The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 7

Mommie Beerest

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 30, 2005 on FOX
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Mommie Beerest
The family is celebrating by having brunch at a fancy restaurant; Homer has finally paid off the mortgage. Lisa and Bart get into a food fight, embarrassing Homer. Homer goes to Moe's, where a visit from the health inspector, results in his death from eating one of Moe's pickled eggs. The new health inspector comes down hard and Moe's is closed until the violations are cleared up. The regulars hold an Irish wake for the demise of Moe's. Homer decides to help Moe reopen his bar; and he gets a new mortgage for their home. When Marge finds out, as a new co-owner she goes with Homer to the bar and tells Moe that there are going to be changes until he pays them back. On Homer's next visit, he finds Marge behind the bar, protecting their investment. She sends him home to take care of the kids, while she sells Moe on the idea of remodeling the place into an English pub. The new place opens and is a success; the kids tell Homer that they've noticed that Marge is spending more time at Moe's than he ever did. Homer becomes worried; but Marge tells him there is nothing to worry about. They go to a movie together, but they are joined by Moe. Homer is more worried than ever; Lenny and Carl tell Homer that Marge and Moe are having an emotional affair. When Marge and Moe are leaving to go to a convention together in Aruba, Homer makes a mad dash to the airport and gets to the airplane as it is taxing down the runaway. He confronts Moe, but Moe makes him realize that he really doesn't know that much about his wife. Homer concedes defeat, but Marge tells Moe that she doesn't love him. She tells Homer that she is totally committed to him. In Aruba, Marge makes Moe realize that he might be able to make a woman happy some day with a few changes. Marge realizes that no one is home watching the kids, but the kids aren't at home as Bart has them entered in a European balloon race.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the health inspector mentions the toilet on top of the roof of Moe's Tavern, the flush handle of the toilet is shown facing to the right side. When Moe climbs the ladder to use the toilet, the handle is facing left.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Homer: I don't wanna take care of the kids. How many cigars are they allowed to have? Bart sleeps in the microwave, right?
      Marge: Quit playing dumb!

    • Marge: Oh my God, who's watching the kids?
      (Cut to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie in a hot-air balloon)
      Lisa: Are you sure Mom and Dad want us to enter a European hot-air balloon race?
      Bart: Sure, why not?

    • (movie preview at the cinema)
      Narrator: Coming this summer from DreamWorks! Cards! 52 jokers playing the game of their lives!
      Baby Card: I didn't want to be a 3! I wanted to be a 7!
      Father Card: Shut up, kid. You're as crazy as an 8, I'm telling you.
      Narrator: With Eddie Murphy as the Jack of Clubs!
      Jack of Clubs: You don't understand, officer. I thought that King was a Queen (does trademark laugh)
      Narrator: This summer, the house is full and the deuces are wild in Cards!
      Eight of Clubs: Hey, Jack. You got any two's?
      Jack of Diamonds: (a la Jack Nicholson) You can't handle the two's!

    • Moe: My first credit card. Wow, the numbers are all bumpy-like!

    • Quimby: How rude! What do I have to do enjoy a Sunday brunch with my secret other family?
      Homer: I've never been so embarrassed! And the worst part is this is brunch so you've ruined two meals! I'll see you all at lupper.

    • At Itchy and Scratchyland
      Homer: "Stop this ride!"
      Pimple-Faced Kid: "You're the boss!"
      (The cars wreck on the track, with the lead car sending a family plummeting to the bottom of a chasm, a la most Wile E. Coyote cartoons)
      Little boy: (emerging unscathed, as his parents lie in the wrecked car, badly injured) "I wanna go again, Daddy! Daddy?!"

    • Homer: He's only your emotional uncle. I'm your real uncle!

    • Homer: What are you inferring?
      Lisa: I'm not inferring anything. You infer; I imply.
      Homer: Well that's a relief.

    • Homer: Moe's; A Tribute…M is for Moe, the owner of Moe's. O is for the O in the middle of Moe's. E is for acceptance, the feeling I always got here at Moe's.

