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The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 15

Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 2006 on FOX
8.2
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Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife
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Homer is stoked for a party, where Lenny shows off his new plasma screen HD TV. Three days later and Homer still hasn’t left Lenny’s apartment. Lenny eventually gets him to leave and Marge enters them in a contest where they can win a plasma TV of their own. They don’t win, but 3rd place gets them a tour of the FOX studios, where Homer learns about a wife-swapping show where he can win enough money to buy his own plasma TV. Marge agrees to appear and they exchange wives with the Heathbar family. Charles Heathbar winds up falling in love with Marge (who is giving him what he needs), while his real wife Verity finds Homer detestable.moreless

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  • Really?

    4.5
    Now let's get something strait. I am not a fan of Ricky Gervais. I don't get or appreciate his type of humour but apparently there are people at the Simpson who do. Being that he was the hot topic at the time they gave him the opportunity to write and star in a episode. To be honest I at first didn't think he wrote it at all. To me it just seemed like an ordinary Simpsons episode that just plugged and retooled his Office character with a side story about the reality tv show thing but he apparently wrote. This episode I felt was not terrible but it wasn't a triumph either. It was just Gervais's annoying Office character (who people honestly think is funny even in animated form) going after Marge, a trend that's been going on ever since. Ironically I felt that everybody and everything else was okay as well as occasionally funny except when Gervais was on. I really wish they stop plugging in celebrities. It is such a let down.moreless
  • If you ask me, the episode was slow-moving and NOT very good either

    5.0
    Homer is stoked for a party, where Lenny shows off his new plasma screen HD TV. Three days later and Homer still hasn't left Lenny's apartment. Lenny eventually gets him to leave and Marge enters them in a contest where they can win a plasma TV of their own. They don't win, but 3rd place gets them a tour of the FOX studios, where Homer learns about a wife-swapping show where he can win enough money to buy his own plasma TV. Marge agrees to appear and they exchange wives with the Heathbar family. Charles Heathbar winds up falling in love with Marge (who is giving him what he needs), while his real wife Verity finds Homer detestable.more. This was a mediocre episode of "The Simpsons". It's not the worst episode I've seen but the whole premise to this episode was just slow-moving (a.k.a. boring) and it just didn't live up to what I expected when I watched this episode for the first time a few years ago. The episode did have its funny or pretty good moments such as Homer watching Linny's plasma screen television at his house and won't leave, Bart and Lisa getting distracted with the plasma screen television, Ricky Gervais guest starring in this episode as the voice of Charles, Homer saying "What is that smell?" and then Charles' wife burns Homer's underwear, Patty (or Selma) and Charles' wife having an agreement that they both hate Homer, and a few more. But yeah, not that the episode was terrible which was isn't but it was just so boring and very slow-moving and had a few filler scenes such as when Charles tries to tell his joke to Marge about the genie and all that which made it feel like it took forever and I just didn't really like the Charles' character for the most part. Ricky Gervais did a good job voicing his character though but yeah.... disappointing if you ask me. Overall, a slow-moving, weak, and mediocre episode of "The Simpsons". 5/10moreless
  • My two fav shows, The Office and The Simpsons...here's why it didn't work....

    3.6
    As an English native, who adores The Office(British version), Ricky Gervais and the Simpsons...I was soooo looking forward to this episode. The fact that the Simpsons hasn't been good for years...in it's prime it's simply one of the best comedies ever screened, didn't put me off. Boy was I upset with this episode.





    Ricky Gervais is an extreme fan of The Simpsons, to say the least. He was given the ultimate priviledge, to write and star in an episode.



    The Office is one of the greatest British comedies in history. With only two series, each containing the usual British (and by American standards, meesly) 6 episodes and a Christmas Special consisting of a further 2 episodes, The Office went out on top.



    The prospect of "mixing" these two historic, classic and excellent shows is the stuff t.v. dreams are made of...so what went wrong???



    For a start, Ricky Gervais is famed for his, uncomfortable silent scenes. This works wonderfully in The Office, the camera lingering on one of his cringe-worthy situations, painfully funny for the viewer. If Gervais ever thought that this would work in a cartoon, he was very much proven wrong.



