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Season 1 Episode 8

The Work of Art

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jan 05, 2005 on CBS
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The Work of Art
At Marge's urging, John brings Art out of retirement in hopes of curing his depression -- which sets off a domino effect where nothing is as it seems.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • After Art's and Marge's makeout session at the end, there's a jump cut in regards to their arms right before they exit the house.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Kate: Honesty next time?
        John: Just better lies.

      • Marge: Kate, if you didn't want to come with me, you didn't have to lie.
        Lily: Wait, wait, wait. You invited her first?
        Marge: Well, what's the difference, sweetheart?
        Lily: Well, you said you just got the idea this morning.
        Marge: Yes. The idea to invite you!

      • John: Because Mom asked me to keep it discreet to protect his pride.
        Tommy: All right. It's weird, huh? It's almost like we have to become the parents to our parents. We're the mature ones... All right, I'm gonna go make number one and then Dad and I'll hit the road.

      • Tommy: You're putting him in my car now?
        John: Tommy...
        Tommy: It's not fair. If he's allowed in my car, then I'm allowed to touch his desk.
        John: Who said you can't touch his desk?
        Tommy: He did... but I touch it anyway. He's not my boss... is he?

      • John: Victor? What's going on?
        Victor: Your father just fired me.
        Tommy: Dad fired Victor? How come I didn't get to fire Victor?

      • Tommy: Why does Dad get to call a meeting? I never get to call a meeting.
        John: Tommy, don't worry. It's nothing.
        Tommy: Now you say that John, but first the desk and now this. I'm starting to get the feeling that, with Dad around, I'm one step further away from eventually running this place.
        John: Tommy, trust me, you're no further away from running this place than you ever were.

      • Tommy: Hey, you didn't tell me Dad was gonna get a desk. I don't have a desk.
        John: Well, you got a patrol car. Dad doesn't have a patrol car.
        Tommy: That's true. Car's way cooler than a desk, right?
        John: Way. Plus, your car has a roll bar. If Dad flips that desk, he's a goner.

      • Art: Hey, just in time for lunch.
        John: A-ha.
        Art: Make me a sandwich.

      • John: All right, Ma, I'll talk to him.
        Marge: Thank you, dear, but don't tell him I talked to you. Oh, he's such a proud man.
        John: I know.
        Kate: W-w-wait, so we're not supposed to tell Art or Lily or Tommy. Is that the whole list? I'm sorry, but it just seems like every week there's some secret we're not telling somebody in this family.
        Marge: If you only knew.

      • Lily: Oh, Mom, weren't you going to drop off my copy of the Bill Clinton book today?
        Marge: I did, sweetheart.
        Lily: When? I was home all day.
        Marge: I left it in your mailbox. I was in a bit of a hurry.
        Lily: Too much of a hurry to knock on the door and say, "Hi. How are you? I enjoyed the book. Why don't we sit and talk about it, because it's a shared experience, and those are the best kind."?
        Marge: I had milk in the car.
        Lily: Ah, milk. If only I had an appliance in my home that would keep your milk fresh while we sat and talked.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Art: I had a few new ideas. I wanted to bounce 'em off Richie and Potsie here.
        Richie (Ron Howard) and Potsie (Anson Williams) were the nerdy lead characters on Happy Days.

      • Lily: Oh, Mom, weren't you going to drop off my copy of the Bill Clinton book today?
        The Bill Clinton book is My Life, a #1 best seller released in June, 2004.