    • Moe: (after learning that Marge will be his partner in running his tavern) I'm just going to call the suicide hotline now ... (He hears a series of beeps, meaning ...) and they blocked my number. (cries) OH GOD!

    • (Homer and Marge's rendition of "Love Will Keep up Together")

      Marge: Love... love will keep us together.
      Homer: Think of me, babe, whenever some sweet talking guy in a thong, hands you a bong. Don't take a hit, you just gotta be strong.
      Marge: You better stop.
      Homer: Cuz I wanna sandwich.
      Marge: I said stop.
      Homer: Or maybe a Manwich.

    • Health Inspector: Mr. Szyslak, your tavern is rife with Health Code violations.
      Moe: You gotta be kidding. Like what?
      Health Inspector: For starters, the body of my predecessor is still on the floor.
      Moe: Oh, yeah. Uh, well, ya see, trash day ain't 'til Wednesday, so...

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode won the 2006 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • The movie Homer, Marge, and Moe see, "Cards," marks the first time CGI-animation has been used on the show since "Treehouse of Horror VI."

    • When Homer was playing dumb to get Marge to come back home, among other things he said, "I'm Jerkass Homer!" The phrase "Jerkass Homer" has been used by critical Simpsons fans to describe the change in Homer's personality since Season 9 or so.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family looking haggard crawls into a living room created from sand. They manage to take their places on the couch, until it and everything around them collapses into the sands of a desert.

    • The song "Welcome to Moe's" was written by Michael Price, with the music by Alf Clausen.

    • This episode was:

      Dedicated to the memory of Johnny Carson.

      Johnny Carson passed away one week before this episode aired.

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Cards: Eddie Murphy says "I thought that king was a queen!"

      This mirrors Eddie's real life scrape with the law. He was picked up in the '80s for soliciting sex from a prostitute…who was later revealed to be a transvestite.

    • Title: Mommie Beerest

      The title was a take-off from the contraversial novel, "Mommie Dearest" by Christina Crawford and the 1981 movie with the exact name.

    • Liar Liar
      The scene shown in the FOX commercial with Moe in the plane and Homer trying to get into the plane with the movable-stairway-thing is lifted from the 1997 film Liar Liar.

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      Homer and Marge sing a duet of Captain and Tenille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" (with Marge as Toni Tenille and Homer dressed as "The Captain" Daryl Dragon).

    • :
      The bar "The League Of Extra-Horny Gentlemen" is a parody of the comic book/ 2003 film "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

      Boy Meets World was a hit ABC tv show in the 90's.

    • :
      The song we hear playing from The League of Extra-Horny Gentlemen is "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" by Kylie Minogue.

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      The outfits and hairstyles Marge wears while tending bar at Moe's is similar to those Diane wore on Cheers.

    • :
      In the "memorial service" for Moe's Tavern (which has been shut down by the health department:

      • We once again hear the funny-voiced Barney sing a la Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle), this time to "Danny Boy."

      • Homer's rememberance "M-O-E" is styled to the Mother's Day tribute song, "M-O-T-H-E-R."

    • Homer: How many magic beans should I sell the baby for? Three?
      Homer's sarcastic comments on his skills as a father make reference to the children's tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.

    • Jack (the card): "You can't handle the twos!"
      Jack's remarks in the promo for "Cards," to his fellow playing card (the eight of diamonds), is a play on Jack Nicholson's famous line, "You can't handle the truth!" from the 1992 film "A Few Good Men."

    • Movie announcer: Fifty-two jokers play the game of their lives!
      The trailer for the animated film "Cards" is based on the the real trailer for the upcoming Disney/Pixar production "Cars" due out in 2006. The 3D effects used in both trailers have a similar slick/hyper-real feel (in stark contrast to the 2D Simpson's cast), while neither seems to have much substance.

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      Homer's taking out a mortgage on the Simpsons' home without consulting his wife is much akin to the All in the Family episode "Archie Gets the Business," where Archie forges Edith's name to a loan application.