The Simpsons

Marge in Chains

Season 4, Ep 21, Aired 5/6/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Marge gets busted for shoplifting at the Kwik-E-Mart and is sentenced to thirty days in prison. Bart concocts a brilliant scheme to break her out that involves a party dress, a wig and a crowbar. But what finally springs Marge is the rioting townspeople of Springfield, who desperately need the inmate's patented marshmallow squares for the Springfield Park Commission's annual bake sale.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Oakley

  • Jim Reardon

  • Josh Weinstein

  • David Crosby


  • Conan O'Brien

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 19, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 16, 2010

  • Marge goes to jail.

    By Hornets3, Aug 29, 2009

  • No complants by me

    By Iverson82094, Jan 26, 2008

  • The definition of series classic.

    By NMWestie, Nov 28, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Bart: Mr. Hutz, when I grow up, I want to be a lawyer just like you.
      Lionel Hutz: Good for you, son! If there's one thing America needs, it's more lawyers.

    • Marge: ...And a bottle of Aspirin, please.
      Apu: The Aspirin is $24.95.
      Marge: $24.95?!
      Apu: I lowered the price because an escaped mental patient tampered with the bottle.

    • (Inside Bart's head)
      Cell #1: Sarge! We keep getting orders to let the virus win.
      Cell #2: Must be a school day. Lay down your arms!
      Virus: Alright! Let's make some pus.

    • Arnie Pie: (From the traffic copter) Route 401 is going around and around and around and around and around and look out at the corner of 12th and Main because I'm going to be sick!

    • (Lionel Hutz tries to give Judge Snyder a fake verdict) Judge Snyder: This verdict is written on a cocktail napkin. And it still says "guilty." And "guilty" is spelled wrong!

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    Notes (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: I do not have diplomatic immunity. Couch Gag: A miniature-sized family climb onto the couch.

    • Marge is accused of shop lifting and hires Lionel Hutz, played by Phil Hartman, as her attorney. In the middle of the trial, Lionel gets an urge for whisky, so he calls his AA sponsor, David Crosby of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. When David Crosby answers the phone he is looking at the CSNY emblem on an album, which Phil Hartman designed himself in the late-'70s.

    Trivia (9)

    • Apu writes down Marge's height as 8'6, including her hair.

    • When Homer visits Marge in his Halloween costume, he's wearing the same costume as Evil Homer from "Whacking Day."

    • The Mayor's seal says, "Corruptus in Extremis."

    • When the family runs out of clothes, Homer can fit into Marge's wedding dress. This alludes to the fact that Marge was pregnant when Homer and Marge got married as mentioned in previous episodes such as "I Married Marge."

    • In the highway out of Springfield, we see a sign with posted miles: 47 to Shelbyville, 63 to North Haverbrook, and 678 to Mexico City. This is interesting since Shelbyville is seen as a rival city, but is so far away (not to mention that, in "Lemon of Troy," there is a signed border indicating the two cities touch). Also, 678 miles to Mexico City puts Springfield somewhere in Texas if not Mexico.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Grassy Knoll In his testimony in court Professor Frink shows a grainy film, much like the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination, and makes reference to Marge being on the grassy knoll. The grassy knoll is where the 2nd gunman was positioned in a conspiracy theory, which was included in the 1991 film JFK by Oliver Stone.

    • Lisa: You're a modern day Clarence Darrow! Clarence Seward Darrow (April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known defending teenaged thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14 year old Bobby Franks and defending John T. Scopes in the so-called "Monkey" Trial (1925). He remains notable for his wit, compassion and agnosticism that marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians.

    • Jimmy Carter Statue: "Malaise Forever" On July 15, 1979, Carter gave a nationally-televised address in which he identified what he believed to be a "crisis of confidence" among the American people. This has come to be known as his "malaise" speech, even though he did not use the word "malaise" anywhere in the text.

    • Les Miserables This is the first appearance of a recurring joke in that Marge's inmate number is 24601, which was convict Jean Valjean's number in the novel and Broadway musical "Les Miserables." This number later shows up on other incarcerated characters including Sideshow Bob.

    • Married…With Children A short clip featuring Al & Peg from the show Married With Children can be seen when Ned Flanders wonders why his family got the flu.

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