart watches as the pile of merchandise goes up in flames. The next day at the trial, it is revealed after being asked to identify some evidence that Krusty is illiterate. Later, the jury reaches a guilty verdict. At the Simpson house, Lisa and Maggie watch Sideshow Bob who has now taken over for Krusty on TV. When Bart walks in and sees this, he is upset. He tells Lisa, he thinks Krusty is innocent and he convinces her to help him prove Krusty's innocence.
Bart and Lisa return to the scene of the crime at the Kwik-E-Mart to search for clues. They find out the first clue that Krusty could not have used the microwave as depicted by the hidden camera footage from the store because he wears a pacemaker, due to a heart attack he suffered years ago and that there is a sign saying that people wearing pacemakers should never be near the microwave. They also find out the second clue that Krusty would not have been reading at the magazine rack, because he is illiterate, as he confessed to it during the trial, despite his show's endorsement of child literacy. Lisa recalls that while watching the security tape, she noticed the robber yelled at Homer when he stepped on his shoes. It was the third and final clue, indicating the robber had big feet. Upon learning the three clues, she realizes that Bart was right and Krusty was framed for a crime he didn't commit. They believe Sideshow Bob might know if Krusty had any enemies who want to see him fall, and decide to go talk to him. Cut to Sideshow Bob who after just finishing taping of his show enters his changing room and emits an evil diabolical laugh.
The next day, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie meet with Bob at the studio to ask him if Krusty had any enemies. But before they can ask him, Bob dismisses their investigations as the show is about to start, although he gives them tickets to his show. At the live broadcast, Bart comes on stage and explains to Bob about his investigation. Bob brushes Bart's investigations aside, stating that Krusty never really followed doctor's orders (thus why he used the microwave) and could simply have been looking at the cartoons in the magazine. Bob tries to change the subject, admits to the audience that he had 'big shoes to fill'. This helps Bart figure out the identity of the mystery robber from the Kwik-E-Mart: Sideshow Bob. The former sidekick had the most to gain from Krusty's downfall. He has feet large enough to fill his clown shoes and therefore he yelled at Homer when he stepped on his feet before the robbery.
Outraged, Bart rightfully levels his accusation towards Sideshow Bob. He grabs the microphone and contends to the audience that Bob was the real robber and proves his point by smashing the end of his shoe with a croquet mallet. This causes him to scream in pain and grab his foot. Bob yells at him for hitting his foot and the kids are shocked to hear the words uttered on the security tape. Bart continues that even though Krusty wore big clown shoes on his show, he always had little feet like everyone else. He mentions that Sideshow Bob had the most to gain in his downfall by filling his shoes with his huge feet and hits it once more, causing him to fall down. Bart removes Bob's clown shoes and reveal his huge feet on T.V. The police, having watched this realized Bart was right and they overlooked one key piece of evidence that could've kept Krusty out of jail. Chief Wiggum orders them to immediately go to the studio and arrest Sideshow Bob for the robbery.
Outside the studio, an arrested and exposed Bob dramatically confesses to the crime. He reveals that he framed Krusty for the Kwik-E-Mart armed robbery out of frustration because he finally had enough of constantly being on the receiving end of the clown's humiliating antics for more ratings. He felt his intelligence was wasted on the Krusty the Clown show and wanted it gone so he can make an educational program where his intelligence is appreciated by the public. Bob is taken off to jail and swears revenge on Bart for foiling him. He also warns adult criminals to treat children like equals because they were smart to catch him and will be smart to catch them too. The charges against Krusty are dropped and he now regains the trust of the community and the crowd cheers for him. Homer, the people and the police gave their apologies to him for their misunderstanding. Grateful to be free, Krusty thanks Bart for standing up for the truth and sticking to his convictions. The episode then ends with Bart tacking up a photo of him and Krusty on a wall. He happily goes to bed with his room refurnished with new Krusty merchandise.
Sideshow Bob makes his first appearance as a major character in this episode. However, his official first appearance was in the background of a scene in the season one episode "The Telltale Head". Bob's design was revamped, with his original round hair being turned into his now-famous "palm tree" style. James Earl Jones was originally cast as Bob, but the producers decided to try Kelsey Grammer. Also making their first appearances in this episode are Kent Brockman and Scott Christian.
The episode finished thirteenth place for May 23–29, 1990, with a Nielsen rating of 16.4. The episode received positive reviews from critics. Matt Groening has listed it as his ninth favorite episode of the show and said "I have a peculiar love of TV clownery". In a DVD review of the first season, David B. Grelck gave the episode a rating of 3/5. Colin Jacobson at DVD Movie Guide said in a review that "throughout the episode we found great material; it really seemed clear that the show was starting to turn into the piece we now know and love. It’s hard for me to relate any deficiencies" and added that "almost every Bob episode offers a lot of fun, and this episode started that trend in fine style."
 In other languages
||"Der Clown mit der Biedermaske"
||The Clown with the stuffy mask
||"Krusty entra en chirona"
||Krusty goes to jail
||"Un clown à l'ombre"
||A clown in the shade
||"Mauvaise passe pour Krusty le Clown"
||Bad time for Krusty the Clown
||"Krusty va al fresco"
||Krusty goes al fresco
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