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Recap: The Simpsons S 8 E 12 Mountain Of Madness
Episode - 4F10
First Aired - 2/2/1997

After an extremely disappointing display of teamwork during a fire drill, Mr. Burns forces his workers to participate in a cabin race at a mountain retreat, where the last one to find the cabin will be fired.

This episode contains examples of:

  • A House Divided: Homer and Burns start the crisis being pretty amiable to each other. By the end scene, they are quite willing to kill each other.
  • Cabin Fever
  • Gas Cylinder Rocket: A propane tank attached to a cabin gets its end knocked off and propels the structure downhill:
    Homer: [praying] Dear Lord, protect this rocket house and all those who dwell within the rocket house.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Invoked Trope. Burns makes the employees race to the cabin as a teamwork exercise, with the threat of firing the last team to arrive. The crisis that follows prevents Burns from finding out that the last guy to arrive to the rally point was Smithers.
  • Hair-Trigger Avalanche: The first avalanche is caused by Homer & Mr. Burns clinking two glasses together in a toast. The second is caused by their boisterous "Huzzah!" after digging themselves out of the first. Then,
    Homer: I think when we yelled we caused another avalanche. another avalanche
    Burns: whispering We should... be... careful... not... to speak...unless... it's... absolutely... pos-i-tively... necessary. *AVALANCHE*
    Homer: Shh. *AVALANCHE* You're... causing... more... avalanches. *AVALANCHE* I *AVALANCHE* think *AVALANCHE* they've *AVALANCHE* stopped. Beat *AVALANCHE*
    Burns: Let's go. *AVALANCHE*
  • In Vino Veritas: Subverted, where a park ranger enters a cabin and finds it full of partying employees from the nuclear plant.
    Ranger: Hey, what is going on here? Who are you people? This is a lookout post. Where is Ranger Mc Fadden?
    Drunk: I was just happy to see so many nice people!
    Ranger: Quiet, you drunk. Where is Ranger McFadden?
    (The camera then moves a step to the side, revealing a straight-laced ranger with glasses)
    Ranger McFadden: Right here, sir, behind the drunk.
  • Locked in a Freezer: Well, snowed-in cabin.
  • Slouch of Villainy: How Homer and Mr. Burns got to the cabin first as they just sit and loaf while they wait for everyone else, and Burns has an odd take on it:
    Homer: Oh, these sure are comfortable chairs.
    Burns: Oh, yes, sitting. The great leveler. From the mightiest Pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn't enjoy a good sit?
  • Trust Building Blunder: Of the Macho Disaster Expedition variety. Especially because it ends with Homer and Burns wanting to kill each other.
  • You and What Army?: As Homer and Mr. Burns are slowly going mad, each thinking the other is planning on killing him. Eventually, Burns snaps and threatens to kill Homer. Homer responds with this... and then imagines an army of snowmen wearing WWI-style army helmets supporting Mr. Burns. His response? Scream and claim he has special powers, Political powers. Then Burns imagines the ghosts of world leaders backing Homer up.
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