The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 12

The Mansion Family

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2000 on FOX
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Springfield is going to give an award to the town's oldest man, but when that guy dies, Mr. Burns gets the award instead. He decides to get a check-up at the Mayo Clinic with Smithers. When he leaves, he leaves the Simpson family as caretakers of his mansion. Homer starts living the life of a billionaire, but of course, he is highly destructive. He wants to throw a box social at the mansion for all his friends, but Marge pleads with him not to do it. He tries to get a few kegs for it from Moe, but local law prohibits the sale of alcohol before 2 PM. He cannot wait, so he takes Burns' yacht out to international waters, where no laws apply. Pirates see them whooping it up aboard the yacht and they rob them, put them into nets and then try to drown them. Fortunately they just float in the net back home. Meanwhile at the Mayo Clinic, Mr. Burns is told he has every disease known and unknown to man, it's just that they are all existing and trying to get through the door together in something the doctor's call "Three Stooges Syndrome". The doctors do warn him that a stiff breeze could kill him. Back in Springfield, Burns is not too upset about losing his yacht and the Simpson family returns to living their "simple" life.moreless

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  • Mr.Burns has all diseases in the world!

    Mr. Burns finds out he's the sickest man in the United States, but he's invincible because of that. One of the most unforgettable scenes ever.
  • A Better offering

    Mr. Burns is the town's oldest man. So he decides to go to the Mayo Clinic to test to see if he has diseases. He of course leaves the Simpsons in charge of his mansion. Homer realizes Burns will come back someday soon, so he and Bart throw a party out in the sea, where anything is legal. Oh no. Sounds fun, and of course what could be more fun then pirates?!

    Mr. Burns learns he has every disease known to man. He returns home thinking he is indestructible. Back home, Homer is sad he is not rich and complains about it over the end credits.

    A decent episode, one of the better ones from season 11. Not the best, but not the worst, in the middlemoreless
  • Mr. Burns goes to see if he is in good health, leaving Homer in charge of his mansion, and allowing Homer to expirence what its like to be a millionaire.

    Let me start off by saying this was just a wonderful episode. It was very well written, and the gags in the episode were priceless kudos to the writers. Anyway, it was funny to see Homer get hijacked by pirates from hong cong while throwing a party on the yacht, and also to see him teasing the Coast Guard because they were in international waters. This is just one of those episodes of the Simpsons where I think pretty much anyone who enjoys good jokes can appreciate this episode. I would recommend watching this episode because you will not be disappointed. Amoreless
  • This is why we love the Simpsons; it combines great humor with a great and common day plot.

    After receiving an award for being Springfield's oldest citizen, Mr. Burns decides to take a trip with Mr. Smithers to the Mayo Clinic for a complete check-up. While he's away, he asks the Simpson family to look after his mansion. Right away, Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa begin to act like snotty millionaires, sliding down the banister, riding a horse down the hallway, scratching their butts with the good silverware and so on. All goes well until Homer decides to throw a party aboard Mr. Burns' prized yacht, Gone Fission, and invites Moe, Barney, Lenny and Carl along. Meanwhile, at the Mayo Clinic, Mr. Burns goes through a series of painful and invasive tests that yield some pretty shocking results: It turns out that Mr. Burns has every disease known to man and a few new ones that haven't been discovered yet. Luckily, all of the diseases cancel each other out and Burns remains the picture of health, sort of. Back on the boat, Homer and his buddies are taken hostage by a group of pirates who throw them overboard. As luck would have it, the group survives and Homer returns to his family just as Burns returns home. Marge and Lisa have cleaned the house so there is no evidence of the Simpson family's messy stay and everything goes back to normal.

