Synopsis by Mark Deming
C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) has grown weary of the toil and turmoil that goes into running the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and while he's initially resistant to the idea of selling the plant, he decides to meet with a group of German investors looking to buy into American energy. In time, Burns decides to sell to the Germans, which is good news for most of the employees, who hold stock in the plant and earn a handsome dividend, but bad news for Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), who only days earlier sold his shares for 25 dollars and immediately spent the money on cold beer. Homer's poor working habits and general ineptitude make a poor impression on his efficient new employers, and he soon finds himself out of a job. Those who remain at the plant aren't much happier, but oddly enough, Burns fares worst of all -- with no power over his former employees, Burns discovers to his horror that no one fears him anymore, and people no longer hesitate to tell him what they really think of him. "Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk" first aired on December 5, 1991.