The Burns and the Bees
Jesus is not mad his birthday is on Christmas
Couch gag: The Simpsons, in Christmas themed clothes, are sitting on a couch. When the camera zooms out, the scene is in a bauble on a Christmas tree with the pets sleeping in front of the fire.
Director: Mark Kirkland
Mark Cuban as himself
Marv Albert as himself
Jeff Bezos as himself
Synopsis: Mr Burns wins a basketball team while Lisa tries to save Springfield’s bee colony.
Discussion: At some point, I stopped expecting the storylines to make sense, yet I’m disappointed when my expectations are fulfilled. It’s a bit unusual for The Simpsons to have a social conscience, but this episode shows a very strong one in Lisa trying to save the bees. The bee plight is a real one; bees all over the world are dying for unknown reasons and without bees, food is difficult and more expensive to produce. So kudos to the show for bringing this to light for the average Joe. Well, the average Joe still watching the show…
The other plot of Mr Burns and the basketball team… well, I didn’t get it. I don’t know if that’s because sport is foreign to me or because it’s just a crap storyline. It’s like someone thought of a cute title for the episode and threw ideas into a hat to make it fit. The ep is very disjointed although I did like the scenes at the Billionaires’ Club. I thought the episode was average; Lisa’s social conscience is actually a pretty good storyline however it was drowned by Burns’ weird antics. Maybe if he dressed up Smithers and made him do stupid shit, it would have worked better. Or at least be more entertaining than Mr Burns doing stupid shit.