    The slo-mo scene with Homer leaping onto the couch, astronaut style was okay. But we are well aware and far too familiar with Homer's ideologies of the modern world. Seeing donuts as the second coming, not being able to live without t.v. and beer. Don't get me wrong. This is why we love him, this is what makes him one of televisions greatest creations. But Gervais simply covered what writers had done hundreds of episodes before him.



    The comment by Homer that, "You take forever to say nothing" was one of the funniest moments of this episode. Very apt, considering this is a direct comment on exactly what gervais was doing wrong, by trying to duplicate his own "only-works-in-a-live-action-show" style onto cartoon celluloid.



    The Princess Di inspired song is quite funny. But very British isn't it? Can we brits not make any jokes for American viewers that don't involve the Royal Family?



    Overall, this episode probably isn't as bad in terms of recent Simpson episodes. However it was the promise of t.v. gold that it offered and didn't deliver that is its biggest let-down.



    It would have worked a lot better if Gervais had actually just guest starred David Brent so that we could actually see two great t.v. characters come together.



    I did not care much for this episode, when I wanted to care so much.



    Most overhyped t.v. pairing ever.



    I still love you Mr. Gervais and Mr. Simpson. I'm just sorry that it didn't work out between the both of you.moreless
  • Why did they ever let Ricky Gervias write for such a quality show!

    5.0
    I know a lot of people find Ricky Gervais' humour funny but I certainly don't and will never understand why anybody does.

    This episode was basically an excuse for him to write his dull, unfunny humour into an animated version of himself. No amount of animation will ever make it funny enough to be laughed at.

    The scences with Charles and Marge were painful to watch with the David Brent style bumblings of Charles all too evident. Marge seemed as bored being there as I did watching.

    Thank God once again for Homer who saves yet again an otherwise lacklustre episode. I mean who wouldn't fall in love with a HDTV and spend three days at a friends house just to watch it. And the way he serenaded his own HDTV at the end was sheer brilliance!

    All in all a disappointing episode which was ruined by the inclusion of the Charles/David Brent character. Gervais' writing shows promise with other characters if only he could leave himself out of it for once!moreless
  • Absolutely awful.

    1.5
    Absolutely awful. I'm from the England and I'm a great fan of Ricky Gervais in The Office and Extras, but for some reason English celebrities sound so fake and 'reading straight from a script' that it is their characters are unbelievable. It happened with JK Rowling, it happened with Tony Blair and now with Ricky Gervais. I laughed once in the whole episode, and after such a big build up here in England with non stop trailers for the episode, it really disappointed me. Gervais is a great writer and comedian, but he can't write The Simpsons. Let Matt Groening continue, don't cheapen The Simpsons with clear desperation to get ratings.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

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Charles Heathbar

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

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

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Man from network: Here have a Fox sweatshirt.
      Lisa: This is an ABC sweatshirt.
      Man from network: Yeah it zips all the way up (zips up the sweater all the way to the top of her head)

    • Homer: (Singing to his new TV) You make me laugh, you make me cry, without you I'd just want to die, for the rest of my life you'll be a fixture, now let me enjoy your picture-in-picture!

    • Cameraman: (About Marge) Oh, I ran out of tape just before that beautiful speech of hers. But I got a great shot of him calling his son a bastard.

    • Charles: Would you like to hear a joke?
      Marge: As long as it's not a knock-knock joke. I always ruin them by saying, "Come in."

    • Verity: Now, Homer, would you care to give your report on CSI: Miami?
      Homer: Uh, okay.(Clears throat) There's this guy that got killed; I think it was in Miami, so CSI Miami investigatedededed; then a family said how much they love the Olive Garden; then I fell asleep. When I woke up, Letterman was talking to Alias.

    • Homer: Y'know, you don't seem like the money hungry semi-stripper who's usually on Fox; why'd you do it?
      Verity: Well, I thought there was no further way I could humiliate my husband and then this opportunity came along.

    • Lisa: I don't understand, Dad. Our family has so many flaws, why must we share them with the world?
      Homer: Because we'll be on TV! And earn enough money to buy a TV! TV!
      Lisa: But, Dad!
      Homer: Yes, Teeveesa?
      Lisa: Ergh, forget it.

