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The Simpsons: Diatribe of a Mad Housewife

Marge is inspired to write her first book, but Homer shows little interest or support because he’s fixated on an old ambulance he’s now driving around town. Annoyed by Homer’s tendencies, Marge channels her anger into her writing and produces a period piece that depicts a despicable Homer-like character and his wife who longs for a Flanders-like neighbor.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 15x10
Production Number: FABF05
Airdate: Sunday January 25th, 2004

Director: Mark Kirkland
Writer: Robin J. Stein

Special Guest Stars
Thomas PynchonThomas Pynchon
voiced Himself
Ashley OlsenAshley Olsen
voiced Herself
Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
voiced Herself
Tom Clancy (1)Tom Clancy (1)
voiced Himself

Guest Stars
Karl WiedergottKarl Wiedergott
voiced Various
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Helen Lovejoy
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Various
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
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
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, 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: None

Couch Gag:
The Simpsons’ heads pop out of a slice of apple pie. Homer takes a bite out of the pie.

Episode Quotes
(inside Lisa's mind)
Jealousy: I can't believe Mom wrote a book before we did!
Honesty: And it's a little trashy.
Conscience: Mom has expressed herself. We should nurture her.
Libido: (locked up in a cage) Let's kiss boys, binge and purge, rock n roll!
Conscience: You're not getting out till we're sixteen.

Homer: How can you write such horrible things about me?
Marge: You told me you liked it! You didn't read it at all! You lied to me!
Homer: I didn't lie. I was writing fiction with my mouth.

Marge: Homie, I finished my novel…
Homer: Wooh, typed.
Marge: It's really important that you read it and tell me what you think.
Homer: No problem. Aww 286 pages!
Marge: It's double spaced.
Homer: Woo hoo! I'm half-way through!

(looking at a billboard for Marge’s' book)
Lisa: If dad ever reads that book he's gonna be so humiliated.
Bart: He'll never read it
Lisa: What if they make it into a movie?
Bart: He'll never see it.
Lisa: What if they parody it on MadTV?
Bart: We're doomed!!

Cultural References
This episode's title in an adaptation of “Diary of a Mad Housewife”, 1967 novel by Sue Kaufman which was made into a 1970 drama film starring Carrie Snodgress

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