The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 5

Dangerous Curves

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Simpson clan takes a road trip to a cabin in the woods that Homer and Marge once vacationed at 20 years ago. In a series of flashbacks Homer and Marge reflect on some history from their courtship and Bart and Lisa recall some pleasant memories from their very early days.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I really liked it.

    On a road trip, Marge and Homer pick up two dating teens, and Marge and Homer think back, when they were just dating.

    They got picked up by Maude and Ned Flanders, and they drove them to a motel, but force them to stay in seperate rooms.

    The Simpsons finally go to the hotel, and spill the beans that they were cheating on each other a long time ago.

    This was a pretty good episode. I loved how Homer got tangled up in that wire, and I liked seeing Bart and lisa arguing driving the car. And seeing them attack Grampa in a flashback.

    Overall Grade: 95%/A+moreless
  • Nice

    This could've been partially bad like 90's Show, but instead it was pretty good. It's told in flashbacks, some of which cut into earlier episodes {like it is stated Homer first met Flanders in Lisa's First Word}, but the humor is pretty good. I didn't like all the humor, the plot could've been a little more original, but overall it was a pretty nice episode. The only thing I really didn't get was the ending, I know it was a parody of something but for the life of me I have no idea what, but it doesn't matter. Grade: Bmoreless
  • A great parody of life in the 80's and a very popular 60's movie.

    When the Simpson family takes a road trip to a cabin in the woods, a series of flashbacks depict Homer and Marge's blissful courtship and their early married years. They recall their first encounter with Flanders and Maude twenty years prior at the very same cabins, where Flanders insisted the unmarried Homer and Marge stay in separates rooms. Later, they recall when they each met distracting members of the opposite sex who nearly wooed Homer and Marge away from each other. Bart and Lisa also reflect on happier times from their early childhood. Despite the obstacles and the passing of time, Homer and Marge attempt to see the forest for the trees.moreless
  • Honors a rare 60's film. Who knew!

    This episode was brilliant. It's based on a little known cult film from the 1960's called "Two For The Road" starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. The film had the same jumbled time-line narative of the couple's 10 year rocky marriage. Both featured a hip Euro jet set party, a station wathe gon loaded with luggage on the roof, and a Mancini-esque soundtrack. (Mancini did the music in the original film).

    Some wonderful touches are the little girl named Ruthie and the glider scene is filmed exactly the same. The BEST part is at the end where as in both this episode and the film the cars from all three stages in both couples' lives appear in the same roundabout with even one of the cars splitting in two and driving down each fork lane.

    Purely enchanting that The Simpsons would mimic such a touching and arcane film like that.moreless

    This episode had some good laughs (That phones for fires!), and a yes, semi-redundant plot, but it was dealt with very fresh. The last few seasons, they've dealt with flashbacks really well. The Simpsons is supposed to be sort of infinite and ridiculous, I consider it the SNL of animation because I'm sure it'll keep going well into the 2010's, or perhaps the 2020's (Not the Beach Boys Album! btw I'd love to see Brian Wilson in an episode). Due to this, I don't expect it to always justify itself to me as the best thing on TV, but its there, its like TV's aorta. TV isn't the same without it. And to the "omg it sucks now" stuff, I understand that you may think that way to expand your 13 year old cranium a bit, but for everyone else, for god sakes, get a life!

    If a TV show is your salvation... god help us... and TV for that matter. Its meant to be a little bit of fun, not your entire life. Sometimes it ends up that way, but I wish you all the best dealing with it.

    If each episode teaches us more about the simpsons universe, and hell, I can't expect them to find much new in the human condition without getting harvard dropouts writing for them again (which would be awesome sometimes, but ultimately out of place in todays world), I'm happy. I don't see what else you can expect. And I always love the sight gags they've been using of late. Homer in the ball was sweet. Hope you read this Matt... btw stop scouting forums with f'in howdy doody pictures everywhere you sentimental bastard ;)

    but seriously get BRIAN WILSONmoreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sylvia: My horoscope told me I would meet the man of my dreams today.
      Homer: Well, a horoscope wouldn't lie to a pretty girl like you.

    • Homer: How many times must I say I'm sorry?
      Marge: You haven't said you're sorry.
      Homer: I know. I was hoping the number would be zero.

    • Patty: I can't believe Homer ruined another family barbecue.
      Homer: (offended) Hey! Everybody pees in the pool!
      Patty: Not from the diving board!

    • (Marge and Homer are kissing in the back of the peddle car)
      Bart: Knock it off back there!
      Homer: But we're married!
      Bart: Ok, but keep it PG.
      Homer: How about R?
      Bart: PG-13.
      Homer: Woohoo! Adult situations!
      (Marge and Homer continue kissing)

    • (Alberto and Marge arrive at a motel)
      Alberto: (to Marge) I see the word "vacancy" is lit, and the word "no" is not. Let us pray the "no" is not broken, huh?

    • (Bart enjoys his Cereal Killer video game)
      Bart: I'm cuckoo for killing stuff!

    • Marge: I can't believe one of the most beautiful moments in our marriage is based on lies!
      Homer: You're just as bad as me, and you used to be better, so that makes you worse!

    • Bart: A log cabin? What am I, Davy Crockett? Also, who's Davy Crockett?

    • Marge: Let's pick up those hitch-hikers. They don't look like the stabby kind.
      Lisa: Mom, you said all hitch-hikers were drug-crazed thrill seekers.
      Marge: I said they were thrill-crazed drug seekers. Don't put words in my mouth.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I did not see teacher siphoning gas.
      Couch Gag: Each member of the family is represented as a cuckoo clock mounted on the living room wall. They each chime one at a time.


    • Cocoa Puffs
      When Bart says "I'm cuckoo for killing stuff," he parodies the slogan for Cocoa Puffs cereal, "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!"

    • Two for the Road
      The narrative of this episode is similar to that of the 1967 film, Two for the Road, in which a couple goes through a series of flashbacks over the course of their relationship while on a road trip.

    • Breakfast Cereal Mascots
      As Bart plays the video game Cereal Killer on his Gameboy he offs Captain Crunch, the Trix Rabbit, and Toucan Sam. Each is the mascot for Captain Crunch, Trix, and Froot Loops respectively. You can also see Count Chocula in a window.

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