The Simpsons


Season 14, Ep 15, Aired 3/16/03
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  • Episode Description
  • On St. Valentine's Day Marge is too tired in participating in the lovemaking that Homer was so looking forward to. Dejected, Homer leaves the house and stumbles across a billboard for some extension courses. When he is thrown out of the "Strip for Your Wife" class led by Dr. Hibbert, he stumbles into "Successmanship 101" class. He gets the book for the class and with it he decides to change the direction of his life. Homer goes into work with a new attitude, but when he presents his ideas for improvements to Mr. Burns, they are all rejected unread. Later when Homer overhears that Mr. Burns actually has a canary named as the plant's legal owner. With this information and some encouragement from his family Homer decides upon a plan. With Bart's help, Homer releases the bird, which leaves the plant with no owner. In rare sign of intelligence, Homer outwits Mr. Burns and is able to take over the vacancy left by the canary. His first act in his new job is to fire Mr. Burns. Now Homer is in charge of the power plant and besides learning about the "door shutting thing" he soon learns how difficult it is to be at the top. He misses out on quality time with his family. Mr. Burns returns for a visit and shows Homer the people he missed out on being with throughout his life, Mr. Burns then tries to kill Homer by drugging him and sealing him in a tomb. He isn't fast enough as Homer recovers and easily escapes. As a wrap up to his latest escapade Homer (and everyone) celebrate "HOMER'S 305th EVERYTHING IS BACK TO NORMAL BBQ."moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Homer becomes very busy when he is promoted to CEO of the nuclear plant.

    By Hornets3, Aug 14, 2009

  • Hilarious episdoe Homer becomes CEO of the nuclear plant... LOL What could go wrong?

    By Iverson82094, Jan 08, 2008

  • Homer becomes operator of the nuclear power plant

    By jimbo_001, Jan 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Homer: I will respect you working-class slobs, because we are all equal. And now, as I ascend this crystal staircase to my office, I say, avert your gaze.

    • Burns: Smithers, this is an emergency! Maroon alert! Or even vermillion!

    • Cletus: I'm here to win back Brandine. She's been making eyes at the photographer that done come to document our squalor.

    • Lisa: I got a gold star at school today. For my expose on toxins in gold star adhesive.

    • Homer: Mr. Burns’ reign of terror is over! And today begins my reign of terrr…-iffic management! Lenny: Man, I thought he was going to say terror! Carl: I didn't think he was going that way.

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    Notes (5)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Bleeder of the Pack" Motorcycle greaser Scratchy duels with a thug from a rival gang, and challenges him to a race. Before the race starts, Itchy ties a long chain to the motorcycle, which eventually yanks the hapless cat from the two-wheeler. Scratchy gets skinned and is bleeds out, before Itchy medics stretcher the feline and board him on a medic jet. On board are the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, who appear friendly ... until they begin showing fangs and start their attack on Scratchy. This all happens just as the plane flies into a fierce blizzard and starts losing altitude.

    • The "D'oh" in this title was surprisingly not changed to (annoyed grunt), like "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiallo-(annoyed grunt)-cious", or the upcoming "I, (Annoyed-Grunt)-Bot"

    • Homer's old nemesis, the inanimate carbon rod, is ahead of him on the chart Mr. Burns pulls down.

    • Barney appears with well groomed hair again after going into a relapse a few episodes back.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: In flip book animation, the family enters the living room and sits on the couch, the camera then pulls back to reveal two human hands holding the flip book.

    Trivia (2)

    • As Homer's "Back to normal BBQ" was the 305th, it hints that this episode was supposed to air 305th, when it actually aired 306th.

    • When Mr. Burns pulls down the chart of everyone's picture depicting who is in charge at the plant, Frank Grimes picture is shown on the bottom row left with a crossed out line through it.

    Allusions (5)

    • Montgomery Burns: "Oh keep begging! You're just wasting precious oxygen. Brick by brick, I seal his doom."
      When Mr. Burns knocks out Homer and attempts (pitifully) to wall him up inside his mausoleum, that is a reference to a famous short story by American horror writer Edgar Allan Poe called "The Cask of Amontillado", wherein an insulted noble takes revenge on his antagonist by getting him drunk and walling him up in a wine cellar.

    • The shot of the planes "mating" when Homer walks through the street depressed is reminiscent of the planes mating in the opening sequence of the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove.

    • Marge: Gabba Gabba Hey
      When Marge is rambling on with pointless words she says "gabba gabba hey" which is a Ramones song.

    • Homer:: Suicide, eh?
      The suicide hotline billboard Homer sees is a reference to the song Dr. Online by Zeromancer, about a executioner's practice.

    • Itchy and Scratchy short: "Bleeder of the Pack"
      This short includes two references to classic rock-n'-roll:

      • The title is a play on the Shangra-Las' immortal "Leader of the Pack" (about a young girl who falls for a greaser from the wrong side of the tracks, and her parents strongly disapprove). • The ending pays tribute to Feb. 3, 1959 – the Day the Music Died. The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens are all aboard Scratchy's ill-fated flight, when it begins to lose altitude as it flies into a heavy snowstorm. The real-life flight crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing the three rock legends and the pilot.

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