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The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 14

Postcards from the Wedge

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
130 votes

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Episode Summary

Bart discovers his talent of easily pitting Marge and Homer against each other and uses it to help get him out of punishment for misbehaving at school, but naturally, he takes it too far.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Moment 21 years in the making.

    For 21 years there has been an unwritten law in the Simpsons. Nobody ever gets Grounded. But in Homer's Night Out, when Bart was sent to his room, a ticking timebomb had been planted. And over the course of the series, in episodes like Marge be not Proud, and Waverly Hills 9021-doh, the clock kept on ticking ever closer to oblivion. Now with this episode, the bomb has exploded, and for the first time in its history, the Simpsons has its first Token Grounding episode. This is one of the most negative episodes of the series ever. So bleak and so dark is this episode that it is enough to turn this view off the series forever. I mean it! It is the culmination of all my worst fears. The Simpsons is dead to me! I am never, ever, ever watching a single new episode ever again, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The best episode in years.

    I think The Simpsons are just getting more and more refined over the years.

    This was, for me, one of the funniest episodes in years.

    I always enjoy watching them, but this one was just hilarious.

    They're like a good wine... getting better as time goes by.

    This show turned out to be an amazing reflexion of society (especially from US) and an exquisit demonstration of human beings.

    They are the same in sould and, at the same time, they change and establish themself so smoothly that watching fresh episodes after seeing so many old reruns during the week, enhances this constant growth.

    I hope they're here to accompany us for many generations.moreless
  • Looks like we have another gem in the season....

    After Bart fails to bring a model of an Aztec Temple and Krabappel gives him an F, skinner tells Homer and Marge that Bart is a year behind his homework. Homer wants him to do everything, and Marge wants him to have fun. So Bart after witneessing a fight over what should he do, learns he can benefitiate from fights between his parents. After MArge & Homer have a big fight, they realise that Bart is doing it on purpose, so they decide to ignore him and be together. Bart notices his plan is faling, so he plans the maxium praank ver: ride the abandoned subweay throught the town. But this old thing causes an earthquake so bad, that the school collapses. MArge & Homer apologize and forgive Bart and the episde ends. Doesn't sound great, but watching the episde makes it better.moreless
  • Highly enjoyable, but could've been better.

    I was impressed with this episode of The Simpsons, but still, I'm seeing some flaws here. First of all, I thought the plot should've had more originality. A kid turning his parents against each other has been done before. Second, I didn't like how Homer and Marge intentionally ignored Bart, and allowed him to do whatever he wanted. They acted like they didn't care about him at all. On the good side, there were parts that were funny. I laughed at the opening scene, and the part with Bart talking to Nelson on the swings was pretty good. I enjoyed this episode for the most overall, but there were still parts that were bad.moreless
  • In order to avoid punishment for misbehaving at school, Bart turns Marge and Homer against each other. His efforts are successful. The problem is they are too successful.

    LukeJames525 is absolutely right. "Postcards From the Wedge" is one of the stronger episodes of the season but it's not perfect. The episode does have some of the best written dialogue of the season. The sight gags are great too. Two of the best being Bart getting buried in used ice cream sandwich wrappers and the scene at the food court at the Springfield Mall. The names for the various eateries are hilarious. However, this episode does have a somewhat predicatable ending. It was obvious that Homer and Marge would reconcile. I did like what happened to Springfield Elementary however.moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (After taking Bart's temperature via behind)
      Marge: 103 on the dot, you're staying home.
      Lisa: (stunned that he beat the rectal thermometer) How did you... ?
      Bart: I don't want to talk about it.

    • Lisa: Now what are you up to?
      Bart: Whatever happened to "hi"?
      Lisa: Hi. Now what are you up to?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation - background design.

    • Show Title: A three-eyed crow flying in the sky from left to right.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: A blindfolded Ralph comes by and cracks open the couch (hanging on a rope) like a piñata with a stick and the Simpsons drop onto the floor.


    • At the end, Lisa says "Elementary, my dear Simpsons" to Bart. This is an allusion to Sherlock Holmes' phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson."

    • The candy bar Patty & Selma are eating is called Herscheys. This is an allusion to the company Hersheys.

    • The cartoon show Bart is watching looks like Pokémon.

    • An American in Paris
      The happy music that opens and closes this episode is the theme to the 1951 movie An American in Paris, whose music was written by George and Ira Gershwin.

    • House M.D.
      The name of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon Bart is watching is "Mouse M.D." and parodies the TV series House M.D. starring Hugh Laurie.

    • The Jetsons
      The "educational" film the children watch at the beginning of the episode has several hints of The Jetsons style conveniences and technologies.

    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
      Marge suggests that the family eat lunch at a restaurant called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Eggroll, a play on the title of the 2000 Ang Lee action movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    • Pokémon
      When Bart is watching cartoons and doing his homework at the same time, the yellow creature on the screen bears a strong resemblance to a well-known Pokémon character named Pikachu, both in appearance and voice. Ironically this episode premiered on the same day that the newest Pokémon games, HeartGold and SoulSilver, were released.

    • Postcards From the Edge
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1987 Carrie Fisher novel Postcards From the Edge and subsequent 1990 film of the same name starring Meryl Streep.