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Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk

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Season 3 Episode
045 "Flaming Moe's"
"Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk"
"I Married Marge" 047
"These two gentlemen are American as apple pie! Hans and Fritz, why that's just... John and Frank!"
Mr. Burns
"Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk"
Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk.gif
Episode Information
Episode number: 46
Season number: S3 E11
Production code: 8F09
Original airdate: December 5, 1991
Chalkboard gag: "The Christmas pageant does not stink"
Couch gag: Santas Little Helper is sat on the couch. He growls at the family when they approach the couch so they back off.
Guest star(s): Phil Hartman as Troy McClure, Horst and the stock broker
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: Jon Vitti
Directed by: Mark Kirkland
DVD features

"Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk", translated to "Burns to Sell the Power Plant", is the eleventh episode of Season 3 of The Simpsons and the forty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on December 5, 1991. The episode was written by Jon Vitti and directed by Mark Kirkland. It guest stars Phil Hartman as Troy McClure, Horst and the stock broker.


"Mr. Burns sells the Nuclear Power Plant to a pair of German businessmen for $100 million. As a result of the takeover, Homer loses his job, and falls into a state of depression. Homer sees Burns and Smithers in Moe's, and speaks his mind to him. He realises he no longer has his position of power, and buys the power plant back for $50 million - and immediately rehires Homer."


Homer learns he owns stock in the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and sells his 100 shares for 25 cents apiece to a shady stock broker, netting $25, which he spends on beer. Soon after the sale, he learns that the value of the stock had kept rising over the course of the day to end at $52 per share. While Homer misses out on the windfall – he could have made $5,200 – other employees make small fortunes.

The reason for the stock's inflated value is because a depressed Mr. Burns wants to sell the plant to pursue other interests. The sale is completed at a value of $100 million to two German businessmen, Hans and Fritz, who have been hanging out in Moe's looking for just such an opportunity. They immediately begin a thorough evaluation of the plant and its employees. When they interview Homer, he is unable to intelligently answer their questions and begins slipping into a now-infamous fantasy about cavorting through "The Land of Chocolate." It isn't long before Homer gets laid off.

A depressed Homer mopes around the house, insisting he is a competent safety-minded worker. Meanwhile, Burns is not having a good time in retirement and decides to go to Moe's Tavern to have a drink. There, Homer and the other bar patrons laugh scornfully at Burns. Burns realizes that only his ownership of a nuclear plant gave him power over ordinary men and is resolved to buy back the plant.

Meanwhile, Fritz and Hans are finding all sorts of serious problems and learn it will cost another $100 million dollars to bring the plant up to code. Burns, noting their desperation to sell and saying so offers them $50 million for the plant saying that, "you will find it {his offer} most unfair." Burns conspires to make Homer pay for the embarrassment at Moe's Tavern at some unspecified point in the future, noting it will come at a time when he least expects it. The episode ends with Homer telling his family "Woo-hoo, I got my job back!"


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Kraftwerk zu verkaufen" Power Plant for sale
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Il licenziamento di Homer" Homer's dismissal
Brasil Flag.png Português "Burns Compra e Vende" Burns Buys and Sells
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "ホーマーはクビ!" Homer is Fired!

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