The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 8

Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 2004 on FOX
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Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays
Bart is trying to watch "The Gator Baiter," when Lisa turns the channel to "Dollhouse Do-Overs." In their ensuing scuffle for the remote, the channel is changed to "Roofi," an entertainer that appeals to very small children. To get the TV back Bart suggests that Marge buy Maggie a "Roofi" CD, which Lisa tries to warn him against. The warning doesn't work; Marge fills the house and family car with the sounds of "Roofi," which drives Homer, Bart and Lisa crazy. Marge takes Maggie to an outdoor "Roofi" concert being held at Cletus's farm. The concert turns into a disaster and the babies begin to riot. After paying $1 million in additional taxes to help pay for the damage the babies caused, the single (and other childless) adults of Springfield join SSCCATAGAPP (Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples And Teens And Gays Against Parasitic Parents) and begin to revolt against children. "Children are the future, today belongs to me." Marge takes up the cause on behalf of the children and works to get voter sponsored initiative proposition on the ballot. Marge forms PPASSCCATAG (Proud Parents Against Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples And Teens And Gays). The tobacco lobby tries to endorse Marge's cause, but she won't take their money; however, Mr. Burns signs her petition and others soon follow. Her "Families Come First" proposition #242 gets on the ballot. Homer's attempts to help Marge's initiative, but his kind of help might only hurt it. Bart and Lisa (well Lisa anyway) come up with a plan to get Marge's prop 242 passed. It seems the members of SSCCATAGAPP have no immunity against children.moreless

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  • There's a reason why the episode's title is so hard to remember: this episode is so bad, you wish you'd forget it.

    There's a number of things in this episode that makes it one of the worst episodes of the Simpsons of all time.

    1. Roofi's song. Note to the Simpsons writers: if you're writing a song parodying music that babies will enjoy, make sure the song isn't painful for those over the age of 3.

    2. Flawed Logic Number 1. Let me get this straight, a group of adults are protesting against everyone under 13 (and caring for them) due to an incident caused by babies whose brains aren't even developed yet. Anyone else see how severely flawed this idea is (and how unfair it is)?

    3. The montage of the adults taking advantage of the "anti-kids" movement. So unfunny, it's painful.

    4. The bit with the devil. There's a fine line between fantasy items in the Simpsons world and stuff that is too cartoony even for that world (unless it's one of those "trilogy" episodes). This is an example of the later.

    5. The kids' plan to stop the "anti-kid" movement supporters. Reality check here: people don't begin to feel symptoms instantly once they receive germs that cause illness.

    6. Flawed Logic Number 2. So the plan to stop the "anti-kid" movement involves having the kids stand outside of the school (where voting is taking place) and make the supporters of the movement ill. A big problem here: there's too little detail when it comes to this plan. Was the school the only site where people could vote? Where all the "anti-kid" movement supporters assigned to vote only at the school? If not, were other kids stationed at other voting places as part of the plan to stop the supporters. It just doesn't make sense here.

    There's still a number of funny moments in this episode (i.e. the concert for babies, Homer's political ad). However, that can't stop the train wreck that is this episode.moreless
  • Marge protects her rights to have a family.

    After a baby riot at a Roofi concert, Lindsay Neagle starts a protest group: Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples & Teens & Gays Against Parasitic Parents - whose main objection is paying taxes for kids when they don't have any themselves.

    This episode sure did have a crazy plot, but it made up for that with some great humor. I have always enjoyed a good Marge episode here and there, and this one delivers. Marge is a character I can take in small doses, and it was good to see an episode centered around her for once. Give it a watch.moreless
  • Four words describe this episode "wierd, and flippen sweet."

    When Marge purchases Maggie a Roofi music CD, she becomes obsessed and along with hundreds of other babies, attends his outdoor concert. When the event is overbooked, the babies start a riot which prompts Lindsey Nagle to organize a group called "Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples & Teens & Gays Against Parasitic Parents" to revolt against children. The whole town except those with families jump on board, and Marge organizes a rival group called "Proud Parents Against Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples & Teens & Gays". She works to get a voter sponsored initiative proposition called 'Families Come First', which Mr. Burns supports due to his need for healthy organ donors. Her proposition gets on the ballot, and Homer attempts to help hound the competition with a commercial that could only do harm. Lisa organizes the kids of Springfield to shower the townspeople with love before the ballot. In the end prop 242 wins.moreless
  • A below average Marge episode. Worth a watch, but not very gteat.

