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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Nine
The Trouble With Trillions

Homer joins the FBI to fend off the IRS.

Episode 5F14
Written by Ian Maxtone-Graham
Directed by Swinton Scott
Also starring: Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell
Special guest voices: Marcia Wallace (as Ms Krabappel), Paul Winfield (as Lucius Sweet)

Premise: On New Year's Eve, Ned Flanders is doing his tax returns nice and early. On 15 April, the rest of Springfield is trying to catch the last post. And Homer? He did his last year! When Lisa points out that tax is annual, he tries to get to the Post Office on time, but his parcel comes to the attention of the IRS who pass Homer over to the FBI. They want someone close to Mr Burns to retrieve something he stole from them during the war: the only trillion dollar note in the world.

Features: Mr Burns, Smithers, Carl, Lenny, Moe, Barney, Jasper, Kent Brockman, Chief Wiggum, Skinner, Ms Krabappel, Miss Hoover, Groundskeeper Willie, Otto, Lunchlady Doris, Superintendent Chalmers, Milhouse, Martin, Nelson, Kearney, Snake, Rev. Lovejoy, Helen Lovejoy, the Randerses, Mr van Houten, Mrs van flouten, Dr Hibbert, Sylvia, Ruth Powers, Quimby, Hans Moleman, Android's Dungeon Guy, Captain McCallister, Krusty, Sideshow Mel, Lionel Hutz, Apu, Manjula, Sanjay, Spotty Boy, Rainier Wolfcastle, Gil, Dr Frink, Dr Nick Riviera.

Couch: The family can't get near the couch because it's now part of an occupied male sauna.


  • The picture over the couch was painted by Marge.
  • In the Cuba portrayed in this episode, not only can you get in if you are there for pleasure, cigar smuggling, or assassinating Castro, but Che Guevara's image is used to promote Duff beer.

Homage: JFK (Oliver Stone, 1991) for the scene where the FBI man sidles up to Homer on the park bench.

Notes for Brits: Burns owns a maroon Stutz Bearcat: that's a car.

Look out for: The PG rated FBI film and Ned's proclamation that taxes pay for trees, policemen, sunshine and the people who just don't like working.

Notes: A mediocre episode at best that makes Burns out to be altruistic (which he's not) and very stupid in letting Castro have his money (which he so wouldn't). Rather dull and unfunny, although it's nice to see Gil and Lucius Sweet again, albeit both with money troubles.

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