Episode - 8F09\\
First Aired - 12/5/1991

Depressed that he's spending his autumn years working at the nuclear plant, Mr. Burns decides to sell his beloved plant to German investors, who are planning to get rid of all that is considered "inefficient" with the plant (which means that Homer is once again out of a job).
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AintTooProudToBeg: Burns begs the Germans to buy the plant back. When he hears they're eager to sell, though, he puts the screws in them.
-->'''Burns:''' Advantage: Burns.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: All it takes is a mention of "the land of chocolate" for Homer to get lost in thought imagining a literal land of chocolate for ten minutes while he's interviewing to keep his job.
* BaitAndSwitch: When Bart goes to pick up Homer at Moe's after making a prank phone call there:
-->'''Bart:''' Excuse me. I'm looking for--\\
'''Moe:''' ''(ominously)'' Wait a minute. I know that voice.\\
''([[OhCrap Bart gulps]])''\\
'''Moe:''' ''(cheerfully)'' If it isn't little Bart Simpson! I haven't seen you in years!
* BewareTheNiceOnes: For most of the episode the German businessmen are depicted as honest, friendly, workaholic people who want nothing but the best for their employees and the power plant. Even Lenny puts aside his initial prejudices. Only near the end the Germans get frightened when the safety levels of the power plant become dangerous and let Mr. Burns buy it back from them. When Burns pays them a low price, they naturally feel angry and warn Burns that "We Germans aren't all smiles ''und'' sunshine". As they say this, some sinister music starts playing. The Mexican Spanish dub [[{{Woolseyism}} changes]] the "We Germans aren't all smiles ''und'' sunshine" line with "Los alemanes no perdonamos nada" (We Germans do not ''forgive anything''), turning them into outright jerkasses.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The German who looks like Sgt Shultz asked Homer if they could talk, Homer said no. But the German thought maybe Homer didn't understand him, so he tries to make himself clearer until Homer screams [[BigNo "NOOO!!"]]. Since asking didn't work, the German likely ''demanded'' he comes with him.
* DreamSequence: Homer imagines a literal "land of chocolate".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Seeing Burns hoot and holler for joy at the price the Germans give him for his plant, given his wealth has reached Scrooge [=McDuck=] levels of ridiculousness over the years.
* GilliganCut: Upon realizing the townsfolk won't fear him unless he's employer to most of them, Mr. Burns decided to buy the plant back. After doing so, he wanted to put Homer in a position where Burns could exact revenge on him. Cut to Homer gleefully telling Marge he recovered his job.
* GratuitousGerman: Naturally a lot, since German industrials buy the power plant. Even Smithers tries to learn German. The title is a horribly mangled translation of "Burns Sells the Power Plant." For one thing, "Kraftwerk" ("power plant") is a neuter noun, so it would need "das" (which is a neuter definite article) instead of "der" (which is used for masculine nouns). For another, "verkaufen" (the infinitive) is used instead of "verkauft" (which is the third-person conjugation). The correct German title of this episode would be "Burns verkauft das Kraftwerk." On the DVDCommentary, the writers simply give up and refer to it as [[TheOneWith "The German Episode."]]
* HiddenDepths: Mr. Burns is revealed to be fluent in German (though some of what he says wouldn't be considered correct if you're a native German speaker). This becomes FridgeHorror when, in a later episode, "A Star Is Burns", he reveals that he's a lot like Oskar Schindler (of ''Film/SchindlersList'' fame) in that he made artillery shells for the Nazis (with the only difference being that Burns' shells actually worked, damnit!).
* HypocriticalHumor: Moe is infuriated by the prank calls he receives and always vows revenge, but he finds the idea of Bart doing that to people (not knowing he's Bart's victim) hilarious.
* ImagineSpot: The famous "Land of Chocolate" sequence.
* InsultBackfire
-->'''Homer:''' Let me ask you something, does your money make you happy?\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Yes.\\
'''Homer:''' Okay, bad example.
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: The reason Burns re-hires Homer.
--> '''Burns''': I keep my enemies close, and my enemies even closer. He'll slowly regain his confidence as the months and years drift by, blissfully unaware that the sword of Damocles is dangling just above his head. And then one day, when he least expects it...
* LoudGulp: Bart gets this when Marge orders him to get Homer from Moe's right after he plays his prank phone call on Moe. Also counts as an OhCrap moment.
* MathematiciansAnswer:
--> '''Horst:''' Then you must have some plans for the future as well?\\
'''Homer:''' I sure do!\\
''(really long {{beat}})''\\
'''Hans:''' ...Such as?
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Horst tries to arrange a private meeting with Homer but he keeps nervously refusing. Horst thinks that it's because his English is poor, but in reality it's because Homer doesn't want to be outed as a terrible employee.
-->'''Horst:''' Homer, could we have a word with you?
-->'''Homer:''' ''(nervously)'' No.
-->'''Horst:''' I must have phrased that badly. My English is, how you say, inelegant. I meant to say, may we have a brief, friendly chat?
-->'''Homer:''' Nooo!
-->'''Horst:''' Once again I have failed. ''(takes out a German-English dictionary)'' We request the pleasure of your company for a free exchange of ideas.
-->'''Homer:''' NOOOOOO! ''(runs out of the room)''
* NeverMyFault: Homer grumbles about losing his job, insisting the Germans have no right to declare him unsafe....[[HypocriticalHumor while rummaging a fork inside a toaster...connected to an overloaded mains.]] He later says it's Mr. Burns' fault for wanting an extra hundred million dollars.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Homer repeatedly screws him and his family out of fortune and eventually ends up jobless and bankrupt. He sells all his company stocks just before they shoot up tremendously, he obliviously gives the Germans a price to buy out Burns' position, and then gets himself fired when they discover his incompetence.
* OhCrap: Mr. Burns when he realizes the people of Springfield aren't afraid of him anymore.
* PerpetualPoverty: The state of the Simpsons' life gets worse once Homer loses his job, leading to compromises like Lisa having to do Marge's BeehiveHairdo (making it look more like a pair of bunny ears in the process) and Bart refusing to take baths and reading comics without actually buying them (which Marge scolds him for).
* {{Revenge}}: The Germans swear this at the end.
* SarcasmMode: Mr. Burns's response to the Germans swearing revenge is full of this.
* ScareChord: When Marge enters the kitchen with a bunny-eared version of her usual BeehiveHairdo.
* ShoutOut:
** Mayor Quimby welcomes the new German bosses with the phrase: "Ich bin ein Springfielder", which is a reference to UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's famous 1961 quote during his visit to Berlin: "Ich bin ein Berliner".
** Homer sings "Na Na Na (Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye)" by Steam
** One of the Germans (drawn to resemble John Banner) relaxes the workers by telling them to think of him as the lovable Sgt Shultz from ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Stockbroker/Horst
* StatusQuoIsGod: DoubleSubverted at the end of the episode, when it seems like Mr. Burns is planning to get revenge on Homer at some point. In later episodes, Burns has completely forgotten who Homer is and Smithers has to remind Burns of his past interactions with Homer.
* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: Mr. Burns' German during the dinner with the German businessmen is correct, even if it has a few grammatical errors. On the other hand, the Mexican Spanish dub replaced Burns and the other Germans' speech with German-sounding gibberish, as neither one of the voice actors spoke German.
* TakeThat: When Homer originally leaks Burns' asking price ($100 million) to the German businessmen, they observe that "[they]'ll still have enough left to buy the UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} Browns."