Mr. Burns replaces all of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's employees (except Homer) with robots, but the robots soon turn on the people of Springfield. 
Guest star: Brent Spiner

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

It plays these songs...

That's Amore
performed by Dean Martin

This Song is played in Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
Homer sings this song while riding his "chair gondola" in the nuclear power plant.

It refers to these movie series...

Transformers

This Movie Series is referred to by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
Homer is fishing with one of the robots. He asks the robot to turn the row boat into a motor boat. The robot tells Homer that he is not a Transformer, and cannot transform into an outboard motor.
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It parodies these books...

I, Robot
written by

This Book is parodied by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
In addition to the episode title being a play on words of the title of the book, this episode of The Simpsons has many parallels if I, Robot due to Homer's interactions with the nuclear plant's new robot workers.

It refers to these books...

Bossypants
written by

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  • Type: Book
This Book is referred to by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
Homer arrives at Mr. Burns' office after the robots have turned against him. Mr. Burns is seen sitting in his chair, reading the book 'Bossypants' by Tina Fey.

Death in Venice
written by

This Book is referred to by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
After Mr. Burns replaces all human employees with robots, Smithers is working as a substitute teacher. He is pelted with spitballs while standing at the chalkboard, and is so upset with the students that he tells them they will not be reading 'Death in Venice' after all. Later in the episode, books are thrown at the robots, who have now turned against humans. One of the books thrown is 'Death in Venice'.

It parodies these movies...

I, Robot

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This Movie is parodied by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
While most of the "I, Robot" references in this episode are actually more related to the book than the movie, there are elements that reference the movie version including how the robots turned red when they switched from good to bad.
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It refers to these movies...

Pinocchio

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This Movie is referred to by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
Homer takes a robot fishing, telling him that he is giving him his wish of becoming a real boy. The robot informs Homer that he does not have the ability to have wishes.
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Rudy

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This Movie is referred to by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
Homer starts a baseball team with the robots who are now the employees of the power plant. Millhouse wants to play on the team, but the robots tell him that he can't play because he is inferior. Millhouse tells the robots that his heart makes up for his shortcomings - like Rudy, referring to the film 'Rudy'. The robot responds that Rudy was only put into an insignificant game.
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The Full Monty

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This Movie is referred to by Them, Robot part of The Simpsons Season 23
Now that the town of Springfield has a 99% unemployment rate, Barney asks Marge if they've learned nothing from 'The Full Monty'.
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The Simpsons Season 23

# Title Air Date
The Simpsons
23:1 The Falcon and the D'ohman Sep 25, 2011
23:2 Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts Oct 2, 2011
23:3 Treehouse of Horror XXII Oct 30, 2011
23:4 Replaceable You Nov 6, 2011
23:5 The Food Wife Nov 13, 2011
23:6 The Book Job Nov 20, 2011
23:7 The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants Nov 27, 2011
23:8 The Ten-Per-Cent Solution Dec 4, 2011
23:9 Holidays of Future Passed Dec 11, 2011
23:10 Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson Jan 8, 2012
23:11 The D'oh-cial Network Jan 15, 2012
23:12 Moe Goes From Rags To Riches Jan 29, 2012
23:13 The Daughter Also Rises Feb 12, 2012
23:14 At Long Last Leave Feb 19, 2012
23:15 How I Wet Your Mother Feb 26, 2012
23:16 Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart Mar 11, 2012
23:17 Them, Robot Mar 18, 2012
23:18 Beware My Cheating Bart Apr 15, 2012
23:19 A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again Apr 29, 2012
23:20 The Spy Who Learned Me May 6, 2012
23:21 Ned 'N Edna's Blend May 13, 2012
23:22 Lisa Goes Gaga May 20, 2012