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The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 12

Mountain of Madness

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After the plant fails miserably at a routine fire drill, Mr. Burns organizes a retreat to promote teamwork. Homer misunderstands and brings his family, having to leave them to roam the park looking for things to do. The employees are paired up and race for a cabin at the top of the mountain. Last one there is fired!moreless

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  • Good start; the rest is filler

    I feel that, despite this episode is written by the great John Swartzelder, it is one of the weakest episodes in the series. I would have rated it "terrible," but because of its great opening gags (Burns's "lack" of coffee, the fire drill) I raise it up to "poor." It is a pity it had a great start, but the rest of the episode is really shoddy. They should have done a whole different plot, say, send Homer back to kindergarten or something after the opening. But this mountain retreat thing is stupid and predictable. It's a good thing that when they excerpted this episode on the clip show episode "Gump Roast," they only used the fire drill sequence. It would have been worse if they showed Homer and Burns talking in the cabin only!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show mr burns wants team work so he orders a workers to partner up togeather and they go to a snow avlanche moutain and they got to make it to the cavern where there is food and drinks waitng for them thing is homer gets to partner with the boss and they both make it there quick ly and then a valanche happens and there both trapped there under the snow and there eating and drinking but they sorta go mad under there for so long and the others are looking for them and they make it out this was a good ep and lenny gets fired. in this ep but this was a good one thoughtmoreless
  • Mountain of Madness

    Snow hike weekend. The Power Plant goes on a snow hike, where there are pairs. Homer is paired with Burns. The goal is to get to a cabin before all else, and the last pair to get there is fired. Burns and Homer cheat and get to the cabin first, but there are avalanches and they become trapped. Will they be found or are they icicles?

    A decent episode, sometimes underrated it feels, but good nonetheless. Funny scenes and a great ending give this episode an A from me. I don't know if I would give it an A+ though.moreless
  • After a routine fire drill at the power plant ends in disaster, Mr. Burns organizes a mountain retreat to promote teamwork. The employees are divided into teams of two and must find their way to a remote cabin in the snow covered mountains.moreless

    "Mountain of Madness" is not only one of the funniest episodes of the eighth season, it's one of the funniest episodes of the entire series. There are numerous reasons why this episode works so well. The terrific dialogue, the very clever storyline, and the endless amount of laughs. Though it was pretty obvious Homer and Burns would be rescued, the story avoided being predictable by the very clever way they escaped their predicament. Homer's "rocket house" prayer was definitely the most hysterical moment in this episode. I laughed myself silly for the longest time after hearing that. A terrific episode.moreless
  • Homer and Burns get traped in a cabin together because of an avalanche

    Mr. Burns holds a survival retreat for employees. All the employees team up in pairs. Homer becomes partnered with Mr. Burns and Smithers must go solo. The last team to reach a cabin in a snowy mountainside will be fired. Burns and Homer cheat and arrive with the benefit of a snowmobile. Bart and Lisa volunteer to help Smithers. Homer and Burns start their celebration early, causing an onset of avalanches to bury the cabin. The rest of the employees mistake the ranger station for the cabin and congregate there. Trapped and cold, Homer and Burns turn insane and get into a fight. The fight ruptures a propane tank which ignites and sends the cabin rocketing up the mountain to safety. This was another example of great humor and parody. I absolutely loved this episode. A season highlight for sure. Watch it.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Mr. Burns: Ah, 206 bones, 50 miles of small intestine, full, pouting lips. Why, this fellow is less a snowman than a god.

    • McFadden: Look at all these avalanches. Do you think they could have buried the cabin?
      Ranger: Well, I'll tell you one thing: they didn't come here for the mountain music festival; March 14th to 18th.

    • Ranger: Hey, what is going on here? Who are you people? This is a lookout post. Where is Ranger McFadden?
      Drunk: (slurred; appears to be the ranger) I was just happy to see some of the nice people!
      Ranger: Quiet, you drunk. Where's Ranger McFadden?
      McFadden: Right here, sir. Right behind the drunk.

    • Homer: We could build snowmen.
      Mr. Burns: No, I have a better idea! We could build real men, out of snow!
      Homer: (confused) Oh… okay.

    • Lenny: Well, we made it here first. All thanks to teamwork.
      Carl: Yeah, my teamwork.

    • Lenny: Hey, did you hear something?
      Carl: No.
      Lenny: Hmm. Did I?
      Carl: I don't know!

    • Mr. Burns: We have several hours before the others arrive, let's say we get comfy. (turns on the fuse box) Now we have electricity. (turns on the gas) This propane tank will supply us with heat. And this doorknob, properly turned, will allow us access to the cabin.
      Homer: No going through the window for us!

    • (The Ranger and Marge use a chair lift on the mountain to find Bart and Lisa.)
      Ranger: I won't lie to you. Our chances of finding your children are slim to nil.
      Lisa: (From below) Hi mom!
      (Smithers and the kids are waving at Marge)
      Marge: There they are! Let me down here.
      Ranger: Sorry. There's no way off till we get to the top, and even then it's sort of tricky.
      Marge: All right, kids, we'll meet you at the top! Just be careful!
      Ranger: Uh, actually, I'm a little more concerned about us.
      (A support beam for the lift chair snaps in half.)
      Ranger: Um, do you know how to weld?

    • Homer: Wow, you sure know how to cheat, Mr. Burns.
      Mr. Burns: Yes, well, I'm older than you… You know, Simpson, you're not as objectionable as you seemed when we first met.
      Homer: No, sir, I am not.

    • Smithers: How could you do this to me, Mr. Burns? After all I've done for you. Why, if you were here, I'd kick you right in your boney old behind!
      ("boney old behind" echoes across the mountain)
      Mr. Burns: Why, thank you, Simpson! I have been watching my figure.

