Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
According the googly-eyed walnut Larry is selling, his souvenir stand is located in Waynesport. This is where the train Mr. Burns was on stops.
Music From This Episode
"Any Way You Want It" by Journey (plays over the ending credits)
This episode opens at the Mt. Swartzwelder Historic Cider Mill ("Now 40% Quainter!") -- A tribute to longtime writer John Swartzwelder.
Mr. Burns was a member of Yale's class of 1914.
Statues of Burns dressed like an ancient Roman can be seen outside his mansion.
The Olmec Indian head from episode 2F22 "Blood Feud" and Homer's Santa coat from episode 7G08 "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" can be seen in the basement.
The copyright symbol (©) is missing from the copyright screen during the end credits.
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.
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?
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…
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 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.
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.
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.
The chef at the country club is modeled after Chef Boyardee.
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.
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."
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