The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 17

Marge Gamer

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 2007 on FOX
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Marge Gamer
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Marge becomes a spectacle during a PTA meeting for not having an e-mail address, and she decides to take a chance on using the Internet. Amazed and delighted by all the Internet has to offer, Marge decides to join a popular role-playing fantasy game named "Earthland Realms." To Marge's dismay, the game has her interacting with practically the whole town of Springfield, including Bart, who happens to be the game's most feared and destructive player. Meanwhile, Homer saves Lisa's soccer game from cancellation after he volunteers to take the place of a referee who recently quit. However, Homer's refereeing skills only exasperate Lisa, and her competitive streak gets the best of her.moreless

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  • Silkroad Marge

    9.0
    I loved the theme of the online games such as Silkroad which is Marge play something looks like it, I know it was so popular games in 2006,2007 I just loved that episode, but hated Lisa's story was so out of character..
  • Marge plays an online game called World of Warcraft with Bart and Homer becomes a referee for Lisa's soccer game

    9.0
    Marge becomes a spectacle during a PTA meeting for not having an e-mail address, and she decides to take a chance on using the Internet. Amazed and delighted by all the Internet has to offer, Marge decides to join a popular role-playing fantasy game named "Earthland Realms." To Marge's dismay, the game has her interacting with practically the whole town of Springfield, including Bart, who happens to be the game's most feared and destructive player. Meanwhile, Homer saves Lisa's soccer game from cancellation after he volunteers to take the place of a referee who recently quit. However, Homer's refereeing skills only exasperate Lisa, and her competitive streak gets the best of her. I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". While it wasn't my favorite, I still found it to be a very enjoyable episode. The storylines in this episode were pretty good for the most part and there were some funny parts in this episode. Marge online gaming with Bart was pretty funny to watch but I lost interest in the plot after Bart accidentally killed Marge in the game and she gets upset at Bart... not that it was bad but it just got boring and a bit pointless so that's what lowered my score a little. The plot with Homer becoming a referee at Lisa's soccer game was a little boring as well but I enjoyed this plot more and it had more humor. The parts that made me laugh were Ronaldo's cameo appearance, Bart accidentally killing Marge in World of Warcraft, Homer being a referee was very funny to see, and some more funny parts. That's all I have to say about this one and while it was getting boring mainly in the Bart/Marge plot, it was still enjoyable to see. Overall, a superb episode of "The Simpsons". 9/10moreless
  • Not as good as I thought.

    7.5
    Marge joins a popular role playing game called "Earthland Realms". Meanwhile Lisa falls in love with soccer after Homer saves Lisa's soccer game from cancellation by volunteering to take the place of a ref who quit.



    What I liked:

    * Lisa plays soccer. Which is kind of a surprise because she normally doesn't do stuff like that.

    * Homer the ref. I don't think that I would want my dad reffing my soccer games but I thought that it was pretty funny watching Homer ref Lisa's game.

    * Bart accidentally killing Marge on " Earthland Realms"



    What I didn't like:

    * The Marge part of the ep. To me, it seemed like it was yet another pathetic attempt to make Marge look cool.



    Overall, I think that this ep would've been better if they left the Marge part out of it. The rest of the ep was pretty good though. I would give that part an 8.5/10.moreless
  • Marge bonds with Bart through World of Warcraft. Lisa loves soccer.

    9.0
    Marge becomes a spectacle during a PTA meeting for not having an e-mail address, and she decides to take a chance on using the Internet. Amazed and delighted by all the Internet has to offer, Marge joins a popular role-playing fantasy game called "Earthland Realms." To Marge's dismay, the game has her interacting with practically the whole town of Springfield including Bart, who happens to be the game's most feared and destructive player. Meanwhile, Homer saves Lisa's soccer game from cancellation after he volunteers to take the place of a referee who recently quit. However, Homer's refereeing skills only exasperate Lisa, and her competitive streak gets the best of her. Personally I loved both story lines in this episode. I thought both were well-written. This was just a great episode watch it.moreless
  • An episode which may just confirm my suspicions that Marge can't carry an episode as well as some of the other established characters.

    7.5
    Generally I found the episode entertaining and it had some great jokes however I was not overly impressed with the Marge storyline. Firstly I believe they could have found Marge something much more interesting to do with her computer, like Homer when he started all those conspiracies in "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes". In addition I also believe that it should have been the Lisa and Homer storyline heading the episode with Marge and Bart's Story as the sub-plot. The Lisa storyline was quite interesting and was certainly the funnier of the two which could have been made better if it was indeed the main plot of the episode. As far as the cameo goes from Ronaldo I was disappointed although he is by far my favourite ever soccer player I expected more. His appearance made little sense and I found it to be unfunny. I also believe he should have worked on his vocals as his voice sounded unnatural and inexperienced especially in contrast to some of the other great cameo characters we have seen over the years on The Simpsons. Overall I rate the episode 7.5.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

Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima

Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima

Himself

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Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Music in this Episode
      "Surfin' Safari" by The Beach Boys
      "Barber's Adagio For Strings" by William Orbit

    • We see Sophie on Lisa's soccer team (Krusty's illegitimate daughter). This is her first appearance since her introduction in "Insane Clown Poppy".

