The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 10

Half-Decent Proposal

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2002 on FOX
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Half-Decent Proposal
Homer's incessant snoring is keeping Marge awake and the cost for surgery to correct the problem is costly. She moves in with Patty and Selma to get some sleep. The news reports that Marge's former boyfriend, Artie Ziff, is the 5th richest man in America. Patty and Selma convince Marge that she should contact Artie, so they send an e-mail on her behalf. Artie receives the e-mail and reveals his 20-year obsession with Marge. Artie Ziff flies to the Simpson home and takes them for a ride. He then makes an indecent proposal, $1 million for Marge to spend a weekend with him, so they she might find out what life would have been like with him. After another sleepless night, Marge gives it serious thought, after all the money would allow them to pay for Homer's much needed nasal surgery. Marge goes off with Artie and Homer has second thoughts. Artie recreates their senior prom and tries to kiss Marge. Marge leaves Artie and returns to home find out that Homer has left town with Lenny. On the road, Homer and Lenny get a job at oil rig in West Springfield, which is "three times larger than Texas". Bart, Lisa and Marge figure out where Homer's at, but Marge needs help from Artie to find out exactly where he is. With his oil rig on fire, Homer declines rescue, until Artie gives up on Marge. Artie creates a solution for Homer's snoring problem, which at a subliminal level may help Artie with his Marge problem.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • perfect

    what i liked- the M.A.S.H. music in the scene when homer watches artie and marge leave, the ending with artie singing and says he is watching marge, the letter selma and patty type up for artie, the end of act one where it is revealed artie still likes marge (major understatement, by the way), "Oh no! If Marge marries Artie I'll never be born!", amongst other things.

    really funny and sweet episode. Artie is a really funny character and he has a lot of good lines and jokes in this episode. this was one of the first episodes i remember seeing and i still like it quite a bit. final grade will be an A+moreless
  • Return of Artie Ziff

    Marge can't sleep with Homer's constant snoring, so she moves in with Patty and Selma. While there, she discovers that her old boyfriend Artie Ziff is now the 5th richest man in springfield. She emails him, and he pays The Simpsons a visit. He takes Marge and Homer on a ride, and offers to give Marge $1,000 to stay with him for a weekend to see what life would be like if she married him. She says no, but she needs the money for Homer's snore surgery. When she goes, Homer spies on her and catches Artie kissing her. He suspects marge is cheating on him, so he runs away with Lenny to work at a oil rig. Marge tells him the truth, that she loves him, and Artie gives marge the snore transferrer, which turns snores into music.

    This was a good episode. I loved the plot, Comic book guy in the beginning, and all of Homer's snores.

    Overall Grade: 85%/B+moreless
  • The Ziff returns.

    It was only a matter of time until Artie Ziff returned to the show, but the only question remaining in our minds was when and in what fashion. I think Artie is an interesting character to have around the show, and it was nice to see him develop in another positive way in this episode. Anyway, this episode was yet again hilarious, and my favorite part was the ending. The ending of this episode is just priceless. I wont ruin it, but be prepared! This was an episode with a great plot. Give it a watch for sure. B .moreless
  • Arty Fizz, a rich geek, tries to get Marge to have s-e-x with him, but he won't succeed. Homer, though, thinks that Marge doesn't like him and decides to die.

    It's just not what you can expect from the Simpsons. I have seen dozens of better episodes. I didn't laugh that much as I did with "She of Little Faith", "Marge Large" or "Jaws Wired Shut", far funnier episodes. The good old Simpsons humor is gone away for this episodes. You still laugh, but you don't enjoy it as usual. A poor quality episode, in comparison with an average Simpsons episode. Maybe most of you don't agree. It's ok. But I didn't really like it. And I wonder whether the writer of this episode was decent or half-decent when he wrote it.moreless
  • Good but not as good as last weeks episode, but who could top last week's episode, I mean you would have to be the cream of the crop??

    Homer's snoring reaches epic proportions and is driving Marge insane. The lack of sleep begins weighing down on her so she takes Homer to Dr. Hibbert to get him looked at. The surgery option is too expensive so Marge ends up sleeping at Patty and Selma's so she can get some much needed rest. While there, she catches a news report about the success of her high school prom date, Artie Ziff. In a drunken blunder, Marge emails Artie a sexified letter. Upon receiving the email, Artie immediately gets in his helicopter and flies to the Simpsons house. Artie takes the whole family to his yacht and makes Homer a proposal. He offers $1 million to spend a weekend with Marge. Homer and Marge throw the offer in Artie's face, but when Homer's snoring becomes uncontrollable, Marge is forced to give in, needing the money for the surgery. Homer is devastated by the decision, and spies on a party that Artie throws in Marge's honor. Homer sees them kiss, but misses the part when Marge throws Artie off of her. Homer, crushed, leaves home and goes to work in an oil field in West Springfield. Just as death seems imminent for Homer, Marge flies in on Artie's helicopter and rescues him from a burning rig. They're reunited but they refuse Artie's money. Instead, Marge buys Homer Artie's latest invention, which converts his snoring into sweet music (with subliminal messages).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

Jon Lovitz

Jon Lovitz

Artie Ziff

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Homer: Marge, if you're watching this, then that means I know how to use the video camera.