    • Tram Tour Guide: Ooh, why look! There's Dan Castellaneta from The Tracey Ullman Show.
      Homer: Hey, funnyman! Say something funny!
      Dan: Please don't lean out of the tram, sir. You might get hurt.
      Homer: Ooooh! Don't lean out of the tram… (Bumps his head on bronze statue of Mischa Barton and falls out of the tram) … Owww, Owwww!!!

    • Homer: (watching Lenny's TV) So highly defined…You can see the soulless quality in that shark's eyes…(Switches channels) Hey! Two and a Half Men! You can see the soulless quality in Charlie Sheen's eyes…

    • (Lyrics to Charles' Song)

      Lady, when you came to me, I was feeling blue.
      Blue just like your hair, you see, blue just like the moon.
      But only when the moon is blue, and not when it is cream,
      And now that you are here with me, I am in a dream.

      Lady when you go away, I feel like I could die,
      Not like dye like your hair is dyed, but die like Lady Di,
      And not like Di like her name is Di, but die liked when she died.
      Lady just like Lady Di, be my princess tonight, but don't die.

    • (after Homer moons the camera)
      Producer: Uhhh! We'd better pixilate those!
      Cameraman: There aren't enough pixels in the world!
      Producer: Yeah umm, just cover it with Ryan Seacrest's head.

    • Homer: Listen up, Stonehenge. I made a drawing of the places on Marge you can't touch. Especially the hair.
      Charlie: Oh, you needn't worry. I'm a bit of an elbow man m'self, actually. A bit different...a bit weird...not sexual.
      Homer: You take forever to say nothing.

    • Homer: Mmmmmm, what's that delicious smell?
      Verity: I'm burning all your underwear.
      Homer groans.

    • Charlie: A little British humour.
      Homer: (whispers to Lisa and Bart) I bet the twist is he's gay.

    • Carl: (singing ) Ain't no party like a Lenny party! Cause a Lenny party don't stop! Oh, man. I have work tomorrow, I'd better go.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Ricky Gervais also worked with Harry Shearer in the movie For Your Consideration.

    • In Australia, the live action opening was not used and was instead replaced by the animated opening. Also, when the episode was rerun in the USA, the sofa scene where the family was put on a rotisserie was used.

    • This is the first time a guest star has written an episode of the series.

    • This episode was heavily promoted in the UK. In the two weeks leading to the episode premier on Sky One (23.04.06), Sky ran a number of trailers featuring real life Ricky Gervais in a Simpsons style house claiming the show was "written by me, stars me, it's all about me really".

    • The live action opening was originally created by the UK Sky Network to promote the British airing of The Simpsons. It was released on the 'net (in a way that implied it was fan-made instead of corporate-made) a few weeks before this episode originally aired on Fox in order to stir up word-of-mouth.

    • The live action opening scene with Marge and Maggie in the car was reversed to have it look the same way as people drive in North America, unlike the original webcast in which the mother is driving on the right side. Plus, the audio was changed from the original version of the live-action opening, with the music playing at normal speed (the UK opening had the theme time-compressed), and the slightly-British sound effects replaced with the same sound FX used in the cartoon opening.

    • (The opening credit sequence is recreated in live action, featuring real actors as members of the family.)
      Blackboard Joke: I will not eat things for money.
      Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch and nothing unusual happens.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • When the man from the network pushes Lisa into a cage there are characters in there whom represent William Hung and Fantasia Barino from American Idol.

    • ABC's Hope and Faith parodied Trading Spouses last season, a format that most acknowledge to have been taken from Fox's own Wife Swap, which in turn is a licensed US version of the original UK Wife Swap. This is the show that "Mother Flippers," the Simpsons spoof Ricky Gervais based it on. The relationship between Trading Spouses and Wife Swap is also roasted on this episode.

    • Charles Heathbar is inspired by David Brent, the main character of the British mockumentary The Office, a character created and played by Ricky Gervais, who also created and stars as Charles Heathbar in this episode.

    • The slow motion scene with Homer in the air is a reference to the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The music is the film's theme "Also Sprach Zarathrustra."

    • Girls Gone Wild
      Homer displays a video entitled Homer Gone Wild. He also says that they will never let him back to Lake Havasu because of how wild he got. Lake Havasu was indeed a location used in one of the Girls Gone Wild videos.

    • This Is Your Life
      The title of this episode is a take on the line that is said at the beginning of every episode of This Is Your Life, when the presenter says: "[Name], this is your life."

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