The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 15

Homer Alone

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Marge has a nervous breakdown from being overworked and under appreciated at home and takes a vacation of her own at the Rancho Relaxo resort, leaving Homer and the kids to fend for themselves and experience the rigors of life without Marge.

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  • A funny episode.

    Marge has a nervous breakdown from being overworked and under appreciated at home and takes a vacation of her own at the Rancho Relaxo resort, leaving Homer and the kids to fend for themselves and experience the rigors of life without Marge.

    Overall, this episode was great, Homer's plot was a little better.

    10 out of 10

  • superb

    what i liked- everything in the first act, homer and barney losing maggie, every scene with bart and lisa with selma and patty, marge going away for a while (i know if i was her, i would definitely need a vacation/trip away from homer too), etc.

    decent episode. i never liked it a whole lot, but it definitely does have some clever and funny gags, like most episodes do. it's kind of weak, i think, but it is still of course watchable and an overall good way to spend a half hour of your time. B- or so as my final grade, i think is fairmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons marge is feeling very underapricated and decides to take a vacation at a resort and a spa treetment. and she leaves the kids at patty and selma which they dread to much and leaves maggie with homer . and homer is having trouble taking care of maggie and he trys to feed her and she turns away and he almost loses her . this was a great ep of the simpsons and we get to see homer trying to take care of maggie and we see more of paddie and selma and marge getting some relaxation and this had some good momentsmoreless
  • This is what makes the SImpsons so great, a great plot with amazing humor that is loved by all.

    Marge decides she needs a vacation, after all the stress at home causes her to have a mental breakdown. She leaves for a place called "Rancho Relaxo", putting Bart and Lisa into the care of Patty and Selma and leaving Maggie at home with Homer. Homer invites Barney over to help him take care of the baby, but he soon realizes how much he needs Marge to take care of things. Maggie, upset about her mother's absence, makes her way out of the house looking for Marge and goes missing. After a long search from Homer and Barney, Homer calls a baby search. Meanwhile, Marge has done everything she wanted to do in her vacation and calls Homer to tell him she is coming back and he should pick her up at the train station. Maggie is found on the edge of the top of an ice-cream shop and is returned to Homer just in time for Marge's arrival, and everything is back to normalmoreless
  • Another season classic.

    Marge decides to go to Rancho Relaxo to get away for a weekend, and it leaves Homer to take care of the kids - well, Maggie. Bart and Lisa are sent to Patty and Selma's for the weekend. Meanwhile, Homer loses Maggie. Police find her, and bring her back to Homer, who gets her back. When Marge returns, the whole family realizes how miserable they were without her.

    This is a great episode. It's pretty funny, and it's written very well. It shows how big of a part Marge is to the family, since she does pretty much everything. Yet ANOTHER great episode from season 3.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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Radio: This is Coma - WKOMA, restful, easy listening. Coming up next, a super set of songs about clouds.

    • Troy: I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such movies as "Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die" and "Gladys the Groovy Mule." But today you'll see me in my greatest role - your video tour guide to Rancho Relaxo!

    • Marge: Thanks again for taking the children while I'm away.
      Selma: Don't worry yourself.
      Patty: We've got six months of maternity leave we're never going to use anyway.

    • Marge: I need to unwind.
      Homer: I know you do, Marge, but come on, you know what our vacations are like. Those three monsters in the back seat: "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" And let's face it; I'm no day at the beach either: "Marge, can I have another sandwich? Marge, can I have another sandwich?"

    • Eddie: She's locked in the car and refuses to move.
      Chief Wiggum: Did you flash your lights?
      Eddie: Yes.
      Chief Wiggum: Well, I'm fresh out of ideas.

    • Arnie: This is Arnie Pie with Arnie in the Sky. We've got big problems on the Springfield Memorial Bridge, people. Traffic going waaaay back in both directions. And look out at the corner of 14th and Elm, because I just dropped my bagel.

    • Lisa: Mom, Bart's making faces at me.
      Bart: It's a nervous twitch, and I'm a little sensitive about it, if you don't mind.

    • Selma: Come on kids! Time to rub Aunt Patty's feet!
      (Bart and Lisa shudder)

    • Homer: Hi Barney, thanks for keeping me company!
      Barney: No problem...well, well, if it isn't little Bart! Remember me, your uncle Barney! Hey Homer let me hold him.
      Homer: Alright, but just be careful!
      Barney: Whoa! Someone smells stinky! Oh it's me!

    • Selma: Bart, you'll be sleeping with your Aunt Patty.
      Bart: In your bed?
      Patty: Uh huh, and I shall warn you, I'm told I snore.

    • Homer: Let me through, let me through! I'm her husband!
      Eddie: Well, that explains a lot!

    • Bus Driver: Look lady, this better be good....
      Marge: (Starts roaring like a tiger...the driver goes back in the bus)

    • Radio: It's time for another Bill and Marty Classic Prank Call!
      Bill: Hello is this Mr. Chester Sherman?
      Chester: Yes.
      Bill: Sir your wife is dead!
      Chester: Oh...god, no!
      Bill: That's right, she just walked through a plate glass window, there's blood everywhere!
      Chester: But...but I just talked to her (starts crying)
      Bill/Marty: (Laughs)

    • Homer: Barney! I lost the baby! What am I going to do!?
      Barney: Don't worry. Don't worry. Know what I'm going to do? I'm going to make you an omelet.
      Homer: Just help me look.
      Barney: Are you sure? I make 'em with four kinds of cheese.

  • NOTES (3)

    • When Marge leaves for her vacation there is a man on the train platform checking his watch. He is modeled after Mark Kirkland who wrote this episode.

    • There were some scenes in the trailers for this episode which didn't make it to air. After Homer staples Maggie's diaper shut, he picks her up, and the changing board comes with her.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not spank others.
      Couch Gag: The family forms a pyramid.


    • Home Alone
      The look on Homer's face (mouth wide-open with hands touching face) is a parody of the famous expression shown on Macaulay Culkin's face, the star of Home Alone (1990). The title of the episode is also an obvious parody of the film's title, which spawned three sequels.

    • Captioning:

      BART (Brat'us Don'thaveacow'us) HOMER (Homo Neanderthal'us)

      The opening sequence is taken right out of the classic Warner Bros cartoons featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote (Genius).