Synopsis by Mark Deming
Nuclear power magnate C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) has a near-death experience after almost drowning in a bathtub, and he decides since he has no children, he should choose a young boy to become his ward and take over his empire (and his fortune) after he passes on. Burns stages open auditions for the position, and Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) prods his son, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), into asking for the honors. Burns, as is his custom, is appallingly rude to Bart, and the boy gets revenge by damaging Burns' property. Appreciating Bart's defiant nature, Burns makes him his ward, and Bart begins spending much of his free time at the lavish Burns estate. Homer and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) discover that this is doing nothing to improve the behavior of their already troublesome son, and after an attempt to discipline the boy, Bart simply moves out to take up permanent residence with Burns. Eventually, even Burns sees that Bart should be with his family, but it takes some doing to convince him to go home. "Burns' Heir" was first aired on April 14, 1994.