I Married Marge
I will not torment the emotionally frail
Couch gag: The family cartwheel to the couch
Director: Jeffrey Lynch
Synopsis: While Marge goes to the doctor suspecting she’s pregnant, Homer tells the kids about how he married their mother.
Discussion: This is the second flashback episode after ‘The Way We Was‘, which tells how Homer and Marge met. Marrying Marge seems to have happened about 6 years after high school (not that time means anything in Simpsons-world) as Homer mentions he’s now 24. Marge falls pregnant, they marry (because Homer will never find anyone as good as Marge) and Homer tries to fulfill his husbandly duties and support his growing family.
I love Homer, he’s a good guy. A bit lazy and misguided, but he does try. There’s loads of great lines in the episode, particularly from Patty and Selma, who constantly throw insults at Homer. It’s a sweet episode, from spending their wedding night sleeping on couches at Marge’s family home to Homer’s note when he searches for a decent job to pay for the mounting expenses. They’re living on love and it sees them through. Awww!
Underwear should be worn on the inside
Couch gag: Burglars are stealing the couch and the Simpsons hop on, but the burglars tip the couch to throw them off.
Directors: Rich Moore & Alan Smart
Aerosmith as themselves
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
Synopsis: When Homer runs out of beer, he concocts a drink from leftover booze in the house. It’s OK, but when ignited, it tastes like there’s a party in your mouth and everyone’s invited. He shows Moe how to make it and Moe runs with the idea. His bar is now the most popular place in Springfield and he turns down million-dollar deals. Homer is furious.
Discussion: This is an all-round great episode. Two sequences in particular really shine: Eye on Springfield and the homage to Cheers. It’s the first time Eye on Springfield has appeared and it appears in a few future eps as well. Now, I’m not a fan of Cheers; when it was first-run TV, I was too young to watch it. Now that it’s doing the reruns, I just don’t get the attraction. Still, I can see the parallels between Moe’s new waitress Collette and Diane from Cheers. I guess someone had to be the moral conscience in Moe’s life at this point…
In this episode, Moe becomes a real character. He likes being the centre of attention, which is probably why he takes credit for Homer’s drink. Aerosmith’s appearance really brightens the whole episode, especially as they’re not invited to perform, they’re just having a quiet drink and are called to the stage. Flaming Moe’s is the coolest place to hang out, so I’m not really sure why Ned and Maude Flanders are there; perhaps they’re drinking Virgin Moes?
This is one of those episodes where I groan, thinking I’ve seen it a million times and could probably write this without watching it. But I do anyway, because this is Simpsons Every Day, not Simpsons When I Feel Like It. I’m reminded that this really is a very good episode, still able to make me laugh. I notice things I haven’t noticed before (in this case, the resemblance of Moe’s waitress to Diane) and I’m still able to thoroughly enjoy the show. This is what makes the Simpsons great.