The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 7

Marge Gets a Job

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When the house needs expensive repairs, Marge is forced to get a job to help make ends meet. She is hired in at the nuclear power plant and quickly becomes the apple of Mr. Burns' eye. Meanwhile, Bart tries his darnedest to get out of taking a test at school.moreless

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  • perfect

    what i liked- tom jones' appearance at the end (the fact he was forced to sing for marge), "I'm going to sue the pants off you!" "You don't have to sue to get my pants off" (or whatever burns said), Bart pretending to have Tourette's, Bart being attacked by the wolf in the hallway and Mrs. K not believing him, amongst other things.

    good episode. i really liked bart's plot, in terms of humor, but marge's also did. it was also really good in terms of plot. goodplot and humor, what more could you ask for? A+ episode.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons the house is need of some really bad repairs like one side of the house is sinking and they need to makes ends meat so marge decides to work with homer at the power plant to make the money they need for the repaires meanwhile bart is trying to get out of a test and is trying everything when he starts to cry wolf the teacher does not really belive him but there really is a wolf but no one is listing and then mr burns falls in love with marge he even goes as far to kid napp her idol tom jones to win her over this was a good epmoreless
  • One side of the Simpson house is sinking!

    Overall I think this is a pretty good episode to show new Simpsons viewers. I'm not quite sure it's a "classic" episode but after watching it for the first time in years I can say I was laughing consistently during this episode.

    The plot and jokes flow really well together in this episode. This episode seems to have a lot of smaller jokes coming at you, such as Lionel Hutz offering Marge and Homer a drink in his law office. Which is quickly followed by Mr. Hutz explaining that it's ok because he's been up for days! That is quick witted classic Simpsons humor that we don't get as often in the newer episodes.

    From Homer asking the Troy Mclure video questions to grandpa's home remedy's to Mr. Smithers kidnapping Tom Jones.... a really impressive episode all around.moreless
  • Not bad not bad at; the writers really worked hard on this plot I can tell

    When the Simpsons' house begins sliding off its foundation, Marge is forced to get a job to help make ends meet. Where else can she turn other than The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where she is promptly hired. While on the job, Marge catches the eye--and the heart--of Mr. Burns, who falls madly in love with her. To impress her, he even hires her favorite singer, Tom Jones, to serenade her, but Marge rejects all of her boss' advances and stays faithful to Homer. A good episode to say the least, but I have to say not as many jokes as I'm used to, but it looks like the writers put a lot of effort into this plot so in the end not bad but not perfect...moreless
  • Marge joins Homer at the Nuclear Power Plant and Mr. Burns is attracted to her.

    Homer learns that his house, which has slid off its foundation, will cost $8,500 to repair. Marge applies for a job at the power plant so the family will have enough money to fix it. Smithers is impressed with her and hires her. Meanwhile, at school, Bart fakes being sick to get out of school. Grampa, tells Bart the story of the boy who cried wolf. Bart had never read it so he did care. At the plant, Mr. Burns is smitten by Marge and orders Smithers to arrange a romantic dinner for just the two of them. To help Mr. Burns have a unforgetable night, Smithers kidnaps Tom Jones for the evening's entertainment. When a wolf escapes Krustys show, it comes into the school. Bart cries "Wolf," but Mrs. Krabappel ingores him. Willie saves him. Mr. Burns finds out Marge is married, and he fires her. Homer defends Marge, and Mr. Burns lets them have a special dinner at his manor, while Tom Jones performs.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

Tom Jones

Tom Jones


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Krusty is being attacked by some sort of giant bird.)
      Animal Specialist: She must think you are after her eggs.
      Krusty: I only ate one!

    • (Bart is sent home because he faked being sick.)
      Grandpa: Good news, boy. I found a pharmacy that carries leeches! Well, it wasn't exactaly a pharmacy. More of a bait shop.

    • (Maggie is trying to get her bottle.) Abe: Maggie? Oh, you must be sick. Let's see, what's old Dr. Washburn prescribe? Do you have dropsy? The grippe? Scofula? The vapors? Jungle rot? Dandy fever? Poor man's gout? Housemaid's knee? Climatic poopow? The staggers? Dum-dum fever?

    • Mr. Burns: I want you to show this woman the time of her life.
      Homer: Gotcha! Marge, we're getting some drive-thru, then we're doing it twice!

    • Edna: Bart, to avoid this test, you've had smallpox, the bends, and that unfortunate bout of Tourette's syndrome.

