The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 4

Burns, Baby Burns

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The family goes to an apple mill and on the way home, they see a hitchhiker. Homer wants to pick him up, but Marge is totally against it. Ignoring her Homer picks him up and finds out that he is Mr. Burns' illegitimate son, Larry. He helps Larry get in touch with Burns, but Mr. Burns cannot stand him, because he is boorish, obnoxious, and rude. Mr. Burns tries to get him into a college, but Larry is way too dumb and Mr. Burns decides he wants nothing to do with his son. Homer and Larry are good friends now, so Homer comes up with a plan for Larry to win Mr. Burns' love. He stages a fake kidnapping and Larry stays with Homer in his basement. It becomes a big media event, but when a helicopter spots Homer and Larry, they flee to a movie theater. The police find them there and Larry admits it is a fake kidnapping. When Mr. Burns will still not accept him, Larry goes back home to his family.moreless

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  • this was agood ep

    in this ep of the simpsons homer and the family are on the way back from apple mill and they find a hitchhiker and turns out that he ends up being the son of mr burns and mr burns wont except him after home tries to interduce him . also mr burns tries to get him into school but he is way to dum. also then homer deicdes he has a plan to fake a kidnapped and he hides him in the basebement till the helcopter shows up and they run to a movie theater and mr burns still wont except him and he goes back home to his family.moreless
  • Burns, Baby Burns

    Mr. Burns discovers he has a son, named Larry Burns. At first, he is thrilled to have met him, but later when he realizes Larry does not take many things in life seriously, he disowns him. So Homer and Larry make a phony kidnapping, which gets out of hand. In the end, Mr. Burns still can not accept his son, but everyone is glad they had the chance to meet.

    I love this episode, probably my second favorite of t he season. Great plot, Larry was a hysterical character, and the end was great. Overall grade us if course A+moreless
  • Mr. Burns has a son.

    A souvenir salesman named Larry notices a familiar face on a train heading to Springfield -- Mr. Burns. The Simpsons see Larry hitchhiking and pick him up. Larry heads to the Burns estate and tells Mr. Burns that he is his long lost son. Burns admits that Larry was the result of a one-night fling during a college reunion. Burns first accepts his son but tires of him when he proves to be an annoyance. Homer befriends Larry, realizing they share common interests. Together they fake Larry's kidnapping to help him win back his father's love. As they leave to confess their scheme they are chased by the police. Burns forgives Larry for the hoax, but explains that he cannot continue as his father. Larry returns home, but not before an impromptu party. Larry was one of the funniest one time characters in the history of the show. If not for anything else, watch this episode for Larry's crude way of pointing out people's flaws. A good episode to say the least.moreless
  • How does Rodney Dangerfield on The Simpsons work so well?

    All that can be said about this episode is that Rodney Dangerfield was very well in this episode. He would even make my list of the all-time greatest guest stars on The Simpsons. But this episode wasn't great just because of Dangerfield. No, what made this episode great was its well told story and large number of funny moments. This was another one of my favorites from the magical 8th season. Overall, this episode is second to none and will be easily remembered as one of the best episodes produced from this magical series. What will they come up with next?moreless
  • Mr. Burns can reproduce!

    This episode is very good and has a great deal of good laughs in store. Mr. Burns is such a hateful bastard and still he manages to get laid. All I can think of is MONEY, yes, all that money is what helps him get the chicks. On the other hand, Larry, his son, is not such a nice person either, he actually is a lot more like Homer (who is not very nice either). Mr. Burns and Larry don't get along because of what I just said, both are just not very nice people, I wouldn't want to meet them, they are just very antisocial.moreless
Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

Larry Burns

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Burns: Every friend I have I made right here.
      Man in Yale Sweater: (At the window) Hello, Burnsie! It's your old roomie, Dink!
      (Mr. Burns pulls the shutter down)

    • Mr. Burns: (to Larry) I should have known you're the only one stupid enough to kidnap you!

    • Mr. Burns: Nobody steals from Mr. Burns, whether it be my Sunday newspaper or my loutish oaf of a son!

    • Larry: (about Mr. Burns) This guy's got more bread than a prison meatloaf. He's rich, I tell ya. I never seen a house with a walk-in mailbox.

