The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Yearning for his lost youth and innocence, Mr. Burns searches for his beloved childhood teddy bear, Bobo. When Maggie comes across the bear, she claims it as her own. Mr. Burns tries to get his Bobo back by any means necessary.

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  • Rosebud

    Mr. Burns misses his long lost childhood bear. Bobo. Maggie finds it inside an ice bag. So Mr. Burns wants it. But Maggie wants it more. So Homer must decide which is more important: money from Burns or having his baby daughter be happy.

    In the end, Maggie decides on herself to give Burns his bear back.

    A great season 5 offering that shows that humor is important, but emotion is great too. The only joke I don't like is "See you in hell you old bastard!" but otherwise this episode was very great. Really well-written. No wonder season 5 is so well likedmoreless
  • classic episode, but you should know about Citizen Kane.

    I have always loved this episode because it was funny and the story was great.But you have to know the idea behind this episode is all from the movie \\\'Citizen Kane\\\'.

    Like a lot of the episodes a movie is an inspiration but this one is made very clever.

    But it wouldnt be fair to give the makers of the simpsons all the credits to the invention of this episode.

    There are also so many superb quotes in this episode, this shows you its a classic episode.

    And it always really got me that a man who has everything would all throw it away for his little bear that he got from his parents when he was small (this is C.Kane but I learned to love it in simpsons before I knew of C.Kane)moreless
  • this was a good ep of the simpsons

    in this ep of the simpsons mr burns is celebrating his birthday and its featurning the ramones yet he is despondent pinning for his lost childhood teddy bear bobo meanwhile maggie gets bobo from bart who finds it in a bag of ice this which leads to a furious struggle between burns and maggie for the fight for the teddie this was a good ep i thought and it had some really funny moments and the feature gust of the ramones was pretty cool they make good music or did years back. so that is why i gave the ep a 9.0moreless
  • All ways enjoyable

    This episode has everything! Great humor, Great plot, Great . . . Everything!

    Burns misses his old teddy bear he abandoned when he was a child. When Bart finds it, he gives it to Maggie and she falls in love with. Burns demands it back and even plays hard ball. He makes all beer and TV go . . . bye-bye.

    One of my favorite things of this show is 64 slices of americain cheese, Homer watching Barney, and Happy Birthday Mr. Smithers. I loved everything in this episode but it's not the best episode of the season. I think Cape Feare is.moreless
  • Mr Burns desperately wants his long-lost teddy bear, Bobo back. But will it's new owner, Maggie, let him have it back?

    A Simpsons classic, far from rubbish but not iconic and spectacular. Had some very funny moments, and also extremely revealing, showing Mr Burns' seldom shown soft side, Maggie's less seldom generous side and that Homer really does care more for his youngest daughter than money. Wikipedia says that there were deleted scenes from the story of how Bobo got from Burns to Maggie. One of these scenes is how Bobo was involved with the Kennedy assassination, hoever it was cut because the writers thought it was distasteful. Overall, a generally great episode with extremely witty one-liners and one of 'The Simpsons' best ever plots.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

Joey Ramone

Joey Ramone


Guest Star

Johnny Ramone

Johnny Ramone


Guest Star

Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Mr. Burns: Ah, yes. Naturally, I can't pay you much of a reward because I'm strapped for cash.
      (The ceiling above gives way; money and jewels pour down on him.)
      Mr. Burns: As you can see, this old place is falling apart. But I'm sure we can come to an understanding.

    • Smithers: I have some sad news to report. A small puppy, not unlike Lassie, was just run over in the parking lot.
      (Audience gasps)
      Smithers: And now it's time for the comedy stylings of Homer Simpson!
      Homer: Are you ready to laugh?
      Man: That poor dog.

    • Homer: Well, we didn't get any money, but Mr. Burns got what he wanted. Marge, I'm confused. Is this a happy ending or a sad ending?
      Marge: It's an ending, that's enough.

