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Encyclopedia > Burns' Heir
The Simpsons episode
"Burns' Heir"
Homer making a futile attempt to take Bart back
Episode no. 99
Prod. code 1F16
Orig. airdate April 14, 1994
Show runner(s) David Mirkin
Written by Jace Richdale
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Chalkboard "The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with 'Hail Satan'"
Couch gag The family arrives rolled up in balls and unravel once they hit the couch.
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
David Mirkin
Jace Richdale
Mark Kirkland
David Silverman
Season 5
September 30, 1993May 19, 1994
  1. Homer's Barbershop Quartet
  2. Cape Feare
  3. Homer Goes to College
  4. Rosebud
  5. Treehouse of Horror IV
  6. Marge on the Lam
  7. Bart's Inner Child
  8. Boy-Scoutz N the Hood
  9. The Last Temptation of Homer
  10. $pringfield
  11. Homer the Vigilante
  12. Bart Gets Famous
  13. Homer and Apu
  14. Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
  15. Deep Space Homer
  16. Homer Loves Flanders
  17. Bart Gets an Elephant
  18. Burns' Heir
  19. Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song
  20. The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  21. Lady Bouvier's Lover
  22. Secrets of a Successful Marriage
List of all The Simpsons episodes

"Burns' Heir" is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season, first aired on April 14, 1994. Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... David Mirkin (born September 18, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American, feature film and television director, writer and producer. ... The Simpsons writing staff in season 13, including current show runner Al Jean (fourth from left in middle row) and previous show runners Mike Scully (first from left in back row), David Mirkin (sixth from left in back row), and Mike Reiss (fourth from left in back row). ... Jace Richdale is a producer and writer. ... The three people are caricatures of (left to right) Rich Moore, Wes Archer and David Silverman[1] The following is a list of directors who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Mark Kirkland is a director of episodes of The Simpsons. ... Bart writes The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with Hail Satan The chalkboard gag is a running visual joke that occurs during the opening credits of many episodes of The Simpsons. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons DVD season boxsets have been released since 2001 in different regions all over the world. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[3] his family name is pronounced ) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons,[4] Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... David Mirkin (born September 18, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American, feature film and television director, writer and producer. ... Jace Richdale is a producer and writer. ... Mark Kirkland is a director of episodes of The Simpsons. ... David Silverman (born on 15 March 1957 in New York City, New York) is an animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, where he would go on to be the supervising director of animation for several years, as well as animating on all... The Simpsons Season 5 DVD. The Simpsons 5th season (September 1993 - May 1994) began on September 30, 1993. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Homers Barbershop Quartet is the first episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Cape Feare is the second episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which premiered on the Fox network on October 7, 1993 after being held over from season four. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... Rosebud is the fourth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Treehouse of Horror IV is the fifth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on October 28, 1993. ... Marge on the Lam is the sixth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Barts Inner Child is the seventh episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on November 11, 1993. ... Boy-Scoutz N the Hood is the eighth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... The Last Temptation of Homer is the ninth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling), also known as $pringfield, is the tenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer the Vigilante is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Bart Gets Famous is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which originally aired on February 3, 1994. ... Homer and Apu is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on February 10, 1994. ... Lisa vs. ... Deep Space Homer is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer Loves Flanders is the sixteenth episode from the fifth season of The Simpsons. ... Bart Gets an Elephant is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Sweet Seymour Skinners Baadasssss Song is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on April 28, 1994. ... The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Lady Bouviers Lover is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which originally aired on May 12, 1994. ... Secrets of a Successful Marriage is the 22nd and final episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...

Contents

Plot

While Homer is bored at work at the power plant, he suddenly wins the employee raffle. He is forced to be an industrial chimney sweep, where he is strung from a crane with batting wrapped around him and dipped into the industrial smokestacks. Even with all his misfortune, Homer is happy, saying that guys at the top work much harder than him. Meanwhile Burns is watching Homer while taking a bath and wearing a top hat, smoking a cigar and eating a bag of extra-fancy potato chips, with Smithers sitting beside him. Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Chimney stacks on a Newcastle upon Tyne building A chimney is a system for venting hot gases and smoke from a stove, furnace or fireplace to the outside atmosphere. ... Charles Montgomery Burns, normally referred to as Mr. ... Duke Ellington wearing a top hat. ... Four cigars of different brands (from top: H. Upmann, Montecristo, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta) An airtight cigar storage tube and a double guillotine-style cutter Individual Woodtip Swisher Sweets Cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco, one end of which is ignited so that... Potato chips A potato chip or crisp is a thin slice of a potato, deep fried or baked until crisp. ... Waylon Smithers, Jr. ...


