The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 7

Ice Cream of Margie (With the Light Blue Hair)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 26, 2006 on FOX
8.4
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Ice Cream of Margie (With the Light Blue Hair)
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After Homer is fired from the power plant, he buys an ice-cream truck and sells ice-cream. His successful business yields an abundance of discarded popsicle sticks and Marge finds another calling in life, as she uses the leftover sticks to create popular life-size statues of various citizens from Springfield.moreless

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  • Homer buys an ice truck and sells ice cream after being fired from the power plant. Also, Marge becomes a sculpter with popsicle sticks

    10
    After Homer is fired from the power plant, he buys an ice-cream truck and sells ice-cream. His successful business yields an abundance of discarded popsicle sticks and Marge finds another calling in life, as she uses the leftover sticks to create popular life-size statues of various citizens from Springfield. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Simpsons". The writers are still keeping this show going with 18 seasons running and the episodes are still funny and enjoyable just like the earlier seasons. It's hard to run a show for this long but the writers continue to amaze me. I loved the storyline to both the main plot and the subplot because they were both creative and executed very well. A very good build-up to the premises that the writers were trying to do which worked. I also laughed a lot in this episode such as Homer speeding the ice cream truck and the kids running after it and then Homer says "What do you kids want from me? Oh yeah, that's right", Moe loving the popsicle stick version of him and then Marge walking away when she got awkward (that cracked me up hard), Homer taking pictures of himself being sad and put the pictures through the door and then Homer says "I laughed in the last picture because the cat fell off the stairs" and then we see the picture of the cat falling off the stairs, and many many more. I also thought the ending of the episode with the iPods whipping the people (200 years later) was hilarious as well. I also loved that Marge made a giant Homer out of popsicles to show him a sign that she still loves him. Overall, a perfect episode of "The Simpsons". 10/10moreless
  • Homer is an ice cream man; Marge is a scuplter.

    9.0
    After Homer gets fired at the nuclear power plant, he takes over the ice cream truck business, but his dedication to his new job threatens to undermine his marriage. Meanwhile, a depressed Marge makes use of the mountains of Popsicle sticks from Homer's ice-cream consumption by creating sculptures of Springfield citizens with them, leading to a feature about her on the news. The sculptures quickly become popular and Marge is excited to have a purpose in life, until a turn of events divides the Simpsons household Another fantastic episode from this season. Yet again, the Simpsons deliver a funny episode. A must see!moreless
  • Season 18 has not had a weak spot yet let's hope they keep it going... Funny episode with Homer being a ice cream man and Mor yelling at a popsicle stick statue... LOLmoreless

    9.3
    Homer is fired from the plant and quickly lands a successful career as an ice cream man. Marge feels she is constantly being overshadowed by Homer's many careers (astronaut, Krusty impersonator, etc...) and she starts creating popsicle stick sculptures to work through her depression. The pieces quickly takeoff and Marge believes she'll rise out of Homer's shadow at an art opening until Homer (who is being chased by the ice cream Mafia) crashes his truck into the event and sets the pieces on fire. Marge believes the accident was a deliberate attempt at making sure she is never as happy as her husband and she begins ignoring her family. Marge later realizes her error and reconnects with her husband by making a giant statue of a near nude Homer in town square.moreless
  • 18 seasons. You would think that they would start to run out of steam by now after all this time, with a movie on the way, another season in the works and the Simpson family having done everything under the sun! Think again. Restore your faith with THIS..moreless

    10
    Another excellent example of how The Simpsons goes from strength to strength.



    The office hockey to Mr. Burns inviting Homer to lick him, from the economy joke to the widow burying her 'boring' dead husband, from the orthodontist reference to the "mon-shee" on Opal, pure, classic Simpsons humour. And that's just the first five minutes.



    The episode then pokes fun at single parents, feelings of un accomplishment in marriage when the partner is having a succesful career, sex (This is the most fun I've ever had giving you wood) and dreadful local news stories of human interest when there is a slow news day, or, as Kent Brockman calls it, "Soft News".



    This episode had me laughing heartily all the way through, I particularly liked the Ali G pastiche where Homer gets dressed. Here, we have the crux of this review - To laugh at something from Sacha Baron Cohen took a Simpsons parody and THAT is true comedy genius. Sacha, watch and learn, or at least, try to...moreless
  • Refreshing

    8.9
    Who else thought that this episode was a nice refreshment to the show after a string of what haven\'t been the best episodes? I really enjoyed tonights episodes, and I found myself laughing more times than not. Despite the fact that there were a few jokes which sort of annoyed me, I thouroughly (sp?) enjoyed the majority of them. I really enjoyed the ice cream scoop funeral and the mantage of homer getting dressed, and the Pimp my ride spoof,and who could forget Opal\'s classic surprised face at the end. But by far, the best joke, and Ralph Wigum\'s new best line ever, \"i\'m a unitard\"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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Homer is racing to Marge's show, there is an intermediate shot of her asking where he is. She is wearing her normal green dress. Before and after this brief scene, she is wearing her formal green dress.

