Episode - 3F23
First Aired - 11/3/1996
The Simpsons are moving away to a town called Cypress Creek after Homer is offered a position at a nuclear plant run by a benevolent man who's actually an evil genius bent on world domination. While Homer is blissfully unaware of his boss's actions and happily adjusting to his new job, Marge tries to compete with a house that cleans itself, Lisa becomes allergic to the wildlife, and Bart is put in a class for special ed. kids after his teacher discovers that Bart doesn't know how to read cursive or do long division.
- Affably Evil: Scorpio.
- Badass Beard of Evil: Scorpio, of course.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Scorpio takes over the East Coast.
- Benevolent Boss: Scorpio is the perfect boss to his employees, acting on their suggestions and providing them with their every need. It actually shows how well how Homer would do at his job if he was given some praise & encouragement once in a while.
- Better Living Through Evil: Well, it's not like Mister Burns is a model of morality - Scorpio just treats his workers better.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted. After James Bont escapes from his laser trap, Scorpio opts to just have his security detail shoot him.
- Canada, Eh?: One of the kids in the remedial class is from "Ca-na-dah and they think I'm slow, eh."
- Casual Danger Dialog: "I'm having a little trouble with the government."
- Curse Cut Short:
Mr. Doyle: So, you never learned cursive?
Bart: Um, well, I know hell, damn, bit-
Mr. Doyle: Cursive handwriting. Script.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Doomsday Device
- Expy: James Bont is a pretty obvious knock-off of James Bond.
- Funny Background Event: Homer idly scratching his ass as Scorpio threatens the UN.
- Hypocritical Humor
: Scorpio, you're totally mad. Scorpio
: I wouldn't point fingers, you jerk.
- Morality Pet: Homer would qualify as this for Scorpio, though this likely applies to everyone in his company, as his Villain Song describes.
"His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world and his employees' health!"
- Pet the Dog
Scorpio: [After Homer has tackled James Bont to the ground thinking he was a slacker] Nice work Homer, am I proud of you!
Homer: [Proudly] Well.
- Privately Owned Society
- Prove I Am Not Bluffing: Scorpio demonstrates his power by making the 59th Street Bridge collapse.
- Punch Clock Villain: Homer, not that he ever catches on. "My team is way ahead of the Weather Machine and Germ Warfare divisions!"
- Similar Squad: There's a kid in Bart's original class at Cypress Creek who bears an uncanny resemblance to Milhouse. Bart gets switched to remedial class before they can really interact.
"Milhouse": Hey Bart, do you have a best friend yet?; 'cuz I've been looking for someone to boss me around.
- Take That
: [While calibrating a giant laser]
By the way, Homer, what's your least favorite country: Italy or France? Homer
: Hmmm... France. Scorpio
: Heh, nobody ever says Italy
- Technology Marches On: On the DVD commentary, the writers admit the joke of Cypress Creek having a website as a sign of its advancement is one of the show's most-dated jokes, as anything and everything (legal or otherwise) has a website, not just elementary schools, and the novelty of advancement has worn off significantly.
- Too Dumb to Live: One of the UN members.
"We can't take any chances."
"You always say that! I want to take that chance!"
- Throw It In: Al Brooks improvised a lot of Scorpio's dialogue.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Homer treats the various SWAT teams and special agents invading Scorpio's "office" with mild curiosity.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: Homer struggles to get a vending machine to accept his bill.
- Villain Song: The end credits play a song devoted to Hank Scorpio and his twisted twin obsessions ("his plot to rule the world and his employees' health").
- You're Insane!
- We Care: Played with. Scorpio's attitude seems too good to be true, but he really is a generally nice guy who values his employees' input. He just also happens to be a supervillain who wants to Take Over the World.
- What Could Have Been: Hank Scorpio was going to be the villain of The Simpsons Movie, however, they decided against it as they felt that Scorpio was too likable to turn into an all-out villain. It's telling that the Simpson Movie's villain, Russ Cargill, has not only the same voice actor (Albert Brooks), but the same exact voice.