The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 18

Catch 'em if You Can

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Catch 'em if You Can
Bart lectures the other students on water balloons and after hitting Lisa with one he gets into a fight with her all the way home. Marge tells the pair that they are going to Dayton, Ohio to celebrate Uncle Tyrone's birthday. Bart and Lisa aren't thrilled with the idea and get to stay home. As a family activity they rent a video, "Love Story" and Bart and Lisa are bored by it such that they ruin any moment the film might have created for Homer and Marge. Homer and Marge look forward to their trip without the kids and on a whim they decide to forgo seeing Uncle Tyrone and get on a plane to Miami. Lisa and Bart are aware that the hotel in Dayton where Marge and Homer were supposed to be staying was wiped out by a tornado. Bart discovers there parents are in Miami. They get Grandpa to take them there. While Bart and Lisa find their parents, Grandpa goes looking for companionship. Marge and Homer see the kids waiting for them so they take off again, only Bart and Lisa are on their trail. Homer and Marge are in Atlantic City when they spot the kids so they go on the run from them in an instrumental musical montage. Meanwhile Abe has found companionship in Miami with a man named Raoul who appreciates his rambling stories. Homer and Marge finally find themselves in Niagara Falls, but the kids are their as well. Feeling a little guilty Bart and Lisa decide to give their parents their space and go to the amusement park only to find their parents are already there. Homer and Marge run from the pair only to find refuge in a giant inflatable castle, which their lovemaking antics cause to fall into the Niagara River. The couple floats toward the falls and certain death only to be saved by their large floatation device. Later back in Springfield, Ned and Rod Flanders receive their credit card bills.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • One of my Favourites!

    I loved this episode, it was so clever and the gags and dialogue was perfect. I loved the bit of the American and Canadian boats, kind of like Us Australians with New Zealand. Overall, a great episode!
  • I've seen better and funnier Season 15 episodes than this installment but this episode was overall great.

    I thought that this was a great episode of "The Simpsons". It's not really Season 15's best episode since I've seen much more funnier and better episodes in Season 15. Not that this episode was bad because it really isn't but it could have been a little better in my opinion. Lisa and Bart have been fighting a lot and Homer and Marge can't seem to relax. They rent a chick flick called "Love Story" but Bart and Lisa are whining and complaining about the movie. Homer and Marge decide to ditch going to Daytona, Ohio and go to Miami where Homer and Marge can have their second honeymoon. Lisa and Bart find out about Homer and Marge's plan and foil it by heading to Miami and busting them. Homer and Marge run as far away as possible from Bart and Lisa but they always seem to be catching them one step ahead. This episode didn't give me a whole lot of laughs but the plot was keeping me interested. Grandpa Simpson was pretty funny in this episode. It was very funny when Homer has Ned Flander's credit card and Rod Flander's credit card. The very ending with Ned Flanders and Rod Flanders cameo appearance was very funny when they were looking at the credit card bill. Homer and Marge having their romance in the end was pretty nice. Overall, a great episode of "The Simpsons" but I've seen better and funnier Season 15 episodes than this installment in my opinion. 8.5/10moreless
  • Superb

    Homer and Marge just want to have a romantic weekend, just the two of them, but when Bart and Lisa find out they have been lied to, they make sure the weekend will be anything but romantic for homer and marge.

    A good episode, the only main thing i did not like were the final few minutes, and grampa's plot, but the rest was pretty good, i laughed quite a bit throughout, and the only downer were the final like 4 minutes, but the rest was very funny, overall my grade for this episode is a B or so, goodmoreless
  • Homer and Marge try to have a weekend away from Bart and Lisa.

    All in all this wasnt at all a bad episode. There were so many funny jokes in it. For example, Homer and Bart stealing Ned and Rod's credit cards to get all around the country. The grandpa sub plot with the gay guy ws disgusting but funny haha. Maybe this isnt the best episode of this wonderful season but it certainly is entertaining. The only thing that got me angry is that the writers forgot to include Maggie in this plot. That is in my opinion the only thing that could have been better with this episode. Definately watch this.moreless
  • Pretty Hilarious episode, but I just have one question that is running through my mind where is Maggie? That is the only thing that stopped this from being a ten.

