The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 9

Realty Bites

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Marge is bored and Homer is just laying around one Saturday afternoon, when they decide to go to the police auction. Homer buys a muscle car that had previously belonged to Snake. He takes Marge for a wild ride and she demands to get out. She meets Lionel Hutz, who is now working as a realtor. He invites Marge to work there. So Marge (with help from Lisa and Bart) studies and passes the exam for a real estate license. Once on the job, she has trouble lying to customers (a prerequisite in real estate). She has to sell a house fast to keep her job, so she lies to the Flanders and sells them a house where murders took place. They move into the house, and the guilt sets in on Marge, who goes to tell them the truth. Meanwhile, Homer is joyriding and prison escapee Snake tries to hijack his car. A fight ensues and they crash into the murder house. Marge lets Flanders rip up the deposit. Soon afterwards, a jobless Marge goes on unemployment.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the simpsons marge wants to a job and she becomes a realter and thing is she wants to sell houses and she wants a red jaket like the others thing is she realies you got to lie to people to sell things and she is not up to that and it comes time for her to make a big sale and she has to sell a house that someone died in to get where she wants to be . and its not for her. and homer in this ep is buying a red covertable which its spikes in this and he is a convict. this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Realty Bites

    Marge decides she needs a new job, so she decides to get into realty, selling people houses. But she is too nice over houses, telling people flaws the house has, obviously making them not want it. Lionel Hutz, her boss, makes her sell a house, telling her to tell little lies. She tries to sell the Flanders clan a house, but it turns out the house is infamous because of a murder that happened. Marge lies about this and they buy the house. But Marge feels so guilty about her lie she tells Flanders, and they return the house.

    Overall grade A, it was a good episodemoreless
  • A great episode which explores Marge's career in realty. One of the best episodes from season nine.

    This episode is full of very fine quality. It's well-animated. It's well-written. It's well-voiced. This marks another appearance of the mad Lionel Hutz and it's a Marge-based storyline. She begins working in realty. It's quite a funny episode, including the other crazy realty workers and the whole 'Murder House' thing was giggle-inducing.

    The sub-plot features Homer buying Snake's super fast bandit car, and his attempt to steal it back. The fight that they have on the car was awesome!

    Overall, one of the best season nine episodes. It's a fine example of The Simpsons and is one of my favourite little gems.moreless
  • Marge, the morality icon

    Episodes that revolve around Marge Simpson are usually not my favorite, although I don't hate them either. In this one we get to see a side of her that is very well portrayed in the series. And that is, morality. Marge is always bringing balance into the family, however, we have seen her side with her family after some deliberation about doing a couple of not so nice things to others. On the other hand, we have Homer as usual doing stupid things. And this time the story has to be twisted and poured with lots of "special effects" to make it work.moreless
  • It's a lazy Saturday and Marge is bored. So Homer takes her out to a policeman's auction and buy's Snake's former car. When Homer drops off Marge she stumbles upon Real-estate and becomes an agent. Snake tries to kill Homer to get his car back.moreless

    A good episode I alway's like Marge's jobs they're always the best episodes. They should do more of them! Favorite parts of the episode for me was Cookie Kwan "Are you guys talking about the west side?" Gil "No Cookie I swear it I'm scared of you!" Haha one of the highlights. We find out Marge just isn't for the cut throat business world. And I also enjoyed Lionel Hutz ( for once ) In this episode. Every charecter was great in this episode except it loses points for rushing the story and having a mediocre ending. Otherwise it would have been a 10. On to the next for season nine!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

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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • People seen at the unemployment office: Larry Burns, Kirk Van Houten, Jimbo Jones, George Bush Sr. and The Simpsons writer George Meyer.

    • The front plate of Snake's car reads: GRB 68.

    • The inmate number on Snake's prison uniform is 7F20. 7F20 is the production code for the episode "The War Of The Simpsons"...This episode marked the first appearance of Snake.

    • When Snake jumps in Homer's car from the bridge, when he lands in the car there's an X on his forehead, like the one Charles Manson has. In the next shot it's gone.

    • The plot for this episode appears on a collector card in level 4 of The Simpsons: Hit & Run video game.

    • When Marge discovers the Flanders asleep on the floor, Ned's glasses are lying on the floor next to him. But when he wakes up, his glasses are on his face.

