Christmas in Juvenile Hall? – Lawrence Tierney catches Bart Simpson stealing

Lawrence Tierney played a security guard named Don Brodka on The Simpsons in the episode “Marge Not Be Proud” and in it he catches Bart Simpson stealing during the Christmas season.

Lawrence Tierney as Don Brodka

Some quotes from the show:

Brodka: Hey, kid: one more thing. If you ever set foot in this store again, you’ll be spending Christmas in juvenile hall. Capisce?…. Well, do you understand?

Bart: Everything except “capisce”.

Brodka catches Bart stealing

Brodka: I’m calling your parents! Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Simpson? This is detective Don Brodka from Try-N-Save security. That’s right, Don Brodka. Your son Bart has been caught shoplifting. Uh huh. Yeah, it’s a shame, I know, but…well, try and have a merry Christmas. (Hangs up) They weren’t home, uh huh. But I left a message on their answering machine, that’s right.


“If i wanted smoke blown up my ass, I’d be at home with a pack of cigarettes and a short length of hose.”


from wikipedia:

“Marge Be Not Proud” is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons’ seventh season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 17, 1995. In the episode, Marge refuses to buy Bart the new video game Bonestorm, so he steals it from a local discount store. Bart ends up being estranged from his mother when he gets caught, and fearing that he has lost her love, he decides he must regain it.

The episode was written by Mike Scully and directed by Steven Dean Moore. Scully got the inspiration for it from an experience in his childhood when he shoplifted. Lawrence Tierney guest starred in the episode as Don Brodka. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from fans and television critics. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 9.5, and was the fourth highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired.

(Spanish version: not Larry’s voice)

Bart sees a commercial advertising the new fighting game Bonestorm. It becomes a hit among his friends, a must-have item. He asks Marge to buy it, but she refuses. Discouraged, Bart visits the local Try-N-Save discount store where Jimbo Jones and friends convince Bart to steal a copy of the game. On his way out of the store, Bart is caught by the store’s security guard, Donald Wilson “Don” Brodka, who tells Bart to leave and never return or else he will be spending Christmas in juvenile hall.

Lawrence Tierney guest starred in the episode as Don Brodka. Another former show runner, Josh Weinstein, called Tierney’s appearance “the craziest guest star experience we ever had”. In addition to yelling at and intimidating employees of the show, Tierney made unreasonable requests such as abandoning his distinctive voice to do the part in a southern accent and refusing to perform lines if he did not “get the jokes”.[5] Despite this, Oakley and Weinstein thought Tierney did a good job. Weinstein said that “he certainly delivered and he’s one of my favorite characters we have had [on the show]”.[6] After Tierney’s death, the episode “The Old Man and the Key” was dedicated to him.

Marge Not Be Proud (with Lawrence Tierney)

Ok folks, there’s only one more shoplifting day ’til Christmas. Don’t get caught. Larry is watching!

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