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Recap / The Simpsons S 21 E 17 American History X Cellent

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Mr. Burns goes to jail for harboring stolen art, leaving Smithers in charge of the plant. Meanwhile Bart and Lisa care for some ants.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Bad Boss: Smithers becomes worse than Burns after discovering the guys were seeing his benevolence as weakness to exploit. He releases wolverines instead of hounds.
  • Benevolent Boss: After Mr. Burns is sent to prison, Smithers tries to be one but changes his mind after he realizes how the employees take advantage of benevolent bosses.
  • Blatant Lies: Homer's rotten pumpkin isn't to pelt Mr. Burns with. It's his lunch. Even pretending to eat it doesn't convince Marge.
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  • Exact Eavesdropping: This is how Smithers learns what Homer, Lenny and Carl really think of him. Lampshaded by Carl that nothing is better than immediately backstabbing someone they just had a conversation with the moment he seemly walks off.
  • How We Got Here: The episode starts with Homer, Lenny and Carl disguised as guards getting Mr. Burns out of prison. Burns then starts telling about the events that led to his imprisonment.
  • Produce Pelting: Mr. Burns is on the receiving end of one while being taken to prison.
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