The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 18

Burns' Heir

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart gets caught vandalizing Mr. Burns' mansion, but the billionaire takes a shine to Bart's destructive side and grooms him to become his heir.

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  • superb

    what i liked- Burns having auditions for boys to be his heir, Burns proclaiming 'no girls' and we see Milhouse as a girl, Bart's line about Homer taking mysterious trips to Holland, Bart not firing Homer, the fake actors in the video Burns was making to try and persuade Bart to stay with him, amongst other things.

    decent episode. i never loved it a whole lot but it certainly does have its moments of hilarity and a good plot. somewhere in the B range is going to be my final grademoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show mr burns is choosing a heir to his fortune and after bart vandalizes his mansion mr burns decides that is the boy that will be his heir. and so mr burns starts to talk to bart and starts to teach him in the ways of being evil. and then his family is worred about him and homer trys to get him back but faild and so bart must figure who he wants to be with his regular family or mr burns. this was a good ep and had some clasic moments . i enjoyed this onemoreless
  • Great

    This episdoe starts off with Homer winnng a "prize" of being a chinmey sweep for the day. Mr. Burns is rexaling in his office, when he alomst drowns while taking a bath. He realizes that when he dies, they will be no one to take his place. He holds audtions to find someone to take his place. Everyone fails, but Bart later goes over to Burns manor and starts to desrtoy the property. Burns likes this, and makes him his heir. Bart at first seems to like living the luxorious life, but soon begins to miss his family. This was a really goood episodemoreless
  • I guarentee you will laugh so hard at this episode that you will need an oxygen tank...

    Well into his eighth or ninth decade, Monty Burns realizes that he has no children and therefore no heir for his vast fortune. After an audition process in which every child in Springfield vies for the coveted position as Burns' kid, Bart is selected for his attitude and scrappiness. Taking the boy under his wing, Burns tries to turn Bart into the son he never had. When he returns home to his boring old family, Bart resents them for not being rich and overly indulgent like Burns. Torn between loyalty to Homer and Marge and hunger for all the toys and money Burns throws at him, Bart must decide which family he wants to keep. When Mr. Burns insists that Bart fire his own father as an act of loyalty, Bart rebels and fires Burns instead.moreless
  • Burns almost make Bart a mini version of him!

    Bart becomes Mr Burns's heir in this episode and while he has some fun being rich he is not as happy when he is at home.

    Then Mr Burns pulls out the big guns by hiring actors to pretend to be The Simpsons and give the impression they didn't want him to live with them.

    In the end Bart has to ultimately choose between his father and Mr Burns. He makes the right choice in the end.

    While I thought this was a really good plot I didn't find too much of this episode funny. The exception was seeing Moleman as the replacement for Bart.

    Homer: C'mon, its like kissing a peanut!

    Another great part which wasn't actually in the episode was in the deleted scene from the 138th episode which had the robotic Richard Simmons being worse than dogs, bees or dogs with bees in their mouths!moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Judge Joy Snyder: This court rules in favor of Montgomery Burns! I find that it is clearly the boy's biological father!
      Lionel Hutz: (Hutz still working on his shoes) Judge, these won't be ready until Thursday.
      Marge: You know, we should really stop hiring him.

    • (Mr. Burns tries to show Bart that his family doesn't want him anymore, via a TV monitor...)

      "Homer": (stilted delivery, not Homer's voice) I do not miss Bart at all.

      "Marge": (not Marge's voice) I am glad he's gone.

      "Lisa": (monotone, almost Lisa's voice) As am I.

      "Homer": (drops a sandwich) B'oh!

      Bart: It's probably my imagination, but something about them didn't seem quite right.

      Mr. Burns: Really? Excuse me for just a moment.

      (He walks into a nearby room where a set of the Simpsons' living room has been set up)

      Mr. Burns: People, that was all wrong! Homer Simpson doesn't say "B'oh", he says... (checks script) "D'oh!"

      ("Homer", "Marge" and "Lisa" pull off their masks, revealing themselves to be actors)

      Homer actor: (looks like Michael Caine) Sorry, M.B., but I'm having trouble with this character. Is he supposed to have some kind of neurological impairment, like Rain Man or Awakenings? I mean, what the hell am I doing here?!