    • Smithers: Each two-man team will work its way through the wilderness to a cabin hidden somewhere on this mountain. The routes are treacherous, so use your maps.
      Homer: (raising his hand) Uh, I lost my map.
      Smithers: You haven't been issued a map, yet.

    • Homer: I think I won, Mr. Burns.
      Mr. Burns: (in an evil voice) Yes. You won, all right. You won more than you bargained for.
      Homer: Woo-hoo!

    • Mr. Burns: Is it supposed to take this long? What's a good time for a mass evacuation of the entire plant?
      Smithers: Forty-five seconds.
      Mr. Burns: And what's our time so far?
      Smithers: I don't know, sir. This stopwatch only goes up to fifteen minutes.
      Mr. Burns: Damnation! What kind of slow coaches do I have working for me?

    • Homer: Hey… that's the fire alarm.
      Carl: We gotta get out of here.
      Lenny: Wait for me! (filling up a cup at the cocoa machine) Come on, come on, come on!

    • Homer: You know, Mr. Burns, you're the richest guy I know. Way richer than Lenny.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, yes. But I'd trade it all for a little more.

    • Marge: Excuse me, sir? I can't find my children.
      Ranger: Have you checked the woods?
      Marge: No.
      Ranger: Hmm. Follow me. We'll take the chair lift. It'll give us an eagle-eye view of the area directly beneath the chair lift.

    • Lisa: We'll help you.
      Bart: I have a watch with a minute hand.
      Smithers: All right, you can come. What time is it?
      Bart: 12:80. No wait. Wait. What comes after twelve?
      Smithers: One.
      Bart: No, after twelve!

    • Smithers: Now pair off as I draw your names. Lenny and ... Carl.
      Carl: Aw nuts! (Lenny looks upset) I mean, uh ... Aw nuts.

    • Marge: Don't worry, kids. This is a national park. We can have lots of fun!
      Ranger: Oh, I'm afraid that's no longer true, ma'am. Budget cutbacks have forced us to eliminate anything the least bit entertaining.

    • Mr. Burns: We need some excitement around here!
      Smithers: Chinese checkers or domestic, sir?
      Mr. Burns: No, no. Something fun. Something the men will enjoy... like a safety drill! But what kind? Meltdown alert? Mad dog drill? Blimp attack? Ah... I think a good old-fashioned fire drill today.

    • Ranger: Okay, search party. Before we set out, lets take a moment to humor the children. (to Bart & Lisa) Kids, your father's gonna be just fine. (to others) Okay, everybody, put on your corpse handling gloves. We've got two frozen bodies buried somewhere in this mountain.

    • Mr. Burns: Well, Simpson, I must say, once you've been through something like that with a person, you never want to see that person again.
      Homer: You said it, you weirdo.

    • Carl: According to the map, the cabin should be right here.
      Lenny: Hey, maybe there is no cabin. Maybe it's one of them, um, metaphorical things.
      Carl: Oh, yeah, yeah. Like maybe the "cabin" is the place inside each of us created by our goodwill and teamwork.
      Lenny: Oh. Nah, they said there'd be sandwiches.

    • Smithers: Sir, this can't be right. You assured me this drawing was rigged so we'd be teammates.
      Mr. Burns: Yes, well, you've been bit of a pill lately.
      Smithers: Why do we always fight on vacation?

    • Mr. Burns: Oh, yes, sitting, the great leveler. From the mightiest pharoah to the lowliest peasant, who doesn't enjoy a good sit?

    • (Bart presses a red button on the electronic Smokey.)
      Electronic Smokey: Only who can prevent forest fires?
      (There is a stand with buttons for "You" and "Me", Bart presses "You")
      Electronic Smokey: You pressed "You", referring to me. That is incorrect. The correct answer is, "You".

    • Bart: Mom, can Lisa and I play outside -- away from the bear?

    • Mr. Burns: Tell me, Simpson, if an opportunity arose for taking a small short-cut, you wouldn't be averse to taking it, would you?
      Homer: Hmm, not as such.
      Mr. Burns: Neither would I. If you can take advantage of a situation in some way, it's your duty as an American to do it. Why should the race always be to the swift, or the Jumble to the quick-witted? Should they be allowed to win merely because of the gifts God gave them? Well I say, "Cheating is the gift man gives himself."
      Homer: Mr. Burns, I insist that we cheat!
      Mr. Burns: Excellent!

    • Mr. Burns: I've seen more orderly behavior in a Ritz Brothers film! You all need a serious lesson in teamwork!
      Carl: (referring to Lenny) Maybe he does, but I don't.

  • NOTES (3)

    • On the DVD commentary for this episode there is a guest commentator who the regular commentators claim is a contest winner named Jim Denton, but in reality is actor Dave Thomas (who is a big fan of the series).

    • This isn't the first time Mr. Burns has fired Lenny. The last time was in the episode "Burn's Heir".

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Grampa is asleep on the couch. The family fold him up in the couch and sit down.


    • Episode Title: "Mountain of Madness"
      This episode's title is very similar to (Howard Phillips) H.P. Lovecraft's novel, At the Mountains of Madness.

    • Mr. Burns: I've seen more orderly behavior in a Ritz Brothers film.
      The Ritz Brothers were an American comedy team who appeared in many 1930's films. The group, which was composed of three brothers, was renowned for their slapstick comedy.

    • Smokey Bear
      The bear machine in the mountain lodge is a parody of "Smokey Bear," a promotional tool for the prevention of forest fires, used by the USDA Forest Service. Smokey's slogan is "Only you can prevent forest fires!".