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.
- 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.