The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 20

Brake My Wife, Please

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 11, 2003 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

At the Springfield Aquarium, Marge accompanies the kids on a school field trip. Lisa spots penguins flying and after Bart has shown off his "flawless pearls," which results in him being taken the hospital, where a lack of insurance card keeps him prisoner. Homer has the insurance card, but is nowhere to be found. As a solution, Homer gets a mobile phone and a few extra unnecessary accessories, which only leads to him not paying attention to where he is driving. That is until it is much too late and he drives off of a pier. Judge Harm takes his license away and Homer is no longer able to drive. Marge picks up the slack and starts becoming "Stresserella." Homer walks to Moe's, but much to Moe's dismay he decide to keep on walking and starts getting healthy. Homer walks to work and is the only employee to arrive, everyone else is caught in a traffic jam. Marge is frazzled from all her driving, meanwhile Homer sings and walks about the virtues of walking when he is stuck by a car; the driver of the car was Marge. Marge, who cares so much for Homer, tries to help in his recovery, but Homer perceives that she might be trying to kill him. It leads to fight, which in turn leads them to see a marriage counselor. After Marge leaves, the counselor suggests that Homer perform one unselfish act of love to win Marge back, in other words take her to dinner. Homer decides to one up that suggestion and invites everyone in Springfield (except the Flanders family) to a backyard barbeque in Marge's honor. Homer joins Jackson Browne in a duet to sing his praises of Marge.moreless

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  • Really good episode.

    I think that this is one of the best episodes of the season. Homer gets a cell phone and some other extra unecessary things, which leads to him not paying attention while he's driving and he ends up driving off a pier. Homer's licence gets revoked and Homer has to walk to Moe's, but he decides to keep on walking, much to Moe's dismay. Homer then walks to work and is the only one there because everyone else is caught in a traffic jam. Marge gets so caught up in all her driving that she accidentally hits Homer. Marge ends up having to care for Homer and he thinks that she is trying to kill him, which leads to a fight. They both go to see a marriage counselor and he suggests that Homer perform one unselfish act of love. He decides to have a backyard barbeque in Marge's honor and invites everyone in Springfield (except Flanders). This was one of my favorite eps of the season, and my favorite part was at the beginning with Homer driving the car with all that stuff in it. The other part was at the end when the party was over and Homer says "And now to all my dear friends I say, get the hell out of my yard." And then he turns on the sprinklers. 10/10moreless
  • A fine episode experience that I never knew before! :!:

    The one problem with most shows that make it over the 300 episode mark, is that so many of the episodes start to get blurred together & start to become interchangeable with each other! But in this case, this episode is unique in it's own way. Homer Simpson proves that you Can't always guess correctly where he's going to be as he wasn't at Moe's & instead, Finally get's a cell phone to be brought into the 21st century! Now if Homer Simpson was known for paying attention, everything would be fine. But of course, Homer isn't & drives his car into a lake! He losers his driver's license & Marge isn't exactly a happy camper about all that! Fortunatly, Homer discovers the joy of walking but that's taken away from him when Marge accidentaly hits him! Homer realizes that he might be seeing Marge as just a doormat & realizes that he needs to do something big to prove otherwise! Well, when Homer Simpson wants to throw a big something for Marge, he pulls out all the stops which includes getting Jackson Browne to sing a song! Now That's a dedicated husband! Homer might be an idiot, but at least he knows a good wife when he has one! This is one great episode which is why I wrote this review! Enough said, true believers! ;)moreless
  • After having his liscence revoked, Homer starts walking places.

    This was a very good idea for an episode because we all know that Homer was never fit. Many people may not agree, but I thought that the many plots in this episode kept the auidence guessing. Especially the part where Homer put all of that stuff in his car haha. Anyway, its not as bad of an episode as everyone precives it to be. I thought all the characters were in character for this episode especially Marge because as we know she can get stressed out easily (running Homer over with her car). Anyway it was a good episode. Watch it.moreless
  • Good episode..

    Homer loses his driver's license and Marge is forced to drive him around town. She gets increasingly stressed by having to chauffeur everyone, and she grows angrier and aggressive. Meanwhile, Homer actually starts to enjoy walking – but Marge clips him with the car while he's crossing the street. Homer and Marge go to therapy together, and the family tries to cheer Marge up by paying attention to her needs and not making her tend to them at all.

    What a great Homer and Marger episode... Really funny how Marge hits Homer with the car... A little not like Homer though to start walking; I would expect him to take a taxi or something.moreless
  • How many plots are there?

    There are many storylines in this episode from bart's aquarium visit to homer getting a cell phone to homer getting millions of car accessories to homer losing his license to homer discovering the joy of walking to marge hitting him with the car to homer fearing for his life to a party at the end. any other sitcom would have put all of these stories in different episodes but the simpsons are creative and linked all the stories together to keep the audience guessing. the humour was terrific in this episode aswell especially the walking song and "Homer and Marge" (Jack and Diane which homer fixed with new words). A very creative episode.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

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi


Special Guest Star

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne


Special Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Judge Constance Harm

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Moe is talking to himself the door to Moe's is open and when the camera zooms out the door to Moe's is locked.

    • In the hospital, we see bart with his arm in a some sort of cast and a bandaid. in the next scene when Homer arrives, they're missing. Hmmm, must be a fast healer

    • When Dr. Hibbert chains Bart to the radiator with the handcuffs, he clearly attaches them to the second "rib" starting from the right, however, at the very next shot, it changes to the first on the right.