    • Marge says that she has the same birthday as Randy Quaid (October 1st), but in the episode titled "Kiss, Kiss Bang Bangalore" it's stated that her birthday is in May.

    • Marge mentions that she's not familiar with what Google is, but in "Mobile Homer" she knows that Homer spends most of his work day Googling his own name.

    • While playing football in the backyard with Homer and the kids, Ronaldo first appears with the Brazil equipment dressed on, the next scene he is wearing a Real Madrid one.

    • When the camera zooms up the computer screen for the satellite image we can clearly see the URL typed in is http://www.google.com/, a few moments later though, the address is way longer.

    • Kearney (one of the bullies) can be seen in the background at the Parent/Teacher conference. This may be because Kearney himself has a son.

    • In this episode, Ronaldo wears a white colored shirt which he wore for his former club Real Madrid FC. His new club, AC Milan has a White away shirt but it is not as popular as the red and black striped home shirt that they wear.

    • This is the second episode in which music from "Adagio for Strings" is used. The first was "Strong Arm of the Ma" after Marge, under steroid rage, single-handedly defeated all the men (except Homer) in the bar fight at Moe's Tavern, resulting in their laying all over the place as the end of that scene panned out.

    • In Marge's Web browser, it shows the URL to Earthland Realms: www.earthlandrealms.com … This domain actually exists, but does not seem to connect.

    • The online map shown in this episode is on a live satellite, but real online maps are still only pictures.

    • Each Springfieldian's Earthland realms character:

      Marge: Female Elf (Cleric, changes at the end of the episode into a warrior)
      Bart: Shadow Knight
      Apu: Shop owner
      Mrs. Krabappel: Female Elf
      Moe: Bartender Troll
      Skinner: A chicken griffin thing
      Wiggum: A pig
      Milhouse: A servant
      Dr. Nick: Pixie
      Mr. Burns: A praying mantis
      Jimbo: Knight
      Kearney: Elf warrior
      Dolph: Cyclops warrior
      Nelson: A flying head monster
      Sideshow Mel: Minotaur
      Snake: A cobra king (king cobra with a crown)

    • Marge has the same birthday as Randy Quaid: October 1.

    • Earthland Realms has a 'Hello Kitty' expansion set.

    • All Springfieldians' Earthland Realms characters look like themselves in real life.

    • We learn that Marge has never gone on the Internet.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • (While playing Earthland Realms)
      Apu: That Cobra King over there is actually Snake.
      Snake: The prison guards think I'm getting my online law degree. Haw haw.

    • (Ronaldo enters as Homer is playing soccer.)
      Ronaldo: Ha ha ha ha. I have taught you well. (Thinking to himself) Too well.

    • Marge (reading the Earthland Realms user agreement): "For entertainment purposes only, credit card information may be sold to Korean gangsters . . ."

    • (After Bart's character is killed)
      Everyone: The Shadow Knight shall rule no more, we spilt his blood upon the floor. With a high and a ho and a trolley-lolley-lay, it's a jolly, merry month of May.

    • (Moe's character, a troll, appears)
      Moe: I'm Moe. I'm playing this while I'm on the can.
      Marge: Wow, Moe. You're a troll.
      Moe: What? No. My character's suppose to look like me. (Angrily) Why does everyone keep thinking I'm a troll? (He storms off under a bridge, stomps around and mutters angrily)

    • Mrs. Krabapel: This game is a great way to meet eligible men who can afford a computer.
      (Skinner's character, a scaly turkey, comes up)
      Skinner: Or have access to one in the school library.
      Mrs. Krabapel: It's amazing how you can be a turkey in every reality.
      Skinner: What's important is we're talking.

    • (Marge's character is stuck in front of a wall)
      Marge: This is really annoying.
      (Grandpa is doing the same thing)
      Grandpa: You're telling me.

    • (After Bart brought Marge's character back to life)
      Marge: Wait till I tell the other moms you gave two-thirds of your life force to save me. What a good boy.
      (An angry mob busts in)
      Moe: He's weak!
      Comic Book Guy: Slay him and take his experience points!
      Bart: Wait, stop. If you kill me, I'll egg your houses in real life!
      Mrs. Krabapel: It's still worth it!
      (She stabs Bart in the eye)

    • (After Moe gives Bart and Homer advice to make peace with Marge and Lisa)
      Homer: What have you done with the real Moe?
      (They all laugh, and we see in the real Moe bound and gagged in the back room)

    • (Marge discovers that Milhouse is a girl)
      Marge: Why, Milhouse. Don't you look lovely.
      Milhouse: (Angrily) It's a spell! (Sweetly) And thank you.

