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American History X-cellent 

Mr Burns is sent to prison for art theft, where a scary inmate introduces him to religion. Meanwhile Smithers becomes the boss at the plant, and Bart and Lisa try to share an ant farm.



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Episode cast overview:
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Fat Tony (voice)
Burns' Cellmate (voice)
Various (voice) (credit only)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Prisoners / Burns' First Cellmate / Two-Hook Handed Man (voice)


When Homer, Lenny and Carl get drunk at Mr. Burns' picnic, the police are forced to come to take them away. But, when Lou recognizes a priceless painting on the wall, the careless billionaire is sent to prison where a strong inmate releases his evilness. Meanwhile, Smithers becomes boss of the Power Plant and soon becomes worse than Burns. Homer, Lenny and Carl then try to bust him out. Also, Bart and Lisa try their to take care of the last ant from their ant farm.

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Animation | Comedy


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11 April 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bart Simpson: [apologizing to Lisa] It was an accident! I didn't mean to kill our ants.
Homer Simpson: [passing by] Patty and Selma are dead? Whoo hoo! Double funeral!
[Dances and sings]
Bart Simpson: Dad, before you jump to any conclusions...
Homer Simpson: Oh, please tell me they suffered.
[Patty and Selma appear]
Homer Simpson: G-G-G-hags!
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References Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) See more »


Monty Burns' Blues
Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Michael Price
Performed by Harry Shearer (uncredited)
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Mr Burns turns to the religious side,
20 February 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

American History X-cellent is a great Simpson's episode,which shows a lot of stuff in the show that you knew where gonna eventually happen.

After Chief Wiggum discovers a painting in that was stolen from an art museum many years ago in Mr Burns mansion,Chief Wiggum sends him off to prison.Mr Burns get smithers to run the plant,but Homer,Lenny and Carl eventually agree that Smithers is much worse than Mr Burns and try to bust him out.

Meanwhile,Mr Burns cell mate bring Mr Burns to the religious side,by sucking out all his evil,making Mr Burns a much nicer person.

Also meanwhile,Bart and Lisa make an ant farm,but Santas Little Helper ends up eating them all,apart from one of them,so Bart and Lisa have some sibling rivalry trying to take care of it.

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