The Simpsons: Season 20, Episode 8

The Burns and the Bees (7 Dec. 2008)

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Mr. Burns wins a professional basketball team in a poker game, and the new arena he plans to have Springfield build for the team threatens to interfere with Lisa's new bee sanctuary.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Professor Fink (voice)
Mr. Burns / Smithers (voice)
Marv Albert ...
Himself (voice)
Himself (voice)
Himself (voice)
Dolph / Woman On Big TV Screen / Various (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Various (voice)


Alarmed that the bee population is dying Lisa creates a breeding ground in an old greenhouse but Burns demolishes it to make way for a new stadium to house his recently acquired basketball team. Thanks to Moe's cross-breeding Lisa's swarm with a group of killer African bees the little winged creatures come back to take their revenge on Burns and lead to the destruction of his stadium. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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7 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Willie says that bees are dying "all over the world, from Glasgow to Edinburgh." Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland; Edinburgh is the capital. The two are 46 miles (74 km) apart. See more »


When Lisa is against Mr Burns she claims that Mr Burns is crashing the greenhouse where the bees are, she turns to Mr Burns, before Mr Burns trys to look innocent he has a purple tie, after he looks innocent he has a black tie. See more »


Lisa Simpson: Mr. Burns, you can't do that.
Mr. Burns: I can, I am, and soon I shall have been. I'm unstoppable!
[Turns around and walks into a tree]
Mr. Burns: Have his acorns killed and make him watch.
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References A Christmas Carol (1938) See more »


Dance of the Hours - Movement 1
Music by Amilcare Ponchielli
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Awesome episode - one of the best ever Simpsons episodes
7 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was impressed with this episode. Extremeley witty and one of the best Simpsons episodes ever written. Seriously. The puns were fast and furious but even more than usual.

Kudos to the writer on this episode.

The story managed to be both topical - the dying off of Bees and provide a great story for Mr. Burns trying to impress as a billionaire. Both stories converged neatly in the end and Homer was there to muck up it up - albeit slightly.

What makes this episode so top-notch was the quality of the writing. I have never written a Simpsons commentary but had to stop what I was doing to check out the writer. I am not familiar with her: Stephanie Gillis, I think.

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