Episode - 2F23\\
First Aired - 3/5/1995

In this {{crossover}} with ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' [[note]]which was in the middle of its second and final season after a ChannelHop to Creator/{{Fox}}[[/note]] (and the only episode that doesn't have Creator/MattGroening's name in the executive producer credits), Marge suggests that Springfield hosts a film festival to combat news that the town is the most anti-intellectual city in the United States (so anti-intellectual, in fact, that they burn people at the stake for believing in science) and Jay Sherman flies down to Springfield to be one of the judges -- and Homer, out of jealousy, urges Marge to be on the film jury as well. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns uses the film festival as an opportunity to boost his massive ego.

!!!This episode contains examples of ([[YMMV/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns YMMV]]):
* AnachronismStew: Burns' film features a plastic bottle during Ben Hur's time.
* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' speak awful things about ''Series/MacGyver'' in front of Patty & Selma.
* BrickJoke: When Jay demonstrates that he has a more impressive burp than Homer...
-->'''Lisa:''' Wow! How many UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize winners can do that?\\
'''Jay:''' Just me and Eudora Welty.\\
''(later in the episode, during the voting for the best movie of the festival)''\\
'''Krusty:''' Now let's get going. I've got a date with Eudora Welty.\\
''(we hear a burp similar to Jay's)''\\
'''Krusty:''' Coming, Eudora!
* BurnTheWitch: An example of how backward Springfield is culturally -- Grampa heads up a mob preparing to burn Principal Skinner at the stake for claiming that the Earth revolves around the sun.
-->'''Grampa:''' ''(gets his picture taken)'' You've stolen my soul!
* BurpingContest: Homer won first prize at one and tries to use this to stand up against Jay, who has won the Pulitzer Prize. Jay proves himself to be at least as good a burper (if not better), and explains that only he and Eudora Welty can claim both that talent and a Pulitzer among their achievements.
* CausticCritic[=/=]CompassionateCritic: Jay Sherman. The former when criticizing big budget movies as usual, and when seeing some of the independent films. ("This is not America's funniest home videos", after watching the movie about Moleman getting hit in the groin). However, he honestly enjoyed Barney's moving film about his alcoholism, and was annoyed when Homer and two other judges voted for Moleman, and Burns' movie respectively.
* ChirpingCrickets: Parodied. After Homer tries and fails to top a joke told by Jay, a tumbleweed rolls through the Simpson's living room.
* {{Crossover}}: The first for ''The Simpsons'', and the only one intended to boost interest in the show it was crossing over with (one that had, in its first season, established ''The Simpsons'' as a fictional show in its universe). This was not by choice for the showrunners; Matt Groening was unhappy enough with the whole business that this is the only episode that does not credit him onscreen as executive producer.
* DelayedReaction: Rainer Wolfcastle accosts Jay on the street long after their interview is over, having just realized he's been insulted. Jay distracts Wolfcastle by telling him his shoes are untied and grabs a taxi. Hours later, Wolfcastle realizes he's wearing loafers.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''Pukeahontas''.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud:
-->'''Jay''': How can you vote for Burns' movie?\\
'''Krusty''': Let's just say it moved me...'''to a bigger house!''' Oops, I said the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Jay Sherman learns what happens when he talks trash about ''Series/MacGyver'' in front of Patty and Selma, though it was actually Homer.
--> '''Bart''': You badmouthed MacGyver, didn't you?
* EpicMovie: ''A Burns for All Seasons'' is intended as this.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Man Getting Hit by Football'' is about a man getting hit by a football.
* GhostInTheMachine: When the voting gets deadlocked, Homer claims that his mind is going a mile a minute. His mind is represented by monkeys picking fleas off each other. After some encouraging words from Jay, Homer announces that he has some serious thinking to do. The same monkeys are then shown doing calculus on a blackboard.
* GroinAttack: The whole point of ''Man Getting Hit by Football''.
-->'''Homer:''' This contest is over! Give that man the $10,000!
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Jay]]:''' This isn't ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''.
-->'''Homer:''' But... the ball! His groin! Ha ha! It works on so many levels! ''({{beat}})'' Roll it again.
* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: This awkward conversation between Homer and Marge.
-->'''Homer:''' Marge, do you respect my intelligence?\\
'''Marge:''' ({{beat}}) Yes.\\
'''Homer:''' Okay. ''(goes to bed, gets up)'' Wait a minute... why did it take you so long to say "yes"?\\
'''Marge:''' ({{beat}}) No reason.\\
'''Homer:''' Okay. ''(goes to bed, gets up)'' Wait a minute... are you humoring me?\\
'''Marge:''' ({{beat}}) Yes.\\
'''Homer:''' Okay. ''(goes to bed, gets up)'' Wait a minute... that's bad!
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: ''A Burns for All Seasons'' is Mr. Burns doing this for himself.
