The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 22

In Marge We Trust

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 1997 on FOX
8.7
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In Marge We Trust
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Marge volunteers as an over the phone counselor for the church, and the congregation starts turning to Marge more than Reverend Lovejoy. Meanwhile, Homer goes on a quest to find out why his likeness is the logo for a Japanese detergent company.

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  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons marge decides to help revernlove joy in serving the people at the church thing is she becomes more popular and the people are turning to her not to him anymore and he becomes bored . and then homer goes to the dump and sees a picture of him on the cover a jappiness product thing is does not know what it is so he goes and researches it with the help of bart and lisa and they go to a factory that makes soup this was a good ep i thought and it had some funnyness to it.moreless
  • In Marge We Trust

    10
    Marge becomes the listen lady for the church when it appears Lovejoy has lost his will to help people. At first she is great, but soon she gives Ned Flanders bad advice that causes hoodlums to chase him. Now it is up to the Simpsons, or more so Lovejoy, to help Flanders, before baboons attack him.



    A good episode, people really like it for the sub plot, but whilst it was entertaining, the main plot to me seemed funnier, even though I do not really like Marge a whole lot. My overall grade would be an A, mainly for the sub plotmoreless
  • Marge becomes the listen lady.

    9.0
    Marge volunteers to help Reverend Lovejoy. She gives advice to members of the community who call in crisis. She gains a loyal following, as Lovejoy further loses interest in his own position. Meanwhile, Homer discovers his face appears on a box of Japanese dish soap. He calls the company to ask why, and receives a video tape. The video explains how two company logos were combined to create "Mr. Sparkle", who just happens to look like Homer. After giving Ned some advice, he is chased by Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph on their mini bikes. Lovejoy finds Ned and rescues him from a den of baboons at the zoo. Ned tells the story in his next sermon and miraculously captures the interest of the community. Pretty good episode. Really enjoyed watching it. Give it a watch.moreless
  • Religion sucks!

    7.0
    So now I know why reverend Lovejoy is such an idiot. He started off with lots of energy and then lost all of his stamina thanks to that kind of people we all know, yep, the kind of people who don't know how to run their lives. In this case is young Ned Flanders. But I think we all know them. In this Marge-Centered episode we find her trying to save everyone. Something very much like her. On the other hand, reverend Lovejoy gives away his position as Springfield's listening ear. A good episode although you won't laugh a lot, or atleast I didn't.moreless
  • Marge is the listen lady at the church, Reverend Lovejoy is depressed for a while, Homer tries to figure out why his face is on a Japanese box.

    9.1
    There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said. It was a great episode from what I think is the golden age of The Simpsons. I enjoyed both the Lovejoy/Marge story and the one involving Homer. There's one thing I WOULD like to point out though, just to see if anyone else noticed it. When Homer, Marge, Rev. Lovejoy, and the kids get to the zoo and are wondering where Ned is, they are standing in front of several arrow-shaped signs, one of which says "Habitat for Huge Manatees." I found this to be hilarious, both because it's an obvious reference to Habitat for Humanity and because it is so discreetly slipped into the background. Things like that have always been one of my favorite things about The Simpsons.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

Sab Shimono

Sab Shimono

Mr. Sparkle

Guest Star

Gedde Watanabe

Gedde Watanabe

Factory Worker

Guest Star

Denice Kumagai

Denice Kumagai

Underwater Girl #1

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • As Reverend Lovejoy puts letters on the church sign board, he says that he has five Q's and only two U's. However, during season 3's "Lisa the Greek", the board is seen to read 'Every Sunday Is Super Sunday', which uses three U's.

    • In a deleted scene on the DVD it is revealed that Jasper was the former church minister.

    • The plot for this episode appears on a collector card in level 1 of The Simpsons: Hit & Run video game.

    • In 2006 this episode was ranked #5 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Lovejoy (putting letters on the church bulletin board): Can you believe this? They give you five Q's and only two U's. What a world!

    • Agnes: Seymour, I'm tired. Tell them we're going next.
      Skinner: Well, I'm not principal of the line, Mother.
      Agnes: And you never will be!

    • Lovejoy: The Lord will hear your lamentations and bring solace to your ills.
      Moe: The Lord or Marge Simpson!
      Lenny: Amen to that!
      Lovejoy: Um, could we please NOT yell out things in the church.

    • Akira (reading the Mr. Sparkle box): He identifies himself as "a magnet for foodstuffs." He boasts that he will "banish dirt to the land of wind and ghosts."

