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Recap / The Simpsons S 10 E 21 Monty Cant Buy Me Love

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When the town becomes enamored with a Richard Branson-style millionaire who goes on crazy adventures and loves everyone, Mr. Burns realizes no one in Springfield likes, much less loves, him (save for Smithers, but Mr. Burns doesn't know or even care that his assistant has a crush on him) and enlists Homer's help in changing that — which leads them to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster.

This was the last episode to be animated overseas by Anivision.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Willie claims his parents still have the pool table on which he was conceived, born and educated.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • At the Jerry Rude and The Bathroom Bunch radio show, Homer tells Burns that if he's unsure what to say while on the air, he can go over his list of the differences between Black and White people. You think it's going to be offensive, but Homer himself is later seen talking to two lesbian gladiators about how White people have names like "Lenny" and Black people have names like "Carl" (to which they don't care and walk away).
    • When the photographers begin snapping pictures of The Loch Ness Monster at the press conference, Burns warns then to stop as it will drive him mad. Instead Nessie loves the attention while Burns is the one who goes nuts.
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  • Be Yourself: The moral of the episode.
  • Blatant Lies: When the media is taking photos of the Loch Ness Monster, it preens in happiness. Burns, though, is the only one affected by the constant camera flashes as he warns everyone that they're enraging it (while it is still posing). He ends up destroying the whole set by accident.
  • Deranged Animation: When Mr. Burns's vision gets screwed up by the incessant flash photography, the crowd looks like blobs to him.
  • Easily Impressed:
    Homer: Oh, Arthur Fortune. (sighs happily) You know what that fabulous man just did? He gave the Springfield Zoo two male pandas and got them to mate successfully.
    Mr. Burns: And a stunt like that impresses people?
    Homer: Oh, yeah. And I'm not easily impressed. Wow! A blue car!
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Combined with a short Running Gag. Homer's admiration of Arthur Fortune looks like he's romantically fawning over him.
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  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Burns can't understand why Arthur Fortune is nice to everyone, calling him totally insane and saying he has no idea how to behave like a billionaire because he doesn't act down to anyone else like he (Burns) does.
  • Fan Disservice: Homer wears a kilt the traditional way...much to the displeasure of the bystanders.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: When Lisa suggests Mr. Burns get his face out there, it briefly cuts to a close-up of Mr. Burns's unflattering mug. She tweaks her suggestion: "...on the radio!"
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Mr. Burns' story of his first gay experience leads to Accidental Innuendo because he doesn't understand that gay doesn't mean happy anymore (unless it's for literary/ironic purposes). For instance, he recalls his father taking him to a picnic when he was a child, saying "That was a gay old time. I ate my share of wieners that day!"
  • High-Pressure Blood: Mr. Burns throws coins out a window in an attempt to get people to like him; it backfires when one of the coins hits Lenny in the forehead, which gushes whenever the coin is removed.
    Lenny: (to a passing woman) Afternoon, miss. (removes coin like he's taking off a hat)
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Mr. Burns towards the Monster of Loch Ness. He rolls up his sleeves and catches it off screen.
  • Mercy Kill: Played for Laughs. Bart insists Homer to do so, that he doesn't need to participate in the family shopping trip.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jerry Rude is a clear parody of Howard Stern (and is voiced by former Saturday Night Live cast member Michael McKean, who actually played Howard Stern in a couple of sketches).
  • Noodle Incident: Mr. Burns capture of the Loch Ness Monster. It involved him somehow being swallowed and passed through the monster's body.
  • Off-Model: Professor Frink's jacket is drawn a lot shorter than usual this episode.
    • The varying size of the Lochness monster; in some shots, it's stories high. But in Mr. Burns's casino, it's only about ceiling high.
    • During the Loch Ness Monster show, Kent Brockman is drawn in a blue suit instead of his usual brown one.
  • Old Shame: In-universe, Kevin Costner profusely apologies for The Postman on the DVD Commentary.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Why would Burns care what other people think of him?
  • Series Continuity Error: In "I Love Lisa," Groundskeeper Willie says his "old man" (father) was hung for stealing a pig, but this episode shows that his father is still alive (unless his biological father was a twin or his father somehow survived getting hanged).
  • Shout-Out: The episode title is in reference to The Beatles' hit "Can't Buy Me Love". Also, Kent Brockman's announcement of "And yes, girls: he's available" is this to the announcement of John Lennon title at a performance of theirs that says "Sorry, girls: he's married".
  • Spoof Aesop: Homer offers an unusual version of the Be Yourself aesop.
    Homer: To be loved, you have to be nice to people. Every day. But to be hated, you don't have to do squat!
  • The Stoic: Willie and his family, along with every other Scot in this episode.
  • Stun Guns: Mr. Burns uses a cattle prod on numerous people at the mall, including Ned Flanders.
    Burns: (to a passed-out Ned) That's a good lad.
  • Toilet Humour: Jerry Rude asks Mr. Burns how often he goes to the can. He also repeatedly adds fart noises while Burns is talking. When Burns passes out:
    Jerry: Don't worry, folks, he's not dead. I still hear some faint sounds of life. (more fart noises)
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Smithers, Burns' ever-present assistant, simply vanishes after the opening scene.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Mr. Burns thinks all the camera flashes will send the monster into a rage, like in King Kong, but it turns out Nessie is actually quite camera-friendly.
  • Your Size May Vary: When they first find the Loch Ness monster, it's several stories high. By the the end of the episode it isn't much taller than a man.
  • Your Television Hates You: As Mr. Burns is watching a newscast on Arthur Fortune:
    Kent Brockman: This new breed of fun-loving billionaire is a welcome change from the classic joyless miser, brooding in his cavernous mansion, grasping a glass of brandy with his thin, clawlike fingers and a superior smirk on his greedy, soulless face.

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