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The Simpsons: Take My Life, Please

When Homer finds out that the high school presidential election he lost was rigged by Principal Dondelinger, he meets a mysterious chef at an Italian restaurant who shows him what his life would be like if he had won the election.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 20x10
Production Number: LABF01
Airdate: Sunday February 15th, 2009

Director: Steven Dean Moore
Writer: Don Payne

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
First Episode to Air in High Definition.

This is the first episode since season two's "Bart Gets an F" to have a new opening sequence.

Blackboard: HDTV is worth every cent
Couch: The family rushes into the living room to discover that the couch is missing (similar to the couch gags in "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge" and "Sleeping With the Enemy"). Through the window, Homer spots the couch escaping down the road, and the family gives chase. The Simpsons follow the couch to various destinations throughout the world, such as the streets of San Francisco, the water canals of Venice and inside a palace room in India before finally catching up with it in outer space. Homer directs the couch towards Earth, and the family (dressed as astronauts like in the couch gag to "The Principal and the Pauper") crashes through the ceiling into the living room. Homer pulls out a remote from underneath him and turns on the TV, which is now a wall-mounted flatscreen TV that ends up falling to the floor.

Episode Quotes
Homer: Oh, I get it, you're all going to try to convince me that my life is great just like it is, right?
Lisa: Are you kidding? We couldn't even convince you that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Homer: Oh, come on, that billionaire playboy. He's too busy socializing at cocktail parties and managing the affairs of the Wayne foundation
Marge: (whispering) Don't open this one again.
Lisa: Why does he think Alfred is friends with Batman?
Marge: Just stop.

(After it's learned in Homer's alternate reality that he and Marge wouldn't have Bart, Lisa, and Maggie)
Marge: Well that's what's missing. Our lives would be horrible without the kids.
Homer: Uh, yeah, that must be it. This is the best of all possible worlds. Blah, blah, blah and--I wanna live in the sauce!
(He jumps into the sauce pot, the Sauce Chef pulls him out)
Sauce Chef: If you could live in the sauce, don't you think I would live in the sauce?! Stupid!

Cultural References
Just like the season 14 episode, Brake My Wife Please, this episode's title is an allusion to 'Take My Wife, Please', the famous one-liner from comedian Henny Youngman (1906-1998)

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