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The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 7

Husbands and Knives

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Husbands and Knives
Marge starts up a new women-only gym in Springfield and Homer frets about losing her after she becomes a highly successful businesswoman. Meanwhile, Coolsville, a new comic book shop, opens up in Springfield and puts Comic Book Guy out of business.

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  • This epiosde had everything!

    I laughed at this very cool episode! First, Jack Black voicing a rival comic book guy. He even showed a bit of his School of Rock when he played guitar in one scene. Loved his performance of the Tom Jones classic sung in Japanese!

    Secone; Conic Book Guy being jealous of his competitor, it should've been like Spacely & Cogswell.

    Third; Homer getting surgery to look like a musclebound hottie in Speedos. The second time since the South American episode when Homer sported the briefs.

    Maybe he should compete against Kwame (Captain Planet) in a Mr. Hottie contest. Wonder who'd win for looks, formal wear & talent?moreless
  • I know that The Simpsons have jumped sharks before (usually its funny). This time, it was different.

    I know that The Simpsons have jumped sharks before (usually it was funny). This time, it was different. This was categorically the best episode of the Simpsons to date. With a plot of any real substance, with any of their trademark wit, this episode seemed to have been slapped together by some pop-culture obsessed, easily not distracted high schooler with an over active imagination. This is in no way to say that some of these qualities haven't presented before in the Simpsons but rather that their planning and execution were, in the context of the series, more akin to throwing a frightened pig off of the high dive during Olympic competition. I am afraid that like a staggering, frothing, wild-eyed dog, the Simpsons have given even the most optimistic skeptics among us the final evidence that this can go no further and that this series must be humanely dealt with behind the shed and given a decent burial.

    Long Live KOBE BRYANT!!!moreless
  • What was that?

    Marge opens a women's workout center and becomes instantly popular. Homer worries that she is going to become too rich and famous and gets plastic surgery, trying to make her stay with him. Instead he becomes like a monster and she pushes him off a building for him to kill himself.

    Then it is revealed to have mostly all been a dream.

    If this episode stuck with what the plot was about, Coolsville AND Marge's plot, it would have been better, for sure.

    Instead we have Homer getting plastic surgery, dying, and the 2nd-3rd acts being some crazy dream.

    One for the crazy books, I thinkmoreless
  • Marge opens a gym and Comic Book Guy closes his store.

    While the gym plot has been done before, most successfully in King of the Hill ("Gyme? What's a gyme? Oh, a gyme!"), this episode is still a fairly good one, though not a highlight for the 19th season so far. The new comic book shop running the Android's Dungeon out of business was a short plot that served a purpose and had its moments, but wasn't really that funny, and once Marge opened up a gym there the episode improved, with Homer stealing hotel items and meeting second husbands. While the ending was clearly a dream and was a bit too crazy towards the end it still holds its own as a Simpsons episode but it's not one of my all time favourites.moreless
  • Good episode. Read my review for my full thoughts!

    Right then, here in the UK this episode was shown on easter sunday (yesterday) and was the first new episode thats been on recently. I heard Jack Black was in it and couldn't wait for this episode when I read the plot on the internet somewhere.

    Well, when I saw the episode I wasn't let down at all. It wasn't the greatest thing ever and wasn't my favourite ever simpsons episode either but I really did like it.

    Good story line a few funny jokes etc and was one of the better episodes out of the new episodes in my view.

    Thanks. . . .moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Alan Moore

Alan Moore


Guest Star

Jack Black

Jack Black


Guest Star

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Music From This Episode
      "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go. (Used while Marge tours the L.A. Body Works gym.)
      "Opportunities" by Pet Shop Boys (Heard during Marge's "success" montage.)

    • This is the second episode that used a Tom Jones song over the end credits. The first being, "Marge Gets a Job".

    • The cover for the "infamous Wolverine comic with pop-out claws" looks very much like the cover to Wolverine's first solo series, from 1982.

    • The publications that Marge's success makes the cover of are: Successful, Fortunate, and Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Homer explaining his surgery to Bart and Lisa)
      Homer: Kids, daddy underwent a special procedure so he can be more attractive to your mother.
      Bart: You had your hot dog plumped?
      Homer: No! I had my stomach stapled!

    • (Comic Book Guy is destroying Coolsville.)
      Art Spiegelman: Oh, no! The store's in trouble!
      Alan Moore: League of Extraordinary Freelancers, activate!
      (Art Spiegelman puts on a Maus mask.)
      Art Spiegelman: Maus is in the house!

    • (Comic Book Guy bursts into Coolsville.)
      Comic Book Guy: Attention, comic book aficionados! (Points at Milo) This man is not one of us. (Comic Book Guy points at Strawberry, crowd gasps.) He has a girlfriend!
      Strawberry: My name is Strawberry. My purse is a lunch box.

