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The Simpsons: Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife

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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 17x15
Production Number: HABF08
Airdate: Sunday March 26th, 2006

Director: Matthew Nastuk
Writer: Ricky Gervais

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Feb 11, 2007

Guest Stars
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
voiced Charles
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Brandine
Marcia WallaceMarcia Wallace
voiced Edna Krabappel
Main Cast
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
Couch gag:
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.

Dan Castellaneta also guest stars as himself.

Episode Quotes
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!

Episode Goofs
Lisa can't possibly identify the ABC logo on her back without a mirror.

Cultural References
Charles (voiced by Ricky Gervais) basically plays the role of the frustrated office manager David Brent from The Office (UK).

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.

Homer watches Two and a Half Men on Lenny's plasma TV.

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.

Dan Castellaneta is introduced as a star from The Tracey Ullman Show where The Simpsons have their origin.

There is a statue of Mischa Barton at the FOX network premises. Read more about the actress and model in the wikipedia article.

The show Million Dollar Fart-Off is a bad pun on the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (US) on ABC.

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.

Charles tries to be funny with the line "You're Fired!" of Donald Trump in the TV show The New Celebrity Apprentice.

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