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Homer Goes to College
Treehouse of Horror IV
Rosebud (Promo Picture)
Episode Number 85
Production Code 1F01
Original Airdate October 21, 1993
Couch Gag Duplicate Family couch gag
Special Guest Voices The Ramones as themselves
Written By John Swartzwelder
Directed By Wes Archer
Hey, it's a teddy bear. Gross, it's probably DISEASED or something. Here, Maggie.
Bart Simpson

"Rosebud" is the fourth episode of Season 5. It first aired on October 21, 1993. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Wes Archer. The Ramones guest star.


Yearning for his lost youth and innocence, Mr. Burns searches for his beloved childhood teddy bear, Bobo. When Maggie comes across the bear, she claims it as her own. Mr. Burns tries to get his Bobo back by any means necessary.

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During one night, Burns is restless and has dreams of his old teddy bear, Bobo, who he foolishly abandoned as a child. Smithers overhears Burns in the night, discovering that Burns longs for his lost bear. The following day, it is Burns' birthday and the town is invited. He is offered gold, a unicorn, rings and even a performance by The Ramones. Burns is unsatisfied with his presents, and Smithers points out that Burns misses his teddy bear. Desperate to know what happened to his long lost bear, it turns out that Bobo was owned by Charles Lindbergh and Adolf Hitler. As of 1957, Bobo was washed up to the submarine and discovered by Ice Deliverers in 1993.

The Ice Deliverers bring the ice to the Kwik-E-Mart, and Bart finds Bobo in an ice bag which Apu claims to be full of Heady goodness. Bart brings it home and gives it to Maggie. Homer is initially ignorant of the valuable bear being two feet in front of him when it's first shown on TV but he soon realizes it's true identity. Homer intends on giving the bear to Burns in return for millions of dollars and three islands, but when he sees that Maggie will miss the bear, as well as Mr. Burns' reluctance in giving away the reward money he promised, he keeps it instead. To make matters worse, Mr. Burns goes on television to ask for his bear, and even cuts off the beer and T.V. supply in Springfield. Barney immediately shows up at the house to threaten Homer with a gun, only for Homer to slam the door on him. Barney's gun goes off, followed immediately by the sound of glass breaking and a woman screaming.Police sirens are heard and Barney says "Uh-oh". The whole town forces Homer to give Bobo back, but when they see Maggie's expression, they return it to her.

Mr. Burns is finally forced to confront Maggie in person, and convinces her to give him back Bobo. She does so, but the family gets nothing in return. That night, Mr. Burns snuggles up with his bear, wondering what the future will hold for it.

In 1,000,000 A.D., Bobo is found under a pile of rocks, by
Rosebud - Burns
several apes. A robotic Burns snatches the bear and runs off, while being followed by Smithers, who has been turned into a robotic dog.

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Reception Edit

Entertainment Weekly named this the second best episode in the show's history.

Citations Edit

Season 4 Season 5 Episodes Season 6
Homer's Barbershop QuartetCape FeareHomer Goes to CollegeRosebudTreehouse of Horror IVMarge on the LamBart's Inner ChildBoy-Scoutz 'n the HoodThe Last Temptation of Homer$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)Homer the VigilanteBart Gets FamousHomer and ApuLisa vs. Malibu StacyDeep Space HomerHomer Loves FlandersBart Gets an ElephantBurns' HeirSweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss SongThe Boy Who Knew Too MuchLady Bouvier's LoverSecrets of a Successful Marriage

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