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Recap / The Simpsons S 28 E 17 Caper Chase

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Mr. Burns opens a for-profit university, with Homer as one of its professors.

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  • Broken Aesop: Also crosses over with Clueless Aesop. While Mr. Burns was supposed to be on the wrong side for creating For-Profit University and plan to commit fraud from Yale University with fake robots, the episode's portrayal of the younger students' sensitivity and grievances towards any notions of "backwardness" made it harder for the audience—particularly for critics who only saw this area rather than a whole message—who would see Mr. Burns having legitimate issues on their obnoxious nature.
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  • The Cameo: Stan Lee shows up at the end of the couch gag and says nothing is so short he can't appear in.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Burns' for-profit university merely sells diplomas. The guy he sells the university to plans to pass robots as students to earn government grants.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Mr. Burns describes a college student as a "young man" and the student holds the fact Burns specified his gender as grounds to declare him worse than Hitler.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Homer hits a home run but can't reach third base within the next five minutes and is too exausted to keep going past it.
    • When Bourbon Verlander offers to buy Burns University on the proviso that Homer comes along, Mr. Burns says he must check Homer's value to the power plant before making a decision. After Smithers whispers the value to Mr. Burns, he decides to pay Verlander to take Homer away.
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  • Insult Backfire: Mr. Burns considers it a compliment when someone says he's worse than Adolf Hitler.
  • Insurance Fraud: During the epilogue, one of the professors suggests Marge should kill Homer for the insurance money.
  • Opening Shout-Out: Homer shows a clip of the opening theme to his class as a lesson on always checking your back pocket for radioactive rods, with a rod in his back pocket.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad:
    • To refer to God as a "he" is grounds to fire a professor.
    • Bourbon Verlander's life-like robots feel offended at people who impersonate robots.
    • Mr. Burns gets called "worse than Hitler" for referring a clearly male character a fellow.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: They feel offended at people who impersonate robots. Bourbon Verlander describes this as the robots being too human.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Couch Gag features the Simpsons as X-Men characters, with Homer as Professor X, Maggie as Wolverine, Bart as Angel, Lisa as Storm, and Marge as Mystique.
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    • The entrance door to the Skull and Crossbones Society has Mr. Monopoly's face on it.
  • Start My Own: Because even Yale wouldn't promote nuclear power, Mr. Burns decides to start his own university.
  • Take That!: Homer tells the other professors it's their duty as Americans to either stop evil billionaires or elect them for the highest position in the country.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: The Shull and Crossbones Society headquarters' entrance door has a sign reading "You must be this rich to enter".
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