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The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 21

The Old Man and the Lisa

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Old Man and the Lisa
Lisa wakes up early and begins working on her new hobby, recycling. Mr. Burns comes to talk to the school, and Lisa asks about him about his recycling program. He brags about how much money he has, but Lisa and Smithers reveal to him that he has very little money left. His "yes" men have never told him that his stocks have been losing money. Mr. Burns has to move from his house and the bank forecloses on the power plant, putting Lenny in charge. Nobody has any sympathy for Mr. Burns and he ends up in the old folks' home. He tries to regain his fortune by using Lisa's recycling program. She refuses him initially, but he presses on until she caves. They recycle, bringing in small amounts of money and they eventually gain enough money to build a recycling plant. It contains an invention that sweeps fish out of the ocean and makes slurry. This horrifies Lisa and she begins to tell people to stop recycling. When Mr. Burns stop by with a check for her for $12 million she refuses it; giving Homer four simultaneous heart attacks.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show mr burns goes bankrupt and loes his plant and other things and he must find away to get back his fortune thing is he wants lisa to help him so she final decides to and so he goes around reclying a thing that lisa wanted everyone to do. and so he makes all his money back by doing it thing is he kills the sea animals the fish and everyting at the end burns sells the plant and wants lisa to get a huge cut of the money but she rips it up and homer has a heart attack not once but twice in the hospital this was a funny ep i thought.moreless
  • Good episode.

    After some bad financial decisions, Mr.Burns goes bankrupt, and requests the help of Lisa to regain his fortune. He starts a recycling program, and he manages to turn his business into a success. Lisa is convinced that Burns has changed his ways, until she realizes that he's making fish into slurry. A horrified Lisa quits, and Burns sells the corporation for 120 million dollars. He offers Lisa ten percent commision, but Lisa turns it down, thinking it would be wrong to accept the money.

    This was a good episode with a lot of hilarious moments. The ending with Homer's simulatenous heart attacks was the funniest part of the episode. As for Lisa tearing up the check, she did the right thing. What Burns was doing was wrong, and she didn't want any part of it. Good episode overall.moreless
  • The Old Man and the Lisa

    Mr. Burns goes Broke, and wants Lisa to help him get rich again. He has a plan, but it involves a whole lot of fish and stuff, making Lisa uncomfortable because of how she feels about the environment. Now Burns is right again because people wanted his company, and he offers half the money to Lisa. But, she tears up the check, admitting that she simply can not take the money because of where it came from.

    Hoo boy, I got in some arguments over the ending before, some people thought Lisa tearing up the check was selfish of her, but it wasn't- it was her belief. Sure, the money could have helped them financially, but there is more to life then money- there is stepping up for what you believe in. Then again, the people who argued against this are also self proclaimed Lisa haters, people who hate everything she does, so it doesn't really matter XD

    Overall grade: Amoreless
  • Mr. Bruns turns good or so it seems.

    Lisa informs Mr. Burns that according to his autobiography, he is not worth as much money as he thinks he is. Smithers, his lawyers, and accountants confirm that his holdings have depreciated in value considerably. He invests the rest of his money in archaic companies and loses everything. Burns moves in with Smithers. While Burns is shopping, clerks catch him talking to himself and commit him to the Springfield Retirement Home. He vows to regain his fortune when he hears Lisa collecting recyclables from the home. He asks Lisa to help him get his fortune back. She introduces him to recycling. Soon, Burns has enough money to build his own recycling plant, named after Lisa. He shows her how he captures aquatic life and "recycles" it into an all-purpose slurry. Lisa is horrified. When Burns regains his money he buys back the power plant. He pays Lisa her share of the profits. When she rips up the check, Homer has heart failure. A couple of funny jokes in this one, but it was surrounded by some bland scences give it a watch.moreless
  • Lisa helps evil Mr burns

    Ack, I couldn't really enjoy this episode as I have enjoyied the previous ones. And that's something that happens to me and Lisa Simpson centered storylines. I think I am used to Homer's crazyness and Bart's evil that I just can't stand Lisa's self-righteousness. Heck, even Maggie is funnier and has better episodes.

    The many holes in the story are what don't me flavor this episode. For example, who bought Mr Burn's nuclear plant? and how he did make, atleast, more than 50 million dollars to buy it back in such a short time?

    I know many other stories have really crazy facts, but if you are going to write a more down to earth plot, do the whole thing, not just little parts.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

Bret Hart

Bret Hart


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • 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
      rogue ruthless
      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.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • 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!
      Burns: Ohh.
      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.
      Marge: See!?

    • 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?

  • NOTES (3)