    • Grampa : What happened now? Homer bowled a 300 Game?
      Marge: Grampa that happened a year and a half ago.

    • Homer: Oh! I can't take his money, I can't print my own money, I have to work for money. Why don't I just lie down and die?

    • Homer: Oh no! If Marge marries Artie, I'll never be born!

    • Homer: Oh, I'm so sorry. (snores)
      Marge: Are you snoring while you're awake?
      Homer: Uh (snores) huh! (snores)

    • Artie: I often wonder what life with Marge would have been like.
      Homer: It's like being married to my best friend, and he lets me feel his boobs.

    • Artie: You can't spell party without Artie! If you misspell party! Or… Artie…How ya doin!

    • Marge: Dear Artie.
      Selma: Dear Hottie!
      Marge: Congratulations on your recent TV appearance.
      Selma: I wanna sex you up! Your love slave, Marge.
      Marge: (gasps) You can't use the word "Sex" on the internet!
      Selma: Watch me!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Here's what it costs (hands Homer a note)
      Homer: Interesting… here's my counter offer (scribbles 'do it for free' on a note and hands it to Dr. Hibbert)
      Dr. Hibbert: Ahehehehehehe…. get out.

    • Homer: Okay, Ziff. You get her for the weekend, but no funny stuff. And by funny stuff I mean hand-holding, goo-goo eyes, mis-directed woo--which is pretty much any John Woo film.
      Artie: Your wife's virtue shall remain as untouched as Bill Gates' weight room.

    • (Homer & Lenny approach the oilfield boss' shack where the sign reads: "Roughnecks Wanted - Dangerous Work - Free Burial)
      Homer: Do you have any jobs for a man who wants to die? Something indoorsy.
      Lenny: Close to a bathroom?
      Boss roughneck: I'll put you on Rig 13 as soon as they burn off the corpses.
      Homer: This job'll be perfect. I'm gonna leave this world the way I entered it: dirty, screaming and torn away from the woman I love.
      Lenny: Ho ho. Quick and pointless... that's the death for me.

    • Homer: Oh guys, it was horrible. I saw Marge kissing a far superior man.
      Moe: Well, if it makes you feel any better, he's probably doin' her right now.

    • Homer: Hee hee hee ... unguarded breakfast, the sweetest taboo.

    • (After hearing Artie's offer)
      Homer: Wait a minute... how much sex would be involved? (Shakes fist) 'Cause if it's some...

    • Homer: Oh my God, it's our high school prom! And once again I have no date!

    • (Singing The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" as part of the solution to Homer's snoring)
      Artie: He's a loser Marge, dump him! I traveled the world and the seven seas. I AM WATCHING YOU THROUGH A CAMERA!

    • (After Homer & Marge have sex)
      Marge: Oh, Homer, that was amazing!
      Homer: Yeah, I--(Starts snoring)

    • Homer: Wait, you really think Marge is gonna fall for this guy? Even after I bought her that hockey fight tape?

    • Homer: I'm leaving you, Marge. The next time you'll see my name will be in the hobo obituaries. Don't worry about the kids, I'll drop them off at Patty and Selma's.
      Bart: Patty and Selma? Screw that!

    • (Comic Book Guy is sleeping with his Jar Jar Binks doll.)
      Comic Book Guy: Oh, Jar Jar, everyone hates you but me!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not bite the hand that feeds me Butterfingers.
      Couch Gag: Two "Repo Depot" employees take the couch away.


    • The scene with Dr. Hibbert knocking off the mailboxes is a reference to the 1986 film "Stand By Me," in which teenagers do the exact same thing while driving.

    • When Homer is running around Artie's house you can hear the song from the 1967 film "The Graduate" being played in the background.

    • Artie Ziff:: Hey, computer geek, you will be connected in no time.
      When Artie's convertor changes that horrible modem noise into easy listening music, the song it plays is "Georgy Girl" from the 1996 film of the same name. That song starts: "Hey, there, Georgy Girl..."

    • Selma:: Let's catch the tail end of "Nookie In New York".
      "Nookie In New York" is described by Patty as a cable show about four single women who act like gay men. The title and description are a play on HBO's "Sex And The City".

    • Artie Ziff: Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree?
      This is a lyrics from the song "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics in the 1980's. The song is also played in Artie Ziff's snore machine before he speaks.

    • :
      The title of this episode is a take-off on the 1993 film "Indecent Proposal" in which a man in need of money to pay off his debts (played by Woody Harrelson) is paid $1,000,000 by a wealthy bachelor (Robert Redford) to spend a night with his wife (Demi Moore).

    • Homer: "If Marge marries Artie, I'll never be born."
      This is a reference to a line of dialogue from "Back to the Future."

    • Comic Book Guy: "Oh Jar Jar, everyone hates you but me."
      Jar Jar Binks, a character in George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", was widely considered to be the worst idea since Greedo shooting first (thank you Ben Affleck). His character was annoying (to most people) and is widely considered to be the single most destructive thing in the entire Star Wars Universe (take that you freakin' Death Star).

    • :
      When Artie picks Marge up in his helicopter, the theme music from "M*A*S*H" is playing in the background. The scene spoofs the closing of the "M*A*S*H" series finale (Marge seening Homer's message is the same way Hawkeye sees BJ's "GOOD BYE" in stone).