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Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Abe was allowed to read a newspaper before. In Bart the General he and Jasper fight over the newspaper to do the daily crossword puzzle.
The "dictionary" in Mr. Burns' head is filled with words that describe him and his lifestyle:
reign of terror
running dog n: one who does someone else's bidding: Lackey, i.e. (Smithers)
Towards the end of this episode when the camera is focusing on Lisa you see Dr. Hibbert holding a clipboard and his hand is yellow.
Lisa: There's got to be more trash around here somewhere.
Homer: (Drunk) Hey! Why don't you try the old folks' home? They practically live in their own filth.
Lisa: Thanks, Dad!
Mr. Burns: Would it be alright if I kept this portrait - to remind me of better times?
Bret Hart: Why would I want a picture of a pitiful, pencil-neck geek?
Mr. Burns: Why, indeed.
Mr. Burns: I'm riding on a bus!
Barney: Hey, aren't you that guy everybody hates?
Mr. Burns: Oh my, no. I'm Monty Burns.
Grandpa: We're not allowed to read newspapers, they angry up the blood.
Lisa: If I did agree to help you, you could only earn money by doing good, socially responsible things. Nothing evil.
Burns: Nothing evil, that's exactly the kind of radical thinking I need.
Bret Hart: Ew, this place has got old man stink!
Smithers: Don't listen to him, sir, you've got an enchanting musk.
Kent Brockman: Remember millionaire C. Montgomery Burns? The man who blocked out our sun, ran over a local boy, and stole Chrismas from 1981 to 1985? Well, guess who's flat broke, and picking up trash for a living?
Homer: Please be Flanders, Please be Flanders.
Smithers: Simpson, what are you doing here? Why aren't you at work?
Homer: I made a bad mistake and Lenny sent me home to think about what I did. I don't remember what it was, so I'm watching TV.
Lisa: Oh, I can't get the smell of slurry out of my clothes. I was a fool to help that horrible old man!
Homer: I hope you learned your lesson, Lisa. Never help anyone.
Lisa: Wow, even I didn't know he was so committed to recycling. See? I told you Mr. Burns was changed. See?
Marge: Lisa, nobody likes a gloater, right, Homie?
Homer: Uh huh.
Burns: Well, Lisa, as my adviser, you're entitled to ten percent.
Lisa: Oh, I'm not doing this for the money. I'm just happy knowing that future generations will enjoy unspoiled median strips and pristine highway embankments.
Burns: (unimpressed) There's a can.
Burns: You mean there are actually people who will pay good money for garbage?
Lisa: Not good money, really. Each can'll get you a nickel.
Burns: Ooh don't poo-poo a nickel, Lisa. A nickel will buy you a steak and kidney pie, a cup of coffee, a slice of cheesecake and a newsreel. With enough change left over to ride the trolley from Battery Park to the polo grounds.
Lisa: (unimpressed) There's a can!
Grandpa: That's the activity room. We're not allowed in there. That's the library. Not allowed in there either. And don't even think about going into the game room.
Burns: Egad, man! How are we supposed to pass the time?
Grandpa: Best bet is to stake yourself out a good spot at the staring window.
Marge: Homer, you didn't tell me Mr. Burns went broke and lost the nuclear power plant!
Homer: Now I can't remember every little thing that happens in my day.
Marge: You told me about that candy bar you found three times.
Bart: You found a candy bar?
Homer: Oh yes. Gather around, my son, and I shall tell you a tale.
Skinner: A half-ton of newspaper and all we get is seventy five cents? That won't even cover the gas I used to go to the store to buy the twine to tie up the bundles.
Hippie: It sounds like you're working for your car-r-r. Simplify-y, ma-an!
Burns: Questions? (a long pause, and Skinner raises his hand) Skinner: Well, uh, I might take advantage of this rare opportunity even if you children aren't interested. Ah, which do you think is more important? Hard work or stick-to-it-iveness? Burns: Are there any REAL questions?
Mr. Burns: Where did I go wrong? I made all the right moves, didn't I?
Burns' Underlings: Yes, sir. Absolutely.
Mr. Burns: Oh, I see it now; you're nothing but a bunch of yes-men. I was making all the wrong moves, and you were too gutless to tell me!
Burns' Underlings: Yes, sir. Absolutely. Every move the wrong one.
Mr. Burns: Oh, so Mother Nature needs a favor? Well, maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys. Nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she's losing? Well, I say "hard cheese"!
Bart: Aw, recycling is useless, Lis. Once the sun burns out, this planet is doomed. You're just making sure we spend our last days using inferior products.
Mr. Burns: Smithers, why didn't you tell me about this market crash?
Smithers: Well sir, it happened 25 years before I was born.
Mr. Burns: Oh, that's your excuse for everything.
Mr. Burns: Ketchup ... Catsup. Ketchup ... Catsup. Cats... K... K... uh, I'm in way over my head!
Store Clerk #1: He's talking to the ketchup now. Burns is sure acting nutty!
Store Clerk #2: Maybe going broke and losing his plant has destroyed his brain!
(At the opening of the Li'l Lisa Recycling Plant)
Moe: Aww, ain't that cute? Makes Li'l Debbie look like a pile of puke!
Mr. Burns: Family, religion, friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
Dr. Hibbert: (laughs) Well, that's the first case I've ever seen of a man suffering four simultaneous heart attacks.
Lisa: I'm sorry, Dad.
Homer: It's all right. I understand. But we really could've used that $12,000.
Lisa: (uncomfortably) Um, Dad, 10% of $120 million isn't $12,000... it's...
(cut to outside the ward)
Hospital Loud Speaker: Code Blue! Code Blue!
Mr. Burns: (Checking his stock portfolio) Confederated slave holdings. How's that doing?
Bret Hart was the first and (as of summer 2006) only WWE superstar to appear on the show.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family is popping up and down from holes in the couch and floor while a mallet tries to hit them as in
"Whack-A-Mole". The mallet misses each family member until it finally hits Homer.
From this episode and onward, Lisa and Burns become enemies.
Bart: Lisa, have I told you lately that I love you?
"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" is a classic song by Van Morrison
The recycling center named Uriah's Heap is a reference to the band Uriah Heep. It may also refer to the character Uriah Heep from Dickens''David Copperfield'.
Mr Burns: Shine on, you crazy diamond.
"Shine on You Crazy Diamond" is one of progressive rock band's Pink Floyd's songs.
When Lisa jumps on the truck to see barrels of slurry is like Kevin McCarthy seeing a truckload of alien pods in the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
When Lisa runs around the town revealing what Mr. Burns is doing is like the character Charles Heston played in the film Soylent Green.
When Mr. Burns chases Lisa to get her help is like the opening to That Girl.
The title of the episode is a play on the title of Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man and the Sea."
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