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Recap / The Simpsons S 28 E 1 Monty Burns Fleeing Circus

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Mr. Burns puts on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl, only for his traumatic memories of the 1913 Pee-Wee Pageant to resurface during auditions. It's up to Lisa, hired as Mr. Burns' partner and personal assistant, to convince him to go through with the show. Meanwhile, the nuclear plant workers decide to have fun in Mr. Burns' absence, leaving Homer responsible to remotivate them to go back to work.

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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: After receiving a phone call from Mr. Burns, Carl gravely says he'll tell the workers... he then acquires a happier tone and says the pizzas arrived.
  • Brick Joke:
    • While canvasing the site of the Lard Lad statue's disappearance, Chief Wiggum mentions another famous statue, but can't remember its name. He's still thinking it over during the replacement statue's unveiling, surprised that they're all doing something else.
    • Homer plans to "Arnold Palmer" someone at work. He later suffers it himself.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: In Homer's case, with bigger than average height.
  • Driven to Suicide: When the sunbeam strikes some people waiting for laser eye surgery, their vision is fixed and they leave the surgeon's office, driving him to pull out a gun and point it at his head.
  • Eureka Moment: Barney's offhanded remark about thinking helps Chief Wiggum remember the name of the statue he was trying to remember.
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  • Fan Disservice: Mr. Burns' bare ass.
  • The Mole: Lisa agrees to become Mr. Burns' assistant so she'll have a chance to find out what he's up to.
  • Monumental Theft: The episode's plot is kicked off when the Lard Lad statue disappears.
  • Selective Obliviousness: As far as Marge is concerned the family is having a nice outing together, and not looking for where Homer forget he parked the car.
  • Shout-Out: The title is a play on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • Signs of Disrepair: Among the burning destruction caused by the replacement Lard Lad statue reflecting a sunbeam around town, the Springfield sign on the hill now reads 'S-I-N-G-E-D'.
  • Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: The (poorly made) replacement Lard Lad statue ends up reflecting the sunlight and burns the majority of Springfield.
  • That's All, Folks!: Ralph ends off the episode saying the famous catchphrase.
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  • Thinker Pose: Chief Wiggum goes into the pose and even says 'thinking' ironically while trying to remember the statue's name.
  • Time Skip: Six months after the townsfolk agreed to rebuild Springfield, the town remains "S-I-N-G-E-D".
  • Values Dissonance: Mr. Burns says women will be allowed to enter his show with written permission from their husbands, fathers and ministers.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never do find out what happened to the original Lard Lad statue or who stole it.
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