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Recap / The Simpsons S 28 The Great Phatsby

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In this hour-long special, Mr. Burns ends up at odds with Jay G, a music mogul who models his business practices after Burns', to the point of conning him out of his riches and possessions.


  • Alliterative Name: Blake Black.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: By the time Smithers returns with the ice ordered by Mr. Burns, it has already melted and serves to cushion Burns and Jay G's fall.
    • Lampshaded. Homer mentions via voiceover that the scented candle salesman, later revealed to be Jazzy James, will return later in the plot. When he does, Homer points this out via another voiceover.
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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Under the false pretense of wanting to thank the man who inspired him, Jay G tricks Mr. Burns into spending the latter's fortune in stores owned by him.
  • Description Cut: During the party, Mr. Burns realizes Smithers didn't bring ice and assumes the latter is having fun somewhere. It turns out he's crossing a dangerous river.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Principle Skinner freely admits that for someone like him to call Mr Burns party boring he must have done something wrong.
  • Evil Mentor: Mr Burns is absolutely trilled to find out he was this for Jay G.
  • Funny Background Event: The graves at the Burns family mausoleum.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jay G reveals that he double-crossed Mr. Burns because the last chapter in the latter's book tells people to do it to whoever inspired them. Subverted because knowing this makes Mr. Burns' glad that his evil will live through Jay G.
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  • Hypocritical Humor: Not wanting store-bought ice for his party, Mr. Burns tells Smithers to bring ice from a Canadian river. However, when Smithers asks how the ice is to be wrapped, Mr. Burns says it doesn't matter because ice is ice.
  • Improvised Clothes: Moe rented a suit for Burns' party... then Xeroxed it and wore the paper copy instead.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: When even Mr. Burns' hounds change their loyalties to Jay G, the latter threatens to sic them on Burns unless he signs them over to Jay.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: A rich boy is allowed to cut lines in a fancy neighborhood because his Dad is the richest Dad there.
  • The Scrooge:
    • Mr. Burns' party fails because he spared too many expenses.
    • Moe borrowed a suit, Xeroxed it and wore the copy to the party.
    • As a parody of the Trope Namer, Mr. Burns has a deceased ancestor named Ebenezer, whose epitaph states the ghosts taught him nothing.
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  • Self-Made Man: Jay G claims to have been a lowlife until he got inspiration from a book written by Mr. Burns.
  • Shout-Out:
    • While bragging about cheating Mr. Burns out of his fortune, Jay G compares himself to Slytherin and Burns to Hufflepuff.
    • One of Burns' ancestors is named Ebenezer. The epitaph reads "The ghosts didn't change him".
    • The subplot of Smithers getting lost delivering ice to Burns' party spoofs The Revenant.
    • The hate song against Jay G mentions Gollum and his "precious".
    • All people invited to Mr. Burns' party are either dead or fictional. As an example, Smithers shows Homer an invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Popeye T. Sailorman.
    • Jay G's mansion looks a lot like Vercetti Estate. (This might be "generic", though. At least, the Tony Montana mansion on which the GTA version is based, as well as the Gatsby mansion look much different.)
    • Upon first noticing Jay G's party, Burns uses "Great Gatsby" as an exclamation.
  • Status Quo Is God: Mr. Burns gets the plant back and the only thing left from how Jay G changed it is something Burns says it'll no longer happen tomorrow.
  • Tempting Fate: Homer says it can't be too tiring to take Mr. Burns to the other side of a lake by rowboat. He's wrong.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To The Great Gatsby, specifically the Baz Luhrmann film version, with a bit of Empire thrown in.

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