    • Marge: What are you doing in the basement? It's like you're hiding out down here.
      Homer: Hiding out? Marge, you've been reading too many hideout books.
      Marge: And what's that hitchhiker doing here? Is every drifter we meet going to move in with us?
      Homer: Of course not. We'll decide that on a drifter-by-drifter basis.

    • Larry: Dad, what's with you tonight? I mean, I'm getting frostbite over here.
      Mr. Burns: I'll tell you what's with me! The humiliation of having a coarse, boorish, ignoramus for a son!
      Homer: Uh, I should go.
      (gets up from his chair, and starts to go… then he runs back and takes some more food to go)

    • Homer: …and Larry and I have so much in common, Marge, way more than you and me. If I could be stranded on an island with anyone, it would definitely be Larry.
      Marge: I think we've heard enough about Larry Burns for one evening.
      Homer: Why? It's not like anything interesting happened to anyone else today.
      (Bart is examining a diamond)
      (Lisa's arm is in a cast)
      (Maggie is wearing a "Cutest Baby" contest sash)

    • Larry: Ah, relax. I don't wanna work. I'm so lazy; I took lessons on a player piano.
      Homer: Wow, that's really lazy.
      Larry: Lazy? You're not kiddin'. Why, I'm like a rug on Valium, I'm talkin' lazy.
      Homer: Soo lazy.

    • Mr. Burns: You're what? Selling light bulbs? Worried about the whales? Keen on Jesus? Out with it!
      Larry: Well, Mr. Burns, I'm your son. (Burns is shocked) Oh, and I stepped on one of your peacocks. You got a paper towel?

    • Lisa: What a perfect outing for a beautiful autumn day.
      Marge: I feel sorry for everyone who's cooped up inside watching the seventh game of the World Series.
      Homer: (mockingly) Yeah, they won't learn anything about apples today.

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers, take off my belt.
      Smithers: With pleasure, sir!

    • Chief Wiggum: Don't be a fool, Simpson! Let the kid go!
      Mr. Burns: The negotiations have failed. Shoot him!

    • Kent Brockman: A bloody end for Homer Simpson... is just one of several possible outcomes according to our computer simulation. Now, here's how it would look if the police killed him with a barrage of baseballs.

    • Mr. Burns: You, foodbag, do you have a son?
      Homer: Yes, sir, I do.
      Mr. Burns: And is he a constant disappointment? Does he bring home nitwits and make you talk to them?
      Homer: Oh, all the time! Have you ever heard of this kid Milhouse? He's a little wiener who--
      Mr. Burns: Fascinating. Goodnight.

    • Larry: I'm looking for this guy (holds up a photo), anybody know who he is?
      Bart: Yeah, sure. We know him. That's Mr. Burns.
      Lisa: He tried to kill our puppies.
      Marge: He sexually harassed me.
      Grampa: He stole my fiancé.
      Homer: He made fun of my weight.
      Larry: Okay, so there's been a little of friction. Know his address?

    • Marge: Next to spring and winter, fall is my absolute favorite season. Just look at all this beautiful foilage.
      Lisa: It's not "foilage," Mom, it's "foliage." Fo-liage.
      Marge: That's what I said, foilage. It doesn't take a nucular scientist to pronounce foilage.

    • Ned: Well, if God didn't make little green apples, it's Homer Simpson! How long have you been here?
      Homer: Twenty of the suckiest minutes of my life.

    • Mr. Burns: Ahoy-hoy?
      Homer: (Speaking through a kazoo) Hello, Mr. Burns. This is the kidnapper. Do you miss your son?
      Mr. Burns: Yes, I'm missing one son. Return it immediately!
      Homer: If you really love Larry, prove it, and you can have him back today.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, how much proof do you need? 5,000? 6,000? I swear, that's all I've got.
      Homer: Don't you care about your son? This is more important than money.
      Mr. Burns: More important than money? Who is this?
      Homer: Uh... (Panics, loses control of the phone) Just a second.

    • Marge: Careful of the apple pie on the seat.
      Grampa: Uh-oh!
      Marge: Grampa, are you sitting on the pie?
      Grampa: I sure hope so.

    • Mr. Burns: Oh this might take a while, Smithers. Why don't you get drunk and stumble around comically for my amusement?
      Smithers: (Takes bottle of liquor) I'll be a one-man conga line!

