The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 3

Milhouse of Sand and Fog

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2005 on FOX
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Milhouse of Sand and Fog
Maggie has chicken pox, so Marge throws a "pox party" to help the children of Springfield catch the illness while they are young. During the party, Milhouse's parents get back together. Milhouse does not like this idea, so he and Bart try to break them up. Instead, they break up Marge and Homer.moreless

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  • Overall, the plot does seem be a bit slow-paced but it manages to be witty, crazy, creative and entertaining.

    The story about Kirk and Luann reuniting and Milhouse and Bart's failed attempts to get them back together again is genuinely interesting but the episode forgot all about what happened to Milhouse's parents at the end and instead switched to the plot of trying to get Bart's parents back together. I have never watched The O.C., so I'm afraid I can't make any comparisons between that show and the parody of it with this Simpsons episode. The chickenpox subplot baffled me to some extent and most for the part, I didn't really find it entertaining at all. In my opinion, the episode did content numerous moments which I found to genuinely funny. My favourite gag was Ralph Wiggum's remark of "I feel like a chicken already. I just made an egg in my pants." The twists enclosed in the plot were like the wrapper of a Werther's Original. By the end, the audience will really turn against Bart with his increasingly desperate schemes. I congratulate the production company for making such a fine episode of The Simpsons.moreless
  • Fair

    At a "pox party", Kirk and Luann get back together, and Milhouse could not be happier. Until Bart warns him that sooner or later, he may have a little sibling. So the boys plot to separate them, but their plan actually make Homer and Marge temporarily separate. So they have a new plan to make Homer and Marge realize how much they love each other, and it works. Hooray, everything is of course back to normal.

    A good episode, kinda slow and dull at times, but a decent episode nonetheless. My overall grade for this episode is about a C+/B-moreless
  • Good Episode

    Maggie has chicken pox, so Marge throws a "pox party" to help the children of Springfield catch the illness while they are young. During the party, Milhouse's parents get back together. Milhouse does not like this idea, so he and Bart try to break them up. Instead, they break up Marge and Homer. I thought this was a good episode and it was also a classic episode. It was funny seeing Krusty walk in for like 30 seconds and then leave. Overall, this was a pretty good episode overall.

    Overall for this episode of The Simpsons ; 9/10 9.5 Goodmoreless
  • Classic episode that revolves around the Van Houten family getting back together, but in turn Bart breaks up his parents... Is Homer and Marge's marriage in danger???

    With Maggie displaying a rash, Dr. Hibbert informs the family that she has chicken pox. After Flanders suggests bringing his kids around to get infected, Homer & Marge throw a pox party to infect children who haven't had the disease. When Kirk and Luanne Van Houten find themselves at the party together, they get drunk and rekindle their love for one another. Milhouse thrilled with his parents getting back together soon realizes they're no longer competing for his love. Milhouse and Bart devise a plan to get them to split up again, by placing one of Marge's bras in the Van Houten bed. When Luanne discovers it she tells Homer, who abruptly accuses Marge of sleeping with Kirk. Bart confesses he was behind the prank but Marge kicks Homer out since he didn't trust her word. Bart puts his life in danger to get Homer and Marge back together which turns out to work.moreless
  • Ruins what had been good character development for an already-annoying character.

    Flashback to the historic date of December 1, 1996.

    It becomes clear that Kirk and Luanne Van Houten\'s marriage isn\'t working out as planned, ending in divorce. This puts much strain on Milhouse\'s loyalty to his father vs. that to his mother.

    Meanwhile, Homer is terrified by the prospect of his marriage turning out like theirs. He unnecessarily tries to convince Marge that he still loves her, before filing a divorce. Marge is shocked, until Homer reveals he did so in order to make it possible for them to have a second wedding, this one a vast improvement.

    Inspired by them, Kirk tries to win Luanne back, and proposes to her for a second time, of course getting a flat no. This was occasionally referenced later in the series, not as it was here, but it still gave Milhouse development.

    September 25, 2005. Just under 9 years later.

    ...they\'re. Back. Together.

    When I saw this, I felt like screaming in annoyance. Their divorce had been significantly realistic in nature, and I thought it was good to see realism in the show. Now, they\'re back together like nothing even happened. All I have to say is, what the hell were you smoking, writers?!?!

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

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Milhouse: Do you like the dummy, Bart? I even made it smell like you.

    • Bart: This is awesome! Black God rules!

