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The Simpsons: Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish

Bart and Lisa catch a three-eyed fish in a polluted stream near The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, bringing scads of negative publicity to Mr. Burns. In order to fight the bad press, Burns decides to run for Governor against Mary Bailey.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 7F01
Airdate: Thursday November 01st, 1990



  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Recurring
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, various
Recurring
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard: I will not Xerox my butt

Couch Gag: The couch springs out into a bed.



Episode Quotes
Bart: Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.

Lisa: Oooh, a political discussion at our table. I feel like a Kennedy!

Dave Shutton: [...] What's your name son?
Bart: I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?
Dave Shutton: (laughts)I'm Dave Shutton. I'm an investigative reporter who's on the road alot, and I must say in my day, we didn't talk that way to our elders.
Bart: Well, this is my day and we do, sir.

Mr. Burns: Why are my teeth showing like that?
Danielson: Because you're smiling.
Mr. Burns: Ah. Excellent. [...]

(A government inspection team arrives and inspects the nuclear power plant.)
Government Inspector: Okay, men. Geiger counters on.
(The inspection team turns on their Geiger counters, and they immediately start buzzing.)
Inspection Team: (In unison) Huh?
Mr. Burns: Ah, I suppose that's normal background radiation, the kind you'd find in any well-maintained nuclear facility or, for that matter, playgrounds and hospitals.
(The Government Inspector makes a checkmark on his clipboard.)
Government Inspector: Sorry.
(Cut to the cooling towers.)
Government Inspector: (Whistles in amazement.) Gum used to seal crack in cooling tower.
Mr. Burns: Do’h. I'm as shocked as you are.
(Cut to an office inside the power plant.)
Government Inspector: Plutonium rod used as paperweight.
Mr. Burns: Doh, now, that shouldn't be.
(Cut to a work area inside the power plant, where a drop of nuclear waste falls from a leaking pipe and eats through an inspector's clipboard.)
Mr. Burns: Yeah, well, that's always been like that.

(After realizing he is going to lose the election, Mr. Burns starts smashing things in the Simpson home)
Mr. Burns: Smithers, tip over this table for me!
Smithers: Yes, sir.
(Smithers grunts as he turns over the table.)
Marge: Homer. Homer. Make them stop.
Homer: (Clears throat) Uh, Mr. Burns. Um, Mr. Burns?
Mr. Burns: Shut up and wreck something!
(Homer picks up a flower vase and drops it.)
Lisa: Mr. Burns, I hardly see what destroying our meager possessions is going to accomplish.
Mr. Burns: She's right. Take me home, Smithers. We'll destroy something tasteful.



Episode Goofs
When Mr. Burns begins his all-night imbibing, a frame is misplaced. His shot glass, for an instant, moves from its position, to the end of the table, and back.

When Bart puts the newspaper article about the three-eyed fish in his scrap book, the article suddenly changes in appearance; the bullet from the news headline disappears and the text becomes centered on the page.

When Mr. Burns attempts to bribe the Government Inspector in his office, his nametag is up on the door. But when Mr. Burns closes the door to leave the Government Inspector alone with the money, his nameplate is gone.



Cultural References
Herbert Hoover

The title of this episode is a parody of Herbert Hoover's 1928 Presidential campaign slogan, "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." Hoover said this when talking about ending poverty.

It's a Wonderful Life

The governor Mr. Burns runs against in this episode is named Mary Bailey. She has the same name as the character in the 1946 Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life.



Warning: The Simpsons season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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