You will watch The Simpsons Season 7 Episode 17 – Homer the Smithers online for free episodes with high quality. Online episode guide, The Simpsons Season 7 Episode 17 – Homer the Smithers Homer the Smithers At the advice of Mr. Burns, Smithers takes a vacation and hires Homer to be his replacement, thinking that Homer could never outshine him. However, Smithers’ plan backfires when Homer’s incompetence causes Burns to learn how to do things for himself resulting in the now useless Smithers losing his job as Burn’s assistant. Homer decides to help Smithers get his job back, but their plan backfires and the two get into a fight in Mr. Burns’ office. Burns is accidentally knocked out of a window and needs Smithers to do things for him again.