The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 4

Large Marge

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Large Marge
Marge sees Homer flirting with two women and later tries to decide whether he is still interested in her or not. Homer's response is to fall asleep. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse are watching Krusty playing the villain "Clownface" on an episode of the old Batman television series and are inspired to recreate the carousel sequence. Marge asks Manjula what she should do about Homer and Manjula responds by taking her to a plastic surgery clinic. Marge goes in for a liposuction procedure and winds up with breast implants. The doctor gives her 48 hours to try living with them before he will take them out. At school, Bart gets Milhouse spun at a high speed on the carousel; so fast that he spins out of control, resulting in his knocking over the flagpole and throwing up on the flag. When confronted for his part in this act of unpatriotic behavior, Bart cites Krusty as the influence; making Krusty a very unpopular figure. Homer discovers her implants and at dinner the next night, Homer and the men of Springfield sing the praises of her new endowment. Marge gets offered a trade show modeling job. Marge gets into her new image until the extra weight up front of starts giving her back problems. At the trade show, Bart's old friend Stampy and Marge's gifts are used to help Krusty get his reputation back. Afterwards surgery is preformed to reverse Marge's condition and the Baha Men sings the praises of her Jugs with a little help from Homer.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

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

Baha Men

Baha Men


Special Guest Star

Burt Ward

Burt Ward


Special Guest Star

Adam West

Adam West


Special Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Marcia Mitzman-Gaven

Marcia Mitzman-Gaven

Helen Lovejoy

Recurring Role

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks

Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The Baha Men perform two different variations of their 2000 hit "Who Let the Dogs Out" in this episode.

    • At the plastic surgery center you can see a before and after picture of Moe as his regular self and next to it is a picture of Moe after his plastic surgery.

    • When Bart is in his Krusty the Clown sleeping bag, at one point Krusty's face is yellow when it should be white.

    • The sound mysteriously paused when Krusty shot out of the crowd to save Milhouse.

    • In a commercial for this episode, Bart and Lisa run into Homer and Marge's bedroom at night. Marge was in her robe and said to Bart "Just focus on mommy's face." Bart replies with "I'm trying, Mom." The scene doesn't air in the actual episode.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • (Batman is tied up)
      Batman/Adam West: Struggling in vain!

    • History Channel Narrator: November, 1948. Americans pick their president. Victory seems certain for governor Thomas E. Dewey.
      Homer: Dewey! Dewey! Dewey!
      Lisa: Dad, I'm telling you, Truman wins.
      Narrator: The headlines proclaim "Dewey defeats Truman".
      Homer: Woohoo! I win the bet! Who's your daddy?
      Narrator: But the headlines are dead wrong.
      (Homer gasps)
      Narrator: Harry Truman triumphs by two million votes.
      Homer: Not if I can stop that inauguration!

    • Marge: Don't make a fuss over me, boys. Just pour me a beer in a clean glass.
      Moe: Whoa, you said no fuss.

    • Bart (singing): I got Krusty in hot water, now I've got to help him out!
      Homer: Shut up, boy.
      Bart: I don't get a song? Mom got a song!
      Homer: With the economy the way it is, you're lucky you get soup.

    • Kent Brockman: Besieged by protesters, Krusty responded . . .
      Krusty: Will you people get a LIFE?
      Kent Brockman: Not an option!

    • Homer: I came out of the elephant's mouth, right? Because I already showered once today.

    • Drederick Tatum: I've been paid millions to endorse these butt-ugly shoes. My forthrightness is my undoing.

    • Marge: Not feeling well going to bed, dinner and breakfast are on the table.
      Homer: Did you label the meals so I could tell which is which.
      Marge: Yes!

    • Milhouse: Bart, remember when I was crying at recess. I think I'm finally ready to tell you why.

    • Lisa: Dad you're getting paint on your wedding ring.
      Homer: Oh, right can you hold it?
      Lisa: This is a Band-Aid wrapped in tinfoil.
      Homer: My real ring's inside a turtle.

    • (Homer is painting the wall)
      Lisa: Dad, what is that?
      Homer: Well, I figured that if Bart could be 'El Barto'...
      (We see that Homer just painted the words 'EL HOMO')
      (A homosexual Mexican guy approaches Homer)
      homosexual Mexican guy: Oh, I wish I had your brand of courage, amigo.
      Homer: Thanks, I...(screams, and tries to get rid of it)

    • (Wiggum, Lou & Eddie are about to shoot Stampy)
      Wiggum: Aim for the big hose coming out of its face.
      Lou: You mean the trunk?
      Wiggum: Easy there, college boy.

    • (Milhouse knocks down the American flag and then barfs on it.)
      Skinner: Wait, this just doesn't add up. Milhouse has never been anything but a comic foil.
      Bart: (arrives on scene) Hey, what's going on here? Something crazy?
      Skinner: There's your queen bee! Explain yourself, Simpson.
      Bart: Uh, I saw Krusty do it on TV.
      Skinner: Then Krusty will feel my wrath. The spritz has hit the fan!

    • Chief Wiggum: Ready.
      Lisa: Mom! Do something!
      Chief Wiggum: Aim.
      Marge: I got to stop them from shooting I…I don't (Looks down at her Implants) Lisa don't hate me for this. (Runs on top of a stand)
      Chief Wiggum: Continue Aiming. Still aiming.
      Marge: Hey Cops! Check out This all points bulletin! (Removes her top and flashes the crowd)
      Krusty: (Looking at Marge's implants) Whoa! Look at those Mugumbos!

    • Marge: Faced with a problem like this, I wonder, what would Oprah do?