      Marge actor: And this dialog has none of the wit and sparkle of Murphy Brown.

      Lisa actor: (Estonian accent) Hey, you know we are getting into golden time.

      Mr. Burns: Yes, well, just get it right, or you'll all be doing Come Blow Your Horn at the Westport Dinner Theater!

      (walks back to the control room)

      Mr. Burns: (to Bart) All right, let's see what the old Simpson family is up to now.

      "Homer": (drops sandwich) Duh-oh!

    • Mr. Burns: He's the perfect one to suckle at my proverbial teat.

    • Lionel Hutz: I've argued in front of every judge in this state. Often as a lawyer.

    • Mr. Burns: I suggest you leave immediately.
      Homer: Or what? You'll release the dogs, or the bees, or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

    • Homer: That's it! Being abusive to your family is one thing, but I will not stand idly by and watch you feed a hungry dog!

    • Mr. Burns: Now that you've agreed to reap the windfall of my death, I must return to my large, empty mansion to rattle around and await the inevitable ... alone.
      Marge: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Homer: Yeah. Let's push him down the steps.

    • Homer: Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

    • Bart: (reading cue cards) Hello, Mr... Kurns. I bad want... money now. Me sick.
      Homer: Ooh, he card reads good.

    • Lisa: I propose to you that your heir not need be a boy. In this phallocentric society of ours--
      Mr. Burns: I don't know what phallocentric means, but no girls!
      Milhouse: (dressed as a girl) So much for Plan B.

    • Mr. Burns: I specifically said, no geeks!
      Milhouse: But my mom says I'm cool...

    • (After a THX sound effect has destroyed the cinema.)
      Grandpa: Turn it up! Turn it up!!

    • (Homer wants to keep Hans Moleman as a replacement for Bart.)
      Homer: (Kisses Moleman's head.) It's like kissing a peanut.
      Marge: Homer, I want that thing out of my house.

    • Bart: I just don't want to be here, Dad. Besides, I started a fire this morning that I really should keep an eye on.

    • Smithers: Oh my God, Mr. Burns is dead! Why do the good always die so young?

    • Mr. Burns: Careful, Smithers, that sponge has corners you know.
      Smithers: I'll go find a spherical one, sir.

    • Lenny: (pleading for his job without using the letter 'e') I'm a good work... guy.

    • (Bart keeps throwing peas at Lisa)
      Homer: Lisa, quit getting in the way of your wealthy brother's peas!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The THX sequence in this episode was later reused as an actual THX trailer in movie theaters, in which the logo starts, causing Hans Moleman's glasses to break, a man's teeth to shatter, an exit sign to explode, parts of the roof to fall, and a man's head to explode.

    • Blackboard Joke: The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with "Hail Satan".
      Couch Gag: The family are ball-shaped and bounce to the couch.


    • Toys
      Mr. Burns' ad for an heir while standing in a field of tall grass is the same advertising used for the 1992 movie Toys starring Robin Williams. This promo also ran as a preview before movies.

    • A Christmas Carol
      A cockney boy say to Mr. Burns, "Today? Why it's Christmas Day!" referencing a famous scene in the 1984 film A Christmas Carol.

    • 1984
      Hans Moleman is deprogrammed in Room 101 a la George Orwell's 1956 film 1984.

    • Taxi Driver
      Moe talking to himself in the mirror parodies the 1976 film Taxi Driver.

    • Martin: "Clang, clang, clang went the trolley! Ring, ring, ring went the bell! Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings -- oof!"
      Martin's audition to become Burns' heir is "The Trolley Song" from 1944 musical Meet Me in St. Louis. He includes the incorrect lyrics – should be "Ding, ding, ding went the bell" rather than "Ring, ring, ring." Nelson's blow to Martin's gut abruptly ends the audition (to Burns' delight).

    • Gadsby
      Mr. Burns asks Lenny to explain to him why he should keep his job without using the letter "E." Ernest Wright wrote a novel called Gadsby. The novel contained over 50,000 words and he never used the letter "E."