The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 6

Marge on the Lam

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 1993 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Marge on the Lam
Homer has to cancel his plans with Marge because he got his arms stuck in two vending machines, so Marge goes out with their neighboor Ruth. It turns out, Ruth is somewhat of a wanted criminal. In a Thelma and Louise style story, Marge and Ruth are being chased by Chief Wiggum and Homer. All the while, Lionel Hutz is left to babysit the children.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • perfect

    what i liked- the Dragnet parodyending, the song that Ruth first played when Marge got in the car, "From this moment on, Lionel Hutz does not exist. Say hello to Miguel Sanchez!", what Homer thought a ballet was originally,the name of the bar being Shotkicks, etc.

    hilarious episode. there are many funny moments in this episode and it was a nice parody to (i believe) Thelma and Louise.. A+ episode, no doubt in my mindmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    this was a good simpsns ep in this ep marge goes out with the girls with the next store niebor ruth powers and she wants to have a good time and ruth wants to go out and live . and so chife wigum attemps to pull ruth over an she flees and reveals she stole the car to marge and marge starts to worry alot because she could go to jail. and pursaded by the cops they drive over a chasm and only to land safly on a pile of garbage this was a good ep that involved marge and that is why igave it a 8.5moreless
  • Marge On The Lam

    Marge invites her neighbor Ruth Powers out to a ballet performance. The two have a great time and agree to go out more often. The next night, Ruth pulls up in a convertible wearing jeans and a leather jacket. Ruth and Marge head off to several night clubs before driving up to the Springfield sign that overlooks the town. Homer arrives just as they are leaving, and runs into Chief Wiggum who offers to drive him home. Wiggum tries to pull over Ruth's car for a minor infraction, but Ruth speeds up since she stole the car from her ex husband. Homer and Wiggum speed off and chase the car. Ruth wants to give herself up when several other police cars join the race, but Marge talks her out of it. They are now driving through the desert towards a chasm. Homer believes they are trying to kill themselves, and before they hit the chasm Homer over a bullhorn apologises to Marge for being a bad husband. The car stops just before hitting the chasm, but Homer and Wiggum's car goes over the edge, landing safely on a pile of garbage.moreless
  • Marge goes on the run from the law in a Thelma and Louise-esque situation with her new best friend, Ruth Powers.

    There are very few Marge episodes that work well,which is a shame because she is a good character but this episode stands out from all the others. It is good character building for Marge, and Homer has some of his best moments ever in this episode. I found Chief Wiggum very funny in this episode also. It showed every character doing what they do best and generally a good episode. The writers didn't fall into the trap of making the episode too Thelma and Louise related so that they left out the funny bits. This combination of comedy and Thelma and Louise work spectacularly together.moreless
  • Not as stong as the rest of the season, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't rock...

    Marge spends some time with her neighbor, Ruth Powers, and the two find that they enjoy each other's company very much. One night, Ruth picks up Marge in a cherry '66 T-Bird convertible that just happens to have been reported stolen by Ruth's ex-husband. Pursued by Chief Wiggum, Marge and Ruth take to the road, Thelma and Louise-style. Wiggum, with Homer as his passenger, tracks down the stolen vehicle, but loses it when Ruth smartly turns her headlights off. Ruth and Marge get away, but Homer and Chief Wiggum drive the squad car off a cliff. The only thing that saves them is a pile of garbage so high they barely crash at all.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

Pamela Reed

Pamela Reed

Ruth Powers

Guest Star

George Fenneman

George Fenneman


Guest Star

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Otto: Hey, Mrs. Simpson, you should try one of these smart drinks! (Downs his drink) Oh, wow. I've wasted my life!

    • Ruth: I envy you and Homer.
      Marge: Thank you. Why?
      Ruth: If you ever met my ex-husband, you'd understand. All he ever did was eat, sleep and drink beer.
      Marge: Your point being?

    • Carl: Hey, Homer, you wanna get a beer on the way home?
      Homer: (bitter) I can't. I gotta take my wife to the ballet.
      Lenny: Heh, You're gonna go see the bear in the little car, huh?

    • Homer: Oh, solid waste! I could kiss you (starts kissing it) Eww-- (kisses some more)--Mmm, I think that was pizza!

    • Bart: You're absolutely right, Dad. We don't need a baby-sitter.
      Homer: Wait a minute (Takes out card reading: "Always do opposite of what Bart Says.") You kids do need a baby-sitter!
      Bart: (to himself) Blast that infernal card! (to Homer) Hey, Dad. Don't give me that card.
      Homer: Here ya go--(Pulls card away)--No!

    • Ruth Powers: I should get home to my daughter before that naked talk show comes on.