Smithers leaves Burns for a second to find a spherical sponge and places the one he had on Burns' top hat, causing him to sink and almost drown which triggers Burns' life to flash before his eyes. After Smithers rescues him, Burns realizes that no one would carry on his legacy when he dies (Smithers could not do this, because he's been arranged to be buried alive with Burns when he dies). Because of this, he holds an audition to find an heir; all the boys in Springfield try out. Lisa attempts to reason with Burns to consider using girls as heirs, but Burns insists on boys, much to the dismay of Milhouse (who failed the audition earlier on the basis of being a geek and was about to try again disguised as a girl). Bart tries out but fails miserably because the lines that Homer gave him made him sound like a fool. Angry after the audition ends, Bart vandalizes Burns' house. Burns' watches Bart destroy his house and decides he wants him as his heir (as Burns approves of malevolence). Polyurethane sponge Close-up A sponge is a tool consisting of porous material used for cleaning impervious surfaces. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ... it means bad things. ...


However, once Bart becomes Burns' heir, he abandons his family. The family becomes angry and wants Bart back, so they hire a lawyer, Lionel Hutz, to help them win Bart back. The case does not turn out in their favor. His family also tries to get the deprogrammers to kidnap Bart, but the deprogrammers make a mistake and take the old man Hans Moleman instead. Lionel Hutz, AKA Miguel Sanchez, AKA Dr. Nguyen Van Falk, voiced by Phil Hartman, is a fictional secondary character from The Simpsons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Meanwhile, Bart becomes lonely and wants to go back to his family. Burns does not want him to leave and tries to trick him into thinking that his family hates him, using a falsified video with actors playing the Simpson family. Back at the Simpson house, as Marge remembers Bart as a baby, Lisa tries to fill the void left by Bart by ripping up the wallpaper and tripping up Homer. Burns then tries to break Bart's ties with his family by forcing him to fire Homer, but Bart "fires" Burns instead and drops him through a trap door. Back home, the family tells Bart about the fake family he saw on the video and that they really do love him. Homer then introduces the still-deprogrammed Hans to Bart as his new brother ("Cowabunga, dudes"), but Marge wants him out of the house.


Cultural references

  • Hans being deprogrammed in Room 101 is similar to 1984.
  • The beginning of the "Siskel and Ebert" movie parodies the THX sound Deep Note. In fact, this scene was made into an actual THX movie trailer, with the scene being redone for the widescreen aspect ratio. That trailer can be seen on Season 5 of The Simpsons DVD box set.
  • The young boy saying, "The day, sir? Why, it's Christmas Day!" makes a reference to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
  • The giant wall of TVs is a parody of Sliver.
  • Moe talking to himself in the mirror is similar to that from Taxi Driver.
  • Bart's pulling up to Burns' mansion on his bicycle is a parody of E.T.
  • Bart showing Milhouse the house full of toys may be a reference to the 1988 Tom Hanks movie Big or the 1980s sitcom Silver Spoons.
  • Burns standing in a grassy field is a parody of the Toys trailer with Robin Williams.
  • When Burns appears dead in the bathtub then attacks Smithers, the scene a reference to the popular climatic scene in Fatal Attraction where Alex appears dead in the bathtub before springing up to kill Dan, and gets shot by Dan's wife.
  • Burns infiltrates a Greenpeace boat by disguising himself as Wavy Gravy.
  • Martin's song at the audition is a reference to the song in Meet Me in St. Louis except with different lyrics.
  • Milhouse's audition is similar to that from The Little Drummer Boy.
  • The Krusty the Klown rerun mentions the Falkland Islands' invasion by Argentina on April 2, 1982. This helps to support Krusty's alibi that he is only playing a rerun and is indeed the real Krusty, who is delivering Bart a pizza.
  • The actor that Burns hires to portray Homer is based on Michael Caine. According to the DVD episode commentary, the producers were hoping Caine himself would voice the role for a role in a different episode, which he declined (that role went to James Woods).

