Look, let’s just get the obvious out of the way. The idea of a billionaire with a distinctive hairline deciding to run for high office for possibly egotistical or greedy purposes and somehow gaining a lot of support due to cynical manipulation of the average voter…nah, that’s just too unbelievable.
By the by, in this episode, Mr. Burns runs for governor of whatever state they all live in.
You know, this isn’t the first time Blinky the Three-Eyed Fish appeared on this show. I spotted him briefly in a season one episode, though I don’t remember which one. I guess the image stuck with someone.
One of those someones was John Swartzwelder. Co-writing with Sam Simon, Swartzwelder apparently holds Libertarian political beliefs that occasionally infuse the more political episodes he wrote, and the best part of his political commentary is that, for the most part, he doesn’t stick to events that are limited to their time and space. Mr. Burns’ campaign seems to mostly be him spouting angrily, and the closest he comes to making any sort of campaign promise is when he states repeatedly that taxes are too high.
A loud billionaire running for office? I just can’t see it.
Homer’s political beliefs are mostly he doesn’t want to be fired. How Mr. Burns would know who Homer voted for is unknown, but Homer seems to think so, so he gladly supports Burns. Heck, it’s Homer’s fault Burns is running at all. All Burns really wants is to not have to pay a ton of money to fix the Nuclear Plant up to code.
Marge, of course, supports incumbent Mary Bailey, who apparently has never done anything wrong ever. The show couldn’t make the whole thing more obvious if they tried.
What did we learn here? Marge is no dummy. She knows how to express herself and derail an awful man’s evil plans. All it takes is a serving of Blinky, which Bart apparently has had before given how happily he cheers the dinner on.
I will say it is a good thing Homer’s dreams are so non-existent. Mr. Burns could cause all manner of problems then. But Homer’s pretty happy already, and doesn’t need to go much further. Good for him. That’s very zen.
In the meantime, Mr. Burns can just go home and destroy more tasteful things.