Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in Excellence
S03E24 - Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?
A routine physical exam at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant reveals that safety inspector Homer has become sterile after being exposed to radiation. Fearing a lawsuit, plant owner Mr. Burns awards Homer with the "First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence" and a US$2,000 prize in exchange for a legal waiver freeing the nuclear plant of all liability. Joe Frazier is the host of the award ceremony, which features extraordinary extravagance in order to trick Homer into believing that it is a real ceremony.
Homer first plans to spend the money on the Spinemelter 2000 vibrating chair. However, when his half-brother Herb unexpectedly shows, Homer agrees to loan the money to him. Herb, now living on the streets, used to be the owner of a successful car manufacturer before he was ruined by Homer. After hearing a baby cry while in the park, Herb comes up with a plan on how to regain his wealth; he has decided to develop a machine that will translate baby babbling into actual English. He uses Homer's money to create his invention, which is an instant money-making success. Herb becomes rich once again.
Along with returning the $2,000 to Homer, Herb buys several gifts for the Simpson family, including a new washer and dryer for Marge, a membership to the NRA for Bart, and a subscription to the Greater Books of the Western Civilization for Lisa. Herb then tells Homer that his gift to him is forgiveness for ruining him in the first place, and he and Homer re-establish a brotherly relationship. Finally, Homer is rewarded for his generosity and faith when Herb has a truck pull in with the Spinemelter, which Homer is ecstatic to receive.