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 10