Episode - 7F01\\
First Aired - 11/01/1990

Bart and Lisa's discovery of a three-eyed fish in a river near the nuclear plant prompts Mr. Burns to save his tarnished image by running against Governor Mary Bailey in the upcoming election.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* BribeBackfire: Mr. Burns' blatant attempt to bribe the government inspector only puts himself in more hot water.
* ContinuityNod: Bart pastes the picture of him catching Blinky in a scrapbook next to one about how [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E8TheTelltaleHead some vandal took a statue's head.]]
** Blinky first appeared as a throwaway gag in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]".
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Subverted. Homer ''thinks'' this is happening when Mr. Burns glares at Homer for saying that he (Mr. Burns) could afford to run for office when no honest man could. His babbling in fact inspires Mr. Burns to put himself in the running for governor so he can keep his plant from closing down.
* MisplacedRetribution: Mr. Burns threatens to ruin ''Homer's'' life after Marge destroys his campaign single handedly. Granted as with [[StatusQuoIsGod most obligations he has towards Homer]], it doesn't seem to go anywhere.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The scene where Mr. Burns spits out the piece of fish meat is done entirely in slow motion, and the accompanying camera crew follows its every motion while it's in the air.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Homer gave Mr. Burns the idea to run for governor. Mostly because Mr. Burns was making him nervous by glaring at him for making a comment that he can afford to.
* ShoutOut: Many of the scenes (and parts of the plot) in this episode are taken from ''Film/CitizenKane''.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Marge single-handily torpedos Mr. Burns' campaign with one serving.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Marge. Throughout the episode, she keeps acting as though Homer is voting for Mr. Burns out of a genuine political belief despite Homer's blunt declaration that he is only doing so because Mr. Burns is his boss and would likely fire him if he voted for Mary Bailey. Her attempts to comfort Homer at the end of the episode can be [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpreted]] as her saying that Homer is a loser who's never going to amount to much since his goals are so pathetic.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The plot centers around a gubernatorial race for a state that is never mentioned. This episode could arguably be the TropeNamer since it's the first one where the lack of a state name is kind of an issue.
** {{Irony}}: Apparently the state motto is "Not just another state."