The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 4

Large Marge

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2002 on FOX
7.9
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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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Marge gets implants.

    8.5
    Lisa and Homer make a bet on who would win the 1948 presidential election. Lisa wins and she gets to choose the activity for Daddy-Daughter Day. Her activity is taking part in building homes for Habitat for Humanity alongside Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush (who parody the three stooges). While painting, Homer takes off his wedding ring in order not to get paint on it, and Lindsay Naegle and Cookie Kwan mistakenly think Homer is a recently divorced bachelor. Marge, driving by, sees Homer appearing to flirt with the women (though he is actually explaining how Marge gave birth to Bart). She worries that Homer has lost interest in her, so she decides to get liposuction, on the advice of Manjula. Unfortunately, a mix-up causes her to get breast implants, which were intended for one of Mayor Quimby's interns. The doctor says that Marge must wait for 48 hours before the implants can be removed. Marge is furious with the new implants. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse watch an old episode of Batman, featuring Krusty as a villain named Clownface, who threatens the pair with a rapidly spinning carousel of death. Bart and Milhouse like the idea, inspiring them to recreate the stunt, with Bart putting Milhouse on a merry-go-round in school. Otto uses the bus to kick-start the merry-go-round, spinning it at an incredible speed. The bolts give way and the merry-go-round goes flying through the air, knocking over the school flag. Milhouse vomits on the flag while Iwo Jima veterans are visiting the school. Bart explains to Principal Skinner that he saw Krusty do the stunt on TV, and in response, Skinner leads a group protesting against Krusty, who is now seen as a dangerous influence to children. Krusty's show is revamped to exclude all possibly dangerous elements, destroying the show's popularity with children. After coming home from her surgery, Marge realizes that her very large breasts are making her life difficult after trying to hug Maggie and open the cupboard. Marge tries to hide her breasts from her family, but Homer and the kids find out Marge's secret after a few short hours. Homer, Marge and the kids go out for dinner to the local Italian restaurant so Homer can flaunt the new Marge. Luigi, who had just rejected the Flanders family, immediately admits the Simpson family after seeing Marge's breasts. Homer soon starts singing about Marge's breasts, and is joined in a musical number by several other male patrons. Kiekie, a trade show executive, approaches Marge and offers her a modeling job from A.C. Milan. Marge accepts and initially enjoys the experience, but later experiences back pain because of her heavy breasts. She also finds herself being ogled and pinched by every man in Springfield. At the Springfield Shoe Expo, Marge is further humiliated by lustful men while promoting shoe horns. At the same time, Bart helps Krusty to win back his popularity, using Milhouse and Stampy (Bart's old pet elephant) in a stunt. The stunt quickly goes out of control when Stampy stuffs Milhouse and Bart in his mouth. Homer tries to save them, but suffers the same fate. Krusty forgets the word that was supposed to make Stampy submit and lie down. The police decide to shoot at Stampy, which would endanger Homer, Bart and Milhouse. Marge appears on the scene, and after unsuccessfully trying to dissuade the police shooting, distracts the police by revealing her huge breasts to the assembled crowd. Krusty, still hated by residents of Springfield, saves the day by accidentally saying Stampy's safety word, "Magumbo". Stampy releases Bart, Milhouse and Homer, and Krusty is hailed as a hero and his popularity is restored with the town. The next day, The Springfield Shopper proclaims that Krusty saved the day, in a very small article that's barely a paragraph, while the headline reads "Crazed mom goes topless!", promising 25 pages worth of pictures inside. Marge gets the implants taken out and is greeted by a surprisingly happy Homer who proclaims that it's good to be able to get his arms around her to hug her again.moreless
  • Marge gets breast implants.

    9.5
    Ah I can remember the first time I watched this episode because I was laughing so hard. Maybe this was not the type of Simpsons humor we are accoustomed to. This was just a crude humor type of episode, but I still felt that it was just simply hilarious. The whole bit with Krusty saving the day was priceless, and the musical number at Luigi's was just flat out hilarious. Not to mention Marge thinking Homer is cheating on her. Anyway to be honest, I simply loved this episode. I am also confident that you'll find this episode funny too!moreless
  • Hilarious flippen Hilarious... How could you not like this episode?

