The Simpsons

Season 6 Episode 11

Fear of Flying

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 18, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Fear of Flying
The family discovers Marge's fear of flying after they try to go on vacation with Homer's free airline tickets. On Lisa's advice, Marge visits a psychiatrist to get down to the bottom of her seemingly unexplainable fear.

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  • perfect

    marge reveals she has a fear of flying and homer assumes her problem will just go away. but when it doesn't, he takes her to a therapist. will they get to the bottom of her problem?

    hilarious! gag after gag, and they were almost all hilarious. this is one of the best of one of the best seasons of the show. It has a great plot (although a lot of the first act is just filler, it is still funny filler), and it is such a funny episode. This episode gets an A+ as a garade from me, fantastic offeringmoreless
  • Good episode.

    When Homer gets kicked out of Moes, he trys to go to a pilot bar. After a mishaps on a plane, Homer gets a free plane trip to anywhere in the USA,(except for Alaska and Hawaii, the weird states). Marge tells Homer that she has a fear of flying, so she must go to therapy to find the roots of her fear.

    Marge remembers that her father lied to her about being a pilot. He was actually a stewardess. if that's not the worst, she also almost got shot down by an airplane and her toy airplane burst into flames when she was a child. After her fear is conquered, she is ready to fly.

    Overall Grade:B+/80%moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons homer is awarded a free airline ticket only to discover marge hasd a phobia of flying in planes. and homer enlists the help of a doctor to figure out whats wrong with her and why she is afraid and they learn that mage is afraid of flying due to a trama that involved her father in plane. and with the help of the doctor she is cured and is able to fly again this was a good ep and i though we learned some more about marge in this one and it was a good story.moreless
  • After Homer is kicked out of Moes, he gets into mischeif at an airline bar. So the airline gives the Simpsons free flights to hush them up, only for them to discover Marges fear of flying - with hilarious results.moreless

    The glorious Marge (arguably one of the most underrated and surprisingly hilarious members of the Simpson family) at her finest. What a glorious episode about a glorious lady. If you're a Marge fan and you haven't seen it, you haven't lived!

    Episodes with this much Marge-time aren't as frequent as they should be, though perhaps that's part of what makes her so awesome.

    Flashbacks to Marges childhood are a particular highlight, she's so tiny it can only add to the hilarity. And who doesn't love all the allusions to other literature? Don't ya just feel a wee bit superior when you get them and someone else doesn't?moreless
  • An extremly funny episode

    When Marge has an even more disturbing experience than usual on an airplane, she must confront her debilitating fear of flying. Consulting a soft-spoken psychoanalyst named Dr. Zweig, Marge begins to get to the roots of her anxiety. In therapy, it turns out that Marge's father lied throughout her entire childhood, telling her he was a pilot when he was actually an airline steward. If that wasn't traumatizing enough, little Marge was also shot at by a crop duster and survived a near-fatal fire on an airplane riding toy. During one of Marge's therapy sessions, Homer tries to get a drink at a new bar in town called Cheers, but decides it's not the place for him since no one is glad he came. After her breakthrough, Marge is able to fly without fear. She bids farewell to Dr. Zweig and takes off for a happier, healthier future.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

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

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

Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft

Dr. Zweig

Guest Star

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam Malone

Guest Star

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woody Boyd

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Norm : Woody, give me a beer.
      Woody: I think you've had enough, Mr. Peterson. My chiropractor says I can't carry you home anymore.
      Norm: Just give me another beer, you brain dead hick! (Smashes a beer bottle against the bar) I'll kill ya! I'll kill all of ya!
      Cliff: Woah! Settle down, Normie. Gotta save those pipes for karaoke.

    • Carla: Sammy, you're too old to go on a date with two twins on the same night you're suppose to marry Diane without Rebecca knowing.
      Sam : Okay, Carla, I'll make you a bet, if this affects my major league comeback, I'll sell the bar.

    • (Moe has tossed Homer out of the tavern.)
      Homer: Oh! Heh heh heh, joke's on them. I'm still alive.

    • Marge: Oh, well, thank you doctor. You've changed my life!
      Dr. Zweig: You know, Marge, we've really just begun to scratch the surface. There's still the far more serious problem of your husband.
      Homer: (walking in) That's okay, you don't have to make her into some kind of superwoman. She can get on a plane, that's plenty.

    • Homer: Ever since you started therapy, all you can do is talk about yourself. Well what about me, Marge?
      Marge: I just left my first session and I haven't even opened my mouth yet!
      Homer: You see? You see? I just left my first session and I haven't opened my mouth yet.

    • Lisa: Mom, can we talk to you?
      Marge: Can't talk. Keeping myself in a state of catlike readiness.
      Lisa: Uh… neat.

    • Lisa: Mom, you've been cooking all night?
      Marge: (happy) Judge, jury, and executioner, all rolled into one, you are!
      Lisa: See, Dad? I told you Mom would have problems.
      Marge: No, no, honey, it's all right. Really, I'm fine, I'm all right. (to self) Mother always said, 'Don't complain. Be good. Behave. Behave. Be nice. Smile. Be polite. Don't wink, don't make waves. (walks out)
      Homer: You heard your mother's ramblings. She's fine, so behave.

