The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 6

A Milhouse Divided

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Marge is upset with Homer because their married life has become routine so she decides to hold a dinner party with other married couples to show him what a marriage can be. The party ends when the Van Houtens get into a huge argument and decide to get a divorce. Homer befriends Kirk, who tries to become a singer when he loses his job and Marge befriends Luann, who begins dating an American Gladiator. Milhouse stays with his mother and becomes a spoiled brat. Meanwhile Homer recalls his awful wedding with Marge and he worries that he and Marge have drifted apart, so he tries to win her back. When that doesn't work, he applies for a divorce. He breaks the news to her and then surprises her with a wedding ceremony. This time, all her friends are there and Kirk tries unsuccessfully to win back Luann at the wedding.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show everyone all the parents come and have a party at night and there playing games and stuff thing is that milhouse parents are the only ones not getting along and they end up geting into a huge fight and she says she wants a divorse right infront of all of them and leaves.and homer thinks there marage is introuble and things seem to go wrong for him then she agrees to renew her vows him homer. this was agood ep itought and showed some excitement . and that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
  • The Divorce

    Luann and Kirk split up, and soon Homer worries he and Marge will too. Will Homer be able to save their marriage?

    A pretty simple episode. The Simpsons have a dinner party with other families, but it soon becomes apparent that the Van Houtens are having marital issues. So they have a divorce. Soon, Kirk talks to Homer about how things can change, and Homer worries he and Marge are going to go down a similar road.

    Some fans don't really like this episode, particularly how it changes from Kirk and Luann to about Homer and Marge, but I love this episode. Great plot.moreless
  • Milhouse's parents split up.

    The Simpsons hold a dinner party, and invite the Van Houtens, Flanders, Hibberts, and Lovejoys. In front of the guests, Luann Van Houten announces she wants to divorce Kirk. Homer is confident that this will never happen to him, until Kirk tells him how quickly things change. Homer arrives home and receives a note about having to make his own dinner, and realizes he has taken his marriage for granted. He overcompensates by smothering Marge with love. She gets fed up and he goes to the courthouse to file for divorce. He arrives home and calls Marge into the living room. He surprises her by asking for a second marriage. Reverend Lovejoy performs the ceremony in their living room. Inspired by the two, Kirk asks Luann if she will marry him again, to which she refuses. So many things went through me while watch this episode, sadness, laughter, and happiness. This is a very funny and heartfelt episode even if it does end badly for kirk.moreless
  • Milkhouse's family ends.

    This has been by far the least enjoyable episode of this season. I did'nt laugh once during the whole show. First of all, Milkhouse's family is such a group of very detestable people. The mother, Luan, is an angry person who is always telling Milkhouse and his dad what to do (although in this episode she spoils Milkhouse letting him do anything he wants)Kirk is a not very likeable man either. And Milkhouse has been a judas to Bart in many ocassions. Yep, they are not the Simpsons.

    The Simpsons compared to the Van Houtens are a great family but compared to the Flanders, they are better too!moreless
  • A very sad episode

    In a move that will surely cause even more psychological damage for their son Milhouse, Kirk and Luann Van Houten split up in a messy, public way. Each Van Houten deals with the breakup differently: Luann begins dating an American Gladiator named Pyro while Kirk kicks off a new career a singer, self-producing an album called "Can I Borrow a Feeling?" Milhouse, for his part, takes his parents' break-up in stride and loses his mind even more than before. Meanwhile, Homer starts panicking that Marge might one day want to divorce him. To prevent that from ever happening, he files for divorce first and then remarries her in a surprisingly romantic ceremony. Sadly, there's no such happy ending for the Van Houtens, who remain divorced.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Now Kirk, it's only a game. Sometimes we...
      Kirk: Oh cram it, churchy.

    • Nelson: My mom left my dad after she got hooked on cough drops. At the end her breath was so fresh, she wasn't really my mother anymore.

    • Kirk: Oh, my demo tape!
      Homer: (Homer looking at the tape) "Can I Borrow a Feeling?"
      (Laughing) "Can I Borrow a Feeling?" (Still laughing) That's your picture on the front! (Keeps laughing)
      Kirk: Go ahead, Homer, laugh at me.
      Homer: But I already did.

    • Kirk: How about it Luann? Will you marry me...again?
      Luann: Ewwww! No!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Marge, if this was my last meal, I'd tell the warden, "Bring on the lethal injection!"

    • Homer: Marge, will you marry me?
      Marge: Why? Am I pregnant?

    • (playing dress up with the adults coats)
      Bart: Hello, I'm Doctor Hibbert. I'm afraid I'm going to have to amputate ... your butt.
      Milhouse: All right, if you think you must.

    • Marge: Are you ready?
      Homer: (in his underwear) Just gotta put my shoes on!
      Marge: The only thing I asked you to do for this party was put on clothes, and you didn't do it!

    • Otto: (outside Stoner's Pot Palace) Man, that is flagrant false advertising!

    • Bart: If you really wanted us to be neater, you'd serve us out of one long bowl.
      Marge: You're talking about a trough. We're not going to eat out of a trough. And another thing, it's only 5:15. Why are you in your underwear?
      Bart: Hey, this ain't the Ritz.

