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11
Apr
20

Saturday Morning Cartoons

“Perhaps you’d be more comfortable talking to Snappy the Alligator.” – Mr. Smithers
“Maybe.” – C.M. Burns

The episode where Burns sells out to the Germans occurs halfway through Season 3. By this early point in the series we’ve already seen him gleefully cancel employee Christmas bonuses, run for governor, run down a child in his car, commit Homer (involuntarily) to a mental hospital, and rage scald Smithers with hot tea. As a human being he is comprehensively vile, uncaring about the pain his actions inflict and rich enough to cause damage on a scale most evil people could only dream about.

And yet . . . as Smithers himself says, “People think that because he’s rich and powerful and cruel he doesn’t have feelings like other men, but he does.”

This is part of what makes Burns such an enduring villain. Sure, he’s a grotesque; but there’s a logical (albeit vile) humanity to him. Like many an old person, he has regrets about how he could have spent his younger years, but his are about “wiping out nations with the stroke of a pen”. And as twisted as he is, he does have a tender side. Expressing it and indulging it just happens to destroy people’s lives, but to Burns that is incidental.

Enter Snappy the Alligator, a hand puppet Smithers uses to soothe his boss and coax him into revealing what he’s really feeling. It’s ludicrously childish, but it’s also funny as hell. A hundred million dollar decision upon which the fates and livelihoods of his workers depend comes from an old man talking to some green felt.

That’s Burns in a nutshell: bugfuck crazy, indiscriminately cruel, and deeply, deeply sad. Lucky for no one, his folk guitar class was cancelled and he bought the plant back. Capricious comedy at its finest.

05
Dec
19

Quote of the Day

“Get out! This is my office now! Get out! . . . You too! This is a place of business not a peewee flophouse!” – C.M. Burns

28
Jun
19

Quote of the Day

“Watch me blend in. . . . Barkeep, some cheap domestic beer for me and my buddy here.” – C.M. Burns

06
Dec
18

Makeup Quote of the Day

“Ah, the mirthless laugh of the damned. Hold your nose, Smithers, we’re going in.” – C.M. Burns

23
Jun
18

Makeup Quote of the Day

“Sir, I feel there’s something you’re not telling me. Perhaps you’d feel more comfortable talking to Snappy the Alligator.” – Mr. Smithers
“Maybe.” – C.M. Burns
“Hello, Mr. Burns.” – Snappy the Alligator

05
Dec
17

Quote of the Day

“You’re going down, my friend.” – C.M. Burns
“Yes, sir, Mr. Burns.” – Boxer

14
Aug
17

Quote of the Day

“C’mon, everybody! It makes you feel better.” – Bart Simpson




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