The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 4

Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When the nuclear power plant fails a safety inspection, Mr. Burns runs for governor in an attempt to change the laws in his favor.

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  • First political and Mr. Burns episode

    So, this is the first episode where Mr. Burns is the central focus. Sounds very cool and hopefully more interesting than Simpson and Delilah. Let's see if this episode ends up being better than that episode. Some of the funniest moments in the episode are Smithers holding Mr. Burns, Burns singing while drunk, and Homer scratching his butt. As for the other humorous parts, I chuckled at least three times. I like the part with Burns making his campaign advertisement. Well, the episode overall is sort like Simpson and Delilah. It has some humor while it was boring at times. But this episode was a few times more interesting than that though. Even though the episode gets boring from time to time, I still enjoyed the episode and it story nevertheless; speaking of story, I was more into the story rather than the humor here to be honest. It's actually political, but it's handled well unlike certain Family Guy episodes. Therefore, despite some dull scenes, I still enjoyed watching this episode.

    Score: 8.5/10moreless
  • D'oh.

    The episode begins with Bart and Lisa fishing in a small lake when an investigative reporter named Dave Shutton approaches them to talk. While they are talking, Bart catches a fish with three eyes and Dave Shutton looks off in the distance to see that the nuclear power plant has a runoff for waste directly flowing into the small lake. The next day he writes an investigative story for the newspaper, questioning whether or not the power plant had anything to do with the mutation of the fish. More headlines follow including one with the governor, Mary Bailey, calling for an investigation of the power plant. Later on at the power plant, a government inspection team shows up for a plant inspection. During the inspection, the inspectors cite numerous violations in the plant. Mr. Burns attempts to bribe lead inspector, he ignores the bribe and tells Mr. Burns he must get the plant up to code or he will be shut down. When Smithers informs Mr. Burns that it will cost 56 million dollars to bring the plant up to code, Mr. Burns tells Smithers he wants to be left alone. Mr. Burns proceeds to drink in an attempt to drown his sorrows away. While walking through the empty power plant after hours, Mr. Burns smashes his empty liquor bottle, which wakes up a sleeping Homer who has slept right through quitting time. When Homer goes out to his car he sees Mr. Burns at the wheel of his Rolls Royce crying. Homer goes over to see what is wrong, and Mr. Burns informs Homer of his problems. Homer suggests to Mr. Burns that he should run for governor, then he could declare what is legal and safe regarding the power plant. A revived Mr. Burns likes Homer's advice and they drive off into the night.

    5.5 out of 10moreless
  • politics writen all over this one

    in this ep bart and lisa find a fish that had 3 eyes and a reporter takes a picture of the fish and it spreads through out the town and a safty inspeciton people come they say he faied becasue things were leaking all over the place and parts were falling apart and mr burns tries to brive them with thing full of cash and they say no and then mr burns goes into polictics to try to change the rules he hires the best people he can get with his money and things start to be going good and then mr burns goes and has dinner at the simpsons house and then lisa feeds him the fish that they found and mr burns spits him out in front of the camera and his campaine goes down the tubes.moreless
  • politics don't interest me...

    ...Unless the overall episode is funny, which to me, this one was not. I watched it once and was expecting a funny, clever episode, but i don't remember anything funny or clever, i remember being bored for a lot of it. Could be just me, i just did not find anything entertaining. This is one of s2's weakest In my opinion, whilst others think it is one of the best, sorry but I disagree. My overall grade would be a C or so. It's passable, but only just. I only did not give it a D because it is better than a "D" episodemoreless
  • Political.

    Lisa and Bart are fishing near the power plant and find a 3 eyed fish (Blinky). It is on the news and soon the whole town knows about it. Burns worries it will hurt his run for governer so he picks a random employee to eat with to show he is a average guy. Marge doesn't agree with Burns ideas and thinks he just wants more power. So she serves him The fish he spits it out and his chance of being Governer is ruined.

    It is an ok episode I think it was a little to serious and didn't really feel like other simpsons episodes.

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, 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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • In this episode Mr. Burns reveals his full name: Charles Montgomery Burns.

    • 98% of Springfield voters see Mr. Burns as despicable or worse.

    • After learning that he must repair his power plant at a cost of $56 million, Mr. Burns sings the 1932 E.Y. Harburg song, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime."

    • During the run up to the election Lisa wears a shirt which says, "I wish I were old enough to vote for Bailey." While Bart wears a shirt that says, "My dad told me to vote for Burns."

