Mr. Burns is at death's door and needs a blood transfusion from a donor that has the same very rare blood type that he does. Homer discovers that Bart has the same rare blood type and he sets his sights on receiving a large monetary gift from Mr. Burns, as a thank-you for Bart's blood. Things become interesting when the only thing the Simpson family receives is a simple thank-you card from Mr. Burns.moreless
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
According to this episode Bart and Mr. Burns have Type O Negative blood.
Goof: While ranting about Homer's letter, Mr. Burns mentions "liver spots" and being called "chinless", but Homer didn't put anything about his liver spots or chin in the letter.
The Olmec Indian Head Mr. Burns buys the family costs $32,000.
In addition to the Simpsons' blood types, we also learn:
-Lisa's shoes is 4B and her ring is 3
-Bart has 16 permanent teeth and 8 baby teeth and his allergies are butterscotch, imitation butterscotch, and glow-in-the-dark monster makeup, and
-Homer's earmuff is XL.
Look close at the letter that Mr. Burns sends the card in: Mr. Burns lives at 1000 Mammon Lane.
Goof: Mr. Burns claims that Smithers once donated a kidney to him. In the dialogue, it is brought out that Burns is blood type O negative and Smithers is B positive, the organ transplant would have been impossible.
Homer: Bart, you keep an eye out for the mailman. Just give me some kind of signal.
Bart: Dad, the mailman's here.
Homer: That's a good one. We'll use that.
(A postwoman appears behind Homer)
Bart: No! I mean the mailman's here.
Postwoman: Dear God! Are you planning to water the mail?
Homer: I guess it wouldn't do any good to run 'cause you're a mail-lady and you know my name and address and everything, huh?
Postwoman: That's right.
Homer: Well... I'm still going to run.
(Homer runs away)
(Bart prank calls Moe's Tavern.)
Moe: Moe's Tavern, where the elite meet to drink.
Bart: Uh, hello. Is Mike there? Last name, Rotch.
Moe: Hold on, I'll check. (Calls out) Mike Rotch! Mike Rotch! Hey, has anybody seen Mike Rotch lately?
Moe: (to Bart) Listen to me, you little puke. One of these days, I'm going to catch you and I'm going to carve my name on your back with an ice pick.
Mr. Burns: (reading Homer's letter) "Dear Mr. Burns. I'm so glad you enjoyed my son's blood, and your card was just great." Why Simpson, you've made my day, you're a true gentlemen.
Homer: Well I-
Mr. Burns: Hello, there's more. (continues reading) "In case you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic. You stink! You are a senile bucktoothed old mummy with bony girl arms and you smell like an elephant's butt!"
Homer: (to Marge) Okay, here's the plan! You can move in with your sisters, and raise the kids, and I'll...die in a gutter!
(After sticking a water hose in the public mailbox.)
Homer: So a few people won't get a few letters, boo hoo! You know the kind of letters people write. Dear somebody you never heard of, how was so and so, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, yours truly, some bozo, big loss!
(Homer is searching for the letter he wrote to Mr. Burns.)
Homer: Where did you see it last?
Bart: The last place I saw it...was in my hand...as I was shoving it into...the mailbox!
Homer: Dear Mr. Burns. I'm so glad you enjoyed my son's blood, and your card was just great! In case you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic! YOU STINK! Could you read that last part back to me?
Bart: You stink!
Homer: Heh-heh-heh, good. You are a senile, bucktoothed, old mummy, with bony girl arms, and you smell like…
Bart: An elephant's butt?
Homer: Heh-heh, an elephant's butt!
Homer: Okay, there's no check, just a card, but don't panic, I'm sure it tells us what we're getting and where we can pick it up. "Dear Bart, thank you kindly for the blood. Yours truly, Montgomery Burns." D'oh! It's just a card!
Burns: Top of the morning to ye… Why look who's here it's… good ole'… you!
Worker: Hi, Mr. Burns.
Burns: Hey there Mr… d'uh… Brown Shoes! How bout that local sports team eh?
Carl: I'd give him my blood, except for one thing.
Lenny: What's that?
Carl: I don't wanna.
Homer: I can't believe you guys. There's a human being out there with millions of dollars who needs our help, and you don't wanna cash in? That's why you losers are stuck in this crumby dead-end job!
Carl: You know, Homer, I am your supervisor...
Homer: Sorry, sir.
(Homer tries to retrieve the angry letter that Bart accidentally put in the mail.)
Homer: Hello, my name is Mr. Burns. I believe you have a letter for me.
P.O. Worker: Okay, Mr. Burns. What's your first name?
Homer: I...don't know.
Homer: Don't you know the story of Hercules and the lion?
Bart: Is it a Bible story?
Homer: Yeah, probably. Anyway, once upon a time, there was a big mean lion who got a thorn in his paw. All the village people tried to pull it out, but nobody was strong enough! So they got Hercules, and Hercules used his mighty strength, and...bingo! Anyway, the moral is, the lion was so happy, he gave Hercules this big...thing...of riches.
Bart: How did a lion get rich?
Homer: It was the olden days!
According to the DVD commentary: After Smithers says to Dr. Hibbert "Just leave me enough (blood) to get home", he was meant to say "to the wife and kids" but it was cut.
Blackboard Joke: I will not sleep through my education.
Couch Gag: The family all sit down like normal and nothing happens for awhile, until the couch suddenly falls into a hole.
Androcles and the Lion
The story Homer tells Bart about Hercules is actually a misinterpretation of the Androcles tale.
Stores in Springfield Mall
The brushes are coming, the brushes are coming - a reference to the phrase/movie title "The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming."
Sweet Home Alabama - the title of a Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
Plunderer Pete's - a play on the grocery store "Trader Joe's."
Homer writing the letter to Mr. Burns as sarcastic as possible and then later trying to retrieve it, parodies the similar plot in an episode of The Honeymooners called, "The Letter."
Mr. Burns: We'll get the Simpsons a present. An extravagant present. A mad, unthinkable, utterly impossible present! A frabulous, grabulous, zip-zoop-zabulous present!
This bit of dialogue is a parody of the type of writing you see in the many books authored by Dr. Seuss.
The painting at the Springfield Post Office is a parody of the famous Michelangelo painting, Creation.
When the camera rolls into the Burns mansion, a gate with a B over it can be seen as well as thunder and lightning. This is a parody of the opening to the 1941 film Citizen Kane. Also, the scene in which Burns is lying in his bed and Smithers is talking to Dr. Hibbert is lifted from Citizen Kane in the scene in which Kane's wife is ill. The interior in the bedroom is based directly on that scene.
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