    • Lisa: I really identified with the girls in Ghost World. They made me feel like I wasn't so alone.
      Dan Clowes: Yeah, yeah, whatever. Do you know anyone at Batman? 'Cause I really want to draw Batman, I'm awesome at utility belts. (points to a picture of a utility belt.)
      Dan Clowes: Check these out. This is where the Batman keeps his money in case he has to take the bus.
      Lisa: Mm-hmm.

    • Milhouse: Mr. Moore, will you sign my DVD of Watchmen Babies? Which of the babies is your favorite?
      Alan Moore: You see what those bloody corporations do? They take your ideas and they suck them! Suck them like leeches until they've gotten every last drop of marrow from your bones!

    • Bart: Alan Moore, you wrote my favorite issues of Radioactive Man.
      Alan Moore: Oh really, so you liked that I made your favorite superhero a heroin addicted jazz critic who's not radioactive?
      Bart: I don't read the words. I just like when he punches people. How do you make his costume stick so close to his muscles?
      Alan Moore: Ughhh.

    • Opal: Marge, I thank you for creating Shapes. And, uh, my boyfriend thanks you, too!
      Opal's audience: Oooooh!
      Marge: When is Straightman going to pop the question?
      Opal: Uh... uh... You're all getting German cuckoo clocks!
      (Audience cheers)

    • (A local Krusty Burger is closed down.)
      Krusty: (Sobbing) I can't believe the Labor Board is shutting me down.
      Labor Board Official: You lock your workers in at night!
      Krusty: It's so they can't tell their stories!

    • (Comic Book Guy has just noticed a new comic store that has opened up across the street.)
      Comic Book Guy: Philip K Dick! It can't be! It's as if Superman moved to Gotham City!
      Martin: Which he did, in World's Finest Comics #94. (Points to the comic.) See?
      Comic Book Guy: That was an imaginary story, dreamt by Jimmy Olsen after he was kicked in the head by Supergirl's horse, Comet. It never really happened.
      Bart: None of these things ever really happened.
      Comic Book Guy: Get out of my store.

    • Comic Book Guy: Nice work, Doctor Boo-Who. Your tears have smudged Wolverine's iconic sideburns. Hence, you must buy this comic. And the cost of your innocent accident is... 25 dollars, please.
      Milhouse: But that's the money Yaya Sophia gave me for Greek Orthodox Easter.
      Comic Book Guy: (Sighs) I hate when they tell me things about themselves.

    • Homer: We're gonna be rich! We can finally afford to start a family!
      Marge: We have a family!
      Homer: A better one!

    • Milo: These books are meant to be read and enjoyed, not hoarded and then sold when you get divorced.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Moe's plastic surgeon from season 11's "Pygmoelian" returns in this episode to perform a stomach stapling surgery on Homer. He also appeared as Marge's plastic surgeon in season 14's "Large Marge".

    • Blackboard Joke: The Pilgrims were not illegal aliens.
      Couch Gag: A pop-up book is opened to reveal the Simpsons sitting on their couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Superbowl Shuffle

      The cover of the Thung comic book shows a picture of the Thung holding up the Chicago Bears with the caption "Super-Thung Shuffle." This alludes to the 1985 video "Superbowl Shuffle," featuring the singing and dancing of the entire Chicago Bears football team, gloating their status as Superbowl champs.

    • Bart: Who's stronger, the Thung or the Mulk?
      The Thung and the Mulk are parodies of Marvel Comics heroes "The Thing "and "The Incredible Hulk."

    • Star Wars
      The cardboard cut-out that Milo uses to cover up Comic Book Guy is Jabba the Hutt, an infamous gangster from the Star Wars saga.

    • Spider-Man
      The out of business poster that Comic Book Guy hangs in his window, is a parody of the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man issue #50: "Spider-Man No More".

    • Alan Moore: League of extraordinary freelancers, activate!
      A reference to another of Moore's comic works, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was made into a 2003 film.

    • Watchmen/V for Vendetta
      Milhouse's DVD of "Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation" is a reference to two of Alan Moore's most well-reviewed works: Watchmen and V for Vendetta. The latter of which was made into a 2005 film starring Natalie Portman, much to Moore's dissatisfaction, which explains his reaction to Milhouse's request.

    • The Oprah Winfrey Show
      Marge appears as a guest on The Opal Show which is a parody of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    • OK Go
      The treadmill skit at Shapes is a parody of OK Go's music video for "Here it Goes Again."

    • Curves
      Marge's gym, Shapes is a take on Curves, a chain of gyms geared toward women.

    • Phyllis Diller
      Agnes Skinner's shrill laugh while holding a cigarette is a tribute to octogenarian comedian Phyllis Diller.

    • Husbands and Wives
      The title of this episode is a take on the title of the 1992 Woody Allen film, Husbands and Wives.