The Simpsons

Burns, Baby Burns

Season 8, Ep 4, Aired 11/17/96
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  • Episode Description
  • The family goes to an apple mill and on the way home, they see a hitchhiker. Homer wants to pick him up, but Marge is totally against it. Ignoring her Homer picks him up and finds out that he is Mr. Burns' illegitimate son, Larry. He helps Larry get in touch with Burns, but Mr. Burns cannot stand him, because he is boorish, obnoxious, and rude. Mr. Burns tries to get him into a college, but Larry is way too dumb and Mr. Burns decides he wants nothing to do with his son. Homer and Larry are good friends now, so Homer comes up with a plan for Larry to win Mr. Burns' love. He stages a fake kidnapping and Larry stays with Homer in his basement. It becomes a big media event, but when a helicopter spots Homer and Larry, they flee to a movie theater. The police find them there and Larry admits it is a fake kidnapping. When Mr. Burns will still not accept him, Larry goes back home to his family.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ian Maxtone-Graham

  • Jim Reardon

  • Rodney Dangerfield

    Larry Burns

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • this was agood ep

    By cube2k8, May 22, 2010

  • Burns, Baby Burns

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • Mr. Burns has a son.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • How does Rodney Dangerfield on The Simpsons work so well?

    By danleon07, May 08, 2008

  • Mr. Burns can reproduce!

    By twilightboy, Apr 15, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Burns: Every friend I have I made right here.
      Man in Yale Sweater: (At the window) Hello, Burnsie! It's your old roomie, Dink!
      (Mr. Burns pulls the shutter down)

    • Mr. Burns: (to Larry) I should have known you're the only one stupid enough to kidnap you!

    • Mr. Burns: Nobody steals from Mr. Burns, whether it be my Sunday newspaper or my loutish oaf of a son!

    • Larry: (about Mr. Burns) This guy's got more bread than a prison meatloaf. He's rich, I tell ya. I never seen a house with a walk-in mailbox.

    • Marge: What are you doing in the basement? It's like you're hiding out down here. Homer: Hiding out? Marge, you've been reading too many hideout books. Marge: And what's that hitchhiker doing here? Is every drifter we meet going to move in with us? Homer: Of course not. We'll decide that on a drifter-by-drifter basis.

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    Notes (4)

    • If you look closely, you will notice that Mr. Burns private train car was modelled after the train car of The Wanderer, the train used by James West and Artemus Gordon in the CBS series The Wild Wild West.

    • The plot for this episode originated from a story idea that Mr. Burns and Grampa meet in WWII and fall in love with the same woman. That woman later has a child and isn't sure who the father is. That idea of WWII was later turned into "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'."

    • When Homer meets Larry at the plant and discovers he is Burns' son, he quickly clears away an almost completely assembled jigsaw puzzle featuring Snoopy the dog. The only piece missing is Snoopy's head which the directors intentionally left out to avoid copyright issues.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: Five blue balloons, shaped like the Simpsons, float onto the couch and pop.

    Trivia (7)

    • According the googly-eyed walnut Larry is selling, his souvenir stand is located in Waynesport. This is where the train Mr. Burns was on stops.

    • Music From This Episode "Any Way You Want It" by Journey (plays over the ending credits)

    • This episode opens at the Mt. Swartzwelder Historic Cider Mill ("Now 40% Quainter!") -- A tribute to longtime writer John Swartzwelder.

    • Mr. Burns was a member of Yale's class of 1914.

    • Statues of Burns dressed like an ancient Roman can be seen outside his mansion.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Easy Money Larry Burns says "I got to clean up my act, give up the booze". This is similar to the 1983 film Easy Money where Monty, who is a baby photographer has to clean up his act in order to get 10 million dollars and a mansion, and a department store from his mother-in-law.

    • Chef Boyardee The chef at the country club is modeled after Chef Boyardee.

    • Caddyshack Larry Burns insulting everyone at the country club, and the party at the end with the song "Anyway You Want It" is a parody of similar scened from the 1980 film, Caddyshack, starring Rodney Dangerfield, who also does the voice of Larry Burns.

    • Disco Inferno The title of this episode is reference to the line "burn, baby, burn" from the chorus of "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps.

    • Actor: You can't eat the orange and then throw the peel away! A man is not a piece of fruit! The actors in Burns' playroom are performing a scene from Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman."

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