Recap / The Simpsons S 21 E 17 American History X Cellent

Mr. Burns goes to jail for harboring stolen art, leaving Smithers in charge of the plant. Meanwhile Bart and Lisa care for some ants.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):

  • Bad Boss: Smithers becomes worse than Burns after discovering the guys were seeing his benevolence as weakness to exploit. e releases wolverines instead of hounds.
  • Benevolent Boss: After Mr. Burns is sent to prison, Smithers tries to be one but changes his mind after he realizes how the employees take advantage of benevolent bosses.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: This is how Smithers learns what Homer, Lenny and Carl really think of him. Lampshaded by Carl that nothing is better than immediately backstabbing someone they just had a conversation with the moment he seemly walks off.
  • How We Got Here: The episode starts with Homer, Lenny and Carl disguised as guards getting Mr. Burns out of prison. Burns then starts telling about the events that led to his imprisonment.