The Simpsons "The Burns Cage" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Waylon Smithers being acknowledged as a gay man might be greeted with a collective shrug of “Didn’t he do that a decade or more ago?” (he hadn’t), but “The Burns Cage” both finally makes Smithers’ sexuality a matter of public record and gives Springfield’s most slavishly dedicated lickspittle a little glimpse of what a life outside of Burns’ contemptuous orbit could be. That he ultimately doesn’t take that step makes sense for the character and is—in Harry Shearer’s performance and the script (credited to Rob LaZebnik)—quite touching in how it reaffirms that being a character on The Simpsons means giving up hope of ever really changing much.

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