The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 4

A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 02, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love
Homer's foray into the fortune writing business leads to a romance for Mr. Burns. Then Burns seeks advice from Homer when he starts to romance, Gloria his new found love. Things look good for Monty who proposes marriage, just as Gloria's ex arrives on the scene, Snake, who's just recently escaped from prison. He grabs Gloria and Homer and takes them hostage, leaving Monty and the police to affect their rescue.moreless

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  • Very funny.

    After reading a fortune cookie, Mr. Burns decides that he needs to find love again. He meets a female cop named Gloria, and starts to go out with her. He seeks Homer for advice on where to go for dates, so Homer goes on every date with them. When bowling, Gloria runs into her old boyfriend Snake, who kidnaps her and Homer. He traps them in his house, and Mr.Burns tries to rescue Gloria when the house catches on fire. But she ends up going back to Snake.

    This was an hysterical episode. There were so many funny scenes, such as the Chinatown scene, the needle Homer and mr. Burns take, Flanders hearing Marge and Homer, and much, much more.

    Overall Grade: 95%/A+moreless
  • great

    homer starts writing fortune cookies, and one of them, "You will find true love on flag day", winds up in Mr. Burns' fortune cookie. Now he tries to find love. He seems to succeed with a cute cop, but later learns she used to date Snake. Will this affect them?

    good episode, I always liked this one a lot and it held up strong on rewatch on the thirteenth season DVD. Good episode with some good jokes and an interesting plot, and so because of all of this the episode gets a B+ or so as a grade from memoreless
  • Burns finds a true love, and loses her to snake.

    Well this episode was simply and utterly just hilarious. This was indeed a top notch episode based on its comedy alone. The idea of Homer as a fortune cookie writer was hilarious, and even tho we knew it would never last, it was nice to see Mr. Burns find true love even if it was only for a little while. The whole scene with the afradesiac was hilarious with the kids horrifed faces, and Ned saying "wow!" from next door. This was just a great episode bottom line. I would definately watch this episode because its funny and worthy of a good review.moreless
  • Good episode... However, I think that I liked the storyline about Homer better than the story about Burns and Gloria...

    When the family goes to a Chinese restaurant in China Town, Homer is disappointed by the unoriginal and lame fortunes from the fortune cookies. Homer impresses the restaurant owner with his own brand of fortunes and is hired as a writer. From one of his fortunes, Mr. Burns is told that he will find true love. When he's being given a ticket by female cop Gloria, he decides to ask her out. Initially, Gloria feels that Mr. Burns is too old for her, but when Homer tells her about all of Burns' exploits, she begins falling for him.

    Mr. Burns continues dating Gloria and has Homer come along on their dates to support in a "youthful" way. While bowling, Mr. Burns decides to propose to Gloria and she accepts. When Burns goes to buy champagne, Gloria and Homer are kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Snake. Snake takes them to his hideout where he ties she and Homer to chairs and tries to win her back. The police arrive and there's a standoff. When Homer inadvertently catches on fire, the whole place goes up in ablaze, leaving Gloria trapped inside. When Burns sees her trapped, he musters up enough energy to save her. Only when they come out, Gloria realizes that she's still attracted to Snake's bad boy image, leaving Mr. Burns loveless again.moreless
  • A great episode! Watch it as soon as possible.

    I found this episode, like all Burns episodes, very enjoyable - among classics such as Last Exit To Springfield, Burns' Heir, and Homer Vs. Dignity.

    The episode starts with the visit to Chinatown. This was very funny, especially the Chinese dragon thing (it was a real animal). The episode quickly gets into the main storyline, that is, Burns reading his fortune (as written by Homer) and then dating a young woman. The Smithers gay references are the best bits here - after Burns reads his fortune, Smithers says: "We're the only two people here, sir." then his unenthusiastic "whoopee" at Burns' suggestion to go womanizing.

    Anyway, Burns finds his true love and they go on dates. More great jokes included Homer carrying Burns carrying Gloria to the bedroom, and the aphrodisiac.

    The only thing I didn't like was the ending. Homer talking about someone's wiener was just sick, and the family walking into the sunset with Burns was a bit strange. I think the writers were trying to make a 'nice' ending, free from wackiness, but it didn't seem right to me.

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

George Takei

George Takei


Guest Star

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (Homer reads some fortunes from fortune cookies.)
      Homer: You will invent a humorous toilet lid. You will find true love on Flag Day. Your store is being robbed, Apu.

    • Snake: You're looking good, baby. Why did we ever break up?
      Gloria: You pushed me out of a moving car!
      Snake: The cops were chasing us I needed to lighten the load. And, um, protect you.

    • Mr. Burns: Back in a moment my dear. We have to um... expel some urine!

    • Gloria: You're a nice guy, Monty. You're always laughing and tenting your fingers. I like that.
      Mr. Burns: (tents fingers) Excellent!
      Gloria: And you're so upbeat. You think everything's excellent!

