The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 5

Marge's Son Poisoning

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Marge's Son Poisoning
Marge buys a tandem bicycle, but Homer doesn't seem to be interested. Bart takes up the offer and him and Marge start to spend a lot more time together. All the while, Homer builds up a massive amount of stregth in one of his arms. Moe then enters him into the arm wrestling championships.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • This episode is boring, not funny at all!

    Homer isn't funny in this episode at all. The tandem bike and tea house part just didn't cut. I could never find Bart funny as a momma's boy. I hope the writers of this episode have been fired. I didn't even laugh in this episode, how sad for the Simpsons. Thanks for nothing.
  • Worst Episode EVER !

    I just don't know what the writers were thinking. This is not funny. Its trying hard to be funny but it isn't. It was revolting the whole concept of Bart as a momma's boy and then the corny music and the stupid scenes that left us all holding our stomachs.
  • Worst. Episode. Ever.

    You know, I've been a huge Simpsons fan since the very first episode (and even before that) -- I'm one of those dorks who can whip out a relevant Simpsons quote for any given occasion or event -- and I can confidently say that this is the worst Simpsons episode that has ever aired. It was lame, unfunny, pointless, and at times just downright tedious. Worse yet, it was extremely predictable at points. As soon as Moe noticed Homer's disproportionately muscular right arm, I muttered "arm wresling". Sure enough... arm wrestling scam. It was _that_ painfully obvious.

    Where's the subtle, witty humor that made the Simpsons such an incredible, intelligent show? It just wasn't there, and hasn't really been there this entire season. I'm afraid that the Simpsons may have jumped the shark, and that just breaks my heart for this once-great show to have fallen so low.

    The only time I laughed during the entire episode was at the opening credits, during the longer-than-usual couch gag when Professor Frink's flying couch attacked him -- and that wasn't even all that funny.

    It's painfully obvious that their writing team has just lost whatever enthusiasm they ever had for the show -- or, perhaps, they have a new writing team that just stinks (*edit* I now realize that this is the case). I can't really say, but this episode was utter garbage.

    The Simpsons is one of the few shows I look forward to every week (I watch 4 shows regularly, with the Simpsons being one of those), and this episode just left me feeling cheated. Because of the inept writing, the characters became just hollow charicatures of themselves, falling back on tired old cliches and direct rip-offs of previous Simpsons episodes. So very, very sad.

    I want my 22 minutes back. With interest.moreless
  • Mother Song Bonding

    Marge and Bart start spending quality time with each other, and this pleases Marge. But soon Bart is made fun of by Kearney, Dolph, and Jimbo, so Bart starts spending less time with Marge, which upsets her. To make it up to her, Bart and her sign up for a karaoke contest. Skinner and his mom are also signed up, and when Marge sees them singing, she imagines it being her and Bart, which scares her. So they reconcile without singing.

    A good episode, not the best, but certainly not the worst. My overall grade would be about a B-moreless
  • Many people may disagre with me on this one but this was actually a pretty good episode.I thought that this episode really was sometime funny. Say what you want but in my opinion this episode should be a classic. It had a good plot and was funny.moreless

    The family visits Paradise Pier as it's being dismantled. Homer purchases a dumbbell while Marge buys a tandem bicycle. When they arrive home Marge finds that nobody wants to ride the tandem bike with her so she rides it alone. Bart's friends notice and suggest that she's lonely, so Bart feeling sorry for her decides to ride with her. The two ride to a teahouse where they sit and talk over tea and cakes. The tea house closes the next day, prompting Bart to set up his own in his treehouse. Marge helps him decorate. When Bart is labelled a mama's boy, he rebels, breaking the redecorated treehouse as well as Marge's heart. Bart feels guilty so he suggests he and Marge sing a duet at the school's karaoke night. But when Marge witnesses Skinner and his mother's "mama's boy" antics she puts a stop to their newfound friendship to prevent Bart turning out like his principal.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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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 (3)

    • When Marge is trying to ride her tandem bike the music playing is "Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)".

