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Episode Number 174
Production Code 4F17
Original Airdate April 20, 1997
Couch Gag Whack-A-Mole couch gag
Special Guest Voices Bret Hart as himself
Show Runner(s) Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Written By John Swartzwelder
Directed By Mark Kirkland
I've got an empire to rebuild. And the person who's going to help me is that girl.
Mr. Burns about Lisa

"The Old Man and the Lisa" is the twenty-first episode of Season 8 and was first aired on April 20, 1997. Bret Hart guest stars as himself.

SynopsisEdit

Mr. Burns loses his vast fortune and turns to Lisa for help in getting it back through environmental means.

Full StoryEdit

Mr Burns is sitting in his office talking to his lawyers. Unbeknownst to him, his lawyers agree with everything he says in fear of his wrath, going so far as to encourage him while he made bad investments. It's revealed that Mr. Burns has lost all of his money: The bank forecloses on the plant and sells Mr. Burns' house to pro wrestler Bret Hart.

He lives with Waylon Smithers for a short while, then gets put in the Retirement Castle. Soon, Burns begs for the help of Lisa, who had been pestering him (and the rest of the neighborhood) about recycling. She declines, but after patience and irritation, she gives in. On the condition that he will lose his evil manners she helps him, the two start making money recycling cans. After a while Mr. Burns has made enough money to open the Little Lisa Recycling Plant, all made from recycled materials. Lisa is pleased, believing that Mr. Burns has truly changed, until Burns show her 'the best part': He is using people's recycled plastic to create a giant net made from six-pack holders, which 'sweeps the sea clean' by hauling all the creatures out of it and selling the meat as animal slurry.

Everyone but Lisa in town is apparently brainwashed to recycle. Lisa, being comforted at home, receives a visit from Mr. Burns, who informs her he's selling the Plant for $120 million. He offers 10% to Lisa, but knowing where the money came from, she turns it down.

Homer has four simultaneous heart attacks (thinking she turned down $12,000 dollars). She later corrects him in hospital, saying that 10% would actually be $12 million. Homer suffers another heart attack.

Behind the LaughterEdit

ProductionEdit

The episode was directed by Mark Kirkland and written by John Swartzwelder. The writers had always thought about having an episode in which Burns lost all of his money and would have to interact with the outside world. Bret Hart, a professional wrestler, makes a cameo as himself.

ReceptionEdit

In the I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, the episode was called "An odd episode with a not-too-unexpected outcome. The best bits are undoubtedly Burns learning his way around a supermarket and Lisa's realisation of what Burns has been up to."

Citations Edit


Season 7 Season 8 Episodes Season 9
Treehouse of Horror VIIYou Only Move TwiceThe Homer They FallBurns, Baby BurnsBart After DarkA Milhouse DividedLisa's Date with DensityHurricane NeddyEl Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)The Springfield FilesThe Twisted World of Marge SimpsonMountain of MadnessSimpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)ciousThe Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie ShowHomer's PhobiaBrother from Another SeriesMy Sister, My SitterHomer vs. the Eighteenth AmendmentGrade School ConfidentialThe Canine MutinyThe Old Man and the LisaIn Marge We TrustHomer's EnemyThe Simpsons Spin-Off ShowcaseThe Secret War of Lisa Simpson

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