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The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 15

Co-Dependent's Day

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 21, 2004 on FOX
8.1
out of 10
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111 votes
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Co-Dependent's Day
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Homer, Lisa and Bart get tickets for the latest chapter of "Cosmic Wars." The movie wasn't what they hoped it would be. Marge suggests that the kids write a letter expressing their dissatisfaction to creator Randall Curtis. Two weeks later when they get a stock letter in reply and they ask if they can go to the "Cosmic Wars Ranch" and complain in person. The family (sans Maggie) goes to Northern California. While Marge and Homer go on a winery tour, Bart and Lisa go to the ranch to find the creator and make their feelings known. After Bart and Lisa have their meeting with Curtis they rejoin their parents, who they find are both drunk on free samples they had at the winery. Marge and Homer are really enjoying their wine together, but following one of their nights of drinking Marge finds herself with a hangover. They agree that she can stop drinking and they can still have fun together. They go to Oktoberfest and Marge almost gets away with not drinking, but drink she does and they both leave the drunk, with Homer driving. After he drives their car off the road, Homer decides to make it look like Marge (who is somewhat passed out) was behind the wheel. The police arrest Marge; Homer is nowhere to be found at the time and he later bails her out. Barney suggests a rehab clinic for Marge to start attending. Homer finds out that Marge is going to be gone for a month, he asks Flanders to watch the kids while he goes to break her out of rehab. He finds her and confesses his guilt, which makes her angry and she starts drinking again. After some heavy drinking, Marge realizes that it isn't drinking that she liked; it was being together with Homer. She gets Homer and together they leave, after Homer promises to cut out drinking all clear liquors.moreless

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  • B line story was actually better

    6.0
    I know that this film pokes fun at Star Wars episode 1, but I do have to wonder, did the writers even bother to see the movie, or did they base the "Cosmic wars" story line from rants off the internet?



    On the other hand, I loved the B-line story about Marge and Homer getting all wine crazy. Even in church, "HEY, DON'T BOGART THE BLOOD OF CHRIST!" THe scene where they wore the drink helmet with wine bottles instead of beer cans, THat was classic.moreless
  • Another average episode. Season 15 has been okay, but somewhat underwhelming so far.

    7.6
    Do you ever find yourself in two minds about an episode? Sometimes a Simpsons episode can be pretty funny, but still boring, repetitive and strung out. Co-Dependence Day was ALL of these. The opening parody was at first very funny, but as Homer, Bart & Lisa got really bored in the cinema, so did I watching it. Boredom can be funny (two examples which springs to mind is the police interview with Skinner in Who Shot Mr. Burns? and many of Grampa's rambling stories) but in this case, it was boring.



    I expected the initial storyline with Bart & Lisa to continue as a subplot behind the Homer/Marge storyline, but it ended pretty quickly (and without humour). The main plot was pretty was dragged out and disjointed. And it also seemed like a rehashing of previous plot lines: the most obvious is Duffless and other alcohol-related episodes, but also any episode with a Homer-Marge conflict (such as Brake My Wife, Please).



    What saved this episode from complete disgrace was the humour. Great lines and other gags sprinkled around here and there kept me interested in the episode. Overall, another average episode.

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  • Homer and Marge spend time together through drinking.

    9.0
    Homer, Lisa and Bart get tickets for the latest chapter of "Cosmic Wars." Disappointed, Marge suggests that the kids write a letter to the creator. They get a reply asking if they can complain in person. The family goes to Northern California. Marge and Homer go on a winery tour, and Bart and Lisa go to make their feelings known. Bart and Lisa find their parents drunk on free wine samples. Marge and Homer make wine drinking a regular event, until Marge gets a hangover. They go to Oktoberfest and both leave drunk. After Homer drives their car off the road, he switches seats and puts Marge behind the wheel. The police arrest Marge; while Homer bails her out. Homer finds out that Marge is going to be in rehab for a month and tries to get her out. He finds her and confesses his guilt, which makes her angry. After some heavy drinking, Marge realizes that it isn't drinking that she liked; it was being together with Homer. This episode was very well-done. It was good to see some Homer and Marge quality time on the show. My favorite joke was the whole gag of Homer hiding alcohol in his Bible and calling it the "Good Book!" Definately give this episode a watch. It is underrated.moreless
  • Homer, Marge, get drunk, and wine what else do I have to say???

