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Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish

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Season 2 Episode
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"Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish"
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"And those bureaucrats in the state capital can stick that in their pipes and smoke it!"
Charles Montgomery Burns
Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 17
Production Code: 7F01
Original Airdate: November 1, 1990
Couch Gag: The couch springs out into a bed.
Blackboard Text: "I will not Xerox my butt.", or "It's Potato, not Potatoe" to honor Dan Quayle. Sometimes no chalkboard.
Show Runner(s): James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written By: John Swartzwelder
Sam Simon
Directed By: Wes Archer
Transcript  DVD features


"Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" is the fourth episode of season 2. It originally aired on November 1, 1990. It was written by John Swartzwelder and Sam Simon and was directed by Wes Archer.

Synopsis[edit]

"Bart catches a three-eyed fish (named Blinky) in the river by the power plant, and it makes headlines. State nuclear inspectors find numerous safety violations, and order Mr. Burns to fix them or face having the plant closed down. Burns decides to run for governor so that he can pass laws that will keep the plant open (by doing away with the regulations which are costing him so much money). Burns comes very close to having enough support to win the election, and his advisors propose a publicity stunt to put him over the top. As the TV cameras roll, Burns visits the Simpson house for a meal, but the plan backfires when he is presented with Blinky as the main course, and he takes a bite and spits it out."


Plot[edit]

Bart and Lisa go fishing downstream of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and Springfield Shopper reporter Dave Shutton pulls up just as Bart catches a three-eyed fish, Blinky. From the resulting publicity the governor, Mary Bailey, calls for an investigation of the power plant and its owner, Montgomery Burns. After an inspection, Mr. Burns is presented with a list of over 342 violations, which would cost $56 million to rectify. Distraught, Mr. Burns talks to under-performing employee Homer Simpson who half-heartedly suggests Mr. Burns run for Governor, which he does. Marge wants nothing to do with Homer's campaigning for Burns, even though Homer implies that he could move up to an executive position this way, because she believes Mr. Burns is attempting to gain political office in order to cover up problems at the plant. Homer's support for Burns divides the Simpson house because Marge and Lisa support Bailey. It is unsure whether Bart himself supports either Bailey or Burns, but he is seen wearing a "Vote for Burns" T-shirt, probably because Homer made him do so.

Burns's political advisors break the news to Burns that he is not well liked and force Burns to try being friendly and even smile. Burns also does a TV commercial, discussing Blinky with an actor portraying Charles Darwin, who claims Blinky is an evolutionary step. Combined with a smear campaign against Mary Bailey this eventually leads to Burns tying Bailey in the polls. On the night before the election, Smithers and his other advisors suggest that Burns have dinner at the Simpsons' house as an opportunity to put Burns "over the top". To everyone's surprise, Marge serves Blinky, the three-eyed fish that Bart caught, for dinner. On the advice of his campaign team, Mr. Burns tries to act as if it does not bother him, but is not able to keep from spitting it out. The cameras flash as the bite flies through the air, but the press is gone and his gubernatorial campaign is over by the time the chunk hits the floor. But nevertheless, it brought the Simpson family back together again.

Production[edit]

"Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" was written by show developer Sam Simon and John Swartzwelder. It was directed by Wes Archer. Blinky, the three-eyed fish seen in this episode, previously appeared in "Homer's Odyssey" but the writers loved his design and subsequently planned a whole episode around him. Mary Bailey and Springfield Shopper reporter Dave Shutton, who make several appearances throughout the series, made their first appearance on the show in this episode.

The episode was the first show produced for season two. However, "Bart Gets an "F"" was aired beforehand because of Bart's growing popularity. The producers also wanted to steal viewers from The Cosby Show.

Reception[edit]

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The Simpsons was the highest-rated show on the Fox network that week with this episode which finished nineteenth in the ratings for that week. However, despite The Simpsons producers' plan to steal viewers from The Cosby Show, the latter was watched by more households. The episode received positive reviews from television critics and it won a Environmental Media Award.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Hungary flag.png Magyar "Háromszemű halat – micsoda jó falat!" Three eyed fish – what a dainty morsel!


Season 2 Episodes
Bart Gets an "F" Simpson and Delilah Treehouse of Horror Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish Dancin' Homer Dead Putting Society Bart vs. Thanksgiving Bart the Daredevil Itchy & Scratchy & Marge Bart Gets Hit by a Car One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish The Way We Was Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment Principal Charming Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Bart's Dog Gets an "F" Old Money Brush with Greatness Lisa's Substitute The War of the Simpsons Three Men and a Comic Book Blood Feud