Episode - 1F01\\
First Aired - 10/21/1993

Something is bothering Mr. Burns. He keeps muttering "Bobo" in his sleep, but won't say what it refers to. A flashback shows that "Bobo" was Mr. Burns' teddy bear, back when he lived with his poor, but loving parents. When he was adopted by a twisted, loveless billionaire (''a la'' ''CitizenKane''), he tossed the toy aside and drove off, leaving the bear to his little brother, [[HistoricalInJoke comedian George Burns]]. After an ill-received birthday party (which ends with Homer's horrendous attempt at stand-up, followed by Burns' jack-booted thug security guards beating everyone up), Burns finally admits to Smithers what he wants -- his teddy bear back!

After being abandoned, Bobo went through a string of different owners. Charles Lindbergh had him when he flew ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' into France, a reference to Lindbergh carrying a Felix the Cat doll with him when he made his famous trans-Atlantic flight. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler had Bobo during his last hours in his bunker in 1945 Berlin, and Bobo was on the ''Nautilus'' submarine that explored the North Pole in 1957 before ending up frozen in ice and accidentally put into a bag of ice cubes by an ice company. The bag is bought by Bart Simpson (who was sent to the store to buy ice for Homer's bruised head after his disastrous turn as a stand-up comic at Burns' birthday party), who gives the now ragged bear to Maggie.

Burns puts out a reward for Bobo's return, and Homer, after realizing what Maggie is playing with, eagerly calls Burns. However, Maggie is unwilling to give up her new toy, and Homer can't bring himself to force it off her.

Burns tries to get the bear by multiple means, from attempted burglary to cutting off Springfield's TV and beer supply. But even an angry mob can't take stay mad at Maggie, and Burns is forced to have Smithers beg on his behalf. Homer simply tells him to take it up with Maggie. Out in the sandbox, Burns tries to take Bobo by force, but finds his strength lacking. Eventually, he gives up, and tells Maggie to take good care of Bobo. Maggie, seeing how much Burns cares for Bobo, gives the bear to him. Burns, happily reunited, swears to never lose Bobo again...

...And sometime in the very distant future (where apes have ruled the world and Homer has been cloned for slave labor), Burns- now a head on a robotic body- finds Bobo in the desert, and refirms his pledge.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AdolfHitlarious: Hitler blaming a teddy bear for his own failures.
* AIIsACrapShoot: Prof. Frink claims his robotic bear is programmed to be just as cuddly as a normal teddy bear, but it doesn't work out that way.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography and ArtisticLicenseHistory: O.K., we may be able to buy that Charles Lindbergh took Bobo on his trip across the Atlantic Ocean and threw him away as soon as he arrived in Paris. But Hitler grabbing the bear in the crowd? What was he doing in Paris in 1927? Wasn't he preparing the Nazi Party in Germany for winning the 1933 German elections?
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Music/TheRamones
* BadFuture: In the year 1,000,000 A.D., apes rule the world, Homer is the only human alive (and has been cloned for slave labor), Mr. Burns is still alive (and kept that way on a robotic body), and Smithers' head is on a robot dog's body.
* BlatantLies: Mr. Burns tries to get out of offering Homer a big reward by claiming he's "strapped for cash." The ceiling above him immediately breaks and a torrent of gold and jewels falls on him.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: On Canada's Global network and the UK, the Ramones' performance was edited to remove the lines "I'd just like to say this gig sucks!", "Up yours, Springfield!" and "Go to hell, you old bastard!" (making it seem as if Burns was scared because of the punk music, not the profanity and the punk music).
** When Princess Diana died, the scene of Mr. Burns getting his photo taken by a paparazzo was cut to remove Burns' line, "Damn you, paparazzo" in the UK because the paparazzi was implicated in causing the car crash that killed Princess Diana.
** In Australia, the part where Mr. Burns' security guards beat everyone up after he announces that his birthday party is over was cut, as well as the scene where Barney points a gun at Homer after Burns cuts off the Beer supply.
* ButtMonkey: GeorgeHWBush and JimmyCarter who aren't allowed at Burns' party, because they only served one term.
* DealWithTheDevil: A newspaper headline notes that Mr. Burns credits his long life to Satan. A picture below the headline shows Burns handing Satan a giant check.
* FanDisservice: Smithers imagines ''Mr. Burns'' erotically popping out of a birthday cake for him clad in nothing but a sash.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Burns' inability to out-muscle Maggie will become very relevant in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns the "Who Shot Mr. Burns" two-parter]].
* FlashbackEpisode: A large part of it.
* FreezeFrameBonus and {{Blooper}}: Homer's September calendar has 31 days on it (September has 30 days).
* NeverMyFault: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler blamed Bobo for his downfall.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Marge suggests the family make Mr. Burns double whatever offer he gives them, causing everyone to stare in shock. Marge retorts, "Why can't I be greedy once in a while?"
* RecognitionFailure: Mr. Burns thinks the Ramones are the Rolling Stones.
* ShamingTheMob: The mob shamed themselves after seeing how upset Maggie was.
* ShoutOut:
** The opening scenes with Burns in his bed and him going away from his parents during his youth are straight out of ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** The chanting soldiers in front of Burns' mansion reference the Witches' soldiers in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** Homer prepares to do stand-up by practicing in front of the mirror with a golf club in his hand, referencing comedian BobHope.
** The final scene with Homer in the future cloned and enslaved by apes references ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes''.
** In Homer's ImagineSpot about having his own recording studio, Homer sings the old [[McDonalds Big Mac]] jingle.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: The sitcom starring Burns and Smithers.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Sort of. To avoid admitting to Smithers he was having a nightmare about his lost teddy bear Bobo, Burns claimed he was having one about missing the TV show ''Sheriff Lobo''. Then we get to see Homer, who actually ''was'' dreaming about missing ''Sheriff Lobo''.
* TemptingFate: After Mr. Burns attempt to take Bobo from Maggie by force failed, he wondered what could be more humiliating and a paparazzo showed up to photograph him.
* ThereWasADoor: The robot bear escapes by going through the walls of Burns' mansion.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, one of the historical moments Bobo was around for was John F. Kennedy's assassination, but the writers thought the joke would be in bad taste (and would cause FridgeLogic, because if Bobo was on the ''Nautilius'' in 1957, how would he have ended up in Dallas in 1963 -- unless the ''Nautilius'' part was the new scene the writers created to cover up the rejected JFK scene?).