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Burns, Baby Burns 

The Simpsons try to reunite Homer's boss, Mr. Burns, with Larry, Burns' long-lost son.


Jim Reardon


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Dink / Conductor / Grampa Simpson / Janitor / Admiral Carstairs / Barney Gumble / Hans Moleman (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Randy / Train Announcer / Yale Admissions Man / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Costume Man (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Eddie / Kent Brockman (voice)
Rodney Dangerfield ... Larry Burns (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Debutante's Mother / Yale Admissions Woman / Bo Derek (voice)


The Simpsons give a lift to a man called Larry who is hitching to Springfield after discovering that he is Burns's long-lost son. Burns is initially happy to see him but tires of Larry's uncouth slobbishness and Larry is befriended by Homer. He decides that Larry might win back his father's love by means of a fake kidnapping. The plan is exposed but Burns forgives Larry, who then goes home to his wife and children. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


There is a portrait of a Scottish man wearing kilt with a sign "Angus Burns" above a fireplace in the living room in the Burns Manor. It refers to his family's Scottish descent. However, there are many theories about their origin (German, Mexican...). See more »


Larry's comb-over always faces away from the camera; when he turns his head within a single shot, his comb-over switches to the other side. See more »


Larry Burns: This place is emptier than a Scottish pay toilet.
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References The Simpsons: Brush with Greatness (1991) See more »


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Mr. Burns has a son? He must be 57 years old.
29 August 2020 | by rf278xSee all my reviews

Another fairly strong beginning with a trip to an apple orchard, highlighted by Flanders and Homer's brief interaction. Gradually the episode shifts into a showcase of Rodney Dangerfield's comedic talents playing Larry Burns, son of Monty, as he tries to gain his dad's acceptance. This makes for several good one-liners and gags, thankfully without ever pulling Mr. Burns out of character. The problem though is we don't care about Larry as we have nothing invested in him, and his charming lack of refinement never yields anything more than simple entertainment. Homer's scheme to win Burns' love never manages to evoke much sympathy, though it's fairly well-written in its absurdity. Dangerfield is a joy to watch though, and his appearance ranks among the season's finest guest spots. Once again, the Simpson family and the Springfield supporting cast don't have big roles, and that ultimately hinders the episode and leaves it in the wacky-adventure category. Other highlights: Larry at the sophisticated party, Yale admissions talking to Mr. Burns, Homer and Marge's drifter-by-drifter basis conversation, Larry's time at the Simpson house. 7.5/10 - B

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Release Date:

17 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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