Recap: The Simpsons S 8 E 4 Burns Baby Burns

Episode - 4F05
First Aired - 11/17/1996

Mr. Burns is reunited with his illegitimate, boorish, middle-aged son who looks like and is voiced by Rodney "I Don't Get No Respect" Dangerfield.

Tropes:

  • Abandoned Warehouse/Never Recycle a Building: Homer and Larry tried to hide inside one, only to learn it was no longer abandoned.
    Homer: "D'OH! Stupid economic recovery!"
  • Actor Allusion: In one scene, Larry says "I don't get no regard, no regard at all!", a play on Rodney Dangerfield's Catch Phrase "I don't get no respect at all!"
    • There are also numerous references to Dangerfield's film Caddyshack, including the scene where Larry attends a cocktail party with Mr. Burns as well as the ending party, which is set to Journey's "Any Way You Want It."
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking / Call Back: When the family first pick up a hitchhiking Larry, he shows them a picture of Mr. Burns asking if they know who he is, garnering the following replies:
    Larry: Hey, I'm looking for this guy. [Shows an old picture of Burns] Anyone know who he is?
    Bart: Yeah, sure, we know him. That's Mr. Burns.
    Larry: Okay, so there's been a little friction. Know his address?
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Downplayed. While Burns does forgive Larry for the hoax, and is happy to know he has a son, he doesn't want anything to do with Larry afterward.
  • Bait and Switch: Marge and the kids are watching the live police stand-off on TV. At one point, Homer bursts out of the theater and the cops shoot him until he falls to the ground. Marge and the kids scream, and Kent Brockman says, "A bloody end for Homer Simpson...... is just one of several possible outcomes according to our computer simulation. Now, here's how it would look if the police killed him with a barrage of baseballs!"
  • Berserk Button: As Mr. Burns puts it, no-one steals from him, even if they steal something he doesn't care about. It's the principle of the thing.
  • Dance Party Ending: After Larry makes up with his father, he shouts "Let's party!" and a large dance party spontaneously breaks out on the street. Lampshaded by Homer:
    Lisa: Who's playing that music?
    Marge: And where's all that liquor coming from?
    Homer: It's a party, Marge. It doesn't have to make sense.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Homer tried to point out to Marge that he couldn't take Larry back to Burns because it was broad daylight and there were cops all over the city, but Marge said "No excuses". It wasn't until she saw Homer on the news did she realize he was right.
  • Faked Kidnapping: Homer's plan to reunite Larry and Burns.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Burns wanted to punish Larry for faking his abduction, he told Smithers to take off his (Burns') belt. Smithers was happy to comply.
  • Irony: A rather sad example. In one part, Larry asks aloud "What do folks in this town have against my dad? He's a pussycat." As the next scene shows, that pussycat still has claws.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Marge mispronounces quite a few words in the first act: "Foliage" (said as "foilage"), "nuclear" (said as "nucular"), "escape" (said as "ecscape") and "library" (said as "liberry"). Lisa is quite annoyed.
  • It's the Principle of the Thing: Mr. Burns' answer to Smithers' question as to why he wants to get back the son he just angrily disowned two hours ago.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Chief Wiggum tries to track Homer's phone number, he gets three numbers in before deciding it's fake. Homer is using a 555-number, like any other fictional character.
  • Noodle Incident: During the day Homer met Larry, Bart found a diamond, Lisa broke her arm, and Maggie won a cute baby contest. None of this is expanded upon.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During a boring lecture from Ned about cider, Homer's brain decides to leave. Seconds later, Homer collapses in a heap.
  • Something We Forgot: At the very end of the episode Larry remembers he has a wife and kids, and that the last time he saw them he said he was going out for coffee, a week ago.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Averted. Burns disowns Larry and tells him to leave in the end.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Larry asks a train's brakeman where the train is going, and is told Springfield. When he asks where Springfield is, the man's response is muted by the train horn going off.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough: Marge tells Homer to take Larry back to Mister Burns, in broad daylight with cops everywhere. Homer points this out, to no avail, and they're quickly spotted and have to flee. Kent Brockman chimes in with his opinion.
    Kent: Appearing in broad daylight and with cops everywhere, ladies and gentlemen there is only one word for this: stupidity.
    Marge: (murmurs)
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: When Larry makes fun of Marge's hair, Lisa adds "Buckingham Palace called, they want their hat back."