* {{Homage}}: ''Moe Better Booze'' is this to ''{{Cabaret}}'''s "The Money Song", while ''A Burns for All Seasons'' shamelessly recasts Mr. Burns as such characters as E.T. and Jesus Christ (!) as portrayed in ''Film/BenHur''.
* HypocriticalHumor:
--> '''Smithers''': A film biography might help [the townspeople] get to know the real you. [[BreadEggsSquick Virtuous, heroic, nubile.]]\\
'''Mr. Burns''': ''[sharply]'' You left out ''"pleasant"!'' ''[hits Smithers with the head of his cane]''
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Rainer:''' The film is just me in front of a brick wall for an hour and a half. It cost $80 million.\\
'''Jay:''' ''(contemptuous)'' How do you sleep at night?\\
'''Rainer:''' On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.\\
'''Jay:''' Just asking. Yeesh!\\
''(eventually Rainer picked this up, and wasn't very pleased)''
** A woman commented on how beautiful Barney's movie was. Barney was sitting next to her and thanked her. She was then disgusted by him.
-->'''Woman:''' Excuse me, did something crawl down your throat and die?\\
'''Barney:''' It didn't die.\\
''[The woman's eyes widened.]''
* LeFilmArtistique: {{Parodied}} with Bart's documentaries ''Homer in the Shower'', ''Homer on the Toilet'', and ''The Eternal Struggle'' (Homer struggling with his blue pants).
** {{Downplayed}} with Barney Gumble's film. It's not a pretentious art piece so much as it is a tragic look at how alcohol has ruined his life shot in black and white and with all the symbolism you'd find in an artistic film.
* MangledCatchphrase:
-->'''Smithers:''' Sir, the actors are here to audition for the part of you.
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' ''Ex''cellent.
-->'''[[SilenceOfTheLambs Anthony Hopkins]]:''' Excellent... hisssss!
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Next!
-->'''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries William Shatner]]:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Exc! Ell! Ent!]]
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Next!
-->'''Homer:''' Ex''act''ly! .... D'oh!
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' ''(getting aggravated)'' Next!
-->'''Bumblebee Man:''' Excel''lien''te!
-->'''Señor Spielbergo:''' Es muy bueno!
* PoorMansSubstitute: In-universe parody.
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Get me Creator/StevenSpielberg!
-->'''Smithers:''' He's unavailable.
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Then get me his non-union Mexican equivalent!
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Mr. Burns tries to win the film festival by bribing jurors. [[spoiler:Six months later, he tries the same thing at the Academy Awards. He loses on both occasions]].
* ShoutOut:
** At the airport, one plane cuts in front of another on the runway, and the pilot shouts "Hey, [[Film/MidnightCowboy I'm landin' here!]]"
** Bart is watching ''[[WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons]]'' on TV when Jay Sherman arrives.
** Among the people who audition for the role of Mr. Burns are Franchise/HannibalLecter and [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]].
** Mr. Burns's movie borrows scenes from ''Film/BenHur'' and ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial.''
* SistineSteal: The opening credits of ''A Burns for All Seasons'' are set against one with Mr. Burns in Adam's place.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''[=McBain=] -- Let's Get Silly'', a stand-up comedy film with [=McBain=] bombing onstage and bombing the audience after they heckle him.
** The episode itself is different from most ''Simpsons'' episodes as it's the first one to cross over with another show. Sadly, Matt Groening promised that his show wouldn't stoop to such cheap gimmicks, and when he found out it was, he took his name off the credits for that episode. In addition, he didn't participate in the DVDCommentary.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
-->''(Everyone "boo"'s at Mr. Burns' movie.)''\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Are they booing at me?\\
'''Smithers:''' Uh, no, they’re saying "Boo-urns, Boo-urns."\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ''(stands up to face the audience)'' Did you people say "boo" or "Boo-urns"?\\
''(Everyone screams "boo!" and throws snacks at him)''\\
'''Hans Moleman:''' I was saying "Boo-urns".
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Of the actors vying to play Mr. Burns (which include Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter[[note]]'''Burns:''' I like the cut of his gib.[[/note]], William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Homer Simpson completely screwing up his lines, and, in a DeletedScene, the Devil, whom Burns considers good enough to be his understudy). He decides to just play himself when none are to his liking.
* ThatPoorCar: Jay outdoes Homer with a foghorn burp that sets off car alarms.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Mr. Burns compared himself to Schindler in that both built shells for the Nazis [[ComicallyMissingthePoint except that Burns' worked]].
* VanityProject: InUniverse, nearly all the films at the film festival are this to a certain degree but Mr. Burns' movie, an ineptly-made biopic designed to remake his public image, is an especially egregious example.
* Creator/WilliamShatner: As voiced by a soundalike, he auditions for the role of Mr. Burns.
* WritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Either this or GeniusBonus. Abe claims, "My car gets 40 rods to the hogsgead!" A rod is around 16 1/2 feet, a hogshead is around 63 gallons. So, Abe gets 0.0025 miles to the gallon.
----