Headscratchers / The Simpsons S 5 E 15 Deep Space Homer
Why, in God's name, does Burns give the award to an inanimate carbon rod??
One, it's Rule of Funny, two, it's a running gag of how Mr. Burns doesn't know who Homer is (even after the many times he's crossed paths with Homer and his family), and three, it shows that Mr. Burns only cares about money and material goods rather than people (like when he hired a rescue dog to be vice president in "Homer's Enemy," how he had a brick replace Homer while he was in the hospital on "Homer's Triple Bypass," and how he nearly pulled the plug on Homer because it was costing Burns too much money to keep him on life support in "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show.")
We simply could not function without his tireless efforts.