    9.9
    After winning a bet with Homer on the Dewey/Truman presidential election of 1948, Lisa gets to pick the day's father/daughter activity. She chooses to help build houses for the homeless. After getting paint on his wedding ring, Homer takes it off. Two business women see Homer's bare finger and take to him. Driving past the scene, Marge sees what she thinks is Homer flirting with the women. In fact, he's explaining in detail how Marge gave birth to Bart.



    Marge begins to worry that Homer isn't as attracted to her. Manjula advises plastic surgery, and Marge goes under the knife for some liposuction. Waking up, she finds that the doctor accidentally gave her breast implants instead. At first, Marge enjoys the attention and her new trade show modeling career. But she eventually tires of the leering and back spasms and gets the breasts removed.moreless
  • This is pretty much a typical "new" Simpson's episode. However, ít isn't as bad as "new" episodes usually are.

    6.8
    This episode has an below average plot.



    I'm starting to get into the "new" episodes now, because most of them are way better then I ever gave them credit for.



    The humour in this episode is dull, uninteresting, and silly. But most of all, it isn't all that funny.



    If it's on, and you have nothing better to do, then watch it, but if you're smart, you'll most likely change the channel, or do something else after 5 minutes.



    Having said that, nothing really offended me in this episode. So it doesn't really bother me that it is below average, it's good enough for me.moreless
  • Marge with breast implants? Why not?

    9.0
    Lisa and Homer make a bet on who would win the 1948 presidential election, with Lisa betting Harry S. Truman and Homer going for Thomas Dewey. Lisa win and she has to choose the activity for Daddy-Daughter Day. Her activity is taking part in building homes for the homeless. When Homer paints a house, he takes off his wedding ring in order not to get paint on it, and Lindsay Naegle and Cookie Kwan mistake Homer for being a bachelor. Marge, driving by, sees Homer flexing for the women (though he is actually discussing the history of how Marge gave birth to Bart). She worries that Homer has no interest in her anymore, so she decides to get liposuction, on the advice of Manjula.



    Unfortunately, a mix-up causes her to get breast implants. Marge's doctor says that she has 48 hours to live with her breasts until she makes a decision whether to keep them or not.



    Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse watch an old episode of Batman, featuring Krusty as a villain named Clownface, who threatens the Dynamic Duo with a rapidly spinning carousel of death. Bart and Milhouse like the idea, inspiring them to recreate the stunt, with Bart putting Milhouse on a roundabout in school. Otto starts the roundabout causing him to spin extremely fast with his bus, the roundabout to go flying through the air and knocking over the flag. Milhouse throws up on the flag while Iwo Jima veterans visit the school. Principal Skinner was about to blame Bart on this, and Bart says that he saw Krusty do the stunt on TV, and in response, Skinner leads a group protesting against Krusty, who is now seen as a dangerous influence to children.



    At home, Marge tries to hug Maggie but she realises her breasts are making her life difficult. Homer, who comes home, sees Marge with her breast implants, and the family goes to dinner. The waiter, who had just rejected the Flanders said that there were no more seats but admits the Simpson family to a really good table after seeing her breast. The chef serves them real spaghetti, while Principal Skinner and his mother are eating some frozen canned spaghetti. Homer and several men start singing about Marge's breasts, and she meet a trade show executive, who gives her a modeling job. Marge prepares for the spot in the show, but her new appearance gives her problems when she is there. Bart recruits Krusty to win back his trust, using Milhouse and Stampy (Bart's old pet elephant) in a stunt, which of course goes out of control by stuffing Milhouse and Bart in his mouth. Homer tries to save them, but Stampy also puts him in his mouth. Krusty forgets the word that was supposed to make Stampy fall down and roll over. Things go horribly wrong, when the cops decide to shoot at Stampy, which would endanger Homer, Bart and Milhouse. To distract the cops, Marge takes off her dress and shows her breasts to everyone. Krusty, still hated by residents of Springfield, saves the day by uttering Stampy's safety word, Magumbo ("Look at those magumbos!") when he sees Marge's breasts, releasing Bart, Milhouse, and Homer.



    The next day, the Springfield Shopper shows photos of Marge's breasts worth 25 pages, Krusty gets everybody's trust back and Marge decides to remove her implants, and everything goes back to normal.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

Baha Men

Baha Men

Themselves

Special Guest Star

Burt Ward

Burt Ward

Robin

Special Guest Star

Adam West

Adam West

Batman

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

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  • 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.

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