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The Musk Who Fell to Earth

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Season 26 Episode
563 "Bart's New Friend"
"The Musk Who Fell to Earth"
"Walking Big & Tall" 565
"The Musk Who Fell to Earth"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 564
Season number: S26 E12
Production code: TABF04
Original airdate: January 25, 2015
Title screen: Bumblebee Man flies across, being chased by bumblebees.
Guest star(s): Elon Musk as himself
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Neil Campbell
Directed by: Matthew Nastuk

"The Musk Who Fell to Earth" is the twelfth episode of season 26 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and sixty-fourth episode overall. It originally aired on January 25, 2015. The episode was written by Neil Campbell and directed by Matthew Nastuk. It guest stars Elon Musk as himself.


"When inventor Elon Musk lands in Springfield, he and Homer become fast friends and revolutionize the town's nuclear plant. But when Musk goes overboard and Mr. Burns wants him removed, Homer must figure out a way to break up with him."


Elon Musk lands with his rocket into the Simpsons' backyard. Whilst eating dinner with them, Marge asks why Musk is in Springfield. Elon responds by revealing that the purpose for his stay in Springfield is that he is looking for inspiration. To this, Homer invites him to tag along with him to the power plant. The next day, during the car ride to the power plant, Elon discovers that Homer is the source of new ideas for inventions, as his "Homerisms" (according to Lisa) quickly inspire him. At the power plant, Elon inspires Mr. Burns to install a magnetohydrodynamic generator to the plant, through a suggestion. Burns meets Musk directly, and attempts to hire him, but Elon rejects the offer as he does not care about the money (much to Burns' surprise).

Musk and Burns announce to the town that the power plant has devised new plans for the town's electrical needs (such as Willie spinning a wheel, the Springfield Hyperloop, and Musk's latest project, the Glavinator). Despite the town's cheer to this, Smithers remains suspicious about Elon Musk. It is also announced that Elon invented a brand of self-driving vehicles for Springfield. Bart sneaks into his family's car to disable the auto-drive mode, requiring Musk's master password. He and Lisa go for a joyride in the car, where they land at the power plant, where there is another announcement by Musk. Musk reveals that the town are currently losing roughly $50 million a quarter, much to Burns' horror. Musk explains to Burns that the true intention was to save the Earth. Thanks to Musk, Burns announces to his employees that there will be massive layoffs. Burns then apologizes to an injured Smithers for getting the hounds to attack him (rather than apologize for not believing Smithers in his true suspicion of Musk), and reveals his plot to kill him. Homer, however, is upset, because his ex-friend Musk caused the whole escapade that led to Burns unemploying Lenny, Carl, and the other power plant employees (rather than the fact that his friends are unemployed and it is kind of his fault). Marge advises him to break up with Musk gently.

The next day, while Elon is discussing his ideas for inventions with Homer, Burns attempts to assassinate him. Though the bullet accidentally aims in Homer's way, Musk saves him. Homer gratefully thanks him, but he admits to Musk that he wants to break up with him as best friends. To this, the two share one last hug. The Simpson family say goodbye to Musk, as he boards his rocket to space. He returns to return Lisa, who attempted to stowaway into the rocket. To make up for Lisa's sadness, he gives the family a futuristic birdhouse (similar to the birdhouse from the start of the episode). Elon then departs, and states there are some things he will miss (such as Homer's revelation about the dolphin on the Miami Dolphins helmet).

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America May 24, 2015[1] Fox Latin America

Promotional images[edit]


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