Everyone loves a good fan theory, and everyone loves The Simpsons.
So by that logic, everyone is going to love this post. One Redditor has outlined his theory that Moe always knew Bart was the mystery prank caller who torments his bar with phone calls.
‘Senor_Schnarf’ proposes that Moe decided to play along with Bart, but why…
Let’s begin by proposing how Moe might know the caller is Bart. Well, frankly, it’s easy. It’s always the same voice which calls and pranks him with ridiculously obvious setups (“I’d like to speak to a Mr. Youcuddleme, first name, Will”). While very few people in Springfield are smart (even fewer when crayons get thrown into the mix…), the bar to hurdle this particular mental challenge is pretty low.
He is shown to know what Bart’s voice sounds like in some random episode whose exact spot in the series I can’t remember, where Bart goes to Moe’s with Homer, full of fear that Moe will recognize him and make good on his threats and flay him alive. Upon entering, Moe says “I know that voice… It’s little bitty Bart Simpson!” and picks him up to give him a hug. While people’s real life/phone voices aren’t EXACTLY the same, they’re generally similar enough that you can easily make out who’s who.
But why does Moe put up with these pranks?
Because he’s a sad, lonely guy who loves children and always wanted a family of his own. He’s even shown to be particularily drawn towards Homer’s family, as evidenced by his first name basis with all family members, and the special, uncharacteristically kind treatment he gives the children. He’s shown to be kind to Lisa, and in one episode developed an extremely strong atttachement to Maggie. It is not out to left field to think he may harbour similar sentiment towards Bart as well. Allowing Bart to make a fool of him is done in the same way parents will let their children play petty pranks on them, because Moe loves Bart and takes joy in his joy.
So to conclude:
To further attest to Moe’s attachment to Bart, Moe has plenty of ways to easily foil Bart, but never does. He could *69 the number, he could go to the police, or he could just not honour any requests by the caller with Bart’s voice which he gets ALL THE TIME. But he chooses not to out of love for Bart, and possibly a loneliness so crippling he’s just happy to get a phone call of any sort.
And people took to the comments to back up the theory:
And this guy took it one step further…
It was all just part of a very clever business plan, apparently.