I will not bite the hand that feeds me Butterfingers
Couch gag: Removalists take the couch and Homer cries.
Director: Lauren MacMullan
Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff
Synopsis: Marge reconnects with high school boyfriend, Artie Ziff, who promises a million dollars to spend a weekend with her.
Discussion: Hands up if you have a partner who snores. Hmm, lots of you eh. Well, here’s the solution: stay at your sister’s house and drunkenly email your old boyfriend, who is now richer than a weather girl and still in love with you. What can go wrong?
Homer is a chronic snorer, but the operation is very expensive. Why else would Marge agree to the million dollar weekend? I’m not sure I totally buy that premise but since I can’t think of a better one, let’s just go with it. You may remember Artie Ziff from season 2, where we learned the back story of Homer and Marge and their disastrous prom night. He’s back in this episode, voiced again by the delightful Jon Lovitz (Artie appeared in season 4, but Lovitz was unavailable so Dan Castellaneta filled in).
This is a great ep. It was criticised for rehashing old themes, but do these critics realise that half the eps from season 10 onwards are rehashed old stuff? Come on! Besides, this is actually funny and sweet and poignant and full of unexpected moments… such as Lenny’s admission of carving Mt Carlson for his “friend” Carl (nudge nudge wink wink). Marge sticks to her guns and refuses Artie’s advances, even with the promise of a million dollars and a solution to Homie’s snoring problem.
There are several highlights here: Patty and Selma’s fave show Nookie in New York, every scene with Artie, Lenny’s obsession with Carl and Artie’s snoring machine where he sings “I am watching you through this camera!” Hilarious!