    • Marge (waking up from surgery and looking at her chest): Nyaaaah! What on earth have you done? My maguppies became bazangas!

    • Lisa: (seeing Marge with implants) Mom! What happened? Your endowment's bigger than Harvard's!

    • Mayor Quimby: Doctor, my assistant is as flat as ever! Where are the new knockers the tax-payers paid for!?

    • (After seeing the "new" Marge)
      Doctor: Wow! Are those real? Oh, right.

    • Batman: Good thing I always carry my Carousel Reversal Spray!
      Clownface/Krusty: Uh! What don't you have in that belt?

    • Marge: 89% of Americans would rather have a shoehorn than a computer...
      Vendor 1: Yeah, I'd like to 89 you!
      Marge: I've heard about you vendors.
      Vendor 2: Hey baby, I like the way your body looks.
      Lisa: Stop objectifying my Mom!
      Vendor 2: I will in a second... Woooooh! Hey baby, you're an object!

    • Luigi: For you, pretty lady, we make-a the fresh pasta, not the crap from a can we give-a to everybody else.
      (Cut to Principal Skinner and his mother, who both have spaghetti and meatballs still in the shape of a can.)
      Agnes Skinner: It's as cold as my love for you.

    • Voice from car radio: You're listening to Radio Disney. Your favorite songs rewritten for babies.
      Baha Men (to the tune of "Who Let the Dogs Out"): Who let the milk out?
      Marge: (singing along) Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Dad left the milk out! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

    • Newspaper Headline: CRAZY MOM GOES TOPLESS (photos pg. 3-28)

    • Baha Men Song Parody: Who let her jugs out? Doh! Doh! Doh! Doh! Marge let her jugs out! Doh! Doh! Doh! Doh!

    • Chief Wiggum: Sorry, ma'am. We don't negotiate with elephants!

    • Carl: This is the longest I've gone without looking at Lenny.

    • Homer: You took a 20-karat diamond and made it gleam like a big spaghetti dinner covered in whipped creeeeeeeeeam!
      Comic Book Guy: You're like X-men #3 in a Mylar bag...
      Snake: You're a brand new muscle car and all the wheels are mag.
      Mr. Burns: You make me feel as young as the blood I get from sheep...
      McAllister: You're like Jacqueline Bisset in me favorite flm, "The Deeeep."
      Moe: You're sexy and exotic like a hooker from Belize...
      Dr. Hibbert: Or a patient with insurance who's crawling with disease.
      All Men: You're a sundae underneath two great big cheriiiies...
      Marge: Keep in mind they're only temporaaaaaaries...
      All Men: Still we'd like to say that we are very, veeery, glad to see you...
      Mayor Quimby: And I decree you...the hottest thing to hit this city since the fire that killed 11...
      (all gasp)
      Mayor Quimby: ...dangerous criminals!
      All: Hooraaaaaay!
      Homer: And they're all miiiiiiine!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Milhouse: Sweet Valley High! Krusty played a Batman villain?!
      Sweet Valley High was a series written by Francine Pascal. It also said in a manner that reflects the way Robin spoke in the early Batman television series.

    • Homer: Why would I want Purina when I've got Fancy Feast right here?
      Marge: That doesn't sound very reassuring.

      Homer's analogy about not wanting to be with other women because he has Marge involves brands of pet food for some reason.

    • When Marge goes to the plastic surgery center, a woman looking a lot like Joan Rivers is there with a huge smile frozen on her face. This is an obvious reference to Joan's many plastic surgery procedures she's admitted to having.

    • Sketch A Etch:

      This is backwards for Etch A Sketch, a popular drawing toy.

    • The title is also the name of a character from the 1985 Tim Burton film "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," starring Pee-Wee Herman.

    • Milhouse: Teletubbies get away with more than this!

      The Telettubbies are colorful fuzzy creatures who like to dance, sing, and play videos on their tummies. Milhouse was previously seen watching the Teletubbies in the episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken."

    • na: Iwo Jima
      After Milhouse knocks over the American flag, the veterans raise it in a pose identical to the famous photo of the U.S. Marines raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi after the 1945 American victory over Japan in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The Marine Corps Hymn also plays in the background just to emphasize the similarity.

    • Plastic surgeon: "Great Ceauşescu's ghost!"
      The plastic surgeon who sees that Marge has gained large breasts speaks in an eastern European (possibly Romanian) accent. The reference is to Nicolae Ceauşescu, the brutal Romanian dictator who was overthrown and executed by his people in a December 1989 military coup.

    • na: na
      The Three Stooges: At the beginning, the ex-presidents building the house (ala Habitat For Humanity) are take-offs on The Three Stooges: Jimmy Carter is Larry, George H. W. Bush is Moe, and Bill Clinton is Curly.

    • Luigi: Boy, oh, boy-ar-dee! I bazooma you want a table.
      Chef Boy-Ar-Dee is a brand of Italian food (spaghetti, ravioli, etc.)

    • Krusty: I got where I am by naming names in the '50's.
      In the 1950's, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated communist infiltration in Hollywood in the '30's and '40's. This produced the infamous "blacklisting" of some performers, writers, etc. Others got themselves off by "naming names" of those who were supposedly soft on communism.

    • Krusty: Hey, elephant, I've got one word for you: Columbo! No, that's not it - Modesto! Daktari? Nintendo?

      Columbo was an American police drama starting in 1970's, whose title character was played by actor Peter Falk.
      Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County, California.
      Daktari was a 1960s TV series about a veterinarian working in a wildlife preservation in East Africa. "Daktari" means doctor in Swahili.
      Nintendo is the famous video game company, held responsible for such things as Mario, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pokémon, and even Kirby and F-Zero.