Episode Fact File: The Burns Cage

The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, Fox aired “The Burns Cage”, the 17th episode of Season 27, and the 591st episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!

The Burns Cage

Episode Description:

When Smithers is devastated by Burns‘ lack of affection towards him, Homer makes it his mission to find him a boyfriend. Meanwhile, after Bart orchestrates the removal of the lead in the school’s stage production of Casablanca, Milhouse serves as a terrible understudy, which frustrates his co-star, Lisa.

Episode Details: ‘The Burns Cage’ is the 17th episode of Season 27 as well as the 591st episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on April 3rd, 2016 and was written by Rob LaZebnik and directed by Rob Oliver.


Smithers and Mr. Burns go skydiving together, but Burns blacked out and slip through his parachute, so Smithers jumped after him, managing to catch Burns during freefall and save him. When they reach the ground, Smithers decides to proclaim his love to Mr. Burns, but he’s ignored. Broken-hearted, Smithers decides to supervise the work from the Plant’s employees: Homer, Carl and Lenny. They all realized what was going on, so Homer decided to find a new soulmate to Smithers so he would not be angry at work.

Homer decided to invite all gay men from a dating app, Grinder, to a party where Smithers could pick his new love, but he got very annoyed and decided to just take a drink and leave. At this moment, he meet Julio, and they fall in love with each other. Smithers quits his job at the nuclear plant and decides to move to Julio’s homeland: Cuba.

With Smithers out, Burns tried to find a new replacement for him, but everyone he tried failed miserably. But things weren’t going well in Cuba either, as Julio discovers that Smithers haven’t got over Mr. Burns yet. They break up and Smithers travels back to Springfield, where he and Burns reconcile at a romantic dinner.

On a secondary plot, the Springfield Elementary School was making a Casablanca play. As Lisa manages to get the role of Ilsa, Milhouse auditions to the role of Rick so he and Lisa could be the play’s main couple. However, a new kid named Jack gets the main role. As only him and Milhouse auditioned for that character, Bart decides to take him out of the play by getting Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney to beat him, but their plan backfires as Jack defeated them. However, Principal Skinner sees Jack beating the bullies and takes him out of the play, giving the main role to Milhouse.

Lisa is upset, fearing that Milhouse‘s lack of talent could ruin the play, but Marge convinced her to support Milhouse so he could do better. At the play, Milhouse gets his lines perfectly, surprising everyone. At the end of the play, however, it’s revealed that Jack was playing Milhouse portraying Rick, and he and Lisa go out for a float together.

PRODUCTION!: In an interview, Al Jean said that in the episode, Smithers quits his job and falls in love with Julio.


A Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team member, with the number 18, jumps over the title screen and scores.

BILLBOARD TEXT!: Easter Peeps: They never go bad because they were never that good

BLACKBOARD TEXT: If Villanova doesn’t win we lose everything


Homer sends a message with emoji of him, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the couch, and recieves in answer “Meh” “I don’t get it” “Needs a payoff” “Created by Matt Groening“, to which he says “Oh, sorry, yes sir”, and “Developed by James L. Brooks Matt Groening Sam Simon“, to which he says “Who are this guys?”, and the reciever sends “Meh” again.




  • The Simpsons logo appears over the clouds when Smithers and Mr. Burns were parachuting.
  • Rob LaZebnik told in an interview that the inspiration for this episode came from his relationship with his homosexual son, Johnny LaZebnik, who came out during high school.



  • The banner of the opera to be played the next day after Casablanca changes between scenes from Equus to Top Gun.
  • At the Licenses Bureau, it’s possible to see for a fraction of a second that the lady gives Smithers and Julio a Marriage License, but later, it’s a fishing license.
  • Janey Powell calls herself “Jacqueline Jones” in this episode.




Previous Episode: The Marge-ian Chronicles


Next Episode: How Lisa Got Her Marge Back


That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.

WikiSimpsons: Season 27 Page, The Burns Cage

TSTOTopix: Episode Fact File: Season 27 and 28: What We Know So Far!
(Part 1: 2015) (Part 2: 2016 #1) (Part 3: 2016 #2)

Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!

100px-fox_broadcasting_companyThis pictures and videos are from the “The Burns Cage” episode of FOX show The Simpsons. Their use is believed to qualify as fair use under United States copyright law.


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