The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 17

American History X-cellent

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Smithers is placed in charge of the power plant after Mr. Burns is thrown in jail for possession of stolen artwork. But when the plant employees abuse Smithers' good nature and push him to his breaking point, they devise a plan to get Mr. Burns out of jail.moreless

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  • OK. Not the greatest.

    This episode was just like all the others of this season. Mediocre, boring, and not at all funny. There was not really anything funny about this episode and it was certainly a forgettable one as well. In this episode, Mr. Burns goes to jail for possession of stolen artwork, which means that Smithers is placed in charge. But when the employees take advantage of Smithers' good nature and push him to his breaking point, they come up with a plan to get Mr. Burns out of jail.

    Overall, this episode wasn't that great. I'd recommend that you forget this ep because it wasn't anything special.moreless
  • Burns in jail Smithers in charge.

    Okay, so this episode starts with 3 mysterious people coming into Burns' cell and trying to help him escape. Burns' realizing that the viewer doesn't understand what's going on, starts from the bginning. In 4 of July, Burns makes his employees throw a party to himself while they work. After something goes wrong, the police arrives and Lou finds some stolen art no the house, so Burns is sent to jail, with Smithers left in charge.

    Smithers is the good boss, until he learns about Homer, Lenny and Carl opinions about him, thre he becomes Mr. Burns2. Meanwhile on jail. Burns' cellmate who is very chirstian, performs a ritual to suck all the evil on him. so Homer Lenny & CArl disguise as officers and try to help Burns breakout of prison. When they are about to leave, cellmate asks why if his evil was sucked. Burns reveals he had some evil left in a toenail which spread all over and now he is more evil.

    For B-plot, we had Lisa taking care of an ant farm, Bart made SLH eat them all but one, they struggling to save her and SLH eating her. The only good line of the plot came from Homer thinking Patty ands Selma died when Lisa said "Our ants are dead"

    Pretty bad execution IMOmoreless
  • Not the best episode, but good.

    Well, this season is hit or miss. The episodes are either really good, or terrible. Some are just okay though, like this one.

    American History X-cellent: When Mr. Burns goes to jail for stolen artwork, Smithers is left in charge.

    There are many funny parts in this episode, like the warden being addicted to helium, or Mr. Burn's huge inmate. I didn't really like how Homer took advantage of Smithers though. But, that's what Homer does.

    The B plot was okay. Bart and Lisa raising an ant farm isn't that creative, but there are clever jokes like when Homer thought Patty and Selma died, or when Santa's Little Helper ate the ants.

    Overall Grade:B/81%moreless
  • one of the season's better ones, but still not that great

    I liked the style being somewhat similar to Sideshow Mel narrating parts of All About Lisa. I also thought before watching the plot could be very good. But, I do not think it was handled well. The parts I wanted to see, with Smithers managing at the plant, were a very small part of the episode, and since those were what I was most looking forward to, I did not enjoy the episode as much as I would have liked to. But it was still watchable, my overall grade for this episode is a high "C" grade. Good, not greatmoreless
  • This was a great episode, until it got to the very end.

    Overall, this was another enjoyable episode, although I didn't like it quite as much as "Stealing First Base." I thought both the main and subplots were pretty good, and it had some pretty funny gags, like Burns jumping on the dandy jumper and the warden being obsessed with helium. I also laughed at the part where Homer started dancing because he thought Patti (sp?) and Selma had died and when Santa's Little helper ate Annie, Lisa's very last ant. The weather abruptly changing as Burns told his story was also funny, even though I thought the part where Simthers's nose fell off was kind of gross and unnecessary. The main thing that dropped the score, however, was the very end. It was confusing to me. I did not get that very last joke about Burns's cellmate asking the other guy if he had heard of Jesus. Other than that, though, this was a great episode all in all, and I hope the next new episodes, if I am able to see them, will be even better! Marebear2009, out!moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Mr. Burns' Cellmate

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Homer: The war's over and the future won. The past never had a chance, man.

    • Moe: Hey, if wishes were horses, I'd be eatin' wish-meat every night.

    • Bart: Lisa, you take the fun out of everything. I am so glad I'm not your kid.
      Lisa: Well, I'm so glad I'm not your mom.
      Bart: You should be. If I was in your tummy, I'd poo in your throat.
      Lisa: Eww! Ew! I'll never get that image out of my head!

    • Prison Guard: Meet your roommate.
      Cellmate: Hiya, pal. They put two harmless white collar criminals in the same cell.
      Mr. Burns: What luck. I was afraid you'd be some tattooed bruiser.
      Cellmate: Well, they don't turn out too many of those at Dartmouth.
      Mr. Burns: (pounding on gate) Dartmouth?! Get me away from this hideous brute at once. At once! Do you hear me?!
      Cellmate: Got my Master's from the University of Virginia, the public Ivy.

    • Marge: Every time this town riots, the malls are empty. You stay here.
      Bart: Oh, I hate being stuck at home!
      Marge: Play with Lisa.
      Bart: Mom, you don't play with Lisa. You play despite her.
      Lisa: Bart, I'm not thrilled either, but one day we might need each other for organ transplants, so we'd better keep the lines of communication open.

    • Bart: (regarding the ant-farm that Santa's Little Helper ate) It was an accident! I didn't mean to kill our ants!
      Homer: (overhearing in hallway, busts into room)
      Patty and Selma are dead? Woo-Hoo! A double funeral! Please tell me they suffered!
      Homer: (sees Patty and Selma alive and in his hallway) G-g-Gh-HAGS!

    • Lenny: (Smithers has taken over the plant and introduced things like 'healthcare that covers illness')

      I agree things are a lot nicer around here lately, but I think I speak for many of us when I say ... what's the catch?
      Smithers: Well, the catch is, happy workers are productive workers.
      Homer: (seething) There's always a catch!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Daredevil Lance Murdock, performs a jump on a motorcycle into the sky, enthusiastically yelling "Yee-Haw!"
      Billboard Gag: Duff 200. Nothin' but booze (with Duffman pictured).
      Blackboard Joke: Hot dogs are not bookmarks.
      Couch Gag: The Simpsons sit on the couch, but it's outside as a mock backdrop of the house falls in their path. Luckily, they escape unscathed as they were under a square hole serving as a window.


    • The Shawshank Redemption
      The prison warden resembles the prison warden in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.

    • The Green Mile
      Mr. Burns' cellmate performs a miracle to heal him from evil in the fashion of the character John Coffey from the Stephen King novel The Green Mile and and the subsequent 1999 film starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.

    • American History X
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1998 Edward Norton film American History X.