The Trouble With Trillions
I will not demand what I’m worth
Couch gag: Three old men are sitting on the couch, spooning water into a hot pit to create a sauna. The family, wearing towels, slowly back away.
Director: Swinton O. Scott III
Paul Winfield as Lucius
Synopsis: Homer is selected for a tax audit and as part of the deal, is wired to listen to illegal activity Mr Burns is up to. Specifically, where the trillion dollar note is hidden that was given to Burns to give Europe to aid recovery after WWII.
Discussion: Let me just say: What The Hell??
This uninspired, dull episode deals with Homer, Smithers and Burns fleeing America so they won’t be tried for grand, grand, grand, grand larceny i.e. refusal to give back a trillion dollar bill.
Firstly, it takes 11 minutes – half the episode’s run time – to get to Mr Burns and the trillion dollar bill. Clearly the writers were stuck for time because there’s a whole unnecessary scene of Ned Flanders doing his tax on New Year’s Day to prolong the ep. How about Marge nagging Homer for four months to do his taxes?
Secondly, escaping to Cuba and giving Castro the trillion dollars to look at? Mr Burns would never do that!
Thirdly, what the hell. Just… what the hell. This ep makes no sense, doesn’t have a clear point and takes half the episode to get to the plot. Dear season 9, what happened?