    • Marge: Something's wrong with Maggie. We should get her to Dr. Hibbert. But I don't see him anywhere.
      Rev. Lovejoy: The Hibberts now attend the more "boisterous" house of worship.

    • Bart: I'll give you guys a kagillion dollars if you get back together.
      Homer: Make it two kagillion.

    • Kirk: (to Milhouse) And son, I wanna make one thing clear; unlike the breakup, this is not your fault.

    • Milhouse: I don't wanna live in a world without Bart! (Jumps into river)
      Marge: Can he swim?
      Bart: What do you think?

    • Marge: So I got your note saying you wanted to meet here to apologize.
      Homer: Well I got your note saying you were gonna bring me a bucket of potato salad.
      Marge: Where's my apology?
      Homer: Where's my bucket?

    • Bart: Does this mean you and Dad might get a D A V U R S?
      Marge: Young man you go work on your spelling. Or I'll delete all the custom ring tones from your cellphone.
      Bart: Noooo!

    • Lisa: I can read you like a book!
      Bart: Haha, you read books!

    • Homer: Well I'd better go.
      Lisa: Where are you staying?
      Homer: You know the four seasons? Well, I'm experiencing them first hand because I'm living in the park.

    • Bart: We tried to break up your parents and we broke up mine.
      Milhouse: Wanna call my therapist and tell her how you feel? (Calls up) Hello Dr. Wexler?
      Doctor: Stop calling me! I'm on my honeymoon! (to husband) Yeah, it's that weird kid again.

    • Homer: This is Marge's bra! I bought it for her boobs!

    • Luanne: Marge is having an affair with Kirk!
      Homer: That's ridiculous. No woman would want to have sex with that loser. Oh and uh, congratulations on snagging him back. Good stuff.

    • Milhouse: I am drunk! I'll prove it. Watch me... kiss this picture of Nana! (Trying to kiss the picture) Oh, I can't do it! She's so mean to me! She wouldn't let me eat Fruit Loops!

    • Homer: (On the phone) No I'm not coming into work. I have chicken pox. I know I said that last month but I was lying, geez. Right, right... right... right. Right! Okay, right! I love you, bye. (Hangs up) I just got fired.

    • Milhouse: Sweet Lizzie McGuire!

    • Luanne: Kirk you look good. Have you been working out?
      Kirk: Well dogs have been chasing me!

    • Chief Wiggum: I can even touch my gun to my nose. Don't worry I'm the peef of cholice. I mean, the beef with no cheese. Why doesn't Lou like me!? Why!?

    • Ralph: I feel like a chicken already. I just made an egg in my pants!

    • Ned: You'd have to be awfully money grubbing to charge your friends and neighbors.
      Homer: 15 dollars to infect your kids! Now featuring the pox box! Pox box not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, As with any disease box results may vary. Pox box!

    • Homer: Can't even go in my own kitchen. Bart's in there right now eating frosting off my egg beaters.
      Bart: Don't worry dad, I'm saving one for you. I'll just leave it here in the dog's mouth.
      Homer: No! Bart! That's a really bad storage area.

    • (homer is at the mailbox)
      Lisa: Dad? I thought mom kicked you out of the house?
      Homer: (Seriously) I came to get my mail. Resident. Occupent. (Sad) I can't open these. (Excited) ooh! Trafic ticket!!
      Homer: (opens up the envolope and starts to cry) I'd do anything to get your mother and that doughnut back.

    • Homer: Did you sleep with Kirk Van Houten?
      Marge: (gasps) How could you ask me that?
      Homer: I repeat, did you sleep with Kirk?
      Marge: Homer, you're crazy!
      Homer: You're not saying no.
      Marge: Fine, no!
      Homer: I'm still not hearing no.
      Marge: No, no, no!
      Homer: (sarcastically) Well, me thinks the lady protests too much!

    • Homer: If my party made you sick, tell your friends.

    • Homer: Praise the Lord! I can walk again! (Dr. Hibbert and Marge give Homer a look) What? My foot fell asleep.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and takes their places on the couch, then an on-screen TiVo style menu pops up asking if we would like to delete or save this recording. "Delete this recording now" is selected and the screen goes blank.


    • Homer: (Sarcastically) Well, methinks the Lady doth protests too much!
      Hamlet reference; the actual line in Shakespeare's play is "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

    • House of Sand and Fog
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2003 film, House of Sand and Fog.