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers, I'm so happy. Something amazing has happened, I'm actually happy. Take a note! From now on, I'm only going to be good and kind to everyone.
      Smithers: I'm sorry sir, I don't have a pencil.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, don't worry, I'm sure I'll remember it.

    • Barney the dinosaur: Two plus two is four, two plus two is four, two plus two is four, two plus two is four...
      Homer: (chuckling) I can see why this is so popular.

    • Homer: My life can't get any worse.
      Smithers: Homer Simpson, report for "much worse" duty.
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Homer: Who needs his money? We're getting by okay.
      (Grampa crashes a Ute through the Simpsons' wall.)
      Grampa: Son, you gotta help me! I hit three people on the way over here, and I don't have any insurance! (Pause) So, how's my Ute?

    • Homer: Maggie, I'm trying to watch TV. Put that moldy old bear down. (Gasps) Moldy? Old? I'm gonna get something to eat!

    • Bart: (Pulls Bobo out of the bag of ice.) Hey, it's a teddy bear. Gross, it's probably diseased or something. Here, Maggie.

    • Marge: What are you doing?
      Homer: I'm writing a delicious send-up of Mr. Burns for his birthday party. Is poo-poo one word or two?
      Homer: Now, I'm not saying Mr. Burns is incontinent...
      Bart: Incontinent! (laughs) Too rich!
      Lisa: Does either of you know what incontinent means?
      Homer: Lisa, don't spoil our fun.

    • Smithers: On another topic, the preparations for your birthday have begun.
      Mr. Burns: I won't get what I really want.
      Smithers: No one does.
      (He imagines Mr. Burns appearing half-naked out of a cake and singing happy birthday to him.)

    • (In 1,000,000 A.D. Mr. Burns, his body that of a robot, comes across Bobo)
      Mr. Burns: Bobo, I know I say this every century, but I'll never leave you behind again.
      (He runs off with Bobo, followed by Smithers, whose body is that of a robot dog)
      Smithers: Wait for me, sir! Ruff!

    • Homer: Mmmm... 64 slices of American cheese.
      (sits down at the table with the stack of slices)
      Homer: 64... (eats it) 63... (eats it)
      (The next morning)
      Homer: Two... (eats it very slowly) one... (eats it)
      (Marge walks in)
      Marge: Have you been up all night eating cheese?
      Homer: (slurred) I think I'm blind...

    • Marge: I'm sure he'll offer a fair reward...and then we'll make him double it! Well, why can't I be greedy once in a while?

    • (Homer daydreams about having his own recording studio)
      Homer: Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed buuuuuunnn... (drools)
      Guy: Homer, you're drooling on the mike again.
      (When we return to reality, Homer is still drooling)

    • Homer: Huuuuh! How long have we had these fish. Wait...the bear. Burns' bear!

    • Smithers: Here's something that should cheer you up, sir. (Smithers is wearing a bear suit) It's me sir, Bobo, hug me, squeeze me, tug at my fur!

    • Bart: Hey Apu, this bag of ice has a head in it!
      Apu: Oooh, a head bag! Those are chock-full of... heady goodness!

    • Smithers: You want your bear Bobo, don't you?
      Mr. Burns: Liar! I'll give you the thrashing of a lifetime...nggg...nyeeh. Resistance is futile!

    • Homer: Are you ready to laugh? I said, are you ready to laugh!?
      Lady: Quiet you awful man.
      Homer: You know, Mr. Burns is so cheap.
      Mr. Burns: Whaaat?
      Homer: I mean...Mr. Burns is so old--
      Mr. Burns: How dare you!

    • Smithers: Sir, I've arranged for the people of Australia to join hands tonight and spell out your name with candles. There's a satellite hookup on that monitor if you turn your head slightly.
      Mr. Burns: Bah, no time.

    • Homer: Hey, Flanders! You smell like manure!
      Ned Flanders: Uh oh...better cancel that dinner party tonight! Thanks for the nose news neighbor.

    • Smithers: Who's...Bobo, sir?
      Mr. Burns: Bobo? Duh..uh, I meant Lobo...Sherrif Lobo, they should have never canceled that show.

