A new season is cobbled together and we jumpstart its heart with a little Burns Transforms episode called Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus. The episode by the way for you rating junkies actually drew in the highest ratings of the night out of any show and trounced the competition, barring the handegg game which I will curse about immensely behind my screen. During the supposed premiere I stared at a chat screen chock faced at my over exuberant Burnsmithers peers who gave me details about the scenes like “OMG”, “WOO”, and “THEY IN LOVE while the LA Rams game taunted back from my T.V.

But this is not about my personal tragedy, we are here to analyze a far more potent situation mired with emotion - one C. Montgomery Burns and his situation with a horrible, dreadful, no good tragedy that haunted and shaped him from the past. It was such a horrible situation that nobody should be put through and I am surprised that he wasn’t committed to a shrink…ah, I’m just kidding. His suspenders snapped off during a pageant as a kid and half of America had to witness the horror of the full Monty some 80 years before Marge’s insightfully poignant and subtly trenchant portrait.

Congratulations Monty, enjoy your wardrobe malfunction fame until 90 odd years later when Janet Jackson dethrones you at another, bigger bowl.

Despite Lisa’s later armchair diagnosis of the breeches to the ground incident “That made Mr. Burns into the monster he is today,” it would be futile to erase the other contributing factors from his life towards Montgomery’s long-suffering and constant hostility. After all there is more than just the Pee Wee Pageant to nurture all of Burns’ contempt, perfectionism, suspicion, greediness, miserliness, bitterness,hostility, aggression, misanthropy and cowardice. It would be unwise psychologically and from a writer’s viewpoint to pinpoint all of his issues towards just one incident, because the makeup of a person’s behavior is more like a fine melting pot brewed with key ingredients than just one flat piece of stale matzo made entirely from flour and water (and no, not any of those fancy matzos made with wine or spices, we are trying to make a food analogy here.)

Now that we made that part clear as crystal that there are multiple sources (and with this episode there are underlying dualities to the problem,) we will go onto the main point concerning the sentimental journey Burns has been ass kicked into. If this was a reason the episode was shoved into the season premiere spot, then we are in for one long and tumultuous ride of Burns and his psychological handling of emotions during this entire season and perhaps, beyond.

Because Fleeing Circus is massive with emotional glut, let’s focus on one aspect of Burns’ trauma (because my poor brain cannot handle all of this right now) -  most pointedly how his mother may have played into this.

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