It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 is coming up on next Tuesday, and you may be celebrating this weekend. That’s because, traditionally speaking, people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking, and not everybody wants to get blitzed on a Tuesday. However, to me, St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse not to drink, but to write about a classic episode of The Simpsons. It is, to my knowledge, one of the only sitcom episodes overtly about St. Patrick’s Day. Sure, there are others, but it’s the classic one in my mind.
The episode is “Homer vs. the 18th Amendment,” and you already probably know what I’m talking about. That, or you don’t know The Simpsons. This is the Beer Baron episode. The Rex Banner episode. It’s an all-time time true classic episode of the greatest show ever.
We begin with St. Patrick’s Day, where everybody in Springfield is celebrating by getting drunk. Then, the fun ends with Bart accidentally gets drunk due to a funnel mishap. Suddenly, anti-alcohol forces are out and about, and it turns out there is a prohibition law on the books in Springfield. That brings prohibition to town, which eventually brings the no-nonsense lawman Rex Banner, a parody of Elliot Ness, but from the TV show The Untouchables where he’s played by Robert Stack. It’s actually Homer who is able to operate under Banner’s nose as the Beer Baron, the man who is flooding speakeasies around town with alcohol. First it’s just beer he stole, then he starts making bathtub liquors.