Episode - 1F01\\
First Aired - 10/21/1993

It's Mr. Burns' birthday, but, despite getting everything a cold, heartless billionaire could ever want, all Mr. Burns really wants is Bobo, the teddy bear he abandoned the day he was adopted into wealth ''a la'' [[CitizenKane Charles Foster Kane]]. Little does he know that his long-lost childhood toy is closer than he thinks...
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* AdolfHitlarious: Hitler blaming a teddy bear for his own failures.
* AIIsACrapShoot: Prof. Frink claims his robotic bear is programmed to be just as cuddly as a normal teddy bear, but it doesn't work out that way.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography and ArtisticLicenseHistory: O.K., we may be able to buy that Charles Lindbergh took Bobo on his trip across the Atlantic Ocean and threw him away as soon as he arrived in Paris (since Lindbergh actually had a Felix the cat doll when he made his famous trans-Atlantic flight, though it was night when he landed in Paris, not daytime). But Hitler grabbing the bear in the crowd? What was he doing in Paris in 1927? Wasn't he preparing the Nazi Party in Germany for winning the 1933 German elections?
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Music/TheRamones
* BadFuture: In the year 1,000,000 A.D., apes rule the world, Homer is the only human alive (and has been cloned for slave labor), Mr. Burns is still alive (and kept that way on a robotic body), and Smithers' head is on a robot dog's body.
* BlatantLies: Mr. Burns tries to get out of offering Homer a big reward by claiming he's "strapped for cash." The ceiling above him immediately breaks and a torrent of gold and jewels falls on him.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: On Canada's Global network and the UK, the Ramones' performance was edited to remove the lines "I'd just like to say this gig sucks!", "Up yours, Springfield!" and "Go to hell, you old bastard!" (making it seem as if Burns was scared because of the punk music, not the profanity and the punk music).
** When Princess Diana died, the scene of Mr. Burns getting his photo taken by a paparazzo was cut to remove Burns' line, "Damn you, paparazzo" in the UK because the paparazzi was implicated in causing the car crash that killed Princess Diana.
** In Australia, the part where Mr. Burns' security guards beat everyone up after he announces that his birthday party is over was cut, as well as the scene where Barney points a gun at Homer after Burns cuts off the Beer supply.
* ButtMonkey: GeorgeHWBush and JimmyCarter who aren't allowed at Burns' party, because they only served one term.
* DealWithTheDevil: A newspaper headline notes that Mr. Burns credits his long life to Satan. A picture below the headline shows Burns handing Satan a giant check.
* EditedForSyndication: The American syndicated version (barring the DVD and the cable reruns) have edited the following scenes.
** GeorgeHWBush getting turned away at Burns' party because he only served one term as U.S. President and Jimmy Carter (another one-termer U.S. President) trying to be friends with Bush, Sr. because of it.
** The ImagineSpot of Homer owning his own recording studio and singing the Big Mac jingle before drooling all over himself and the microphone.
** Homer trying to persuade Maggie to give up Bobo by giving her a box to play with...only for Homer to like the box better. It is worth noting because a later scene where Marge tells Homer that she's proud of him refusing the money for the sake of his daughter has a call-back where Homer plays with the box before Marge takes it away.
** Lisa and Homer watching the awful sitcom Mr. Burns and Smithers created after Burns cuts off all television in the town.
* FanDisservice: Smithers imagines ''Mr. Burns'' erotically popping out of a birthday cake for him clad in nothing but a sash (though Smithers sees it as fanservice).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Burns' inability to out-muscle Maggie will become very relevant in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns the "Who Shot Mr. Burns" two-parter]].
* FlashbackEpisode: A large part of it.
* FreezeFrameBonus and {{Blooper}}: Homer's September calendar has 31 days on it (September has 30 days).
* NeverMyFault: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler blamed Bobo for his downfall.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Marge suggests the family make Mr. Burns double whatever offer he gives them, causing everyone to stare in shock. Marge retorts, "Why can't I be greedy once in a while?"
* RecognitionFailure: Mr. Burns thinks the Ramones are the Rolling Stones.
* ShamingTheMob: The mob shamed themselves after seeing how upset Maggie was.
* ShoutOut:
** The opening scenes with Burns in his bed and him going away from his parents during his youth are straight out of ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** The chanting soldiers in front of Burns' mansion reference the Witches' soldiers in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** Homer prepares to do stand-up by practicing in front of the mirror with a golf club in his hand, referencing comedian Creator/BobHope.
** The final scene with Homer in the future cloned and enslaved by apes references ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes''.
** In Homer's ImagineSpot about having his own recording studio, Homer sings the old [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Big Mac]] jingle.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: The sitcom starring Burns and Smithers.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Sort of. To avoid admitting to Smithers he was having a nightmare about his lost teddy bear Bobo, Burns claimed he was having one about missing the TV show ''Sheriff Lobo''. Then we get to see Homer, who actually ''was'' dreaming about missing ''Sheriff Lobo''.
* TemptingFate: After Mr. Burns attempt to take Bobo from Maggie by force failed, he wondered what could be more humiliating and a paparazzo showed up to photograph him.
* ThereWasADoor: The robot bear escapes by going through the walls of Burns' mansion.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, one of the historical moments Bobo was around for was John F. Kennedy's assassination, but the writers thought the joke would be in bad taste (and would cause FridgeLogic, because if Bobo was on the ''Nautilius'' in 1957, how would he have ended up in Dallas in 1963 -- unless the ''Nautilius'' part was the new scene the writers created to cover up the rejected JFK scene?).