The Simpsons

Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 11/1/90
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  • Episode Description
  • When the nuclear power plant fails a safety inspection, Mr. Burns runs for governor in an attempt to change the laws in his favor.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sam Simon

  • Wesley Archer

  • John Swartzwelder

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • First political and Mr. Burns episode

    By fsaenz0125, Oct 22, 2014

  • D'oh.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • politics writen all over this one

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

  • politics don't interest me...

    By futuramarama, Apr 05, 2010

  • Political.

    By Gibson3445, Aug 15, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Grampa: That Burns is just what this state needs! Young blood!

    • Homer: (about Blinky) Oh, Marge, what's the big deal? I bet before the papers blew this out of proportion, you didn't even know how many eyes a fish had.

    • (Homer leaves for work) Lisa: Don't spill anything! Bart: Keep those mutants coming, Homer! Homer: I'll mutant you.

    • (Homer arrives at work and realizes that all the icing-covered doughnuts are gone) Homer: (picking up a plain cake doughnut) Aww, plain cake doughnuts. (louder) Thanks for taking all the fancies guys! (to self) Why can't I ever get here on time?

    • (Homer comments on the newspaper headline about Mr. Burns running for Governor.) Homer: Well, he's got my vote. Marge: Homer, we're a Mary Bailey family. Homer: Mary Bailey isn't going to fire me if I don't vote for her. I’m for Monty Burns! Lisa: Ooh, a political discussion at our table! I feel like a Kennedy.

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    Notes (4)

    • When the make-up man is drawing eyebrows on Homer, the campaign manager tells him "We want John Q. Public, not Tyrone Power". Originally he said Rex Harrison, but the actor passed away between the time that this episode was animated and the time it premiered so the line was changed but the animation wasn't.

    • This episode won a 1991 EMA Award for TV Comedy.

    • The June 25th, 1992 repeat of this episode contained a different blackboard joke in the opening: "Potato," not "Potatoe".

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not Xerox my butt. Couch Gag: The couch springs out into a bed.

    Trivia (10)

    • In this episode Mr. Burns reveals his full name: Charles Montgomery Burns.

    • 98% of Springfield voters see Mr. Burns as despicable or worse.

    • After learning that he must repair his power plant at a cost of $56 million, Mr. Burns sings the 1932 E.Y. Harburg song, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime."

    • During the run up to the election Lisa wears a shirt which says, "I wish I were old enough to vote for Bailey." While Bart wears a shirt that says, "My dad told me to vote for Burns."

    • Bart places a clipping of the news article about him and the mutated fish, (Blinky) in a scrapbook, right next to an article about him beheading the town statue in episode 1-8, "The Telltale Head."

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    Allusions (5)

    • Citizen Kane When Bart asks Homer "Is your boss governor yet?" it is a reference to a moment in Citizen Kane when Kane's son asks him "Is Pop governor yet?"

    • It's a Wonderful Life The governor Mr. Burns runs against in this episode is named Mary Bailey. She shares the same name as the character Donna Reed played in the 1946 Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life.

    • Michael Dukakis During Mr. Burns' campaign for Governor, he can be seen riding in an army tank. This image is a reference to the 1988 Michael Dukakis Presidential campaign, in which he posed in a tank for a photo op.

    • Mr. Burns: You can't do this to me! I'm Charles Montgomery Burns! This line, as well as the images of Mr. Burns giving a speech with a huge poster of himself in the background and the knocking over of furniture in the final act, are all references to the 1941 film Citizen Kane.

    • Herbert Hoover The title of this episode is a parody of Herbert Hoover's 1928 Presidential campaign slogan, "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage."

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