Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Mr. Burns, interfering with the broadcast transmission, interrupts the following shows Homer is watching:
- Barney the Dinosaur
- The Soul Mass Transit System
It is revealed that Mr. Burns' birthday is September 15th.
The Springfield Shopper headline reads:
BURNS BIRTHDAY TODAY
CREDITS LONG LIFE TO SATAN
The signs on Burns' Manors Gate are:
- Burns Manor
- Keep Out
- Danger: Electrified Fence
- Trespassers Will Be Shot
- Free Kittens, Inquire Within.
"Do You Know Where You're Going To" plays during the slide show.
Milhouse's picture is on the milk cartons before it is replaced with Bobo.
The Simpsons theme music plays when Homer comes on stage.
At the party, there are vases shaped like the power plant cooling towers on the tables.
One of Burns' presents is a unicorn.
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.
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: 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 well...at 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.)
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.
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.
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.
"The Soul Mass Transit System" spoofs Soul Train.
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."
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