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Homer the Smithers 

When Smithers is forced to take a vacation, he appoints Homer as his temporary replacement.



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Episode cast overview:
... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble (voice)
... Marge Simpson (voice)
... Bart Simpson (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Racetrack Announcer / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Beer Shipment Deliverer (voice)
... Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Lenny / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
... Mrs. Burns (voice)


Burns's personal assistant Smithers goes on holiday and Homer is chosen to be his stand-in. However he is so useless that Burns learns to cope for himself,making Smithers redundant when he returns to Springfield. Smithers and Homer get into a fight,during which Burns is thrown through a window. This means that he will now be very reliant on Smithers after all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

25 February 1996 (USA)  »

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| (seasons 3-19)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Burns' way of answering the phone, "Ahoy-hoy", is part of the running joke where his way of thinking is extremely dated. "Ahoy" was the original greeting Alexander Graham Bell encouraged people to use when answering the telephone. However, this was eventually outshone by Thomas Edison's suggested phone greeting, "Hello", which was up till then a relatively unused word. See more »


In the beginning of this episode we see a huge sound amplifier on Mr.Burns house. Later on in this episode it is gone. See more »


Montgomery Burns: [Smithers is tending to a bedridden Mr Burns after being knocked out of his office window] I don't need you to do any of this. I'm totally self-reliant now. What I would like though is a Spanish peanut.
[Smithers is about to feed him one]
Montgomery Burns: Skin.
[Smithers skins it and Mr Burns munches on it enjoyably]
Montgomery Burns: It's a remarkable thing. In the short time you were gone I learned to be completely self-reli...
[Mr Burns stops before he can finish the sentence so Smithers can pop another peanut in his mouth]
Montgomery Burns: ... ...
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References The Little Rascals (1955) See more »


Written by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole, and Brian Nash
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Clever, funny, one of the best of season seven
5 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I really thought this episode was great. The episode focuses mainly on Mr. Burns, and the way he is portrayed in the episode is hilarious as it is brilliant. Personally, I can't think of anything in this episode I did not like. This episode is one of the more softer episodes and it's easier to watch with a younger audience.

In this episode, Smithers takes a small vacation which leaves Homer to do his job. But Smithers comes to quite a shock when he returns as he soon finds a new and more changed Mr. Burns, thanks to Homer.

If you ever get the chance to watch this episode, do so. It remains as one of my personal faves.

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