    • Luann: Okay, Kirk, I'll tell a story. It's about a man whose father-in-law gave him a sweet job as manager of a cracker factory.
      Homer: Bo-ring.
      Luann: A man whose complete lack of business sense, and managerial impotence...
      Homer: Ooh, here we go!
      Luann: ...sent the number one cracker factory in town into a tie for sixth with TableTime and Allied Biscuit.
      (Marge furtively hides a box of Allied Biscuit)

    • Can I Borrow A Feeling? (lyrics)

      Kirk: Can I borrow a feeling?
      Could you lend me a jar of love?
      Hurtin' hearts need some healin'.
      Take my hand with your glove of love.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: I will now read these special vows which Homer has prepared for this occasion. Do you, Marge, take Homer, in richness and in poorness, poorness is underlined, in impotence and in potence, in quiet solitude or blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated... and it goes on like this.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Dearly beloved--
      Homer: Wait! I want one last chance to enjoy single life. (Scratches butt and burps) Okay, ready.

    • Jerry: Hey, there, Kirk--
      Kirk: (Getting excited) Oh, boy, what's going on? Patio party?
      Jerry: No, a possum drowned in the pool. You have any garbage bags?

    • Kirk: Single life is great, Homer. I can do whatever I want. Today I drank a beer in the bathroom.
      Homer: The one down the hall?
      Kirk: Yeah! And another great thing, you get your own bed. I sleep in a racing car, do you?
      Homer: I sleep in a big bed with my wife.
      Kirk: Oh, yeah...

    • Luann: If you want to talk nervous, you should've seen Kirk deal with the high-school kids who egged our Bonneville.
      Kirk: Ha. Should've asked them to hurl some bacon. Then maybe I could have had a decent breakfast for once.
      Homer: You know what you two need? A little comic strip called "Love Is...". It's about two naked eight-year-olds who are married.
      (Longer pause)

    • Dr. Hibbert: (Giving Bart his fur coat) Well, as you can see, we don't believe fur is murder. But paying for it sure is!

    • Kirk: You're letting me go?
      Cracker Factory Executive: Kirk, crackers are a family food, happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
      Kirk: So, that's it after 20 years? "So long. Good luck?"
      Cracker Factory Executive: I don't recall saying "good luck."

    • Marge: Oh! A punchbowl like that just screams good taste. Wouldn't it be perfect for the dinner party?
      Homer: Oh, we can't afford that. Who do you think I am, Liz Taylor?
      Marge: Well, maybe we could use it once and then return it.
      Homer: Marge, we're not talking about a toothbrush here.

    • Homer: I don't like having parties, the toilet always backs up!
      Marge: I don't care if the sink shoots sludge, we're having a party!

    • Marge: I'm going into the dining room to have a conversation. If you want to join me, fine. (Goes into dining room and imitates a second voice) Hello Marge, how's the family? (In regular voice) I don't want to talk about it! Mind your own business! Homer: Keep it down in there, everybody!

    • Homer: You can't keep blaming yourself! Just blame yourself once and then move on!

    • Luann: From now on, forget everything you thought you knew about Luann Van Houten.
      Marge: Actually, Luann, I don't know very much about--
      Luann: Forget it! She's gone! Prest-o, change-o! Kaboom! Sweet Fanny Adams! Bye-bye!

    • Homer: I'd like to file for...divorce.
      (Dramatic music plays)
      Lady Clerk: These things happen. Eight dollars.

    • Kearney's son: I sleep in a drawer.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The producers had contacted Sheryl Crow and asked her to record Kirk's song "Can I Borrow A Feeling" to play over the closing credits. Crow declined.

    • The first scene where the family is eating dinner in front of the television with TV trays is the actual test for background artists to be hired for the show.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Everyone sits on the couch. Bart is a green hue; Homer fixes the TV and Bart changes to a red color, then Homer slaps him upside the head and Bart's color returns to normal.


    • I Love The Nightlife
      Before burning Kirk's remaining belongings, Luann sings a portion of the chorus from the song "I Love The Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges.

    • American Gladiators
      Chase (aka Pyro)'s occupation is an American Gladiator. The "Atlasphere" that Luann and Chase leave in and the music playing are both from the series American Gladiators.

    • Pandora's Box
      After Luann and Kirk Van Houten separate, Luann's new haircut is identical to Louise Brooks' in the 1928 film Pandora's Box, by G.W. Pabst. Her new boyfriend, Chase, even calls her "Lulu" like Brooks' character in the film.

    • Matthew 12:25
      While obviously referring to Milhouse's split loyalties to both his parents, this episode title is also a whimsical reference to The Bible, specifically Matthew 12:25: "And Jesus said unto them, a house divided against itself shall not stand."

    • Marge: Homer, is this the way you pictured married life?
      Homer: Yeah, pretty much. Except we drove around in a van solving mysteries.

      This is a reference to Scooby Doo, a animated TV series where a gang of teens and a dog named Scooby drive around solving mysteries.