The Simpsons

Diatribe of a Mad Housewife

Season 15, Ep 10, Aired 1/25/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer compromises the power plant's security system and as a result gets fired. Marge and the kids go to a bookstore and while there she sits in a on a book reading and then asks the author if anyone can write a book. The answer gives Marge an idea. Meanwhile, Homer has gotten a job as a car salesman; but there is an ambulance on the lot that seduces Homer into quitting that job and becoming an ambulance driver. Marge wants to start writing her novel and Homer agrees to watch the kids, while putting in his night shift as an ambulance driver. Marge completes her novel and lets Lisa read it. Seeing one of the characters is hard on her father, Lisa suggests that Marge let Homer read the novel. Homer makes an attempt, fails and tells her that he did. Marge gets her novel published and the kids worry that if Homer ever reads it or sees it as a MADtv sketch, he will be heartbroken. Marge's novel comes out and everyone in Springfield is talking about it. Homer gets the book on tape version, as read by the Olsen twins, and finds out what everyone is talking about. Mad Homer chases after Flanders to do something he should have taken care of a long time ago.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 (6)
  • Marge,The Novelist :)

    By arabey, Feb 24, 2013

  • Homer becomes an ambulence driver; Marge writes a novel.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Marge writes a book in which Flanders is the one she loves not Homer. Are Homer and Marge's marriage in jeporady once again?????

    By Iverson82094, Sep 11, 2007

  • Marge Simpson becomes frustrated with her life as a housewife to an unappreciative (to say the least) family. She writes a novel in which Flanders is the Knight in Shining Armour and Homer is the local deadbeat.

    By athenaisLost, Aug 21, 2007

  • The best of season 15 up to this point.

    By JohnnySeidz, Jul 11, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Lisa: (Reading Marge's book) "Captain Mordecai stared at the window full of powdered blow hole. 'Mmm, blow hole,' he drooled." Sounds like Dad to me.

    • Marge: When you write, you can let your imagination run wild. (writing) Temperance was doing the laundry . . .

    • (couple talking about Homer after taking a test drive with him) Man: Well honey, what do you think? Woman: Did that salesman 'cut one' during the test drive? Man: Yeah, and for some reason he turned on the radio to cover up the smell. Woman: Let's get out of here! I'm not shaking that guys hand.

    • (examining the ambulance) Bart: Hey, I think it's cool. I can defibrillate Lisa! Lisa: Not if I pump your heart full of morphine first!

    • Bart: Dad, you've been driving in circles for 20 minutes. Lisa: Why don't you just admit you don't know where the hospital is? Homer: Why don't you admit I know it's around here somewhere?!

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    Notes (4)

    • As of this episode, the youngest gueststars to make a voice appearance on The Simpsons are twins Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen.

    • Reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, who is famous for his refusal to be photographed, appears in this episode wearing a paper bag over his head.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a large slice of apple pie and each family member's head pops out of the crust in their appropriate couch position and Homer takes a bite out of it.

    • This marks the return of Marvin Monroe, who was once said to be dead in the 138th Episode Spectacular.

    Trivia (1)

    • Menu choices at the Krusty Burger Drive thru: Mutton Buttons - $3.79 Snout Snips - $2.99 Gravy Scrape'ems - $2.99 Buffalo Things - $2.95 Fiesta Globs - $3.99 Triple Double Burger - $5.99 Hot Lettuce Injection (A Healthy Heart Selection) - $3.79 Twisty Lard - $2.49 Chicken Lungs (Spicy or Mild) - $4.49 All of the Above - $39.95 Homer orders the 16 Gravy Scrape'ems, a bucket of Twisty Lard, and 2 Super Choker Breakfast burritos with Macho sauce. He gets a diet coke (deep-fried) and the bag is also deep-fried.

    Allusions (10)

    • Bart appears in Marge's book with his name changed to Bartleby, like the title character in Herman Melville's story Bartleby, The Scrivener.

    • When Homer starts to read Marge's novel, it begins, "There once was a girl from Nantucket." This is a reference to a very vulgar limerick that begins, "There once was a man from Nantucket." I'll leave it at that.

    • The scene where practically the whole town is on the phone gossiping about Marge's book is very similar to 'The Telephone Song' from "Bye Bye Birdie," where dozens of teenagers are on the phone talking about Kim and Hugo getting pinned. And if you freeze the frame you see Marge herself on the phone in bed with curlers in her hair.

    • Homer: "Here in my car / I am hosing off blood / Some of it's mine / But most of it's not / Here's Marge."
      The song Homer sings as he hoses blood off his ambulance is Gary Numan's 1979 new-wave hit "Cars." As usual, Homer makes up his own lyrics (the original is "Here in my car / I feel safest of all / I can lock all my doors / It's the only way to live / In cars").

    • The title of this episode is derived from the 1970 film Diary of a Mad Housewife.

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