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The Simpsons Season 31 Episode 2
The Simpsons, season 31, episode 2, "Go Big or Go Homer," is a cautionary tale told recklessly. It opens with the worst thing that ever happened at a nuclear power plant (number six is when all those horses went bald) and closes with the most criminal enterprise to hit Springfield on wheels. But at the center is a sad tale of a vulnerable cog in an oil-deprived machine.
Mr. Burns burns Homer's buns because he signs a birthday card for Lenny. Without coughing up anything to pay for the card or the party, which includes the closeup magic of AbracaDebra, Burns pulls a Houdini to purloin all the glory from the best birthday party Lenny's ever gotten. Homer's slow burn is foreshadowing to his future shadow.