    • Mr. Burns: You will find true love on Flag Day. Why it's Flag Day today. (Gasps) True love at last!
      Smithers: Well it's just you and me here, sir!
      Mr. Burns: No time for jokes, Smithers. Come along, we're going womanizing.
      Smithers: Oh, goodie.

    • Mr. Burns: This cookie feels heavy as if there's some paper inside.
      (Mr. Burns struggles to break the cookie, and a snap is heard.)
      Smithers: Nice job, sir!
      Mr. Burns: That was my thumb!

    • Homer: These fortunes are terrible. They're supposed to predict stuff and ease you through times of doubt and sickness.
      Manager: Well, with all due respect, sir, I suppose you could come up with better fortunes?
      Homer: You will be aroused by a shampoo commercial.
      Manager: That's not bad!

    • Mr. Burns: Now step aside. I'll save Gloria myself!
      Chief Wiggum: You? Uh, no offense, but you're a decrepit monkey skeleton.
      Mr. Burns: Perhaps, but this monkey skeleton is in love!

    • Mr. Burns: (to Gloria) I'm going to make such love to you that you'll forget all about Rudolph Valentino.

    • Mr. Burns: (Whispering) Put my hand on her knee.
      Homer: Yes, Mr. Burns. (Moves his hand)
      Mr. Burns: I said "her" and I said "knee".
      Homer: Oh, sorry.

    • Gloria: Yeah, like what's fun for a 104 year old?
      Mr. Burns: Oh, I enjoy all the popular youth trends. Like, uh, (Sees some bumper cars) piloting motor coaches and, uh, (Sees someone using a pooper-scooper) collecting dog waste.

    • Lisa: Uh, how is the Feast of 12 Delights with Triple Happiness Sauce?
      Waiter: Very disappointing.
      Lisa: Then, I'll have the Sweet and Sour Rice.
      Waiter: Oh, very good. Would you like that with the fragrant bee bellies or the cat noses.
      Lisa: Neither, thank you.
      Waiter: Is there any way we could enhance your dining experience here by hurting an animal?
      Lisa: No!

    • Lisa: I love Chinatown, but I wish they'd stop picking on Tibet Town.

    • Mr. Burns: Where did you get that pie?
      Homer: Window sill.

    • (On a search for women, Mr. Burns and Smithers walk past a strip club.)
      Mr. Burns: Perhaps there are some girls in here.

    • Fortune Cookie Writer: I once wrote "Let your frown be your umbrella." They changed it to smile. A frown is a much better umbrella than a smile!

    • Homer: You know what would be surprising? A foot massage.
      Snake: Shut up! (Punches him)
      Gloria: Beating him to a pulp won't impress me.
      Snake: It used to, what if I hit him harder?
      Gloria: Oh, you still don't get it!
      Homer: Um, I'm still up for that foot massage.
      Snake: Shut up! (Punches him again)

    • Mr. Burns: I don't understand. She was my young, sexy fiancée; he was my sexually virile best friend; and they just drove off in my Bugutti Sexarossa. How could this have ever happened?
      Kent Brockman: Well, according to our audience insta-poll, 46% say "You're too old," and 37% say "She's a skank!"

    • Kent Brockman: (to Gloria) I know you've been through a lot, ma'am, but we need you to stand in front of the burning house and say, "Channel 6 is hot, hot, hot!"

    • Mr. Burns: Remember, Simpson, the strongest human muscle is the heart.
      Homer: What about the wiener? A guy on TV lifted a can of paint with his.

    • Homer: Mmm... pistol whip.

    • Homer: You're going to ask her to marry you?
      Mr. Burns: Isn't it wonderful? I'm head over heels in love!
      Homer: Are you sure you want to do this so fast?
      Mr. Burns: Yes, my biological clock is ticking. I could be dead again soon.

    • Snake: I swear I can change, Gloria. I'm taking classes in computer fraud.
      Gloria: That's what you said about the telemarketing scams, but you didn't stick with it.
      Snake: I don't like bothering people at home.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was dedicated to the memory of George Harrison, who died on November 29, 2001. A dedication before the end credits shows Harrison with Homer as he appeared in the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet."

    • Blackboard Joke: Fun does not have a size.
      Couch Gag: The couch and TV are within the walls of a prison. As a siren sounds, the family, dressed in black and white jumpsuits, attempt to escape by burrowing their own underground tunnels. However, instead of escaping, each family member emerges from their tunnel and hops onto the couch. Homer clicks the TV on with a remote, just as the prison searchlight passes over them.


    • Episode Title: "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love"
      The title of this episode is a play on the lyric, "I'm just a hunka hunka burnin' love," from Elvis Presley's "Burning Love."

    • Mr. Burns: O frabjous day!
      Lewis Carroll coined the phrase "O frabjous day!" in the poem "Jabberwocky" from his 1871 book Through the Looking Glass.