Room 101 is a place introduced in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. ... Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes 1984) is a darkly satirical political novel by George Orwell. ... Ebert & Roeper (Originally titled as Siskel & Ebert) is a popular movie-review television program starring film critic Roger Ebert and columnist Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... THX is the trade name of a high-fidelity sound reproduction system for movie theaters, screening rooms, home theaters, computer speakers, gaming consoles, and car audio systems. ... Deep Note in Audacity in Ubuntu Linux Deep Note in Baudline in Linux Deep Note in Baudline in Linux(zoomed to 5kHz) Deep Note is the name of THXs audio logo, a distinctive synthesized crescendo sound. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 films and pre-widescreen television. ... “Dickens” redirects here. ... A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (commonly known as A Christmas Carol ) is what Charles Dickens described as his little Christmas Book and was first published on December 19, 1843 with illustrations by John Leech. ... Promotional movie poster for Sliver Sliver is a 1993 film based on the Ira Levin novel Sliver about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York highrise apartment building. ... It has been suggested that Travis Bickle be merged into this article or section. ... ET (or et) is Latin for and; it can also refer to: Estonian language (ISO 639 alpha-2, et) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the 1982 film, or the related video game extraterrestrials in general Eastern Time, both in standard time and daylight time Entertainment Tonight engineering technology elapsed time... Big is a 1988 comedy film which tells the story of a teenaged boy who is aged to adulthood by a magical fortune telling machine. ... Silver Spoons was a sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. ... Toys is a 1992 surreal black comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. ... Robin McLaurin Williams (born July 21, 1951)[1] is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian who has done television, stage, and film work. ... Fatal Attraction is a 1987 thriller about a married man who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end and who becomes obsessed with him. ... Greenpeace protest against Esso / Exxon Mobil. ... Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Romney on May 15, 1936) is a life-long activist for peace and personal empowerment, best known for his hippie appearance, personality, and beliefs. ... Meet Me in St. ... Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas song from 1958 (words and music by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone). ... Congressman Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski (Hebrew: הרשל שמויקל פינקוס ירוחם קרסטופסקי, born c. ... Combatants United Kingdom Argentina Commanders Governor Rex Hunt Major Mike Norman RM Major Ian Nott RM Major Phil Sommers FIDF Admiral Carlos Busser Lieutenant commander Guillermo Sánchez-Sabarots Lieutenant commander Pedro Giachino† Strength 46 marines 11 RN sailors 25 FIDFs troops 600 troops (some 60 actually clashed with... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Jr. ... Homer and Apu is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on February 10, 1994. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...

Goofs

  • Lionel Hutz's law office at the mall isn't named "I Can't Believe It's A Law Firm" in this episode.
  • In this episode, Mr. Burns states that the movie Sliver was a delightful romp, but in Homer Defined, Burns called it an "appalling piece of filth" and commented on how tasteless Sharon Stone's nude scene was.
  • Even though the sign at the gate of Mr. Burns' mansion states the relocation of the auditions the Simpson family is later seen leaving it.

Homer Defined is the fifth episode of The Simpsons third season. ...

Deleted Scenes

Syndication cuts

Sometimes, during Bart's poor audition to Burns, Homer tries to correct Bart, thinking that "Mr. Burns" is actually "Mr. Kurns", until corrected by Marge.


After Bart has dinner with Mr. Burns, a scene is occasionally shown where Burns shows off his wall of TVs showing hidden security camera footage from all around Springfield. During this scene, Bart witnesses Moe impersonating Robert De Niro in front of his mirror and Homer eating off the tops of flowers in the bathroom. The latter is referenced in another scene cut from syndication, where Bart tells Homer to eat some flowers before storming off to live with Mr. Burns. Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Morris Moe Lester Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ...


Robotic Richard Simmons

The Robotic Richard Simmons(Lorenzo Lamas in the spanish dub) was a clip which included a humorous reference to the hit film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and was cut in production and later shown in the Simpsons clip show episode, "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular". For other persons named Richard Simmons, see Richard Simmons (disambiguation). ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular is the tenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, and is, as the title suggests, the 138th episode. ...


The episode had one part where Homer Simpson went to Mr Burns' house to retrieve his boy and is ignored by Burns and Bart. In the deleted scene, Mr. Burns released one of the many things at his disposal to rid of Homer. He released the Robotic Richard Simmons which indeed does scare Homer away from Burns' Mansion. It then goes out of control. After Waylon Smithers shoots the robot with a shotgun, its face turns to liquid metal and molds back into place (a la Terminator 2). The robot continues to sing and dance until it explodes at Burns' doorstep. In the aired episode, when told to do his worst, Burns instead slammed the door and locked it, with Homer subsequently trying to pull a doorbell prank on him. Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Mr. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ... Waylon Smithers, Jr. ...


According to the DVD commentary, the real Richard Simmons was going to lend his voice to the episode, until he read the script and declined to appear because he was playing a robot. For other persons named Richard Simmons, see Richard Simmons (disambiguation). ...


The DVD commentary track also explains that the scene was removed as the show's writers did not find it to be funny after it was animated, and test audiences never really liked the scene either. However, to their surprise, upon screening it at conventions or college presentations it would make the audience erupt with laughter. This scene is shown on the clip show episode, "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular". The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular is the tenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, and is, as the title suggests, the 138th episode. ...


The scene still appears in other countries.


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