    I've said it many times before, and I guess I'll say it again: Marge is not funny on her own. Seeing that this episode was written by Jon Vitti, one of the few consistently good writers left, I had some high (or at least, better than average) hopes. But when, halfway through the episode, the main storyline had not even started, this began to wane.

    We'd had some funny moments though - Maggie was great as always, and the Woodstock-style concert was without fault (I especially liked the babies passing the pacifier around like a joint). Until the riot, at least. From there it all went down hill.

    One thing I particularly disliked is the man who turned into the devil, this just seemed totally random and unnecessary - it added nothing to the plot at all. Then in the last two minutes we had some rushed tacked-on ending, with an even more abrupt cut to the closing credits. Ugh.

  • You gotta hate Roofi

    Roofi's songs are clearly annoying and that's what makes them so funny with the reactions of Bart and Lisa very similar to my reactions to annoying bands like the wiggles or Hi 5.

    Marge and Lindsey Naegle's groups have the funniest abbreviations that seem to go on forever. One scene I particularly liked was when everyone kept disappearing (well, escaping very fast) in the italian restaurant.

    The plot is very strange but the humour is plentiful and humerous. Homer's advertisement screwing up marge's petition rather than helping it is a classic homer scene: homer has the best intentions but stupid ways of putting his ideas across. I'll finish this review with three simple words: Roofi is annying!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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Look Closely: Cletus has two extra lines for his mustache then he does in previous and future episodes. They can be seen only throughout Season 15.

    • Music From This Episode:
      "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones (As Groundskeeper Willie rounds up the children.)
      "My Generation" by The Who (During the sequence when all child friendly things are destroyed)

    • When Roofi is singing 'Ze Nonsense Song' the giant Roofi head on the curtain switches positions.

    • Syndication cuts out all traces of Homer's Rudolph Giuliani gag.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Overheard on the FOX channel while Bart and Lisa wrestle over control of the remote)
      Hank Hill: Bobby, I've got propane in my urethra.

    • Marge: The first thing were going to need is money.
      Restaurant is suddenly deserted and the sound of crickets can be heard
      Luigi: I'ma so sorry Marge, But I guess'a you gett'a da bill'a
      Room is suddenly deserted and the sound of crickets can be heard
      Luigi: Aww FOR THE LOVE A' PIZZA!
      Man-Luigi Risotto?
      Luigi: That'sa me!
      Man: I'm from the U.S Immigration Department.
      Room is suddenly deserted and the sound of crickets can be heard

    • Announcer: And now, our opening act, in their first live show since Tinky Winky was acquitted of manslaughter…
      Tinky Winky: (walking onto the stage) Not guilty!
      Announcer: The Teletubbies!!!

    • Roofi: How's the crowd, Steve?
      Steve: Awful fussy…
      Roofi: You're kidding me, did you make funny faces? (Steve nods) You did? Did you jiggle your keys?
      Steve: I did it all man!

    • (clubbing rioting kids at the Roofi concert)
      Lou: I don't feel right clubbing women and children, Chief.
      Chief Wiggum: I hear ya. Some days are tougher than others. Just close your eyes and club. (the babies swarm over the cops, knocking them to the ground) This is it boys, we'll have to tummy kiss our way out!

    • Lindsey Naegle: I dream of an America with nudity and F-words on network TV. Where the whole world doesn't stop because a school bus did. Children are the future… today belongs to me!

    • Bart: Mom, I locked your keys in the car.
      Marge: Then wait in the shadows!
      Bart: Also, Maggie puked in your purse again.
      Lindsey Naegle: Poor me… all my purse is full of is disposable income.

    • Roofi: Hello Springfield! Roofi is coming to your town! One show only. Tickets will go fast. Very fast! So your parents should be getting in line! If you don't come, Roofi will be sad… and the helpful bear, she will DIE! (Helpful Bear starts coughing and is attached to an IV drip.)
      (Roofi start singing)
      Tickets, tickets buy them now!
      Roofi here will show you how!
      Visa, Amex or MC.
      Or make out a cheque to me!

    • Marge: I got the Roofi tickets! I got them fair and square and I kept my dignity. Not like Janie's mom…
      Homer: (Maggie has Homer's nose in tongs) Whoopwhoopwhoopwhoopwhoopwhoop!
      Marge: Whatever… (walks away)
      Homer: Hmmmm! Hmmm!!

