Secrets of a Successful Marriage
Five days is not too long to wait for a gun
Couch gag: The family run together and explode into a fireball.
Director: Carlos Baeza
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
Synopsis: Homer signs up to teach an adult class on how to have a happy marriage. The class becomes bored so Homer starts spilling private things about his marriage. Marge is disgusted and throws him out of the house.
Discussion: I can’t believe we’re at the end of season 5 already! It has flown by so fast!
Anyhoo… there’s another marriage crisis in the Simpson household. Homer’s been spilling secrets that Marge doesn’t want people to know about, like she dyes her hair (scandalous!) or that she likes her elbow being nibbled. Homer ends up living in the treehouse and Moe drops by as a suitor for Marge.
It’s familiar territory with new twists. In Matt Groening’s original vision, The Simpsons is “realistic” situations, which includes marital problems. Marge and Homer have encountered problems in almost every season so far and always work through them at the end.
This time it’s a bit different. Homer is intentionally continuing to sabotage the relationship. Not because he wants to break up, but because he wants to earn the respect of his class. While he’s busily scrubbing away grass stains from his underwear, Moe comes a-knockin’ on Marge’s door. It’s the first time that Moe’s crush on Marge is shown.
Lisa and Bart have a subplot about a pink elephant balloon, but it’s lost within the main plot. Good episode, good choice to end season 5 with.