    • Homer: Look Marge, I'm sorry I haven't been a better husband. I'm sorry about the time I tried to make gravy in the bathtub. I'm sorry I used your wedding dress to wax the car. And I'm sorry--Oh well, let's just say I'm sorry for the whole marriage up to this point.

    • Lisa: I always knew someday Mom would violently rise up and cast off the shackles of our male oppressors.
      Bart: Eh, shut your yap.

    • Chief Wiggum: Mmm, engine-black eggs. If we can keep these down, we'll be sitting pretty.
      (Marge and Ruth drive by)
      Homer: That's them!
      Chief Wiggum: Quiet! I can't hear the eggs.

    • Chief Wiggum: Ah, just get one of those inflatable women. But make sure it's a woman, though, because one time I...uh, heh...

    • Moe: We're phasing out the games. People drink less when they're having fun.

    • Marge: I'm disappointed in you. But it turns out I had a wonderful time with Ruth Powers. In fact, we're going out again tomorrow night.
      Homer: Marge, that's twice, I think you're spending entirely too much time with this woman!

    • Homer: Hello? Can I get some help? Snack-related mishap!

    • Wiggum: Oh, I'm uh.. on a road, uh.. looks to be asphelt. Um, ah geez, trees, shrubs um.... I'm directly under the earths sun... nnnow!

    • Marge: We can't trick these guys. They are highly trained professionals!
      (Ruth turns off the car lights.)
      Chief Wiggum: Oh my god, it just disappeared! (Gasp) It's a ghost car! (Slams on brakes) There are ghost cars all over these highways you know.
      Homer: Hold me!
      Chief Wiggum: Only if you hold me!

    • Marge: Homer, stop that, it's just a weather station!
      Homer: Come on Marge, it's fun to smash things!

    • (Homer negotiates a baby-sitting rate with Lionel Hutz.)
      Homer: We pay 8 dollars for the night and you can take 2 popsicles outta the freezer.
      Lionel Hutz: Three.
      Homer: Two.
      Lionel Hutz: Okay, two and I get to keep this old birdcage!
      Homer: Done!

    • Bart: Don't worry, you'll feel better once we put your hair up in curlers and give you a makeover, Homina.
      Homer: (In a feminine voice) Ooh, that would be delightfu--Quiet boy!

    • Homer: Where are you going?
      Marge: I don't know.
      Homer: When will you be home?
      Marge: I'm not sure.
      Homer: Where are you going?
      Marge: You already asked me that!
      Homer: Will you bring me back something?

    • (Homer is reading the magazines at the Kwik-E-Mart.)
      Apu: This is not a library!
      (Homer goes to the library.)
      Librarian: This is not a Kwik-E-Mart!

    • Troy McClure: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such telethons as "Out with Gout '88" and "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House."

    • Fireman with saw: Mr. Simpson there's no easy way to say this, were going to have to saw your arms off.
      Homer: Awww, but they'll grow back won't they?
      Fireman: Yeah, sure. They'll grow back.
      Other Fireman: Are you just holding on to the can.
      Homer: Yeah, why?

    • Bart: Hey, it's morning and Mom and Dad aren't home.
      Lisa: Don't worry. Mr. Hutz is still here to take care of us. (nudges Lionel Hutz, who growls and brandishes a knife)
      Lionel (defensively): Don't touch my stuff! (realizes where he is) H-Hey, this isn't the YMCA.

    • Marge: Dear Mrs. Simpson, while we were rescuing your husband, a lumber yard burned down.
      Homer: Ohh, lumber has a million uses.

    • Lionel Hutz: As of this moment, Lionel Hutz no longer exists. Say hello to Miguel Sanchez!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: none
      Couch Gag: The family rushes into the living room and crashes through the wall, which is painted to look like the couch and living room.


    • William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial
      The scene with Mayor Quimby in the underground club is a reference to the William Kennedy Smith alledged rape incident.

    • Homer: Haven't you kids seen Home Alone? If some burglars come, it'll be a very humorous and entertaining situation?
      In the movie Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin is accidentally left behind when his family takes a vacation. Some crooks try to burglarize the house and he rigs up several painful booby traps for them.

    • L.A. Law
      Lionel Hutz and the kids watch the TV drama L.A. Law. Lionel Hutz claims this show is highly inaccurate because real lawyers do not work in skyscrapers, have secretaries or wear belts.

    • Homer: Sometimes you gotta go where everybody knows your name.
      This is referring to the theme song of the sitcom Cheers, as the line Homer says is similar to the first line in the song: "Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name..."

    • Dragnet
      The ending of this episode, which offers what happened to the show's main characters, pays tribute to the long-running police drama Dragnet.

    • Thelma and Louise
      The scene of Ruth and Marge's car headed toward a cliff, culminating in the car driving off the chasm, is a direct spoof of the 1991 film Thelma and Louise.