    • Homer: Lisa, the important thing is for your mother to repress what happened. Push it deep down inside her, so she'll never annoy us again.
      Lisa: But if we don't encourage her to vent her feelings, they can come out in other ways.
      Marge: I just realized we never had a wedding for the cat and the dog…they've been living in sin!

    • Bart: You know, I have this feeling that we forgot something…
      Grampa: (still on the plane) Aaaaaaaaah!
      Homer: Ehh, I'm sure it's nothing.

    • Bartender: Uh, sorry, you gotta be a pilot to drink in here.
      Homer: Um, but I am a pilot.
      Bartender: Where's your uniform?
      Homer: Um… I stowed it safely in the overhead compartment.
      Bartender: Well, you talk the talk. Here's a loaner.

    • Homer: You're right. I've been wasting my life away in that dump for years. That's it! I'm going to find a new bar to drink in, and I'm going to get drunker than I've ever been in my entire life! Bart! Where's my wallet?
      Bart: (pulling it from his own pocket) Right here, Dad!
      Homer: Thank you!

    • (Marge is fixing the roof in the middle of the night)
      Homer: Marge, it's 3 a.m.! Shouldn't you be baking?

    • Homer: (to Marge) Marge, what's wrong? Are you hungry? Sleepy? Gassy? Gassy? Is it gas? It's gas, isn't it?
      Marge: Homer, I've never told you this before, but I'm not a good flyer. I have to get off the plane. Let me off the plane. I'm asking you nicely to open the doors!
      Homer: Take it easy, Marge. How about if we dope you up real good?
      Marge: (screaming) Let me off let me off let me off let me off let me off let me off!!!

    • Airport Official: If word gets out about this then Krazy Klown airlines will be a laughing stock. In return for your silence, I'm prepared to offer your family free tickets to anywhere in the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, the freak states.
      Homer: Woo Hoo!
      (at home)
      Homer: Good news, everybody! Because I endangered lives, we can fly anywhere we want!
      Bart: Alaska!
      Lisa: Hawaii!

    • Marge: Whenever the winds whistles, I'll always remember, Lowenstein, Lowenstein…
      Psychiatrist: My name is White.
      Marge: (whispering) …Lowenstein.

    • Homer: There's something wrong here… (gasps) This lesbian bar doesn't have a fire exit! Enjoy your deathtrap, ladies. (leaves)
      Lesbian: What's her problem?

    • Homer: But I'm not a pilot.
      Manager: Heh heh, you flyboys crack me up.
      (soon the manager is shoving Homer into a cockpit)
      Homer: But I keep telling you, I'm not a pilot!
      Manager: And I keep telling you, you flyboys crack me up!

    • Marge: Everyone has a fear of something.
      Homer: Not everyone.
      Marge: Sock puppets!
      Homer: Where!? Where!? Ahhhh!!!

    • (Young Patty gives Marge some advice on her first day of school.)
      Patty: They've got this thing called a "fire drill." They use it to drill a flaming hole in your head.

    • Bart: Cheer up, Homer.
      Homer: Can't.
      Bart: OK!
      Marge: What if you pretended that this couch were a bar? Then you could spend more nights at home with us. Huh?
      Homer: I'm not going to dignify that with an answer.
      Lisa: Look on the bright side, Dad. Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for "crisis" as they do for "opportunity"?
      Homer: Yes! Cris-atunity.

    • Moe: I'm pulling your favorite song out of the jukebox.
      Homer: "It's Raining Men"?
      Moe: Yeah, not no more, it ain't. (throws record out the window, landing into Smithers' car.)
      Smithers: Oh! (Looks at record)

    • Homer: The last bar in Springfield. If they don't let me in here, I'm going to have to quit drinking.
      Homer's Liver: Yay!
      Homer: Shut up, liver! (punches himself in the liver) Ow, my liver hurts.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Ralph won't "morph" if you squeeze him hard enough.
      Couch Gag: The family joins a kickline of dancing girls and the whole TV room becomes a circus.


    • Cheers
      Homer ends up in the bar from the series Cheers. We see some of the main characters, and we hear the theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy.

    • Marge: Whenever the wind whistles, I'll think, Lowenstein... Lowenstein...
      This is a reference to Barbra Streisand's psychiatrist character Susan Lowenstein from the 1991 movie The Prince of Tides.

    • Episode Title: "Fear of Flying"
      This episode shares the same title as Erica Jong's 1973 erotic novel.

    • North By Northwest
      In the sequence where Marge is remembering the moments where she developed her fear of flying, there is an obvious reference to the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film North By Northwest starring Cary Grant. Young Marge and her mother are in a cornfield when a WWII plane appears and starts shooting at them, as per a similar sequence in the film.

    • Home Alone
      Grampa, with his hands to his face screaming because he was left on the plane, is a reference to the 1990 movie, Home Alone. Except, in the movie the parents were on the plane and Kevin was left at home.

    • Alive
      The movie Marge was watching, Alive (1993), is based on a true story about a rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes and they have to resort to cannibalism to stay alive.