TV host Lee Gates is in a dire situation and asks his audience to buy a stock to inflate its price and save his life. This clip shows the supply and demand side of the stock market: creating demand for a stock will increase its price.
The narrator in the clip explains the impact of the stock market crash on the United States economy: millions of individuals lost their hard-earned savings, and unemployment rose to 25%. As a result, millions of families had to change the way they lived in order to survive. This new way of life was noticeably less comfortable than their old way of life.
Homer withdraws his life savings from his bank account and invests it in 500 shares of Animotion, Inc. His hope is that he'll get rich when the share price skyrockets. The stock makes steady gains but then plummets, and Homer is upset.