The Simpsons

A Milhouse Divided

Season 8, Ep 6, Aired 12/1/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Marge is upset with Homer because their married life has become routine so she decides to hold a dinner party with other married couples to show him what a marriage can be. The party ends when the Van Houtens get into a huge argument and decide to get a divorce. Homer befriends Kirk, who tries to become a singer when he loses his job and Marge befriends Luann, who begins dating an American Gladiator. Milhouse stays with his mother and becomes a spoiled brat. Meanwhile Homer recalls his awful wedding with Marge and he worries that he and Marge have drifted apart, so he tries to win her back. When that doesn't work, he applies for a divorce. He breaks the news to her and then surprises her with a wedding ceremony. This time, all her friends are there and Kirk tries unsuccessfully to win back Luann at the wedding.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 22, 2010

  • The Divorce

    By futuramarama, Dec 09, 2009

  • Milhouse's parents split up.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Milkhouse's family ends.

    By twilightboy, Apr 16, 2008

  • A very sad episode

    By Iverson82094, Jan 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Now Kirk, it's only a game. Sometimes we...
      Kirk: Oh cram it, churchy.

    • Nelson: My mom left my dad after she got hooked on cough drops. At the end her breath was so fresh, she wasn't really my mother anymore.

    • Kirk: Oh, my demo tape! Homer: (Homer looking at the tape) "Can I Borrow a Feeling?" (Laughing) "Can I Borrow a Feeling?" (Still laughing) That's your picture on the front! (Keeps laughing) Kirk: Go ahead, Homer, laugh at me. Homer: But I already did.

    • Kirk: How about it Luann? Will you marry me...again? Luann: Ewwww! No!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Marge, if this was my last meal, I'd tell the warden, "Bring on the lethal injection!"

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    Notes (3)

    • The producers had contacted Sheryl Crow and asked her to record Kirk's song "Can I Borrow A Feeling" to play over the closing credits. Crow declined.

    • The first scene where the family is eating dinner in front of the television with TV trays is the actual test for background artists to be hired for the show.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: Everyone sits on the couch. Bart is a green hue; Homer fixes the TV and Bart changes to a red color, then Homer slaps him upside the head and Bart's color returns to normal.

    Trivia (15)

    • When the kids get back from the dentist, Marge says that she is going to reward Bart for his good test by making butterscotch chicken. But in the episode, Blood Feud, Marge mentions that Bart is allergic to butterscotch.

    • Kirk's song is titled "Can I Borrow a Feeling?".

    • Music From This Episode "I Love The Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges (sung by Luann as she burns Kirk's belongings)

    • We learn that Milhouse's parents are named Kirk and Luann.

    • It is revealed that Kirk attended Gudger College.

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    Allusions (5)

    • I Love The Nightlife Before burning Kirk's remaining belongings, Luann sings a portion of the chorus from the song "I Love The Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges.

    • American Gladiators Chase (aka Pyro)'s occupation is an American Gladiator. The "Atlasphere" that Luann and Chase leave in and the music playing are both from the series American Gladiators.

    • Pandora's Box After Luann and Kirk Van Houten separate, Luann's new haircut is identical to Louise Brooks' in the 1928 film Pandora's Box, by G.W. Pabst. Her new boyfriend, Chase, even calls her "Lulu" like Brooks' character in the film.

    • Matthew 12:25 While obviously referring to Milhouse's split loyalties to both his parents, this episode title is also a whimsical reference to The Bible, specifically Matthew 12:25: "And Jesus said unto them, a house divided against itself shall not stand."

    • Marge: Homer, is this the way you pictured married life? Homer: Yeah, pretty much. Except we drove around in a van solving mysteries. This is a reference to Scooby Doo, a animated TV series where a gang of teens and a dog named Scooby drive around solving mysteries.

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