    • When Lindsey Neagle enters through the door marked Morgue the door opens inward and glides shut on it's own but when she hands Homer the cellphone the door is open outward and stays that way and in the background the hinge is that of a door that only opens outward.

    • Apu still has all his teeth in the shot immediately before he shows Homer that he has missing teeth (from Manjula elbowing him in the face).

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Apu: Manjula, I'm so glad you have finally forgiven me for having that affair.
      (Manjula elbows him hard in the stomach)
      Apu: She used to elbow me in the face!

    • Marge: I guess I'll have to do all your driving chores. That's what a good wife does, picks up the slack.
      Homer: That reminds me, we gotta pick up my slacks at that dry cleaner in Shelbyville.
      Marge: Why can't you use the local dry cleaner?
      Homer: I didn't want them to know my size.

    • Homer: Maybe I should keep walking instead of going into a dark, dreary bar.
      Moe: Get in here, Boozy, you're late for your drunkening.

    • Homer: I have to help her. If Marge isn't happy, I'm not happy. And if I'm not happy, Moe's very happy. But for once, this isn't about Moe.

    • (Marge drives Homer, Carl and Lenny home from a strip club)
      Lenny: Can we stop for ice cream?
      Carl: Homer always stops for ice cream.
      Marge: We'll see.
      Lenny: That always means no.

    • Homer: Stupid walking, thighs chafing, no drink holder . . .

    • Skinner: Oh, I might have known… but I didn't.

    • Therapist: Name the three people that mean the most to you.
      Homer: Homer, Homer J Simpson, and Commander Cool AKA me.

    • TV: Introducing Editor-and-Chimp!
      Homer: Ha ha ha. That monkey is wearing a hat.

    • Homer: Psst, bishop to queen four.
      Old Man: We're playing dominoes!
      Homer: I said bishop to queen four.
      Old Man: Alright already… sheesh.

    • Barney: Why don't you get one of those hands-free phones? It's the next best thing to paying attention to the road!

    • Homer: I dance, I dance, I dance, around the Mexican Hat,
      I dance, I dance, I dance, and that's the end of that,
      Or is it I still keep on singing,
      My cell phone appears to be ringing.

    • Homer: (Singing) You see... I like to walk down the avenue
      Bust a move with Disco Stu
      Disco Stu: You shake me from my booty to my 'fro
      Homer: Yes I strut down the boulevard burning off my excess lard
      I rarely feel the need to utter "doh!" Top of the morning ladies!
      Patty: Bite us.
      Homer: I can walk from Springfield to Alaska, Then hobnob with the stars in Malibu...
      Steve: Hi Homer. I'm actor Steve Buscemi.
      Homer: The guy who got fed into the woodchipper in Fargo!
      And when I hear, "You can't walk to Turkmenistan," I say, "Of course I can, screw you!"
      Steve: Hey! Would you guys like tickets to the Independent Film awards?
      Turks: Would we!
      Homer: Oh I love to perambulate
      Its standing still I really hate
      So let me please reiterate
      I love to...

    • Lisa: Dad, can you please get me the syrup.
      (Homer gets the syrup from the cupboard)
      Homer: See, before, I probably would have just driven to the syrup.

    • Homer to Marge: Calm down, Stresserella!

    • Homer: So you don't want to kill me any more?
      Marge: Only with kisses.
      Homer: (whimpers)
      Marge: Oh, don't be a wuss.

    • Ralph: I let go of the parking brake!
      Chief Wiggum: Ralphie, if you stop, I'll let you play with daddy's gun!

    • Homer: It would have been a lot worse if I hadn't been carrying this bible in my crotch.

    • Comic Book Guy: I can't drive 55...because it only goes 38.

    • Homer: And now to all my dear friends I say, get the hell out of my yard.

    • Flanders: I got your letter Jesus, and I'm coming as fast as I can!

    • Moe: You wanna know how to make a peach crumble? Kick it in the groin.

    • Homer: (After being hit by Marge's car) Oww, my feet are inside me!

  • NOTES (3)

    • In the video store Homer is watching a clip of a film called "EDITOR-IN-CHIMP". In the season 13 episode "Jaws Wired Shut" when the family enters the cinema, this is one of the films they could have watched.

    • Springfield is located somewhere near the Missouri/Illinois area according to a map in this episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room but instead of the couch there is a standup with a picture of the family sitting on the couch, with holes where their faces should be. The family members go behind the standup and stick their faces through the holes: Lisa becomes the face for Homer, Homer becomes Marge, Maggie becomes Lisa, Bart becomes Maggie and Marge becomes Bart.


    • Rosie
      Jackson Browne's song, "Marjorie," is a rewritten version of his song, "Rosie."

    • Homer: Save me Chaka Khan! Chaka Khan!
      The song Homer is playing in the car is Chaka Khan's song "I Feel for You" and the line "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan," is said throughout the song. On a sidenote, this song was written by Prince and the rap is done by Grandmaster Melle Mel.

    • n/a: Henny Youngman
      The title of the episode is a play on comedian Henny Youngman's signature one-liner: "Take my wife… please." A similar play on words was used for the earlier episode title "Take My Wife, Sleaze."