The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 10

Half-Decent Proposal

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Homer and Lenny travel to West Springfield on the Suck-U-Busline.

    • The one-armed boss is smoking while leaning against a no smoking sign.

    • Arties yacht is christened PaZiffic Prince.

    • in "the front" marge says artie was her old boyfriend while in this episode patty says artie was her old boyfriend and marge said he wasn't.

    • Artie reads the sender of the e-mail as "Marge Simpson," yet is surprised to realize she is married and is no longer "Marge Bouvier," as he refers to her as he exits the helicopter.

    • In this episode, Artie is unaware that Marge is married until she tells him so, despite the fact that he's known since "The Front" (or before), when Homer identified Marge as his wife.

    • The first part of the song on the Snoring Mask was musical, but the closed captioning had lyrics to it before Artie's voice came on telling Marge to dump Homer.

  • Quotes

    • 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

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

  • Allusions

    • 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).