The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 22

Secrets of a Successful Marriage

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 19, 1994 on FOX
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Secrets of a Successful Marriage
Homer fears he may be a little slow, so he goes to the Adult Education Annex. While there, he decides to teach a class of his own on the secrets of a successful marriage, since that is the only thing he is good at.

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  • The fifth season ends with Homer teaching and adult education class and nearly destroying his marriage in the process.

    I was turned off about the idea of this episode from the beginning. It is painfully obvious that Marge would forgive Homer so I figured this episode would just be a by the numbers as we have seen many times. So much though that Princess Cashmere makes an appearance. While I think that the recycling from previous episodes is a liability, this episode turned out to be far better than I thought it would be. The biggest reason is the great many laughs the episode has. I laughed the most as Marge drove down the street and took notice of the names of the various businesses. It also had a very clever opening scene. That is what helped take an otherwise boring retreat and turned it into an episode that is very entertaining. Despite that I would prefer to see more original ideas. They after all are what make "The Simpsons" worth watching.moreless
  • You might think that it will be the same thing after the firat act but you're wrong.

    When I watched it for the first time I was dissatisfied of what happened at the second act and the start of the third act. I decribed Them as unoriginal and boring to watch.

    This episode is reccomended for the funny moments that are shown (including when Moe freaked out when he saw homer came in and when Marge gave him a glass of water). Another funny moment is when Homer runs up to Ned's house and when he answers it Homer runs off.After that, he did the same thing at the orderbox at Krusty Burger. This whole episode isn't someone's cup of tea and badly needs a rewrite. But the funny moments are most recommended.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show homer decides to teach an adult education class instead of going to one. he reaveals intimate secrets of his marrigae and when marge learns of what he did and what was said marge is furated and kicks homer out and he goes and lives in barts tree house until things die down and when things final did die down he goes in and talks to her and says he wont betray her like he did again this was a good ep i thought and it had its good momentes and that is why i gave it the rating i didmoreless
  • Back When Marge and Homer had good fight-related episodes

    In this episode, Homer teaches a class to people to teach them how to have a good marriage. But he has nothing to tell, so he gossips {subtle} about him and Marge in the bed. Soon everyone makes fun of Marge for various things Homer has said, and furious, Marge kicks him out of the house. Now Homer must find a way to apologize so he can win back the love of his life.

    One of the best fight episodes {especially if you compare them to episodes nowadays}, my overall grade for this episode would have to be an A+moreless
  • The most hilarious and wackiest fight that Homer and Marge have ever had!!! Season 5 priceless if you're looking for classic episodes get this season on DVD...

    Somehow Homer comes to teach an adult education class on how to have a successful marriage. Even stranger, he turns out to be pretty good at it, dispensing homespun advice that his students find useful. He also dispenses quite a bit of personal information and gossip about his marriage to Marge, which causes his better half to go half-crazy. Homer apologizes but can't seem to stop airing their dirty laundry in class. Marge kicks Homer out and he begins sleeping in Bart's treehouse. Under these conditions, Homer begins to degenerate. After listening to her husband apologize profusely, Marge realizes that Homer needs her more than anyone else in the world and accepts him back.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Marge everything is a sin. Have you ever sat down and read this thing? (holds up the bible) -Technically we're not allowed to go to the bathroom.

    • Receptionist: Hello, sir. Are you here for "Coping With Senility?"
      Jasper: No. I'm here for "Microwave Cookery" ... No, wait, "Coping With Senility."

    • Homer: (playing poker, gagging and coughing up poker chips) Ew! Don't try to eat these so called "chips".
      Moe: Are you gonna take some cards, or not?
      Homer: Oh...yeah.
      (takes four cards)
      Homer: D'oh! D'oh! D'oh! D'oh! Er, I mean, "woo hoo".
      Moe: I'm in.
      Homer: Aww, I was bluffing.
      (lays out cards)
      Moe: Ha, ha, ha! Come to papa!
      (takes chips and looks at cards)
      Moe: What? You have a straight flush, Homer! Ya do this every time! Arrrgh-eeengh-gah! Choking on my own rage here!

    • Groundskeeper Willy: If I wanted to see a man eat an orange, I'd have taken the orange eating class.
      (cut to orange eating class)
      Moleman: The eating of a good orange is a lot like a successful marriage.
      Grampa: Just eat the damn orange!

    • Homer: Lisa you're smart, help me trick her into taking me back!
      Lisa: Dad, you can't trick somebody into loving you. There's a reason two people come together and stay together - there's something they give each other that nobody else can give them. If you wanna get Mom back, you'll just have to remember what you give her that no one else can.
      Homer: I'll pay you forty dollars if you think of it for me.
      Lisa: No.
      Homer: Okay… thirty.

    • Homer: Good news, Lisa! I don't need your mother anymore. I've created a replacement for her that's superior to her in almost every way!
      Lisa: Dad, that's just a plant.
      Homer: Lisa! You will respect your new mother! Now, give her a kiss. Kiss her! (he knocks the plant out of the treehouse) Aah! Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god! All right, let's get our stories straight… she tripped, right?