    • Grampa: Have you ever read "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"?
      Bart: I glanced at it. Boy cries wolf, has a few laughs… I forget how it ends.

    • Edna: Well, then, you're ready for your make-up test.
      Bart: Ohhhhhh! My ovaries.

    • Mr. Burns: I must have her! Smithers, zoom in. Closer! Closer! Closer, dammit!
      (the camera hits Marge in the head)
      Marge: Ow!
      Mr. Burns: Too close.

    • Marge: What do I do?
      Smithers: Heh, heh, heh. Marge, please! According to your resume, you invented this machine.

    • Smithers: This resume is very impressive. Let me be the first to say "Abibu gazini".
      Marge: What?
      Smithers: Welcome aboard. I guess my Swahili's not as good as yours.

    • Marge: Maybe you'd get promoted if you worked a little harder.
      Homer: Are you kidding? I work like a Japanese beaver.
      Marge: Oh, really? I came to see you three times today. Twice you were sleeping and once you were kicking that ball of electrical tape around.
      Homer: Well! I won't sleep in the same bed with a woman who thinks I'm lazy. I'm going to go right downstairs, unfold the couch, unroll the sleeping ba… (gets back into bed) Eh, good-night.

    • Marge: You can't fire me just because I'm married. I'm gonna sue the pants off you!
      Mr. Burns: You don't have to sue me to get my pants off.

    • Homer: Now, Marge, just remember. If something goes wrong at the plant,
      blame the guy who can't speak English.

    • Smithers: I prepared a special musical number for Jack's special night.
      Smithers: There is a man.
      Chorus: There is a man!
      Smithers: A certain man.
      Chorus: A certain man!
      Smithers: A man whose grace and handsome face are known across the land. You know his name.
      Chorus: You know his name!
      Smithers: It's Mr. Burns.
      Chorus: It's Mr. Burns!
      Smithers: He loves a smoke, enjoys a joke.
      Mr. Burns & Chorus: Ah ha ha ha!
      Smithers: Why he's worth ten times what he earns.
      Chorus: He's Mr. Burns!
      Mr. Burns: I'm Mr. Burns!
      Smithers: He's Monty Burns!
      Mr. Burns: I'm MR. Burns!
      Smithers & Chorus: To friends he's known as Monty, but to you it's Mr. Burns!
      Smithers: Bur-bur-bur-bur-Burns.
      Mr. Burns: Burns!

    • Homer: Marge, it'll cost eighty-five hundred dollars! We only have five hundred in the bank, and that leaves... eighty-hundred we need.

    • Willie: Ahhh Wolfie, don't feel bad for losin'. I been wreslin' wolves since you were at your mother's teat.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the premiere, one of Bart's excuses for getting out of a test was claiming he had Tourette's Syndrome, which Bart emphasized by blurting out, "Shove it, witch!" followed by barking and convulsions. Again, the censors got complaints, so in all of the repeats, "Tourette's Syndrome" became "Rabies" and the 'Shove it' line with barking/convulsions was cut out. The DVD version restores 'Shove it' and the barking/convulsions, but the excuse remains as "Rabies." Just before the end of the scene, after Mrs. Krabappel says, "No more excuses!" Bart can be heard muttering something about "...Tourette's syndrome..."

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not teach others to fly.
      Couch Gag: The family have their heads switched.


    • Diamonds are Forever
      The scene where Smithers opens a suitcase with sleeping gas is an allusion to the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. Two villains, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, perform a similar kidnapping of James Bond and deliver a similar remark.

    • Hughes H-4 Hercules
      The retirement party for Jack Marley was held on the wrecked remains of a rather large train nicknamed the "Spruce Caboose." This is a reference to the largest plane ever built (at the time), the Hughes H-4 Hercules, nicknamed the "Spruce Goose." The Spruce Goose was developed by aviator Howard Hughes. It was built out of wood due to the lack of materials during war time.

    • The Empire Strikes Back
      The music from the movie plays as Burns surveys his monitors is a parody of the music from the film The Empire Strikes Back.

    • Krusty: Loud?! That's our secret word for today!
      The "Secret Word" gag is a parody of the "Word Of The Day" joke seen in every episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

    • Smithers: (singing) It's Mr. Burns!
      The song Smithers performs for Mr. Burns at the retirement ceremony is taken from the 1941 movie Citizen Kane.