The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 4

Rosebud (21 Oct. 1993)

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Mr. Burns goes on a desperate quest to recover his cherished childhood toy Bobo, a bear which is now in Maggie's possession.



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Episode cast overview:
Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Screaming Woman (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Security Guard / Aeroplane Mechanic / Ice Gatherer #1 / Apu Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Professor Frink / Man Looking at Homer #2 / Whipping Man / Carl / Soul Mass Transit System Host / Bumblebee Man / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Smithers / Mr. Burns / Clifford Burns / Ned Flanders / George H. W. Bush / Audience Member #1 / Adolf Hitler / Ice Gatherer #2 / Kent Brockman / Recording Studio Technician / Man Looking at Homer #1 / Lenny / Otto / Jasper / Dr. Hibbert / Principal Skinner (voice)
Joey Ramone ...
Himself (voice)
Johnny Ramone ...
Himself (voice)
Himself (voice)
Christopher Ward ...
Himself (voice) (as CJ Ramone)
Mumsie Burns (voice)


Burns' birthday is approaching and he longs for Bobo,the teddy bear he had as a child. Bobo has had an illustrious history,including flying the Atlantic with Lindbergh and being buried in Arctic ice,some of which is sold as ice cubes to the Simpsons so that Bobo is now Maggie's toy. Burns attempts theft,bribery and robbery to get his Bobo back but the family stand firm against him until finally Maggie,feeling sorry for him,offers him Bobo. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In honor of his birthday, Smithers 'arranges' for the people of Australia to spell out Mr. Burns's name with candles across the large country, so that it can be seen via satellite. This is a reference to an effort the people of Australia made during the first spaceflight of John Glenn. People across the country left their outdoor lights on, to give the astronaut a nice light-show as he flew over. Glenn even remarked on how pretty it was. Incidentally, when John Glenn returned to space a second time, in recent years, a similar effort was encouraged across Australia, so as to recreate the experience for the elderly astronaut. See more »


After Marge wakes up, the calendar shows September with 31 days. See more »


Homer: I'll never wiggle my bare butt in public again.
Lisa: I'd like to believe that this time. I really would.
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Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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25 March 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews


Come on, I have recently seen Citizen Kane so I have decided to comment on Rosebud, which is basically a parody of Citizen Kane. I think that Citizen Kane was better than this, but this is still another fantastic episode of the Simpsons. It is very funny, the plot itself is good, and it has the Ramones in it! Instead of a sled, though, which was used in Citizen Kane, it is a stuffed teddy bear named Bobo.

Here is the plot of this episode. Mr. Burns is having nightmares about his long-lost stuffed teddy bear named Bobo. He left it in the snow when he was a child, and he has never seen it again. The only problem is that Maggie Simpson has that dilapidated teddy. Another problem is that they do not know it is Mr. Burns's. They find that out. Mr. Burns offers the family $1,000,000 is they give back the bear. Homer refuses, after he notices that Maggie loves the bear. Mr. Burns does everything to get it back. Then he cuts the power. Maggie and the family finally give the bear back.

Overall, this is one of the best episodes in Season Five of the Simpsons. Cape Feare was the best, but this is still a pretty good episode. Still, you should watch Citizen Kane before you try to watch this. I watched this before I watched Citizen Kane, then I watched this, and almost every scene parodies Citizen Kane. I also like the fact that this tells about Mr. Burns dark childhood. Anyway, this is a good episode of the Simpsons, but the best by far.


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