The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 11

Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 05, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mr. Burns sells the nuclear power plant for $100 million to a group of Germans and then retires. Homer has troubles under the new regime and Mr. Burns starts second-guessing his decision to retire.

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  • Great episode

    Parts I liked/ funny parts: Bart kicking Homer in the behind, Bart making the crank call to Moe, Bart going to bar and Moe isnt able to realize who it is and starts to praise Bart, The Land of Chocolate scene, Burns telling everyone the germans are as american as apple pie :D, Homer not realizing he was the safety inspector. This was a good episode full of laughs and win.moreless
  • Superb

    Mr. Burns sells the nuclear power plant for $100 million to a group of Germans and then retires. Homer has troubles under the new regime and Mr. Burns starts second-guessing his decision to retire.

    overall a superb episode that gets a nine out of ten from me

    9 out of 10

  • superb

    what i liked- "we germans aren't all smiles and sunshine", the land of chocolate scene, burns' bee sanctuary, burns getting his plant back at the end, the two german characters in general were pretty cool and funny.

    good episode. not one of the all-time bests, but it does have the land of chocolate scene, which is a great scene. B+ or so as my final grade, i think is fair
  • this was a good ep from the simpsons

    in this ep of the simpsons mr burns is offerd 100million dollars from german plant investers and mr burns takes them up on the offer and retires thing is the germany investers discover that the plant they thought was bargan was not bargan at all and homer is starting to have trouble with the new bosses and they think he is a bafoon.and he dreams of the land of choclate and mr burns is having trouble deeling with the fact he is retired now. thing is mr burns has away to get the plant back from the german investers he does nad the germans vow revenge on mr burns.moreless
  • This is exactly why I watch this series

    Homer learns he owns stock in the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and sells his 100 shares for 25 cents apiece to a shady stock broker, netting $25, which he spends on beer. Soon after the sale he learns that the value of the stock was $52 per share. While Homer misses out on the windfall-he could have made $5,200-other employees make small fortunes.

    The reason for the stock's inflated value is because a depressed Mr. Burns wants to sell the plant to pursue other interests. The sale is completed at a value of $100 million to two German businessmen, Hans and Fritz, who have been hanging out in Moe's looking for just such an opportunity (provided the purchase leaves them with enough change to buy the Cleveland Browns). They immediately begin a thorough evaluation of the plant and its employees. When they interview Homer, he is unable to intelligently answer their questions and begins slipping into a now-infamous fantasy about cavorting through "The Land of Chocolate." It isn't long before Homer gets laid off.

    A depressed Homer mopes around the house, insisting he is a competent safety-minded worker. Meanwhile, Burns is having a good time in retirement and decides to go to Moe's Tavern to have a drink. There, Homer and the other bar patrons, along with Bart (who Marge sent to pick up Homer) mock scornfully at Burns for losing the power plant. Burns realizes that only his ownership of a nuclear plant gave him power over ordinary men and is resolved to buy back the plant.

    The German investors, who will make several more silent appearances in Springfield in the future, are more than willing to sell the plant back to Burns because as they say, it will cost another $100 million dollars to bring the plant up to code. Burns, noting their desperation to sell and saying so offers them $50 million for the plant saying that, "you will find it [his offer] most unfair." Homer is re-hired, and Burns plots his revenge on him at some unspecified point in the future.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Mr. Burns: Ooh Smithers! A blue-collar bar! Let's go slumming!

    • Moe: (about Bart) He's a pip this one is.

    • Homer: Ooh! Battlestar Galactica.

    • Mr. Burns: You see that queen over there? Her name is Smithers.

    • Homer: Let me ask you something: does your money cheer you up when you're feeling blue?
      Mr. Burns: Yes.
      Homer: Okay, bad example. So let me ask you this: does your money ever hug you when you come home at night?
      Mr. Burns: Why, no.
      Homer: And does it say "I love you"?
      Mr. Burns: No, it doesn't.
      Homer: (chanting) Nobody love you, nobody loves you...

    • Bart: I'm looking for a Mrs. O'Problem, first name Bea.
      Moe: Uh, yeah just a minute, I'll check. (Calling) Bea O'Problem! Bea O'Problem! Come on guys, do I have a Bea O'Problem?!
      Barney: You sure do!
      (The customers laugh)
      Moe: It's you, isn't it!
      (Bart laughs)
      Moe: Listen, you. When I get a hold of you, I'm going to use your head for a bucket and paint my house with your brains!

    • Horst: Do we have any alcoholics among us?
      Man 1: Uh, me.
      Man 2: Right here.
      Man 3: I'm drunk right now!

    • Marge: You spent fifty two hundred dollars on beer?
      Homer: Fifty two hundred, what are you talking about? (sees the TV) Oh my god! I sold it all for twenty-five bucks!
      Bart: (kicks him in the rear) Come on, everybody, it makes you feel better.

    • Homer: (in the land of chocolate) Wow! Chocolate, half price!... (his dream finishes) la la lalala la...
      Horst: Mr. Simpson.....Mr. Simpson
      Homer: Huh? oh, sorry, we were talking about chocolate?
      Fritz: Zat vas ten minutes ago!

    • Horst: Zen, you must have some good ideas for ze future as vell?
      Homer: I sure do (7 seconds of blank)
      Horst: Such az?
      Homer: Well uuh... I wish the candy machine wasn't so picky about taking beat-up dollar bills.