    • Bart places a clipping of the news article about him and the mutated fish, (Blinky) in a scrapbook, right next to an article about him beheading the town statue in episode 1-8, "The Telltale Head."

    • As Homer walks through the empty nuclear power plant after oversleeping past quitting time at his work station, a glowing green rat scurries across the floor.

    • The motto of the state that Springfield is in is ''Not Just Another State.'' Also note that the actual state is not mentioned.

    • Goof: When Mr. Burns attempts to bribe the Government Inspector in his office, his nameplate is on the door. But when Mr. Burns shuts the door to leave the Government Inspector alone with the money, his nameplate is gone.

    • Goof: When Bart places the newspaper article about the three-eyed fish in his scrap book, the appearance of the article suddenly changes; the bullet from the news headline disappears and the text becomes centered.

    • Goof: When Mr. Burns first begins his all-night imbibing, a frame is misplaced. His shot glass, for a split-second, moves from its original position, to the edge of the table, and back.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Grampa: That Burns is just what this state needs! Young blood!

    • Homer: (about Blinky) Oh, Marge, what's the big deal? I bet before the papers blew this out of proportion, you didn't even know how many eyes a fish had.

    • (Homer leaves for work)
      Lisa: Don't spill anything!
      Bart: Keep those mutants coming, Homer!
      Homer: I'll mutant you.

    • (Homer arrives at work and realizes that all the icing-covered doughnuts are gone)
      Homer: (picking up a plain cake doughnut) Aww, plain cake doughnuts. (louder) Thanks for taking all the fancies guys! (to self) Why can't I ever get here on time?

    • (Homer comments on the newspaper headline about Mr. Burns running for Governor.)
      Homer: Well, he's got my vote.
      Marge: Homer, we're a Mary Bailey family.
      Homer: Mary Bailey isn't going to fire me if I don't vote for her. I'm for Monty Burns!
      Lisa: Ooh, a political discussion at our table! I feel like a Kennedy.

    • (In bed, Homer worries about what Mr. Burns said about making sure his dreams will go unfulfilled.)
      Homer: Oh, my dreams will go unfulfilled? Oh, no. I don't like the sound of that one bit. That means I have nothing to hope for. Marge, make it better, please. Can't you make it better, huh?
      Marge: Homer, when a man's biggest dreams include seconds on dessert, occasional snuggling and sleeping till noon on weekends, no one man can destroy them.
      Homer: Hey, you did it!

    • (After realizing he is going to lose the election, Mr. Burns starts smashing things in the Simpson home)
      Mr. Burns: Smithers, tip over this table for me!
      Smithers: Yes, sir.
      (Smithers grunts as he turns over the table.)
      Marge: Homer. Homer. Make them stop.
      Homer: (Clears throat) Uh, Mr. Burns. Um, Mr. Burns?
      Mr. Burns: Shut up and wreck something!
      (Homer picks up a flower vase and drops it.)
      Lisa: Mr. Burns, I hardly see what destroying our meager possessions is going to accomplish.
      Mr. Burns: She's right. Take me home, Smithers. We'll destroy something tasteful.

    • (A government inspection team arrives and inspects the nuclear power plant.)
      Government Inspector: Okay, men. Geiger counters on.
      (The inspection team turns on their Geiger counters, and they immediately start buzzing.)
      Inspection Team: (In unison) Huh?
      Mr. Burns: Ah, I suppose that's normal background radiation, the kind you'd find in any well-maintained nuclear facility or, for that matter, playgrounds and hospitals.
      (The Government Inspector makes a checkmark on his clipboard.)
      Government Inspector: Sorry.
      (Cut to the cooling towers.)
      Government Inspector: (Whistles in amazement.) Gum used to seal crack in cooling tower.
      Mr. Burns: Do'h. I'm as shocked as you are.
      (Cut to an office inside the power plant.)
      Government Inspector: Plutonium rod used as paperweight.
      Mr. Burns: Doh, now, that shouldn't be.
      (Cut to a work area inside the power plant, where a drop of nuclear waste falls from a leaking pipe and eats through an inspector's clipboard.)
      Mr. Burns: Yeah, well, that's always been like that.

    • (Marge reads a newspaper headline about Mary Bailey calling for an investigation at the nuclear power plant.)
      Marge: Well, leave it to good ol' Mary Bailey to finally step in and do something about that hideous genetic mutation.
      Homer: (Scoffs) Mary Bailey. Well, If I was governor, I'd sure find better things to do with my time.
      Marge: Like what?
      Homer: Like getting Washington's birthday and Lincoln's birthday back to separate paid holidays. President's Day. (Blows raspberry.) What a rip-off. I bust my butt day in and day out--
      Marge: You're late for work, Homer.
      Homer: So? Somebody'll punch in for me.

