The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 17

Them, Robot

6
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 2012 on FOX
8.3
out of 10
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Mr. Burns replaces all of Springfield nuclear power plant's employees with robots, but decides to keep Homer as the sole human worker. With unemployment at an all-time high and mechanical arms operating the workplace, Springfield becomes a dismal and humorless place. But when Homer's machine-programmed peers start to turn on the community and his former real-life employees come to the rescue, they all realize that robots can't replace human friends.

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  • the simpsons them robot

    10
    this episode was as funny as i thought it was gonna be because i read the story for this episode and i thought it was gonna suck but i enjoyed and the scene that somehow made me laugh was when homer shouted working hard or hardly working and the scene when the robot kicks one of mr burns's hounds in the air anyhow this was a funny episode
  • Not That Interesting

    5.0
    This episode wasn't that good at all. It wasn't even all that funny. The worst part was probably when Homer repeatedly asked the robots "Working hard or hardly working?". I think that was just there as a filler and nothing more. I also think it's a quite depressing foreshadowing of what our future will be like as far as jobs and unemployment; another reason I didn't like this episode. It was an original story line though, there weren't any other episodes where Mr. Burns had robots working for him, and Homer being the only one that he chose to stay. But overall, not a very exciting episode. 5/10moreless
  • Great episode

    8.0
    Easily one of the best of the season, back to true Simpsons roots at last! Typical of Simpsons storylines a major change is made in the town of Springfield which affects everyone except the Simpsons. Some great moments in this episodes and many to make you laugh!
  • Mr. Burns laid off all of his Power Plant employees except Homer and replaces them with robots

    9.5
    Mr. Burns replaces all of Springfield Power Plant's employees with robotsbut decides to keep Homer as the sole human worker. With unemployment at an all-time high and mechanical arms operating the workplace, Springfield becomes a dismal and humorless place. But when Homer's machine-programmed peers start to turn on the community and his former real-life employees come to the rescue, they all realize that robots can't replace human friends. I thought that this was an excellent episode of "The Simpsons". I loved the episode for the most part. My score is NOT a 10 though because of that long scene with Homer repeatedly asking that robot "Are you working hard or hardly working?.... Can you hear me, are you working hard or hardly working?" and then it goes on and on and got very annoying. Also, Homer got louder and louder the more he asked that question so I even had to lower the volume a little. Other than that one long scene that took a little bit of points off, I really loved this episode. The storyline was well done and there was a lot of amusing humor to this episode. The robots looked very well and Homer getting bored not having anyone work at the Power Plant since everyone else got laid off by Mr. Burns was funny. I thought the scene near the beginning of the episode when Homer is hallucinating that his family is alcohol and then thinks Grandpa's head is a bottle opener and then Grandpa saying "Aaaaahhh... hey, that actually feels pretty good" was hilarious. I also thought the war between the robots and the Power Plant employees that got laid off near the end of the episode was hilarious as well. The very ending of the episode is amusing as well. Everything about this episode was well done and very funny. Though if it wasn't for that one long scene, I would've rated this episode a 10. Overall, an excellent episode of "The Simpsons". 9.5/10moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, 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

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

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Voice of the Robots

Special Guest Star

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • With Brent Spiner's guest appearance, this episode marks the second time a former cast member of Star Trek: The Next Generation has made a guest appearance. The first time was the season six episode "Homer the Great," which featured a guest appearance by Patrick Stewart.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Maggie riding on a giant paper airplane.
      Billboard and Chalkboard Gags: None.
      Couch Gag: The family arrives to the couch with an overhead banner that reads "America: The Most Powerful Country in the World". Below, the years that the series has run pop in, showing various other characters appearing in and out over time from "Michael Jackson" (1991), Stampy the Elephant with Ralph in his mouth (1993), Poochie (1995), the ghost of Maude Flanders (1999), Spider-Pig/Harry Plopper (2007), and Princess Penelope (2009). When 2010 hits, Homer and Bart use spray paint to change the banner's motto to "Too Big to Fail, We Hope", then sit back down when the year changes to 2011. When 2012 hits, the last shot shows Maggie holding a flag of Communist China.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The app that Burns uses to open the trap door is called Angry Burns. This is an allusion to the game called Angry Birds.

    • The title and plot of this episode is a play on the Issac Asimov short story I, Robot (1950), which was interpreted for television in the two The Outer Limits series, each of which had an episode with the same title. The first aired in 1964, the second in 1995. There was also a movie interpretation of this story in 2004 which starred Will Smith.

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