Elon Musk “appears” as himself in an episode of Fox’s longest-running animated series The Simpsons premiering  Sunday, Jan. 25.

In the episode, titled “The Musk Who Fell to Earth,” the SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder “lands in Springfield [where] he and Homer become fast friends and revolutionize the town’s nuclear plant. But when Musk goes overboard and Mr. Burns wants him removed, Homer must figure out a way to break up with him,” according to the official synopsis.

So, how does notorious skinflint Montgomery Burns afford to hire somebody who’s a presumably big step up from Homer, Carl and Lenny?

He works cheap, apparently.

“I don’t care about the money,” Musk says in the clip above. “The whole monetary system is just a series of interconnected, heterogeneous databases.”

And how.


Brian Berger is editor in chief of SpaceNews.com and the SpaceNews magazine. He joined SpaceNews.com in 1998, spending his first decade with the publication covering NASA. His reporting on the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident was...