    Guest Star: Britney Spears as herselfmoreless
  • The mansion and the yacht

    There’s lot of gags one after another, In the opening scene; Springfield Pride Awards, which featured Britney Spears (wasn’t doing much expect giving death kisses) ; Springfield’s oldest citizen Chapman’s clips, funny but intentioned lines such as ‘Grammy is not something worth winning’, kiss of death of the black widow which is referring to Britney, the person who donated the most blood which goes to Marge. The next one which tells about the main plot; Simpsons living in Mr.Burns Mansion. Instantly we can figure out what’s going to happen, Homer creating chaos to Mr Burns mansion, well he does to some point with Bart and Lisa joining him. It’s turned to a different angle when Homer invites his friends to a party in Burnsie’s yacht until they were attacked by pirates. a line from the pirate ‘hidden pirate Island a.k.a Hong Kong (good one). There’s funny moments in the entire episode . Mr. Burns’s checkup at Mayo Clinic was a cracker. Even though the main plot isn’t on the track which is supposed to (mansion to yacht), the well written gags / lines saved 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

Britney Spears

Britney Spears


Guest Star

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • One of the paintings that Bart looks under is the nude Marge painted in the season 2 episode, "Brush With Greatness".

    • Over the closing credits, Homer complains about all the rich people listed and threatens to give their names to the IRS.

    • Unlawful activities seen in international waters include a Wild West shoot-out, a bullfight; a man marries a cow, the dispensation of illegal fireworks, drinking alcohol before 2 P.M. on Sunday, nude dancing, and a monkey knife fight.

    • The Simpsons seats change places throughout the ceremony. Bart and Lisa sometimes disappear. The woman on the left of Bart appears at the right side of Marge (later when the awards are given away).

    • There was no snack machine near the end of the episode until Burns said so.

    • In the clinic, Mr. Burns looked at his watch on his hand right before the doctor was going to explain what was going on with the diseases. If you watch it, you can see that is the only time he has a watch on his hand.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Doctor: You are the sickest man in the United States. You have everything.
      Mr. Burns: You mean I have pneumonia?
      Doctor: Yes.
      Mr. Burns: Juvenile diabetes?
      Doctor: Yes.
      Mr. Burns: Hysterical pregnancy?
      Doctor: Uh . . . a little bit, yes.

    • Pirate Captain: Set a course for hidden pirate island, AKA Hong Kong!

    • Homer: Are you friendly pirates?
      Pirate Captain: Uhh, not really, no.

    • Pirate: Looks like another homosexual party boat. They always have such nice things!

    • Lisa: Ah, it's good to be home.
      Homer: I don't know; after living like a billionaire, this place is kind of a dump.
      Bart: Nah, it's not so bad. Here, we can spit on the floor. (spits on the floor)

    • Burns: Smithers old chum, there's nothing like coming home with a clean bill of health. Oh, and sorry about your news.
      Smithers: Thank you, sir.
      Burns: Do they know how many eggs it laid in your brain?
      Smithers: I prefer not to know. Frankly, one is too many.

    • Moe: Aw, we're going to die and I never tasted cantaloupe.
      Krusty: Eh, you didn't miss much. Honeydew is the money melon.

    • (After the doctor explains how all of Mr Burns' diseases are perfectly balanced)
      Burns: So what you're saying is, I'm indestructible!
      Doctor: Oh, no, no, in fact, even slight breeze could…
      Burns: Indestructible.

    • Homer: We made it son. International waters … the land that law forgot!

    • Homer: Gentlemen, get off your knees. Your rich uncle Homer is throwing the wildest box social the high seas have ever seen! (leaves)(pokes head back in) And you're invited. (The barflies cheer)

    • Burns: Cause of parent's death … got in my way.

    • Burns: Let's see, social security number … naught, naught, naught … naught, naught, naught, two … Damn Roosevelt!

    • (in Burns' mansion)
      Bart: (riding a golf cart) I'm Al Unser, Jr.!
      Lisa: (on a horse) I'm Princess Margaret!
      Homer: (on a riding mower) I'm drunk!

    • Burns: Now that I'm the town's oldest man, I'm starting to realize I'm not a young man anymore.