    • Homer: Marge, its not the money, my job is my identity. If I'm not a safety what's-a-ma-jigger, I'm nothing!

    • Mr. Burns: I wanted to give you something to remember me by, I know you've always had your eye on this photo of Elvis and me!
      Smithers: He was so good to mother, sir!
      Mr. Burns: Yes, but I couldn't understand a word that man said! (Impersonating Elvis) Mistah Burrs, duhs a boom hang gasson for hound dawg!
      Smithers: (Laughing) Stop it, you're killing me sir!

    • Horst: We plan to have some frank discussions with your safety inspector.
      Homer: He he, yeah. Sock it to him, Horst!
      Lenny: Hey Homer, aren't you the safety inspector?
      Homer: (looks at his badge) D'oh!

    • Burns: These two gentlemen are American as apple pie! Hans and Fritz, why that's just... John and Frank!
      Quimby: Ich bin ein Springfielder
      Carl: Oh this ain't good!
      Homer: We'll all lose our jobs!
      Marge: Look at all those worried faces, except for Lenny, he looks great!
      Lenny: (with mouth surgery) This is the worst day of my life.

    • Homer: What should I do?
      Guy: Well let me put it this way you get twenty five dollars if you sell now!
      Homer: Sell sell sell!!! Woohooo! Twenty five dollars!

    • Smithers: What's wrong sir, did I get some in your eye? The Shampoo specifically said, "No more tears!"
      Mr. Burns: Ah, lovely promise but, one beyond the powers of a mere shampoo.

    • Horst: Homer, could we have a word with you?
      Homer: No.
      Horst: I must have phrased that badly. My English is how you say...inelegant. I meant to say may we have a brief, friendly chat?
      Homer: No!
      Horst: Once again I have failed. (Reading from a German-English phrasebook) We request the pleasure of your company for a free exchange of ideas.
      Homer: (Yelling) No!

    • Horst: We regret to announce the following lay-offs, which I will read in alphabetical order. Simpson, Homer. (Pause) That is all.

    • Horst: (Sinister) Okay, Mr. Burns, you win. But beware. We Germans aren't all smiles and sunshine.
      Mr. Burns: (Sarcastic) Oooh, the Germans are mad at me. I'm so scared! Oooh, the Germans! (Hiding behind Smithers) Uh oh, the Germans are going to get me!
      Horst: Stop it!
      Man: Stop, sir.
      Mr. Burns: Don't let the Germans come after me. Oh no, the Germans are coming after me.
      Man: Please stop the "pretending you are scared" game, please.
      Horst: Stop it! Stop it!
      Mr. Burns: (Pause) No! They're so big and strong!
      Man: Stop it.
      Horst: Stop it, Mr. Burns.
      Man: Please stop pretending you are scared of us, please, now.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, protect me from the Germans! The Germans--
      Horst: Burns, Stop it!

  • NOTES (9)

    • Horst is modeled after actor John Banner who played Sgt. Shultz on Hogan's Heroes.

    • Originally the "Fudge Town" sign in Homer's chocolate dream said "Hershey Highway" but the censors forced the writers to change it because they felt it was a double meaning.

    • In the DVD commentary for this episode, Dan Castellaneta reveals that the voice of Charlie was created by his impression of Lenny.

    • Phil Hartman took on the role of technical consultant for this episode because he spoke fluent German.

    • At the end of the episode when Burns takes back his office the little blonde haired girl was modeled after Mark Kirkland's daughter.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "House Of Pain, Or This Old Mouse"
      Itchy ties Scratchy to a post in a house that he is building. He drives a nail through Scratchy's head and into the post, and and hangs up a picture of both Itchy & Scratchy smiling.

    • The script originally had Burns selling the plant to the Japanese, but many writers found the idea too "obvious." It was changed to the Germans for the sheer idea of humor.

    • The official translation of "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" is German for "Burns' Selling of the Power Works."

    • Blackboard Joke: The Christmas Pageant does not stink.
      Couch Gag: Santa's Little Helper is sleeping on the couch. When everyone comes running in, he gets up and growls ferociously.


    • Alexander Graham Bell
      Burns calling Smithers with the line "Smithers, come here I want you" is a reference to Alexander Graham Bell's famous phrase when he invented the telephone: "Watson, come I need you."

    • Top Secret!
      The book on tape: Sycophantic German, is a quick and funny reference to learning improper German from the 1984 film Top Secret!.

    • Quimby: Ich bin ein Springfielder!

      The German phrase Quimby says is a reference to a phrase 'Ich bin ein Berliner' said by John F. Kennedy in his famous speech in front of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The full quote is: "Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is 'Ich bin ein Berliner.'" The German line translates to 'I am a Berlin citizen,' obviously a tribute to the people living at the front line of the Cold War. Since a German pastry - essentially a jam-filled doughnut without a hole - is also called 'Berliner' certain comedians used the translation 'I am a jelly roll.'

    • Nixon - Elvis Photograph
      The picture of Elvis Presley shaking hands with Mr. Burns is taken from the famous photo of Elvis and Richard Nixon

    • Itchy & Scratchy: House Of Pain, Or This Old Mouse
      The title of the cartoon is taken first from the Irish rap group House Of Pain, and then from the old do-it-yourself show This Old House.

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers, I keep my friends close and my enemies even closer.
      This is a parody of a similar line from the 1974 film The Godfather: Part II.