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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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."