    • Campaign Manager: Congratulations, Mr. Burns. The latest polls show you're up six points.
      Mr. Burns: Ah, giving me a total of?
      Campaign Manager: Six. But we're on our way!

    • (Grampa Simpson and Jasper watch TV.)
      TV Announcer: Thank you for watching Movie for a Dreary Afternoon. Please stay tuned for paid political announcement brought to you by the friends of Montgomery Burns.
      Grampa: Burns? Change the channel.
      Jasper: You change it!
      Grampa: No, you change it.
      Jasper: I changed it last week!
      Grampa: Fine. Be a jerk. Then we'll just sit here and watch it.

    • (In Mr. Burns' office, the Government Inspector gives Mr. Burns his report.)
      Government Inspector: Mr. Burns, in 20 years, I have never seen such a shoddy, deplorable--
      Mr. Burns: Oh look! Some careless person has left thousands and thousands of dollars just lying here on my coffee table. Uh, Smithers, why don't we leave the room, and hopefully, when we return, the pile of money will be gone.
      (Mr. Burns and Smithers exit for a moment and then return to the office.)
      Mr. Burns: Doh! Look, Smithers, the money and a very stupid man are still here.

    • (After dinner at the Simpsons goes badly and costs Mr.Burns the election, he and Smithers head home.)
      Mr. Burns: Ironic, isn't it, Smithers? This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes has cost me the election. And yet, if I were to have them killed, I would be the one to go to jail. That's democracy for you.
      Smithers: You are noble and poetic in defeat, sir.

    • (In a publicity stunt, Mr. Burns is a dinner guest at the Simpson home.)
      Homer: Bart, would you like to say grace?
      Bart: Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.
      (Everyone gasps.)
      Mr. Burns: (Chuckles) Only an innocent child could get away with such blasphemy. God bless them all. Amen.
      (Everyone sighs.)

    • (A stranger happens upon Bart and Lisa as they fish in a pond.)
      Dave Shutton: Ah. So, kids, caught anything?
      Lisa: Not yet, sir.
      Dave Shutton: Uh-huh. Uh, what are you using for bait?
      Lisa: My brother's using worms, but I, who feel the tranquility far outweighs the actual catching of fish, am using nothing.
      Dave Shutton: I see. And, uh, what's your name, son?
      Bart: I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?
      Dave Shutton: (Chuckles) I'm Dave Shutton. I'm an investigative reporter who's on the road a lot, and, uh, I must say that in my day, we didn't talk that way to our elders.
      Bart: Well, this is my day and we do, sir.

    • (With Homer in his car, Mr. Burns suddenly decides to run for governor.)
      Homer: Where are we going, sir?
      Mr. Burns: To create a new and better world!
      Homer: If it's on the way, could you drop me off at my house?

  • NOTES (4)

    • When the make-up man is drawing eyebrows on Homer, the campaign manager tells him "We want John Q. Public, not Tyrone Power". Originally he said Rex Harrison, but the actor passed away between the time that this episode was animated and the time it premiered so the line was changed but the animation wasn't.

    • This episode won a 1991 EMA Award for TV Comedy.

    • The June 25th, 1992 repeat of this episode contained a different blackboard joke in the opening: "Potato," not "Potatoe".

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not Xerox my butt.
      Couch Gag: The couch springs out into a bed.


    • Citizen Kane
      When Bart asks Homer "Is your boss governor yet?" it is a reference to a moment in Citizen Kane when Kane's son asks him "Is Pop governor yet?"

    • It's a Wonderful Life
      The governor Mr. Burns runs against in this episode is named Mary Bailey. She shares the same name as the character Donna Reed played in the 1946 Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life.

    • Michael Dukakis
      During Mr. Burns' campaign for Governor, he can be seen riding in an army tank. This image is a reference to the 1988 Michael Dukakis Presidential campaign, in which he posed in a tank for a photo op.

    • Mr. Burns: You can't do this to me! I'm Charles Montgomery Burns!
      This line, as well as the images of Mr. Burns giving a speech with a huge poster of himself in the background and the knocking over of furniture in the final act, are all references to the 1941 film Citizen Kane.

    • Herbert Hoover
      The title of this episode is a parody of Herbert Hoover's 1928 Presidential campaign slogan, "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage."

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