    • Syndication cuts the part where Snake tries to get his car back by setting up a piano trip wire trap, but ends up cutting off Milhouse's dad's arm.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Homer Simpson: I don't know, Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.

    • Homer: (On the couch) Ah, I love these lazy Saturdays.
      Marge: It's Wednesday, Homer.
      Homer: (Screams) Work!
      (3 days later...)
      Homer: Ahhh, I love these real Saturdays, they're so relaxing - not like that fake Saturday that almost got me fired...

    • Homer: Wow, honey, you sold a house and got rid of the Flanders. What's for dinner?

    • Lionel Hutz: (Explaining why he's in real estate) The law business has been a little slow lately, and since most of my clients end up losing their houses, this was a natural step.

    • Lionel Hutz: Cubicles are for closers, Marge. Anyone who doesn't sell a house their first week gets fired. I probably should have mentioned that earlier.

    • (Looking at pictures of houses.)
      Marge: That house is awfully small.
      Lionel Hutz: I'd say it's awfully cozy.
      Marge: That's dilapidated.
      Lionel Hutz: Rustic!
      Marge: That house is on fire!
      Lionel Hutz: Motivated seller!

    • Ned: (Screams) Purple drapes, all my life I've wanted purple drapes! (Screams)

    • Chief Wiggum: Huh? What the ... this is Wiggum reporting a three-eighteen, waking a police officer!

    • Snake: Give me my car, fatty!
      Homer: This is my car! And I'm not fat, it's glandular!

    • Marge/Lisa/Bart: (singing) On the closing day, the escrow agents pay, taxes, liens and interest too, thanks to Fanny Mae!
      Bart: They back your baaaaaaaank!
      Homer: You're all nuts.

    • Marge: So, you're married and you're looking for your first house, Mister and Missus…
      Bart: Superman.
      Lisa: Oh! Don't listen to my husband, he's just an idiot.

    • Marge: There it is!
      Lisa and Bart: Wow!
      Lisa: Your own billboard!
      Bart: Check it out!
      Homer: Gee, that picture makes your butt look big!
      Marge: I thought so too! But they said it sells.
      Bart: Works for the Lumber King.
      (Homer looks at a nearby billboard for the "Lumber King" where an electric buttocks moves separately from the sign, leading Homer into a trance)
      Homer (zombie-like): Lumber… We need lumber…

    • (After the facade of his house falls off, revealing him, in his underwear, eating directly from a can.)
      Lenny: Please don't tell people how I live.

    • (At the unemployment office)
      Marge: $300 for doing nothing? It feel like such a crook.
      George Bush Sr.: Don't worry. It gets easier every week.

    • Homer: I don't know Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.

    • Marge: Thank you, Bart, thank you, Lisa, for all your help!
      Homer: What about me? You didn't thank me!
      Bart: You didn't do anything.
      Homer: I like being thanked.

    • Cookie Kwan: (meets Marge) Hi Marge! Stay away from the west side!

    • Cookie Kwan: Are you talking about the west side?
      Gil: (stuttering) N-no Cookie...I-i'm scared of you.

    • Lionel Hutz: There's the truth...and, the truth!

    • Snake: It's 'Lil Bandit! And she's in pain!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Looney Tunes
      The scene where Snake sets up the piano wire trap is similar to Wile E Coyote setting traps to catch the Road Runner. He's even using ACME piano wire.

    • The song Homer sings in the car is "Luca" by Suzanne Vega.

    • This episode title spoofs the 1994 Ben Stiller and Winona Ryder film Reality Bites.

    • Todd: Red room, red room.
      When Marge sees the family sleeping covered in red paint, and Ned says Todd wanted a red room, Todd is saying "Red room" like "Redrum," which is "Murder" backwards, like Tony Torrance in the 1980 film The Shining.

    • This episode has many similarities to the David Mamet play/movie Glengarry Glen Ross (there are several stars in it: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin, to name just a few). The movie is about a real estate company having a competition and the loser is to be fired. Gill's character is very strongly based on Jack Lemmon's character in the movie. A line similar to Gill's, "You got any leads, I need some leads," is in the movie.

    • Lisa: "The Magna Carta song"
      Lisa's "Magna Carta" song is a reference to the song featured on the 1976 America Rock segment "The Preamble". Many people have used the music from this segment to help them memorize the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. For those who recall the tune, here are the words to the Preamble...

      We The People In Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America.

      More info on America Rock and other Schoolhouse Rock features can be found here.