The Simpsons

Love is a Many Splintered Thing

Season 24, Ep 12, Aired 2/10/13
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart's heart strings are pulled once again when Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield. But his failure to pay her enough attention strains their relationship. Marge, too, puts Homer in the dog house.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert A Caro

    Himself

  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

    Alan Rickman

  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Zooey Deschanel

    Mary Spuckler

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • One interesting idea in a steaming pile of boring

    By arboag, Mar 05, 2013

  • Terrible!!

    By Jammerz2000, Feb 17, 2013

  • Appalling

    By edwithmj, Feb 11, 2013

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (Marge finds Maggie playing with a coaster from Moe's Tavern)
      Marge: Homer Simpson, did you take our baby to Moe's?
      Homer: It was during happy hour. Don't you want our baby to be happy?

    • Lisa: Don't you see? You're taking women for granted. And aside from being lumped together and generalized about, it's the one thing all women hate.
      Homer: (Scoffs) How can something that applies to Bart apply to me? I'm so much older and wiser.
      Bart: More like balder and wider!
      Homer: Why you little.... (begins strangling Bart in front of a scared Milhouse) I'll teach you to say something that sounds similar.

    Notes (1)

    • Show Title: Santa's Little Helper flying on his doghouse like Snoopy as a WWI pilot getting shot at by the Red Baron.
      Billboard Gag: Springfield Isotopes: Spring training tickets available. (with one of the players pictured saying "Watch me get ready!")
      Chalkboard Gag: I was not nominated for "Best spoken swear word".
      Lisa: Playing the violin instead of her usual saxophone.
      Couch Gag: Five Moes sit on the couch dressed as each of the Simpsons, four of them singing "The Szyslaks", similar in tune to "The Simpsons" in the show's title. The Moe dressed as Maggie removes his pacifier saying "Already cancelled", leaving the others dejected as they walk out of the scene.

    Allusions (7)

    • Marvin the Martian from Looney Tunes appears in the episode as a character in a fighting video game.

    • Redneck comic Larry the Cable Guy is parodied as "Barry the Satellite TV Guy."

    • Bart and Mary watch the 1939 French film La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) at the Springfield Moviehouse, and a brief excerpt of the actual film is seen.

    • The film Love Indubitably is a reference to a fictional movie of the same name in the episode "Mr. F" of Arrested Development, which itself was a reference to Love Actually, the 2004 British comedy film.

    • The film Love Indubitably is a reference to a fictional movie of the same name in the episode "Mr. F" of Arrested Development, which itself was a reference to Love Actually, the 2004 British comedy film.

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