    • Attractions at the carnival:
      King Neptune's salt-water bath: cures imbecility!
      Sulfur Pops: The loud pronouncement means it's working!
      Dr. Lungstrong's tobacco lotion.
      Magnesium vapor soak tub.

    • Marge's Goal List:
      -Own a tandem bike
      -Visit Holyland, return safely
      -Download something
      -Never change hairdo
      -Try wheat bread.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Krusty Tea Cup: (after Bart smashes it) Smashing voids my warranty. Have a good life!

    • Marge: (to Bart) Your job isn't to worry about me. It's to give me things to worry about.

    • Rich Texan: Gimme a bottle of bourbon. I got a new liver and I'm breaking it in.

    • Moe: Now if we get bored on the bus, I've got a book of brain teasers here. Lets see uhh.. Oh brothers and sisters have I none, but this mans father is my fathers son. Huh… (Throws the book into the garbage) Screw you ya stupid thing. (Walks away and then comes back and gets the book out of the bin and reads the answer) He is my son. That blows!!

    • (Marge and Bart are at the tea house and Marge finds a note on the door)
      Note: Loyal customers, we have been forced to close forever. It seems our cakes were filled with rat droppings, it's not that we're bad people we just weren't paying close attention. Ta Ta.
      Bart: What'd it say?
      Marge: Ahhhhh… She died.

    • Moe: Okay, your first opponent is Lefty "The Righty" Left-Right.

    • Homer: (On the phone) Hello, Domino's? What do you mean you're not open! No, you call me back during business hours! I'll show you who's a recorded message!

    • Homer: A strongman? Are you for sale? Cause I need someone to throw a birdbath at my neighbor.

    • Homer: I'm joining a professional arm wrestling circuit.
      Marge: Uh huh. And how will this affect your job at the plant?
      Homer: Negatively, I assume.

    • Homer: (counting reps on his dumbbell) 95, 96, 13, 64, Banana…

    • Agnes: Seymour! Where were you? A brightly colored car hurt my eyes!
      Skinner: Don't worry mother; I have your eye balm here in my man purse right here.

    • Skinner: You know, people say when we're on stage it's more like "Scareoke". Scary talented, I assume.

    • Bart: They're tearing down the pier!
      Bart: But what will junkies do drugs under?
      Homer: Oh, they'll bounce back, son. They're a strong people.

    • Homer: Marge, I don't hate your mother. I just won't be sad when she dies.

    • (Lisa enters Bart's treehouse)
      Lisa: Bart?
      Bart: You're not allowed in here! Can't you read the sign?
      Lisa: You mean this?
      (She points to a sign that reads "Time For Tea With Mommy And Me")
      Bart: Aye, Carumba!
      (He rips it down to reveal a "No Girls Allowed" sign)

    • Agnes: Good boy! You can push your crib into mommy's room tonight.
      Principal Skinner: It's not a crib, it's a cot.
      Agnes: If it has rails it's a crib!

    • Jimbo: That was weird. Will you teach us how to smoke?
      Marge: NO!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living but their couch shows its teeth and begins to come after them. They run out the front door and onto the street, where we see that their neighbors are having couch troubles of their own. We cut to Sherri and Terri's house where the twins are sitting on a bean bag couch that swallows them whole. Meanwhile Springfield's finest are being terrorized in their squad car by a couch and two chairs; Professor Frink's flying sofa is firing energy beams at him and Moe uses a shotgun to dispense with his bar furniture that is on the move. Finally Homer (tired from running) stops to rest at Couch World, where he is smothered by couches.


    • Midnight Cowboy
      The music in the background beginning when Marge travels alone with her bike is the theme from the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy as performed by Toots Thielman. The movie is also referenced as Marge takes her bike through what looks like the slums of New York City, then on a lonely bus ride to Miami, just as Jon Voight did with Dustin Hoffman.

    • The China Syndrome
      The name of the china shop where Marge and Bart buy their tea service takes its name from the 1979 movie The China Syndrome starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas.

    • Grease
      The "Tea Birds" jackets that Marge gave to Bart are a copy from the "T-Birds" jackets from the 1978 film Grease.