Lionel Hutz

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Lionel Hutz is a recurring character from the animated television series The Simpsons. He was voiced by Phil Hartman, and his first appearance was in the season two episode "Bart Gets Hit by a Car". Due to the death of Hartman, his final speaking role was in the episode "Realty Bites". Hutz is a lawyer in Springfield, albeit an incompetent one who is always desperate for cases, few of which he wins. Hutz is often depicted as being financially unsound, extremely poor and willing to do anything for cash.


Role in The Simpsons


Lionel Hutz, or Miguel Sanchez, is an inept ambulance chaser and, according to Lisa Simpson, a "shyster" whom the Simpsons nonetheless repeatedly hire as their lawyer (a fact remarked on by Marge Simpson in a typically self-aware aside).[1] His legal practice, located in a shopping mall, is named "I Can't Believe It's A Law Firm!" and also offers "expert shoe repair". He often tries to entice potential clients with free gifts, including a "smoking monkey" doll, a pen that looks like a cigar, a business card that "turns into a sponge when you put it in water,"[2] and even a half-empty Orange Julius he once had handy.

Hutz is characterized as both a grossly incompetent lawyer and an unethical individual in general; for instance, in the season 4 episode "Marge in Chains" he describes the following as his "problem" with Judge Snyder:

Hutz is a recovering alcoholic; also in "Marge in Chains", he hastily leaves the courtroom after handling a bottle of bourbon in order to consult his sponsor, David Crosby. He then gives his closing statement, unaware that he is not wearing any pants and thinks that Clarence Darrow was "The Black guy on The Mod Squad". Beyond the law, he also tries his hand at selling real estate, reasoning that it was a natural move as most of his clients ended up losing their homes anyway,[3] and out of desperation for work, babysitting, where he produces a switchblade on awakening suddenly after nodding off to sleep, and also burns a lot of presumably incriminating documents in the Simpsons' fireplace, then claiming he is now "Miguel Sanchez".[4] Hutz's incompetence and financial desperation sometimes lead him to resort to rooting through dumpsters, claiming they are client-related.[5] Hutz was briefly married to Selma Bouvier, although this storyline is not shown in an episode. Hutz has also been known to use a phone booth as an office.

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