    • (Homer falls asleep during Lovejoy's sermon and smacks his head)
      Homer: DAMN IT!
      Lovejoy: Well, I seem to have lost my place . . . so I'll start over.
      Moe: Aw, for the love of crumb cake!
      Lovejoy: Our sermon today is on constancy.

    • (Ned Flanders calls Reverend Lovejoy with an "emergency.")
      Ned: I think I swallowed a toothpick!

    • Kearney: I'm sleepy. Let's go to school.

    • (The Simpsons look on as Ned Flanders is surrounded by angry baboons)
      Marge: You've got to get him out of there!
      Zookeeper: Jeez, I'd like to, but if they don't kill the intruder, it's really bad for their society.
      Bart: They're going to kill him?
      Zookeeper: Eventually. First, they'll eat his skin.
      (The family gasps in horror)
      Homer: Ew.

    • Marge: Oh, well, this is um, the uh … The Listen Lady.
      Moe: Yeah, well listen, lady, I got so many problems I, I don't even know where to begin here.
      Marge: Okay … um, why don't you start from the top?
      Moe: All righty. Uh, number one, I've lost the will to live.
      Marge: Aw, that's ridiculous Moe. You've got lots to live for.
      Moe: Really? That's not what Reverend Lovejoy's been telling me. Wow, you're good, thanks.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Lovejoy here.
      Principal Skinner: (on phone) Reverend, this is Principal Skinner. I'm facing a crisis, and I didn't know to whom to turn.
      Reverend Lovejoy: All right.
      Principal Skinner: Mother's gone too far. She's put cardboard over her half of the television. We rented Man Without a Face - I didn't even know he had a problem! What should I do?
      Reverend Lovejoy: Well, maybe you should read your Bible.
      Principal Skinner: Um, any particular passage?
      Reverend Lovejoy: Oh, it's all good. (ends the call)

    • Reverend Lovejoy: After that, I just stopped caring. Luckily by then, it was the 80s and no one noticed.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Baboons to the left of me, baboons to the right. The speeding locomotive tore through a sea of inhuman fangs. A pair of great apes rose up at me, but - biff, bam! - I sent them flying like two hairy footballs. A third came screaming at me... (imitates hissing baboon) ...and that's when I got mad.
      Homer: Now, that's religion!

    • Marge: But you can't let a few bad experiences sour you on helping people!
      Reverend Lovejoy: Oh, sure I can.

    • (In a flashback to the mid-70s, Reverend Lovejoy has just set up his office when Ned Flanders becomes his first customer)
      Ned Flanders: Reverend, I'm, uh, I'm afraid something has happened.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Well sit down and rap with me brother, that's what I'm here for.
      Ned Flanders: Well, I was talked into doing a dance called "The Bump", but my hip slipped and my... buttocks came into contact with the... buttocks of another young man!
      Reverend Lovejoy: (pause) I... see.

    • Marge: We're late for church! I'm glad I dressed last night.
      Homer: Oh, I'd love to go with you honey, but I got a lot of work to do around the bed.
      Marge: Homer, the Lord only asks for an hour a week.
      Homer: Well in that case he should've made the week an hour longer… Lousy God.

    • (Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch the Mr. Sparkle commercial)
      Mr. Sparkle: Misutaa Supaakoru! Un no yoo besuto washuuuu! (Subtitle: "For lucky best wash, use Mr. Sparkle.")
      Bart: Bor-ing!
      Homer: That didn't explain anything! All I know is that they stole my face and used it for their stupid logo! There's no other explanation!
      Lisa: Wait, look!
      (cut to TV screen)
      Announcer: Mr. Sparkle: a joint venture of Matsumura Fishworks and Tamaribuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern.
      (The companies' respective logos, a smiling fish and a lightbulb, combine to form Mr. Sparkle!)
      Lisa: Hey! It was all a coincidence.
      Bart: Yep. There's your answer, fishbulb.
      Homer: Well, it was a good ride while it lasted. Come on kids, let's go home.
      Bart: We are home.
      Homer: That was fast.

    • Marge: Did you see a man being chased by some young hooligans?
      Donny: I see lots of stuff.
      Lisa: Did you see that?
      Donny: ...Yes. (points to the zoo)

    • Homer: Do you have a phonebook for Japan?
      Librarian: Yes. Here you go.
      Homer: May I please use your phone?
      Librarian: Is it a local call?
      Homer: Uh, yes.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

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