    • Homer's brain: You can stay, but I'm leavin'!
      (Homers brain leaves and he falls over)
      Ned: Better get you some cider!

    • Mr. Burns: Well, did you meet Larry?
      Yale Official 1: Oh, yes. He made light of my weight problem, then suggested my motto should be "semper fudge." At that point, he told me to "relax".
      Mr. Burns: How were his test scores?
      Yale Official 2: Let's just say this -- he spelled "Yale" with a "6."

    • Larry: (Running after the train) Hey, Casey Jones! Where's this train headed?
      Conductor: Springfield.
      Larry: Yeah, yeah, what state?
      (The conductor's answer is drowned out by the train horn.)

    • Lisa: Who's playing that music?
      Marge: And where's all that liquor coming from?
      Homer: It's a party, Marge. Doesn't have to make sense.

    • Moe: The last guy that charged a drink to Burns turned up in a landfill.
      Barney: (covered in garbage) Yeah, but it was worth it!

    • Rich Woman: I would like for you to meet my daughter. She just came out last fall.
      (Shows very ugly lady.)
      Larry: Whoa! Put her back in, she's not done yet!

    • Homer: Can't they get a pole for that sign?
      Bart: That's a hitchhiker, Homer.
      Homer: Ooh! Let's pick him up!
      Marge: No! What if he's crazy?
      Homer: And what if he's not? Then we'd look like idiots.
      Marge: We're not picking him up.
      Homer: Oh, yes, we are.
      Marge: There's not enough room.
      Homer: Yes, there is…
      (Time passes)
      Marge: I just don't think it's a good idea.
      Homer: And I think it's the best idea I've ever had. We're picking up the weirdo, and that's final.
      (Pulls back from their driveway and heads back in the direction of the hitchhiker.)

    • Marge: (to Homer) I want you to take Larry back to Mr. Burns right now, before you get in a lot of trouble!
      Homer: What?! But, Marge! It's broad daylight and there's cops everywhere!
      Marge: No excuses! Just do it!
      Homer: Aw!
      (Homer reluctantly leaves the cellar with Larry as Marge turns to the TV, where Kent Brockman is in a helicopter outside the Simpsons' home)
      Kent Brockman: Of course, we'll bring you updates just as soon as they... (sees Homer and Larry leaving the house) Ohh! Wait a minute! They they are! Larry Burns and his kidnapper!
      Homer: (sees the helicopter) Aah!
      (he and Larry break for Homer's car and they drive off)
      Kent Brockman: Appearing in broad daylight with police everywhere, ladies and gentlemen, there's only one word for that... idiocy.
      (Marge groans)

  • NOTES (4)

    • If you look closely, you will notice that Mr. Burns private train car was modelled after the train car of The Wanderer, the train used by James West and Artemus Gordon in the CBS series The Wild Wild West.

    • The plot for this episode originated from a story idea that Mr. Burns and Grampa meet in WWII and fall in love with the same woman. That woman later has a child and isn't sure who the father is. That idea of WWII was later turned into "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'."

    • When Homer meets Larry at the plant and discovers he is Burns' son, he quickly clears away an almost completely assembled jigsaw puzzle featuring Snoopy the dog. The only piece missing is Snoopy's head which the directors intentionally left out to avoid copyright issues.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Five blue balloons, shaped like the Simpsons, float onto the couch and pop.


    • Easy Money
      Larry Burns says "I got to clean up my act, give up the booze". This is similar to the 1983 film Easy Money where Monty, who is a baby photographer has to clean up his act in order to get 10 million dollars and a mansion, and a department store from his mother-in-law.

    • Chef Boyardee
      The chef at the country club is modeled after Chef Boyardee.

    • Caddyshack
      Larry Burns insulting everyone at the country club, and the party at the end with the song "Anyway You Want It" is a parody of similar scened from the 1980 film, Caddyshack, starring Rodney Dangerfield, who also does the voice of Larry Burns.

    • Disco Inferno
      The title of this episode is reference to the line "burn, baby, burn" from the chorus of "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps.

    • Actor: You can't eat the orange and then throw the peel away! A man is not a piece of fruit!
      The actors in Burns' playroom are performing a scene from Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman."

    • Larry Burns: I don't get no regard. No regard at all.
      The line is a variation of Rodney Dangerfield's famous quote, "I don't get no respect."