Life on the Fast Lane
Couch Gag: None
Director: David Silverman
First appearance of:
Guest Voice: Albert Brooks as Jacques
Synopsis: It’s Marge’s birthday and Homer buys her a bowling ball, even though she’s never been bowling in her life. A handsome French stranger at the bowling alley offers to be her teacher, with mutual flirtation. Eventually Marge realises she must choose between them and surprises Homer at work.
Awwwwww! Marge is feeling unappreciated by Homer, and who can blame her? Most people in a relationship at some point or other have fantacised about another person. Marge has been a wife and mother for so long that she’s forgotten she’s a desirable female. Enter Jacques: a handsome French guy willing to show her everything she wants to know about bowling and the spicier side of life. Oh well, if you’re going to do it, you may as well choose someone classy (although I suspect she may hold a candle for Lenny…) Lisa and Homer feel Marge slipping away from the family, but it takes Bart a little longer. As usual, it all works out in the end and the Simpson family go on being the world’s most popular yellow-skinned family.
This won’t be the last time Marge has a better offer: her high school boyfriend will give her an offer she (almost) can’t refuse, Mr Burns develops a crush on her as does Moe. But that’s all in the future…
An interesting fact I read on wikipedia about this episode (so it must be true) is that the exterior of Barney’s Bowl-a-rama was designed by Eric Stefani, brother of Gwen and fellow member of No Doubt.