The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 15


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

On St. Valentine's Day Marge is too tired in participating in the lovemaking that Homer was so looking forward to. Dejected, Homer leaves the house and stumbles across a billboard for some extension courses. When he is thrown out of the "Strip for Your Wife" class led by Dr. Hibbert, he stumbles into "Successmanship 101" class. He gets the book for the class and with it he decides to change the direction of his life. Homer goes into work with a new attitude, but when he presents his ideas for improvements to Mr. Burns, they are all rejected unread. Later when Homer overhears that Mr. Burns actually has a canary named as the plant's legal owner. With this information and some encouragement from his family Homer decides upon a plan. With Bart's help, Homer releases the bird, which leaves the plant with no owner. In rare sign of intelligence, Homer outwits Mr. Burns and is able to take over the vacancy left by the canary. His first act in his new job is to fire Mr. Burns. Now Homer is in charge of the power plant and besides learning about the "door shutting thing" he soon learns how difficult it is to be at the top. He misses out on quality time with his family. Mr. Burns returns for a visit and shows Homer the people he missed out on being with throughout his life, Mr. Burns then tries to kill Homer by drugging him and sealing him in a tomb. He isn't fast enough as Homer recovers and easily escapes. As a wrap up to his latest escapade Homer (and everyone) celebrate "HOMER'S 305th EVERYTHING IS BACK TO NORMAL BBQ."moreless

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  • Homer becomes very busy when he is promoted to CEO of the nuclear plant.

    Well for one thing, I thought that this episode was just laugh out loud, priceless comedy. It was nice to see Homer promoted in the nuclear plant, and the whole idea of the canary being head of the whole plant was just hilarious. Not to mention, at the start of the episode, Homer was ranked below the plutonium rod. It was nice to see the Simpsons poke fun at how many parents are too busy with their jobs and duties that are for work that they have no time to raise their kids. Definately a great episode. Everyone should watch it.moreless
  • Hilarious episdoe Homer becomes CEO of the nuclear plant... LOL What could go wrong?

    Homer enrolls in a "How to Succeed in Being You" course and takes a new attitude to work, where he makes suggestions to improve safety at the power plant. When Burns laughs at Homer's proposals, Homer and Lisa devise a plan to take the plant from him. After being legally out-maneuvered, Burns signs the plant over to Homer, and Homer becomes the new CEO. With the company's future in his hands, Homer begins to make cutbacks to ensure financial stability. He even lays off everyone save himself, but there is no one to monitor the machines now running the place and the plant suffers a major meltdown. At the eleventh hour, Burns returns to restore order.moreless
  • Homer becomes operator of the nuclear power plant

    this episode is very funny for a season 14 episode and is the first episode for a while to majorly feature Mr Burns. The canary was a great start to the plot and homer becoming the owner was a great plot and the 305th Everything is okay BBQ was a great ending. the humour in this episode never fell and remained funny the whole way through, one of my favourite scenes being Mr Burnsn attmpting to trap Homer by blocking the escape with bricks but by dawn Homer becoming conscious and simply stepping over the few bricks that burns laid down. a great plot (did I mention that already?)moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • As Homer's "Back to normal BBQ" was the 305th, it hints that this episode was supposed to air 305th, when it actually aired 306th.

    • When Mr. Burns pulls down the chart of everyone's picture depicting who is in charge at the plant, Frank Grimes picture is shown on the bottom row left with a crossed out line through it.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Homer: I will respect you working-class slobs, because we are all equal. And now, as I ascend this crystal staircase to my office, I say, avert your gaze.

    • Burns: Smithers, this is an emergency! Maroon alert! Or even vermillion!

    • Cletus: I'm here to win back Brandine. She's been making eyes at the photographer that done come to document our squalor.

    • Lisa: I got a gold star at school today. For my expose on toxins in gold star adhesive.

    • Homer: Mr. Burns' reign of terror is over! And today begins my reign of terrr…-iffic management!
      Lenny: Man, I thought he was going to say terror!
      Carl: I didn't think he was going that way.

    • Burns: Now a few more details about this year's company picnic. It's at the plant, no food will be served, the only activity will be work, and the picnic is cancelled.

    • Marge: Well, If you don't know what path to take, you have to be very quiet, and listen to that little voice inside that tells you what to do…
      Bart: Do it dad! You could get a less crappy car!
      Marge: Bart! You can hear us?
      Bart: Oh yeah, from my room, I can hear everything.
      Lisa: Me too, the walls are paper thin. (punches a hand through the wall) Hi.
      Flanders: And it wouldn't hurt you to put up some curtains.

    • Homer: Revenge? On Mr. Burns?
      Lenny: Mm. Send him magazine subscriptions he don't want!
      Moe: Or give him some face time with sweet lady brick!

    • Homer: All my life I've had one dream. To achieve my many goals. Mr. Burns has never given me a thumbs up or a "way to be" or a "you go girl!"

    • Homer: Tip Two: Let nothing stand in your way. (Enters house.) Listen up life obstacles! From now on, nothing's gonna stand in Homer Simpson's way! (to Bart) Do your homework! (to Lisa) Don't do so much homework! (to Maggie) Learn to talk! (to Marge) You, lets love, now!
      Marge: Sounds good to me!

