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The Simpsons: The War of the Simpsons

When Homer gets drunk and humiliates himself at a dinner party, an angered Marge signs herself and Homer up for a marriage retreat, which Homer tries to bail out of so he can go fishing. Meanwhile, Grampa babysits Bart and Lisa, who trick the old man into letting them do whatever they want--including throw a party.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x20
Production Number: 7F20
Airdate: Thursday May 02nd, 1991

Guest Stars
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Maude Flanders
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag:
I will not do anything bad ever again.

Couch Gag:
Repeat of Bart Gets Hit by a Car.
Homer squeezes everyone else off.

This episode introduces the character

Snake Jailbird aka Chester Turley aka Albert Knickerbocker Aloysius Snake
(though he would go unnamed until season three's episode "Black Widower").

As a running gag in future episodes, Snake's prison number is 7F20 (the production code for this episode).

Episode Quotes
Lovejoy: Come on Homer what are her faults?
Homer: Well sometimes she can be annoying!
Marge: Oh Homer.
Lovejoy: Now Marge, don't interrupt, you'll get your turn.
Homer: I'm done.
Lovejoy: Okay, Marge.
Marge: Well… its not that I don't love the guy, I'm always sticking up for him, it's just that he's so self-centered. He forgets birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. He chews with his mouth open, he gambles, he hangs out at a seedy bar with bums and low lifes.
Homer: Oh it’s true!
Lovejoy: Homer don't interrupt.
Marge: He blows his nose on the towels and then puts them back in the middle!
Homer: I only did that a couple of times!

Marge: Oh, they're here. How does everything look?
Homer: Yeah, how do I look?
Marge: Do we have enough glasses?
Homer: Do we have enough gag ice cubes?
Marge: Homer, Homer, put a record on.
Homer: What are all our friends' names again?

Homer: Bart! Do that thing you do that's so cute!
Bart: What?
Homer: That thing you know how to do!
Bart: What!?
Homer: Go to bed!

Reverend Lovejoy: Ned, Maude, what brings you here?
Ned: Well... sometimes God bless her, she underlines passages in my bible because she can't find hers!
Homer: Oh, lucky you don't keep guns in the house.
Reverend Lovejoy: Homer, why are you here?
Homer: Oh, because I got drunk and looked down her dress!

Episode Goofs
When Homer catches General Sherman, he beats it with an oar so that the oar snaps in half. Then suddenly Homer rows with both oars intact.

Cultural References
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

John and Gloria, the other couple at the marriage retreat, are parodied after a very similar couple, George and Martha, from the 1966 film.


After Homer catches the General Sherman he sings Queen's famous victory anthem, "We Are The Champions."

The War of the Roses

The title of the episode is a parody of the title of the 1989 film.

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