    • Bart: Mom, that's Roofi. His music is why babies are idiots.

    • (the kids start hugging the adults in an attempt to stop them from voting))
      Rodd: I love you…
      Kids: I love you…
      Ralph: I love glue!
      Todd: I love you!
      Moe: Awww such a sweet little thing… time to destroy your future!

    • (in his commercial supporting 'Families Come First')
      Homer: You probably heard a lot of bad things about 'Families Come First', but newspaper writers are a bunch of jerks.

    • (while being bitten on the crotch by a crocodile)
      Crocodile Hunter: Oh, Crikey! She's got me by the dangle-doo!

    • Bart: Why don't you let us watch TV, and get her a Roofi CD?
      Lisa: Bart, on't-day ell-tay om-may oofi-Ray as-hay eec-days.
      Bart: Hy-way ot-nay? Hat-way ould-cay o-gay rong-way?
      Lisa: E'll-shay uy-bay hem-tay, upid-stay!
      Marge: Ou-yay ow-knay, I-ay as-way oung-yay once-way oo-tay.
      Bart and Lisa: Ap-cray…

    • (in his commercial supporting 'Families Come First')
      Homer: 'Families Come First' is supported by lifelong Springfieldians you know and trust, like me, Milhouse's dad, Bumblebee Man, Surly Duff, and that jerk that goes "Yesss?". For more information, visit our website, We're not affiliated; we're just piggybacking on their message board.

    • Lindsey Naegle: Let's KILL EVERY CHILD… friendly thing in town!

    • Lisa: Bart, why are we fighting?
      Bart: Because we're KIDS!!!

    • Bart: Please! Make me write something on the chalkboard a thousand times!
      Mrs Krabappel: We all got tired of that chalkboard years ago, now go home.

    • Homer: (attempting to hypnotise people) I am Rudy Guliani, do as I command you... I am Rudy Guliani, do as I command you.

    • Roofi's song:
      One, two, tie your shoe.
      Three, four, pick up ze floor.
      Five, six, don't play tricks.
      Seven, Eight, clean your plate.
      Nine, ten, start over again!

    • Fake Marge on TV: Now it's time to do some coke off the blade of a knife.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the second time since Wild Barts Can't be Broken that a law is announced that affects children

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family members take their places on the couch, and then knives are thrown at them. The knives miss them, but stick in the wall, just near their heads.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • The blubbering expression that comes over Milhouse's face when the child-friendly things are being destroyed references a famous photograph of a Frenchman during France's surrender to the Nazis.

    • :
      Homer and Maggie fighting over the TV remote is a complete spoof of the typical 3 Stooges fighting routine from Homer's "Nyanng"-ing to his hitting himself.

    • Comic Book Guy: "America needs the wisdom of "Herman's Head" now more than ever."
      "Herman's Head" is a show that both Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith starred in.

    • The Iraq War
      The toppling of the Itchy and Scratchy statue with the tank and rope around the neck resembles the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in downtown Bagdad, Iraq shortly after coalition forces entered the city.

    • Lisa: "For all their disposable income, for all their leisure time, they had no immunity against God's lowliest creatures; children."
      This is a parody of the end of the H.G. Well's book "War of the Worlds," where the aliens do perish from the loweliest creatures, only in the book, they're germs.

    • TV: "Bobby, I've got propane in my urethra."
      A blatant parody of King of the Hill- in which the main character Hank Hill is a propane salesman and suffers from a narrow urethra.

    • :
      Not only is the Roofi concert a spoof of Woodstock, but it also pokes fun at the Altamont disaster featured in the 1970 documentary "Gimme Shelter."

    • Roofi: 3,4 pick up the floor
      Roofi is an obvious reference to Raffi who sings songs for kids and play the guitar.

    • Homer: "Nyanng Nyanng Nyanng Nyanng Nyanng!" [whooping]
      When Maggie pinches Homer's nose through the grate, he imitates Curly Howard's pained noises.

    • :
      "My Generation" is a song by the popular british invasion band 'The Who.'

    • :
      "Sign (Everywhere a Sign)" was a song released by the band, 'The Five Man Electrical Band.'

    • "The Gator Baiter" is a reference to The Crocodile Hunter, as seen on Animal Planet, and recently in the news for playing with his one month old son while feeding a crocodile. This recent news gives this reference extra feel at the time of play.

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