    • Teacher: Do you want to be the ultimate you!?
      Homer: Yes!
      Teacher: Do you want to yodel at the top of the corporate mountain?
      Homer: Yes!
      Teacher: Will you write me a check made out to cash?
      Homer: God yes!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Homer, take this quarter, call your mother, and tell her you're never going to be a stripper!
      Homer: Aren't you gonna chuckle?
      Dr. Hibbert: There's nothing to chuckle about.

    • Lisa: What about you and mom?
      Homer: Oh we'll be upstairs in the bedroom making rope ladders, in case there's a fire.
      Bart: Oh, okay.
      Homer: Children, so naive.
      Bart: What?
      Lisa: Who's naive?
      Homer: I didn't say anything…so naive.

    • (Homer closes the door with the door shutting button)
      Homer: That is so cool. Bart open the door.
      (Bart opens the door, Homer presses the button)
      Homer: Now, open it again and put a walnut in there.
      Lisa: Dad, please…you're the head of a major corporation.
      Homer: You're right. Put 2 walnuts in there.

    • Bart: Now fly, to the Cannary Islands!
      (Cannary flies out the window then flies back in, looks for Canary Islands on a globe and flies out the window again.)

    • Teacher (to Moleman): Oh, I'll stop sucking… later! Come here, give me your hand. It's ok.
      (Picks Moleman up and throws him out of the window.)
      Moleman: Whoa! Thank you teacher!

    • Homer: Hey, that's a printer port, not a finger hole.

    • Homer: Oh no, that's Maggie's mix tape. Then Maggie must have gotten…
      (We see Maggie dancing to Sex Bomb)

    • Moroccan Dealer: Drugs? Everything is drugs! Banana made of drugs, monkey made of drugs. Look, all market made of drugs.
      Smithers: I'd like to buy this.
      Moroccan Dealer: Only American money. (whispers) Our money is made of drugs.

    • Teacher: You see that car out there? That's a Bentley Mark XII. They gave one to me, one to Steven Spielberg, then they shot the guy who made it.

    • Mr. Burns: This entire plant is in his name. So when they come to put C.M. Burns in jail, it's the canary that does the time.
      Smithers: Sir, can you do that?
      Mr. Burns: Oh yes. Tycoons have been doing it for years. Why, Standard Oil was once owned by a half-eaten breakfast.

    • Marge: So Mr. Burns doesn't take you seriously, big whoop, who gives a doodle, whoopy ding dong doo!
      Homer: Thanks for trying, but I'll be at Moe's.
      Marge: So my husband goes to a bar every night, whoopdy doo, who gives a bibble, gabba gabba hey!

    • Female Associate: Homer, I'll go over the year end profit forecast if you'll stop looking at my boobs.
      Homer: No deal.

    • Homer: (reading from a book) Tip 1: Live each day like it was your last. (sitting on a curb, sobbing) I don't wanna die! I'm so young!

    • Homer: Mr. Burns! Where's Mr. Smithers?
      Burns: He's doing 80 years on an opium bust. I never saw a man take to a Turkish prison so quickly.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Bleeder of the Pack"
      Motorcycle greaser Scratchy duels with a thug from a rival gang, and challenges him to a race. Before the race starts, Itchy ties a long chain to the motorcycle, which eventually yanks the hapless cat from the two-wheeler. Scratchy gets skinned and is bleeds out, before Itchy medics stretcher the feline and board him on a medic jet. On board are the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, who appear friendly ... until they begin showing fangs and start their attack on Scratchy. This all happens just as the plane flies into a fierce blizzard and starts losing altitude.

    • The "D'oh" in this title was surprisingly not changed to (annoyed grunt), like "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiallo-(annoyed grunt)-cious", or the upcoming "I, (Annoyed-Grunt)-Bot"

    • Homer's old nemesis, the inanimate carbon rod, is ahead of him on the chart Mr. Burns pulls down.

    • Barney appears with well groomed hair again after going into a relapse a few episodes back.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: In flip book animation, the family enters the living room and sits on the couch, the camera then pulls back to reveal two human hands holding the flip book.


    • Montgomery Burns: "Oh keep begging! You're just wasting precious oxygen. Brick by brick, I seal his doom."
      When Mr. Burns knocks out Homer and attempts (pitifully) to wall him up inside his mausoleum, that is a reference to a famous short story by American horror writer Edgar Allan Poe called "The Cask of Amontillado", wherein an insulted noble takes revenge on his antagonist by getting him drunk and walling him up in a wine cellar.

    • The shot of the planes "mating" when Homer walks through the street depressed is reminiscent of the planes mating in the opening sequence of the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove.

    • Marge: Gabba Gabba Hey
      When Marge is rambling on with pointless words she says "gabba gabba hey" which is a Ramones song.

    • Homer:: Suicide, eh?
      The suicide hotline billboard Homer sees is a reference to the song Dr. Online by Zeromancer, about a executioner's practice.

    • Itchy and Scratchy short: "Bleeder of the Pack"
      This short includes two references to classic rock-n'-roll:

      • The title is a play on the Shangra-Las' immortal "Leader of the Pack" (about a young girl who falls for a greaser from the wrong side of the tracks, and her parents strongly disapprove).
      • The ending pays tribute to Feb. 3, 1959 – the Day the Music Died. The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens are all aboard Scratchy's ill-fated flight, when it begins to lose altitude as it flies into a heavy snowstorm. The real-life flight crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing the three rock legends and the pilot.

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