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Homer's obsession with Lenny's new plasma TV prompts Marge to enter the family in a sweepstakes, and they win a trip to the Fox Studio Lot. Against Marge's wishes, Homer signs them up for a "Trading Spouses"/"Wife Swap"-style reality show and is forced to take in a controlling wife, while Marge moves in with a beaten-down husband, Charlie, and his perfect son.
Original Airing: The family (now depicted as live action human beings instead of cartoon characters) takes its place on the couch without any incidents.
Syndication: Repeat of the couch gag from "The Seven Beer Snitch" where The Simpsons are roasted over a barbecue pit.
Carl: (singing) Ain't no party like a Lenny party, 'cause a Lenny party don't stop. (he watches at his watch) I got to work tomorrow. I'll better go.
Lisa: Wow, there is a rainbow outside.
Homer: Oh yeah? Well, right there is a commercial with a dancing cold sore.
Homer: Stupid non-plasma TV. Picture's so blurry right as I'll rub dirt in my eyes.
Marge: What're you doing, Homer?
Homer: I'm signing us up for a reality show where we trade you to another family.
Marge: Wow, that might be interesting. Or it could damage many, many lives.
Charles: Oh, you needn't worry. I'm a bit of an elbow man myself actually. (laughs) Bit different, bit weird. Not sexual.
Homer: You take forever to say nothing!
A picture in Lenny's apartment shows him together with someone in a Woody Woodpecker
costume. Woody is a cartoon character who first appeared in short films and then had several TV shows featuring this character. Read more about Woody in the wikipedia article
The reality show in this episode is a reference to Fox’s Trading Spouses
. Also Bart mentions seeing this on another channel. That is a reference to ABC’s Wife Swap (US)
which is very similar to Trading Spouses
In front of the FOX studios a boy sells Botox
for $5 on a small sales booth. This refers to the heavy use of Botox by film and TV actors to make their faces look younger, but also limits the facial expression. Read more about the neurotoxin in the wikipedia article
There is a statue of Mischa Barton
at the FOX network premises. Read more about the actress and model in the wikipedia article
Homer calls Charles Stonehenge
, which is a megalithic monument in England. Read more about the historical site in the wikipedia article
Lisa was flown out to Marge's residence for the wife swap with Frito-Lay
's Air Force Yum
. Frito-Lay is a producer of corn and potato chips. Read more about the company in the wikipedia article
. The Air Force Yum is a spoof on the Air Force One
, which is the term for the aircraft that is carrying the US president.