    Following a fight between Bart and Lisa involving water balloons, and the disruption of a family video watching, Marge and Homer look forward to taking a vacation away from the kids and going to see Uncle Tyrone. But on a whim, Marge and Homer decide to go elsewhere. When Uncle Tyrone's town is wiped out by a tornado, Bart and Lisa get Grandpa to take them there, only to find out their parents were in Miami instead. Chaos ensues as Grandpa and the kids then chase Homer and Marge around the country who try to avoid being caught. Like I said before where was Maggie?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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Homer's characteristics during this episode is somewhat different to most episodes in the series, as Homer actually cares about Marge's feelings to have a romantic holiday and he does not hesitate at all about watching a chick flick. Himself along with Marge, act throughout the whole episode as a typical romantic couple.

    • Even before it's revealed to be Niagara Falls, there are three pictures of Niagara Falls in the hotel room.

    • Bart and Lisa, even after they learnt that their parents are safe, seem relatively unconcerned with the fact that most of their relatives have just died (they were all at the Dayton hotel).

    • Response to Krusty goof: When an actor enters politics, their movies/TV shows etc. are NOT put on the shelf during their term, they are put on the shelf during the CAMPAIGN, and that is because equal time laws would require the television station to give just as much air time to their opponent. For instance, if a California TV station had aired "Total Recall" for two hours during the election season, they would have been required to give two hours to every other candidate (and since there were over a hundred of them, it would have been ridiculous). However, this law only applies to local stations. Cable and satellite stations are exempt.

    • In one of the scenes where the Simpsons are watching Love Story, Lisa has red pearls.

    • After Homer and Marge go over Niagara Falls, Bart and Lisa are watching them through binoculars -- but from the Canadian side of the river.

    • When Bart shows Rod Flanders credit card, it has the same account number and expiration dates as Ned's credit card.

      8525 4941 2525 4158
      First Bank of Springfield Viza
      valid from 1/1 to 12/31

    • When Otto looks in the mirror to see Bart setting up the water balloon attack, the image is not reversed.

    • When Homer and Marge see Bart and Lisa sleeping leaned against their hotel room door they decide to make a run for it but when they cut to them running out to the taxi they both have two suitcases each.

  • QUOTES (24)

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Homer: And yet I've never been to me,

      This comment is a reference to the 1976 Charlene hit "I've Never Been to Me", where a world-weary woman tries to warn a housewife that the grass is always greener on the other side.

    • Marge: I feel like Princess Grace and Princess Di smashed together!

      An unfortunate mental image, as Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales both died in car crashes.

    • The movie in Lacklusters When Harry Became Sally is a parody of the Meg Ryan movie When Harry Met Sally.

    • Homer: (holds up Ned Flanders' VIZA credit card): This card can take me anywhere!
      Ned Flanders (and son, Rod), have VIZA credit cards, spoofing the VISA credit card.

    • Lackluster Video is an obvious parody of Blockbuster Video, the national chain of video rental stores. Even the logo and store layout are similar.

    • :
      Bart uses the star-69 (*69) "last call return" telephone service. Though Bart uses it to track down the actual whereabouts of Homer and Marge, phone customers more often use the service to obtain the number and/or identity of callers failing to identify themselves or who hung up on them; people also use the service if they didn't get to the phone in time.

    • The family rents the 1970 film Love Story, starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw.

    • :
      The amusement park where the family may have run into each other is Martin's Fantasy Island, which is located on Grand Island. This island just outside of Buffalo, NY is located in the Niagara River.

    • Eemore: (grumpy) "Everything always happens to Eemore!"
      "Eemore" (a man dressed in a donkey costume) is a parody of Eeyore, the donkey with a gloomy disposition in Disney's Winnie the Pooh stories.

    • The title refers to the 2002 film Catch Me if You Can, starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Also, the opening credits sequence of this film is parodied in this episode.

    • The Miami scenes are prefaced with the theme to Miami Vice, along with a Simpson-esque opening credits montage. People are also seen walking along the beach in swimwear and holding large stereos, much like the transitional scenes in the crime drama series.