The reason for the stock’s inflated value is because a depressed Mr. Burns wants to sell the plant to pursue other interests. The sale is completed at a value of $100 million to two German businessmen, Hans and Fritz, who have been hanging out in Moe’s looking for just such an opportunity (provided the purchase leaves them with enough change to buy the Cleveland Browns). They immediately begin a thorough evaluation of the plant and its employees. When they interview Homer, he is unable to intelligently answer their questions and begins slipping into a now-infamous fantasy about cavorting through “The Land of Chocolate.” It isn’t long before Homer gets laid off.
A depressed Homer mopes around the house, insisting he is a competent safety-minded worker while the rest of the family makes budget cuts until Homer can find a new job. Meanwhile, Burns is having a good time in retirement and decides to go to Moe’s Tavern to have a drink. There, Homer and the other bar patrons, along with Bart (who Marge sent to pick up Homer) mock scornfully at Burns for being greedy and not caring about others. Moe, Homer, Bart, Barney Gumble, and other bar patrons sing Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye to try to mock Mr. Burns. Burns gets so discouraged that he walks out of Moe's with Smithers. Burns realizes that only his ownership of a nuclear plant gave him power over ordinary men and is resolved to buy back the plant.
The German investors, who will make several more silent appearances in Springfield in the future, are more than willing to sell the plant back to Burns because as they say, it will cost another $100 million dollars to bring the plant up to code. Burns, noting their desperation to sell, offers them $50 million for the plant and says that, “you will find it [his offer] most unfair.” Homer is re-hired, and Burns plots his revenge on him at some unspecified point in the future.
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