The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 7

Brawl in the Family

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Brawl in the Family
The family is going through problems. A social worker sets out to fix them after a domestic violence charge. He is horrified at Homer when the vegas wives of Homer and Ned unexpectedly come to Springfield. Fed up with vegas, they want to replace Marge and Maude. Ned's new wife stays with him, but his dorky children drive her crazy. Homer tries unsuccessfully to get an annulment. Homer's vegas wife gets him kicked out of the house. Marge begins to feel sorry for Homer, so she devises a plan to get rid of his vegas wife. Homer gets her drunk and marries her to Abe. She is so distraught over being Mrs. Abraham Simpson that she and Ned's vegas wife flee, running down evergreen terrace. Senile as ever, grandpa forgets being married immediately.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • good

    a social worker tries to get the simpson family to work better together, and it seemingly works, until homer and ned's wives from vegas return. what will marge do? could this be the end of homer and marge?

    good episode, the first half of it had some good laughs and the resolution was interesting and entertaining, on how they got back at amber. overall it was somewhat of an entertaining episode, not the best of the season or anything though, i think my overall grade for the episode would be a B- or so. Good episode but it could be bettermoreless
  • Acid Rain

    During an acid rain storm, The Simpsosn are forced to stay indoors, and play monopoly, which leads to a fight. The Simpsons then get a social worker, who tells them to work together. The Simpsons soon are behaving better, until Homer and Ned's vegas wives come back. marge is absolutely furious with Homer, and forces him to live in the treehouse. Meanwhile, Flander's vegas wife tries to bear with Rod and Todd, and their dad's goody goody life. Homer then tricks his vegas wife into marrying Grampa. They soon run away, and Grampa, being senile, forgets the whole thing.

    This was a pretty good episode. I loved Willie's song, Homer drunk, and much more.

    Overall Grade:85%/B+moreless
  • Vegas Wives return and the Simpsons get a social worker.

    Over the years there have been many arguments and quarrels among all of the members of the Simpsons family, and I think that we all had in the back of our mind that one day the Simpsons would need a social worker. This is part of the reason this episode is so great. Its amazing because its a realistic plot that we knew was going to happen sooner or later. On top of all that, it was hilarious again (Then again when are the Simpsons not Funny!). Add a great plot with some great gags and you get a phenominal episode. Amoreless
  • Vegas Wives return!!!!!!!!!!!! Hilarious episode...

    While playing a heated game of Monopoly, the family gets into a fight and causes Maggie to call the police. The whole family is arrested and the story makes all the papers. A social worker is assigned to the case and attempts to get everyone to work together as a team and break out of their traditional roles. While on a retreat in the woods, they encounter heavy obstacles, but are ultimately able to overcome, work together and bond as a family. Soaking in the warmth of their new relations, they drive home but find two floozies standing in the driveway. Evidently the family riot story made the papers in Las Vegas and Homer and Flanders' Vegas wives finally track them down. Ashamed and embarrassed, Marge kicks Homer out of the house, forcing him to sleep in the yard. His second wife decides to settle in, making Homer even more miserable. Eventually, Marge feels sorry for him, and the family decides to work together to get rid of her. Homer gets his trashy wife roaring drunk and gets Grandpa to marry her, annulling his own marriage.moreless
  • An amazing episode! Hilarious!

    Pretty much everything in this episode was funny. The episode starts with a fight over a monopoly game. One thing I am pleased about (being the maintainer of the "D'oh!" list) is that Homer actually said "D'oh!" in this episode, because he hasn't said it for a long while. The button on the phone was a good gag - it's also referred to in a later episode.

    Anyway, the Simpsons get a social worker, who helps them to function as a family again. The best bits in this part were the wolves and cougars working together, and then getting drunk.

    After this, the family return home to find Homer's Las Vegas wife (from "Viva Ned Flanders," Season 10). Then the episode gets even funnier, with great scenes from Ned. Also, Ginger making Homer a sandwich was great.

    This episode was surprisingly funny. I thought it would be one of those lame "repeated ideas" episodes, but it turned out okay!

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

Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Gabriel "The Angel"

Guest Star

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Judge Constance Harm

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph 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 (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Grampa: Oh, I lost another wife.
      Lisa: I'm sorry, Grampa.
      Grampa: Well, it hurts now, but the senility will take care of that. There she goes. (to Homer) You know, I have a son about your age.

    • Homer: (Waking up) Aah, the sweet couple of seconds before I remember why I'm sleeping on the lawn.

    • Amber: I could show you how to put on makeup.
      Lisa: I'm eight years old.
      Amber: You could look seven. (to Bart) And I can teach you how to count cards.
      Bart: I already have a system.

    • Homer: I'm gonna come back with the greatest gift a husband can give his wife. An annulment from his secret wife!

    • Chief Wiggum: (to prisoners) We'll be back in a few minutes, and don't try anything, because Johanson over there is a snitch.
      (All the prisoners immediately turn on Johanson.)

    • Marge: Homer?
      Homer: Marge? You're speaking to me!?
      Marge: Why don't you come inside and we'll talk?
      Homer: About what? Sports? Bigamy?
      Marge: Bigamy.
      Homer: Not a sports fan, huh?

    • Marge: You know, we've been through some 280 adventures together, but our bond has never been stronger!
      Homer: Yeah, our family is as functional as all-get-out.
      Lisa: Could this be the end of our series... of events?

    • Officer Lou: Another case of Monopoly related violence, Chief.
      Chief Wiggum: How do those Parker Brothers sleep at night?

    • (Playing Monopoly)
      Bart: You're a little light here, Dad.
      Homer: I'm good for the rest, you know I am!
      Bart: Well I'd like to trust you, Homer, but you've been in jail three times.
      Homer: They told me it would be like this on the outside.

    • Homer: No! You are an angel! Like Denzel Washington in The Preachers Wife or Will Smith in Bagger Vance, or Slimer in Ghostbusters.

    • (Homer freaks because the TV antenna is destroyed by acid rain.)
      Marge: We don't need TV to have family fun. Why don't we play Monopoly?
      Lisa: Which version? (Pulls games from the closet) We've got "Stars Wars Monopoly"... "Rasta-mon-opoly"... "Galip-olopoly"... "Edna Krabappoly".
      Marge: Let's stick to regular Monopoly. The game is crazy enough as it is; how can an iron be a landlord?

    • Homer: (Drunk) Look, the thing about my family is there's five of us... Marge, Bart, girl Bart, the one who doesn't talk, and the fat guy. Ooh, I loathe him!

    • Ginger: You think you can Irish up this coffee for me?
      Ned: Oops, watch the swears honeybear. We don't use the I-word in this house.

    • Homer: But Marge it wasn't my fault... liquors drunkened me!

    • Lisa: Now I'll never get into an Ivy league college.
      Bart and Homer: (Chanting) You're goin' to Stanford! You're goin' to Stanford!
      Lisa: (Crying) Stop!

    • Lenny: Geez, Homer. I thought someone with two wives would be happy.
      Carl: No, you're thinking of someone with two knives.
      Moe: (While holding two knives) I gotta tell ya, this is pretty terrific.

    • Milhouse: (to Bart) How come you get a social worker? I'm the one with stigmata.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: An unkempt shrub is in place of the couch and a gardener with hedge clippers trims out a topiary in the shape of the Simpson family.


    • Singin' in the Rain
      Groundskeeper Willie dancing in the rain parodies Gene Kelly's famous dancing scene from the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain.

    • Gallipoli
      When Lisa goes in the closet and names off all the different Monopoly board game parodies, she names "Galip-opoly." This is a play on the title of the 1981 film, Gallipoli.

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