The Simpsons

The Twisted World of Marge Simpson

Season 8, Ep 11, Aired 1/19/97
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  • Episode Description
  • After being kicked out of the Springfield women's investment club, Marge is determined to best her ex-club members, so she invests in a pretzel franchise. But when pretzel sales struggle, Homer unwittingly turns to Fat Tony and the mob to help Marge corner the snack business in Springfield.

  • 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 (8)
  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 23, 2010

  • The Twisted World of Marge Simpson

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • Homer asks for the mafia's help with his wife's pretzel business.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Marge goes insane, once again.

    By twilightboy, Apr 25, 2008

  • Hilarious Japna vs Italy mob style

    By Iverson82094, Jan 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Fat Tony: Sorry we're late. Could we have the money now? Marge: The answer… is no. Fat Tony: I'm afraid I must insist. You see, my wife, she has been most vocal on the subject of the pretzel monies. "Where's the money? "When are you going to get the money?" "Why aren't you getting the money now?" And so on.

    • Fat Tony: You have 24 hours to give us our money. And to show you we're serious… you have 12 hours.

    • Helen: I don't understand why they won't unload our falafel fixings. Lou: Ship's impounded, ma'am. Chief Wiggum: Yeah, we, uh, found a couple of barnacles on the hull; that and, uh, the deck was, uh, wet.

    • Homer: Marge needs help… and God knows I'm not the man to provide it. But I know who can!

    • Homer: Hey, what's all that commotion outside? Why, it's one of those pretzel wagons the movie stars are always talking about. Lenny: (gasps) Here? At our plant? Homer: That's right, Lenny. Let's all give in to deliciousness--The Pretzel Wagon way! (Everyone cheers) Homer: Yeah! Homer's right!

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not licensed to do anything. Couch Gag: The TV room is now a Whack-A-Mole game with the family in place of the moles.

    Trivia (6)

    • Music From This Episode - "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac (Plays as the Fleet-a-Pita drives into the Power Plant.)

    • Disco Stu's stand is called ''Disco Stu's Can't Stop The Learnin' Disco Acadamies''.

    • According to this episode, the names of Cletus' children are as follows: Tiffany, Heather, Cody, Dylan, Dermot, Jordan, Taylor, Brittany, Wesley, Rumor, Scout, Cassidy, Zoe, Chloe, Max, Hunter, Kendall, Katlin, Noah, Sasha, Morgan, Kira, Ian, Lauren, Q-Bert and Phil.

    • At the frame-nudging stand, the crooked picture is of a sad clown, while the straight picture is of a happy clown.

    • Sign at the Convention Center: ''Franchise Expo; Where You Make Your Nonsensical Dreams Come True''.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Goodfellas The montage of Marge's business picking up and making money is a nod to a similar montage from the 1990 film Goodfellas.

    • International House Of Pancakes The restaurant was called Municipal House Of Pancakes. This is a parody name of the name of the restaurant International House Of Pancakes. The building looks like the restaurant chain.

    • Village People Disco Stu's Can't Stop the Learnin' Disco Academies is a reference to the 1980's disco film "Can't Stop the Music" starring the Village People. The typeface on his sign is even the same as the movie poster.

    • Frank Ormond: Wherever a young mother is ignorant of what to feed her baby, you'll be there. Wherever nacho penetration is less than total, you'll be there. Wherever a Bavarian is not quite full, you will be there. Frank's speech is a parody of Tom Joad's speech from The Grapes of Wrath.

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