    • (After learning that Bart is the Shadow Knight)
      Marge: My son is an evil knight. (Pauses) The most successful evil knight in all of Earthland Realm. Not bad.

    • Lisa: You can't give me a yellow card! You're my father!
      Homer: When I put on these shorts, I'm not your father anymore. And judging by how tight they are, I'm never gonna be anyone else's either.

    • Ronaldo: Another family broken up by Ronaldo, yes!

    • Helen Lovejoy: (to Homer) You are so blind, even Jesus couldn't heal you.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Helen please, don't drop the J-bomb.

    • Ned Flanders: Homer, you've met my parents.
      Homer: Not naked I haven't.

    • Homer: Lisa, honey, I bought you something. A DVD!
      Lisa: Not interested!
      Homer: It's a documentary!… By the BBC!… In cooperation with Canal+!
      Lisa: Ah! Gimme gimme gimme!!

    • Lisa: (to Marge about her Internet surfing success) I'm proud of you, Mom! You're like Christopher Columbus. You discovered something millions of people knew about before you.

    • Homer: (to Lisa) Hey, Lisa! Self-conscious about your shins? My day girls were worried about their boobs…

    • (As his game character, having only his head, is being kicked around by Marge's like a soccer ball.)
      Moe: Why am I payin' $14.95 a month for this?

    • Bart: Mom, I'm going to give you life the way I imagined you gave me life--by pressing Alt-F5 repeatedly! (His game character places a zapping gaze into her eyes as she's brought back to life, then he groans and drops to the floor)
      Marge: Bart, you brought me back to life… (Sees her character now exhibits the lower part of a pig) …as best you could.
      Nelson: HA-HAAH!!! (His character is a human head with pigeon wings who flies overhead, makes fun of her, then bumps into a wall and drops into a torch, getting incinerated in the process.)

    • Bart: Jumpin' Johnnycakes! Those dames are cheesed!
      Homer: Son, I'll never understand women if I live to be 40.
      Bart: Big if!
      Homer: You said it! Enjoy me while I last. (Both laugh)
      Bart: Want to go slam a few beers?
      Homer: Want to watch me?
      Bart: You know it! (Both leave for Moe's.)

    • (After her game character is killed by Bart's)
      Marge: I was killed--by my own son!

    • Homer: I don't need a soccer lecture from a hillbilly!
      Cletus: That's hill-william to you, sir!

    • (Exhausted while refereeing Lisa's soccer game for the first time, he vomits into a pylon.)
      Homer: Could someone bring me another barf cone?

    • Homer: I thought it went really well, until I swallowed the whistle.

    • Homer: Did someone say snack?

    • Bart: Anything I can get for you, Lady Milhouse?
      Milhouse: I'm not a lady! It's a spell! A spell you said you'd reverse!

    • (After the Shadow Knight fries Skinner's character)
      Apu: He was a good man. (He rips of Skinners leg and eats it) A good, moist man.

    • Lisa: And this website will tell you the weather.
      Marge: Sunny? I never have to look out the window again.

    • Skinner: Moving on, our class trip to Italy is now spaghetti night at Papa John's. And your $1,500 deposits will not be refunded.
      Homer: (excitedly) Ooh! Papa John's.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The Springfield Shopper headline reads: "Couch Gag Thrills Nation," featuring a front page photo of the family on their couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Bart: I'm going off to explore the crevices of Lagrimmar!
      This is a reference to the Orc capital city in World of Warcraft; Orgrimmar. Players usually call it Lagrimmar because of the high amount of lag.

    • Homer ripping off his shirt after the game is a reference to the Women's soccer player Brandi Chastain, whom after 1999 Women's World Cup final after scoring with a fifth penalty kick and thus winning the game ripped off her jersey baring her sports bra.

    • Canal+ (aka "Canal Plus" or simply "C+") is a French premium pay television channel.

    • World Cup Head Butt

      Homer head butts the assistant referee the way Zinedine Zidane of the French team did in the 2006 World Cup game vs. Italy.

    • The victory song the gamers sing after slaying Bart's character is most likely a reference to the "Lusty Month of May" from the Broadway musical Camelot.

    • Bend It Like Beckham:

      Lisa and her friends get the inspiration to play soccer from watching Bend It Like Beckham, which is a 2003 film about two girls from different backgrounds who pressure their families to conform and let them play soccer. The movie features real-life soccer star David Beckham.

    • The computer Marge uses is a Macintosh Notebook (most likely an iBook or a MacBook). Its display features the familiar Mac OS interface.

    • MMORPGs
      The game Earthland Realms is a play on the MMORPGs, RuneScape, World of Warcraft, EverQuest, etc. Also, the throne room we see Bart's character use is copied from the throne of Lorderon in World of Warcraft.

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