The Simpsons

The War of the Simpsons

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 5/2/91
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  • Episode Description
  • After Homer gets drunk and embarrasses Marge in front of their friends at a party, she signs them up for a church sponsored marriage retreat at Catfish Lake. Meanwhile, Grampa is left in charge of the kids.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Swartzwelder

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Great

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • this was a good ep i tought

    By cube2k8, May 14, 2010

  • retreat

    By futuramarama, Apr 06, 2010

  • amazing ep, best ep ever

    By owenkravekiv2, Feb 26, 2008

  • Good episode

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Homer: I'm sorry honey, can't we just forget about last night and go to church?
      Marge: I'm going to church alone today! You are going to stay here and explain to Bart why you scarred him for life!
      Homer: (Defensively) No I didn't! I... oh, you mean inside, don't you?

    • Homer: (after catching "General Sherman") I am the champion, I am the champion, no time for losers, 'cause I am the champion, of the world! (sees an angry Marge waiting for him) Uh-oh...

    • Lovejoy: Come on Homer what are her faults? Homer: Well sometimes she can be annoying! Marge: Oh Homer. Lovejoy: Now Marge, don't interrupt, you'll get your turn. Homer: I'm done. Lovejoy: Okay, Marge. Marge: Well… its not that I don't love the guy, I'm always sticking up for him, it's just that he's so self-centered. He forgets birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. He chews with his mouth open, he gambles, he hangs out at a seedy bar with bums and low lifes. Homer: Oh it’s true! Lovejoy: Homer don't interrupt. Marge: He blows his nose on the towels and then puts them back in the middle! Homer: I only did that a couple of times!

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Ned, Maude, what brings you here? Ned: Well... sometimes God bless her, she underlines passages in my bible because she can't find hers! Homer: Oh, lucky you don't keep guns in the house. Reverend Lovejoy: Homer, why are you here? Homer: Oh, because I got drunk and looked down her dress!

    • Marge: Well I was thinking... do you think you could babysit the kids this weekend, I wouldn't ask, but we're desperate. Grampa: Oh suuuure! Last resort. Old Grandpa the feeb. The guy who can't be counted on for nothing knowhow dag-nammit. Everyone's against me! (Pause) I'll do it!

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    Notes (5)

    • On the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt Groening reveals that he detested the moment when General Sherman jumped out of the water and winked at the audience. He fought to have it removed and lost.

    • Rejected material for this script included many couples who were supposed to be at the retreat instead of the Flanders'. Mr. Burns and his mail-order bride and Mrs. Krabappel trying to reunite with her estranged husband were just a few.

    • This episode was written by the staff of the show, but an unsolicited writer sent the staff a script that was almost perfectly the same story line. To avoid any trouble, the show "paid him $3000" and went forward with the story.

    • First Appearance: Snake. Also the first time Nelson laughs at someone in his traditional "Ha-Ha" line.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not do anything bad again. Couch Gag: Homer knocks everyone else off.

    Trivia (5)

    • Music From This Episode "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones (Heard during party) "The Look of Love" by Diana Krall (Heard during party) "That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC and The Sunshine Band (Heard during party)

    • There is a picture of a fisherman with the very large shark he landed in the bait shop. There is also a sign that says "Leaches for sale" (as opposed to "Leeches").

    • Recipe for Flanders' Planter's Punch: Three shots of rum, a jigger of bourbon, and just a dab-a-roo of creme de cassis for flavor.

    • Goof: When Maggie was trying to climb onto the table, the color Maggie's outfit was blue, but afterwards when the parents run out of the dining room in a panic, Maggie's outfit has turned pink.

    • Goof: Homer rows back with both paddles in good condition even though he broke one on General Sherman's head.

    Allusions (8)

    • The Old Man and the Sea Homer's marathon attempt at catching General Sherman, his bludgeoning of the fish and the line "I love you, but I have to kill you" are all based on Santiago's fight with the marlin in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.

    • Peanuts The titles of pamphlets mentioned by Reverend Lovejoy in church are: "Satan's Boners" and "Good grief, more Satan's Boners!" This pairing of titles is based on the titles of a couple of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip compilation books entitled: Peanuts and Good grief, more Peanuts!.

    • The War of the Roses The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1989 film The War of the Roses.

    • Loch Ness Monster The photo of General Sherman, the giant catfish, is a parody of the infamous "Loch Ness Monster" photo.

    • The Omen The scene where Bart chases the babysitter with the car along with the music, are a parody of a scene from the 1976 film The Omen.

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