    • Homer: Well, let's just call them... uh, 'Mr. X' and 'Mrs. Y'. So anyway, Mr. X would say, "Marge, if this doesn't get your motor running, my name isn't Homer J. Simpson!"

    • Homer: What is a wedding? Well, Webster's Dictionary defines a wedding as, "the process of removing weeds from one's garden."

    • Homer: Look Marge, you don't know what it's like - I'm the one out there every day putting his ass on the line. And I'm not out of order! You're out of order! The whole freaking system is out of order! You want the truth? You want the truth? You can't handle the truth! 'Cause when you reach over and put your hand into a pile of goo that was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do!! Forget it Marge, it's Chinatown!!!
      Marge: Homer, don't ever tell them personal stuff about me again!!
      Homer (sheepishly): Yes ma'am.

    • Annex Manager: We need someone to teach a course on how to build a successful marriage.
      Homer: I'll do it! Anything to get me out of that house, away from all that nagging, and noise... uh, of a family of love. Tra-la-la-la!

    • Homer: Oh. And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?
      Marge: That's because you were drunk!
      Homer: And how.

    • Marge: We don't think you're slow. But on the other hand, it's not like you go to museums, or read books or anything.
      Homer: You think I don't want to? It's those TV networks, Marge, they won't let me. One quality show after another, each one fresher ad more brilliant than the last. If they only stumbled once, just gave us thirty minutes to ourselves! But they won't! They won't let me live!

    • Smithers: Mr. Simpson, are you listening? (Homer eats an orange) Simpson?!
      Homer: Huh? Yeah, I was listening. Very funny.
      Moe: Oh, you were not! You were just eating a damn orange.
      Homer: Well, yes, yes, to the untrained eye, I'm eating an orange, not to the eye that has brains; I'm making a point about marriage! For you see, marriage is a lot like an orange. First, you have the skin...then the sweet, sweet innards... (devours it)

    • Annex Manager: Now Tell me Mr. Simpson, what special skills could you teach a class on?
      Homer: Uh... I can tell the difference between butter and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
      Annex Manager: No you can't! No one can!

    • Homer: Okay, brain. If we don't think of something, Marge will leave us forever!
      Homer's Brain: Eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding...
      Homer: Well, alright. But then we gotta get to work. (starts eating the pudding)

    • Squeaky-Voiced Teen: Wait! I need closure on that anecdote.

    • Moe: Hey Homer, why don't you nibble her elbow...that always melts her butter, heh heh.
      Marge: Get out! Everyone get out now!
      Apu: Ooooh, she's got to have it!

    • Marge: Homer I really don't like you telling personal secrets in your class.
      Homer: Marge I didn't tell em personal stuff.
      Marge: Today at the Kwik-E-Mart everyone knew I dyed my hair blue.
      Homer: Oh you mean about you?

    • Otto: I can't believe I paid ten-thousand dollars for this class. What the hell was that lab fee for!?

    • Homer: (to Bart) Keep up the roughhousing, boy. Without a strong male figure, you could turn sissy overnight. (as he's scrubbing his underwear) Oh, these stubborn grass stains.

    • Otto: (After an insect falls out of his hair) You think you get them all, but you forget about the eggs.

    • Lisa: Will you be lecturing from a standardized text or using the more Socratic method of interactive class participation?
      Homer: Yes, Lisa. Daddy's a teacher.

    • Bart: I missed you so much that I couldn't concentrate in school and I got an "F."
      Homer: This is dated two weeks ago.
      Bart: Oh, sorry. Here's a fresh one.

    • Homer: If he can teach a class, then he can teach a class! I mean, I can teach a class!

    • Homer (wearing a leather jacket): Look everyone. Now that I'm a teacher, I've sewed patches on my elbows.
      Marge: Homer, that's supposed to be leather patches on a tweed blazer, not the other way around. You've ruined a perfectly good jacket.
      Homer: Uh...incorrect, Marge. Two perfectly good jackets.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Blackboard Joke: Five days is not too long to wait for a gun.
      Couch Gag: The family run to the couch and blow up upon contact.

    • In this episode, it is revealed that Carl has a wife. She is seen in Homer's class a couple of times sitting next to Carl.

    • This is the most recent first-run episode to air in the old time slot at 8/7 Central Thursdays. When "The Simpsons" was moved back to Sundays, Fox overhauled the rest of their Thursday night lineup.


    • Chinatown
      When Homer says, "Forget it Marge, it's Chinatown," this is a reference to the 1974 Roman Polanski film Chinatown.

    • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof / A Streetcar Named Desire
      Smithers' recollection of his marriage parodies the 1958 film Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the original play, and later film (1951), A Streetcar Named Desire.

    • Homer: When you stick your hand into a pile of goo that was your best friend, you'll know what to do.
      Homer's line is from the 1970 film Patton.

    • Homer: You want the truth? You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!
      This quote alludes to the dispute between Col. Jessup and Lt. Kaffee in A Few Good Men (1992). This is not the first time the show has parodied these lines. In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", Bob says this when Lisa and Bart are questioning him in the courtroom.

    • Homer: Anything to get me out of that house, away from all that nagging, and noise... uh, of a family of love. Tra-la-la-la!
      Homer "la-la-la-la's" the end credit theme for Family Ties.

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