    • Jimbo's dad, last seen in The Homer They Fall from 10 seasons ago, makes a cameo during the father-child picnic scene.

    • Ranier Wolfcastle's daughter, Greta, (Last seen in "The Bart Wants What It Wants") makes a cameo in this episode.

    • Music From This Episode:
      "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot. (While Homer shows off his new ice cream truck.)
      "Feels So Good" by Chuck Mangione. (Marge's popsicle stick montage.)
      "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits. (Homer pulls up to a group of kids in his ice cream truck.)
      "Pop Goes the Weasel" Classic Nursery Rhyme (Homer turns on the charm in the bedroom with Marge.)

    • When Kent Brockman lands his helicopter on the Simpsons' lawn, the wind doesn't seem to affect Marge's ice cream stick sculptures unless Marge did something to secure them from heavy winds.

    • Goof:

      When Rainier Wolfcastle wants to buy ice cream, Homer says that it's all gone, but moments later when he is seen speeding home you can clearly see lots of ice cream.

    • Lactose intolerance does not cause serious health problems as depicted here. Some food allergies (like an allergy to peanuts) cause anaphylactic shock, in which the person's airways swell up and they can't breathe. This can be fatal if untreated. Lactose intolerance, however, is not officially considered an allergy, and although it can cause stomach and intestinal discomfort, it is not life-threatening.

    • When we see Homer and the guys goofing-off at the nuclear plant instead of working, the book Carl is reading is titled "Cincinnati Time Wasting Rules and Regulations."

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lisa: Comic Book Guy, have you seen our mom!?!?
      Comic Book Guy: (sigh) A complete list of the things I have seen and not seen can be found on my blog. Your mother is on the NOT seen list.

    • Marge: Homie, this sculpting has made me feel so fulfilled! I'm as hopeful and full of life as I was in the years before I met you!

    • (Marge's sculptures of Lenny and Carl are stuck together)
      Lenny: I can't tell where Carl ends and I begin!
      Carl: See, it's statements like THAT that make people think we're gay.

    • Homer: You kids like ice cream? (Pushes disclaimer button)
      Disclaimer: Product contains neither ice nor cream. May contain trace elements of Mexican cheese. Do not consume.

    • Ralph: (Squishing an ice cream to his forehead) I'm a unitard!

    • Homer: Honey, I brought you more sticks. (Homer drops a sack of popsicle-sticks on the bedroom floor). This is the most fun I've ever had giving you wood.

    • (Marge has hand-sculpted a towering image of Homer, complete with his trademark tidy-whities as a tribute to her husband for all to see. As it is publicly unveiled, we hear Homer's surprised remark)
      Homer: Wow, you made a sculpture of Magilla Gorilla!

    • Homer: MARGE! Where are you? Did you change your name? Is it Kelly? KELLY!

    • (Homer has managed to ruin all of Marge's handmade sculptures. Marge has finally had it and let's Homer know it.)
      Homer: Well excuse me for having enormous flaws that I don't work on!

    • (Homer reassures Marge that he will make it home in time for her art show.)
      Homer: I would never let you down. Our marriage is like soft-serve ice cream. And trust is the hard chocolate shell that keeps it from melting onto our carpet. In "cone-clusion," here's the scoop: I love you.

    • Krusty: Hey, I do more than TV! I had a one-man show on Broadway. That's who showed up, one man. (laughs) Long story short, I won a Drama Desk Award.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The living room is dark and then the light is turned on, each member of the family has a cockroach body and scurries off with the exception of Maggie, who goes behind the couch and peers out over the back corner.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Pimp My Ride
      When Homer is showing Bart and Lisa the ice cream truck, it goes in to different views of the truck while music is playing. This is very similar to the visual style of Pimp My Ride.

    • Oprah:

      Opal and her show are an obvious reference to Oprah Winfrey and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    • Martin (on a very hot day): I feel like Icarus, flying too close to Apollo's golden orb.

      In Greek mythology, Icarus and his father Daedalus were imprisoned in a fortress on the island of Crete. Daedalus built them each a set of wings made out of wax and feathers so that they could fly to freedom. Icarus was warned not to fly too low because his wings would become heavy and wet from the ocean, and not to fly too high because the sun would melt the wax. Icarus, however, was carried away by the thrill of flight and flew too close to the sun. His wings melted and he fell into the ocean and drowned.
      Apollo's golden orb is a reference to the fact that Apollo was the Greek God of the sun.

    • Da Ali G Show:

      When Homer is getting dressed as an ice cream man it is very similar to the opening of Da Ali G Show.

    • Episode Title:

      The title of the epsiode alludes to the lyrics "I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair" from the song "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" written in 1854 by Stephen Foster.

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