    • (Young Mr. Burns is taken away forever.)
      Mr. Burns' Father: Oh least we still have his little brother George.
      George Burns: Buh buh buh buh, oh the sun shines so bright on my old Kentucky home buh buh buh bum--Trust me, it'll be funny when I'm an old man.

    • Joey Ramone: I'd just like to say this gig sucks.
      Johnny Ramone: Hey, up yours Springfield. One, two, three, four!
      Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday Burnsy.
      The Ramones: Happy birthday to you!
      C.J. Ramone: Go to Hell you old bastard.
      Marky Ramone: Hey, I think they liked us!
      Mr. Burns: Have the Rolling Stones killed.
      Smithers: But sir, those aren't--
      Mr. Burns: Do as I say!

    • Hitler: (to Bobo) This is all YOUR fault!!!

    • Ice Delivery Man: You've got to start charging more than a dollar a bag. We lost four more men on this expedition!
      Apu: If you can think of a better way to get ice, I'd like to hear it.

    • Homer: Ooh, where did I lose 'em? I'll never wiggle my bare butt in public again.
      Lisa: I'd like to believe that this time. I really would.
      Marge: Bart, run down to the store and get a big bag of ice for your father.
      Bart: Yes'm. (to Homer) Dad, I know you're discouraged, but please don't deny the world your fat can.
      Homer: Don't worry, boy. He'll be ready for your Aunt Selma's birthday.
      Lisa: I knew it.

    • Nelson: My old man can't get a beer because his old man won't give a bear to another old man! Let's get him!
      Jimbo: Wait, why are we getting him?
      Martin: Look, fellows. The first snapdragon of the season.
      Nelson: Nevermind. Let's get him!

    • Homer: Here's an impression of Mr. Burns that you might find a little... cheeky.
      (drops his pants to reveal a sad face painted on his butt; the audience gasps)
      Homer: (shaking his butt) I'm Mr. Burns. Blah blah blah. Do this, do that. Blah blah blah. I think I'm so big. Blah blah blah...
      Mr. Burns: (quietly furious) Destroy him.
      (Two guards advance on Homer and club him over the head.)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Originally, there was a scene where Bobo was in the car during the JFK assassination. This was left out because the writers felt it was in bad taste.

    • Entertainment Weekly selected this, as the second best episode of the show. The best being "Last Exit to Springfield."

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family runs in, only to see identical copies of
      themselves already seated on the couch. The families look
      at one another in confusion.


    • Planet of the Apes
      The final scene, which takes place in 1,000,000 A.D., parodies the classic 1968 film, Planet of the Apes.

    • Marilyn Monroe
      Smithers' birthday fantasy is similar to "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" which she sang to JFK at his birthday party.

    • The Wizard of Oz
      The guards, outside Burns' Manor, march and chant like the guards in 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz.

    • Star Trek
      When Mr. Burns tries to attack Smithers; he says "Resistance is Futile", a common Star Trek catchphrase.

    • Homer: (singing) Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun--
      These are the contents of the Big Mac, which was from an old jingle for McDonalds.

    • Mr. Burns: Bobo? Duh..uh, I meant Lobo...Sherrif Lobo, they should have never canceled that show.
      Mr. Burns pays homage to The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, a spin-off of BJ and the Bear. The series, which aired on NBC from 1979-1981, starred Claude Akins as the typical corrupt southern sheriff.

    • Soul Train
      "The Soul Mass Transit System" spoofs Soul Train.

    • Citizen Kane
      Several scenes from this episode parody similar scenes from the 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen Kane. Among them: Citizen Kane is about Charles Foster Kane, an enormously wealthy controller of a newspaper in New York. On his death bed, Kane utters the phrase "Rosebud" (the title of this episode) before dropping a snow globe, also parodied by Mr. Burns at the beginning of this episode when he utters "Bobo." The opening sequence panning in on Mr. Burns' mansion is identical to the opening shot of Citizen Kane in which the camera pans up to reveal Kane's large compound "Xanadu."