Recap: The Simpsons S 13 E 16 Weekend At Burnsies
After Homer's new pet crows (which have flocked to him after he trashed Marge's new scarecrow for her garden) peck out his eyes, Dr. Hibbert suggests that Homer smoke medicinal marijuana to cure his ocular pain, but the pot turns Homer into a burnout...and Mr. Burns' newest speechwriter.
This episode contains examples of: (YMMV Examples here)
- Closer than They Appear: Parodied:
Homer: [reads container] "Toke as needed. Caution: objects may appear more edible than they actually are."
- Contemplating Your Hands: Homer and Otto partake in this for a bit, including Otto finding a wedding band and that his fingers do "fing".
- Continuity Nod: When Marge assembles the scarecrow, a small bubble of Comic Book Guy appears and relates the episodes the items used are from. For those curious, said items include Lisa's jersey from "Lisa on Ice", Bart's jockey pants from "Saddlesore Galatica", a Jack-O-Lantern from multiple Treehouse of Horror episodes, and a hole-bearing fedora from the fictitious "Who Shot Grampa's Hat?".
- As Otto is staring at his hand, he sees a wedding band, saying "Oh, right, I married that chick..." probably referring to Becky from "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge".
- Creepy Crows: "It's a murder, honey. A group of crows is called a murder."
- Drugs Are Bad: Parodied
Bart: Dad, I thought you didn't like her saxophone?
Homer: I didn't but now Daddy's special medicine, which you must never use because it will ruin your life, lets Daddy see and hear magical things that you will never experience! Ever.
- Exact Words: Even after his eyes being cured, he kept a joint as a "reminder". Not a reminder of being on drugs, an actual memo pad he used to remind himself that he needs to go to the dentist on Tuesday.
- Eye Scream: The crows particularly attack Homer's eyes, trying to "drink his sweet eye juices", according to Hibbert.
- Groin Attack: In a flashback, Homer is shown stuffing a joint into the crotch of his pants to hide it from a drug-sniffing dog. You can imagine what happens next.
- Improvised Parachute: Maggie flaps her arms when she sees the crows as a baby might. They lift her into the air, assuming she wants to fly despite Homer's protests. She slips from their grip but manages to save herself by using her diaper as a parachute.
- Listen To It Stoned: Homer apparently likes Lisa's saxophone music and Mr. Burns' lame jokes a lot more when he's stoned.
- Marijuana Is LSD / Mushroom Samba: Homer starts seeing everything with smiley faces and rainbows once he starts smoking pot. The soundtrack also plays Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" when Homer drives his car through the sky to work.
- Never Trust An Episode Title: Even though the episode title is a pun on Weekend at Bernie's, the parody of it is very shallow (Smithers and Homer finding Mr. Burns dead and propping him up to make him look alive) and is seen near the end of the episode.
- No Export for You: Was banned for a time on Sky1 in the UK due to the plot about medical marijuana. It did eventually air in a post-watershed slot on both Sky and Channel 4 when they got the rights to it (only it wasn't advertised). It's now available on DVD (where it was rated 12 for frequent references to mild drugs).
- Averted in Australia and the United States. This episode did air in these countries, but with higher ratings than usual (Australia aired the episode with an M rating note while the U.S. aired this with a TV-14 ratingnote
- People Puppets: Smithers directs Mr. Burns this way at the investors' meeting to hide the fact that he's unconscious (thought by them to be dead). At the end, Homer chides Smithers for wanting to take Burns to the hospital. Annoyed, Burns has Smithers, who still has Burns on marionette strings, manipulate his hand to slap Homer and himself (while also slapping Burns at his own request).
- Shaped Like Itself: Otto's comment about why they call them fingers if they don't fing, then realizing they do fing.
- Shout-Out: The title is a reference to the movie Weekend at Bernie's and shares a similar premise in trying to make it appear that a dead body is still alive (though Mr. Burns is revived).
- While stoned, Homer sings "Smoke on the Water" which is what alerts the family to his pot use (though the telltale trails of smoke do too).
- Also while stoned, Homer watches an episode of The Three Stooges with Otto.
- Stoners Are Funny: Most of the episode's humor comes from this principle.
- What Could Have Been: The writers were planning on making this episode their most controversial, due to the arguments over the health benefits of marijuana. Apparently, this grand plan didn't take as the censors only objected to scenes of Homer actually smoking his joints instead of the actual subject matter. The worst this episode got in terms of people speaking out against it were some negative reviews from viewers and Jon Vitti had to explain to his nephew that Homer's behavior isn't something to be imitated or glorified. The episode that did garner lots of controversy was "Blame It on Lisa" after Brazil complained about how their country was depicted.