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Monday, August 13, 2007

Teebore's Ten Favorite Simpsons Characters: Lionel Hutz

Voiced by the incomparable Phil Hartman and first appearing in the second season episode “Bart Gets Hit By a Car” as an ambulance chaser sporting a business card that "turns into a sponge when you put it in water”, Lionel Hutz quickly became the lawyer of choice whenever the Simpsons faced legal troubles. Throughout the years he could be seen augmenting his mall based legal practice by working a variety of odd jobs including cobbler, babysitter and drug dealer keeper awayer. He once appeared in court unaware he wasn’t wearing any pants (who hasn’t?). His final speaking appearance (before being retired upon Phil Hartman’s untimely death-he still appears in crowd scenes) was in season nine’s Realty Bites, where he hired Marge to work for his Red Blazer Realty agency.
Favorite Lionel Hutz episode: Marge on the Lam, Season Five. With Marge gone for a Thelma and Louise-eque night on the town with her neighbor Ruth, Homer is left with the kids, yearning for his own night out. Enter Lionel Hutz, who overheard Homer’s need for a babysitter while pawing through their garbage. He cannily haggles his fee up from the eight dollars for the night plus two popsicles from the freezer that Homer proposes to eight dollars, two popsicles, and the old birdcage he found in the trash. He proudly proclaims "still got it.”
Soon, Hutz has a blaze roaring in the Simpsons’ fireplace. Lisa asks“why are you burning all your personal papers?”
“As of this moment, Lionel Hutz no longer exists. Say hello to Miguel Sanchez!”
Favorite Lionel Hutz line:
"Now don’t worry Mrs. Simpson, I –Uh oh. We’ve drawn Judge Snyder.
Is that bad?
Well, he’s had it in for me ever since I kinda ran over his dog.
You did?
Well, replace the word “kinda” with the word repeatedly and replace the word 'dog' with 'son'.”



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