    9.4
    Homer, Lisa and Bart get tickets for the latest chapter of "Cosmic Wars." Disappointed, Marge suggests that the kids write a letter to the creator. They get a reply asking if they can complain in person. The family goes to Northern California. Marge and Homer go on a winery tour, and Bart and Lisa go to make their feelings known. Bart and Lisa find their parents drunk on free wine samples. Marge and Homer make wine drinking a regular event, until Marge gets a hangover. They go to Oktoberfest and both leave drunk. After Homer drives their car off the road, he switches seats and puts Marge behind the wheel. The police arrest Marge; while Homer bails her out. Homer finds out that Marge is going to be in rehab for a month and tries to get her out. He finds her and confesses his guilt, which makes her angry. After some heavy drinking, Marge realizes that it isn't drinking that she liked; it was being together with Homer. The brilliance finally returns to Season 15 after not the greatest episode last time the brilliance is back...moreless
  • Homer and Marge spend more time with each other...through alcohol

    9.0
    This episode was very funny like the star wars movie that totally sucks (though I've never seen any star wars movies, I'm sure they have more action than that) and homer not knowing whether they have alcohol at the Oktoberfest. I also like the revelation that Agnes Skinner is an alcoholic and th best quote from her in the episode after marge declares that she needs a drink, "then you should thank god you're in a rehab clinic! Because we're loaded!" I also like Homer hiding drinks in the bible and drops the book in horror when he realises it's a real bible. This episode shows a different side of marge and is a very well structured 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

Brave Combo

Brave Combo

Themselves

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Lisa: Dad, I still have a couple of questions about this. Mom never drives drunk, and the crash was in your car. Also the driver's seat was adjusted for your stomach.
      Homer: Lisa, Lisa your suspicions are important to me and will be answered in the order received.

    • (Homer is on the phone with the rehab clinic)
      Homer: I can't talk to my wife for 28 days. Sir, she is not an alcoholic. You can't put me on hold, I'll put you on hold. (singing) I am a lineman for the county. (speaking) Your call is important to us. Please continue to hold. (singing) And I drive the main road. (speaking) There are…eight calls ahead of you. (singing) And the Wichita lineman is still on the li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-line.

    • Homer: (About his book-box Bible that holds liquor.) No wonder they call it the good book.

    • Homer: We don't even know if there's going to be alcohol here. (Homer and Marge pass under an Ocktoberfest sign)

    • Bart: A letter, eh? Lisa get this down. Dear Randall Curtis, your movie stunk smelly butt. I am fine...
      Lisa: I'll write the letter.

    • Marge: Oh no, I'm gonna be incarcer--(Hiccups), incarcer--(Hiccups), I'm going to jail.

    • Homer: Kids, while we're gone, the TV's in charge. Go to bed when it tells you to.

    • Homer: I'm in no condition to drive. Wait! I shouldn't listen to myself! I'm drunk!

    • Bart: That sucked.
      Lisa: I can't believe 'The Gathering Shadow' was senate redistricting.
      Comic Book Guy: Worst! Cosmic! Wars! Ever! I will only see it three more times. Today.

    • Homer: When I feel weak I'll draw strength from the Bible.
      (He opens the bible and starts drinking. His stomach rumbles.)
      Homer: Uh-oh, here comes the Gospel according to puke!

    • Otto: I didn't know British coal miners had it so bad! There's blood on your hands Mrs. Thatcher!

    • Agnes Skinner: You're hooked on love, Marge. I know that feeling. Nine months later, Seymour plopped out of me. I would have kept walking but there were cops everywhere.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and sits on the couch. While they are sitting there they all grow old and turn to dust.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The character Jim Jam in "Cosmic Wars" was a hilarious stab of Jar Jar Binks from "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

    • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
      The Senate scenes in Cosmic Wars are reminiscent of those in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    • :
      Brave Combo, the band playing at Oktoberfest and the end-credits theme, is a Grammy-winning "nuclear polka" band from Denton, Texas. They've been together almost 25 years, have recorded two dozen albums (including one with Tiny Tim), and play music in a way that will warp your fragile little mind. Matt Groening is a huge fan of the band.

    • :
      The title of this episode is a spoof on the 1996 film "Independence Day."

    • :
      While waiting on hold, Homer sings two Jimmy Webb classic songs: "Witchita Lineman" (made popular by Glenn Campbell in 1968) and "Mac Arthur Park" (made popular by Richard Harris also in 1968).

    • Needless to say, "Cosmic Wars," the ranch, and Randall Curtis being a midget poke fun at "Star Wars," the Skywalker Ranch and George Lucas respectively.

    • :
      When Marge talks to the police while hanging upside down in the wrecked car, her stuttering reply is identical to the style of speech used by the alcoholic stork that sometimes delivered babies in Looney Tunes cartoons. The stork is often best remembered for "Apes of Wrath", a 1959 cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.

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