    • Smithers: Sir, you deserve the finest doctors in the world. I'm taking you to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
      Burns: Very well, but I'll need someone to watch my house. Who's that fellow who always screws up and creates havoc?
      Smithers: Homer Simpson, sir?
      Burns: Yes! The way I see it, he's due for a good performance!

    • Lenny: Some party Homer.
      Homer: Shut up, net face!
      Lenny: Hey, you're in the net too!
      Homer: I said shut up, net face!

    • Sea Captain: I now pronounce ya, man and cow. Please accept these illegal fireworks with my blessing. Yarr!

    • Moe: You know I can't sell you no beer till 2pm on account of it's Sunday.
      Homer: Huh? If you can't sell beer what are Lenny and Carl doing here?
      Carl: Huh? Oh we're just watching the sun move across the sky.
      Lenny: When it gets to here, we can drink again!

    • Marge: All I'm saying is don't get too comfortable. Mr. Burns will be back tomorrow.
      Homer: Marge, you're right. We do have to have a party.
      Marge: Party? No! No parties!
      Homer: What about... par-tay's?
      Marge: No par-tays, no shindigs, no keggers, no hootenannies, no mixers, no raves, no box socials!

    • Homer: (on phone) Hello, Thailand? How's everything on your end? Uh, huh. That's some language you got there. And you talk like that 24/7, huh?

    • Marge: Hmm, I know what the other eleven forks are for, but what do you do with this one?
      Homer: (in a posh voice) Why Marge, I believe you're supposed to scratch your ass with it!

    • Homer: Oh, why won't anyone give me an award?
      Lisa: You won a Grammy!
      Homer: I mean an award that's worth winning.

    • Burns: Abra Cadaver!

    • Apu: (In the net) Whoo, they're poking every nook and cranny. Well, every cranny, anyway. So far, the nook is relatively... oh-nooooo it isn't!
      (Being poked with the tip of a sword)

    • (The Pope is leaving the doctor's office.)
      Doctor: It's nothing serious. Just lay off the chili and you'll be fine.
      (Fidel Castro, sitting nearby, hearing the doctor, laughs)
      Pope: Do not laugh Fidel--
      (He waves his hand in an up-down motion.)
      Pope: I've been in the car with you.

    • Moe: Hey, whaddaya know? It floats!
      Homer: That was my plan all along. Now, relax and the currents will take us home.
      Bart: What about the people on the bottom?
      Homer: They're the greatest heroes of all. Hey! Something's clawing at my leg! Oh wait, it stopped.

    • Homer: Listen, I worked long and hard for this place, and no one's going to take it away from me. Not you! Not its rightful owner! Not anybody!

    • Homer: This is my year, Marge. Everyone knows I'm what makes this city great.
      Marge: I don't know. There's a lot of buzz around Lenny.

    • (Gracie Films logo shushes)
      Homer: Don't shush me, you rich bastard!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: "Class Clown" is not a paid position.
      Couch Gag: The family comes in, but now Bart and Lisa are adults while Homer and Marge are kids (Maggie stays the same).


    • At the end, Mr. Burns calls one of the fighting monkeys from the yacht by name, 'Furious George'. This is a reference to 'Curious George', the fictional monkey from a series of children's books.

    • Homer: Chips Ahoy!

      Presumably Homer meant to say, "Ship ahoy," but he named a brand of cookies instead.

    • Marge: Cigars are for rich people and legendary comedians, like Bill Crosby and David Letterson.

      Marge mispronounces the names of Bill Cosby and David Letterman.

    • Bart riding his bike in the corridors of Mr. Burns' mansion is reminiscent of a scene in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining, where Danny rides his tricycle through the Overlook Hotel's corridors.

    • This episode's name is a play on the Manson Family, the cult lead by Charles Manson who was responsible for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.

    • The Coast Guard officer gets Homer's party going by sounding out the opening guitar riffs to the Doobie Brothers song "China Grove."