The Simpsons

Season 1 Episode 13

Some Enchanted Evening

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 13, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer and Marge enjoy a night out on the town. Meanwhile, at home, the kids deal with a diabolical babysitter.

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  • The season 1 finale, ironically the first episode to be produced

    I'm gonna start off with an interesting fact. Ironically, it's the first episode to ever produced on the Simpsons, but on broadcast order, it's the season 1 finale. What a weird example of that. The Crepes of Wrath was the season 1 finale in production order. Anyway, the episode contains some memorable moments such as Homer eating the last doughnut, Marge calling Dr. Monroe, Bart's prank call to Moe and his (Moe) reaction to it, the scene in Moe's Tavern where Moe convinces Homer to send Marge a flower and chocolate, Bart making another prank call to Moe, Homer using their last name as the Sampson, the babysitter boss referring Homer as a big ape, the elves show, all the scenes with Homer and Marge having a fun night, Ms. Botz getting hit in the bat by Bart, and Homer's last line of the episode. This episode had some flaws. One, the episode was sort of boring. Second, when Marge was waiting for Homer, she roared, which is scary and too sudden. Third, Homer trying to tell Marge "I love you," but keeps screwing up. It was sort of dragged after awhile Fourth, I didn't like that the babysitter wanted to tie up the kids. Well, I'll say that this episode was overall decent. It's not definitly the best, but it's not the worst, it's in between.

    Score: 7.5/10moreless
  • suspensful

    he episode begins with the family eating breakfast in the morning. Just as the school bus pulls up, Bart and Lisa run off to get on the bus, forgetting the lunches Marge has made them. Homer looks down at his watch and realizes he is late for work. When Marge leans in for a kiss, Homer is oblivious to her, and instead drinks the last of her coffee. Homer quickly hurries away, leaving Marge feeling depressed and with a mess in the kitchen. As Marge sits in the kitchen she hears an ad on the radio for a call-in therapy talk show hosted by Dr. Marvin Monroe. Marge decides to call, and she explains to Dr. Monroe that she feels Homer doesn't appreciate her anymore and that he isn't romantic like he used to be. Dr. Monroe tells Marge to give Homer an ultimatum when he comes home from work: either he starts loving you or you leave him. Meanwhile, at the power plant, everyone laughs at Homer as they are all listening to the call on the radio. Later after work, Bart plays a prank call on Moe, where Homer just happens to be, because he is too afraid to come home to an angry Marge. Homer asks Moe's advice, and he tells Homer to buy Marge some flowers, take her out to dinner and spend the evening at a motel with her. Homer heads to the flower shop and purchases a rose for Marge. Back at the house Marge gets madder by the minute waiting for Homer to come home.

    9 out of 10moreless
  • This was the episode that nearly got "The Simpsons" cancelled. Thankfully, that didn't happen...otherwise, we wouldn't be treated to some 23 years of classic irreverent humor that has withstood the test of time...moreless

    Penny Marshall, having gotten off her "Laverne & Shirley" role a mere five years at the time this went to production, lent her voice as the babysitting bandit as only she could do it. She made an otherwise dull character memorable in the same manner that she made her tomboy Laverne DeFazio character come off quite sexy. The funny element of the kids capturing the bandit when Homer and Marge come home makes this episode worth watching over and over again, as does the TV caption "Homer Simpson, Local Boob". Definitely one of the highlights of the first season, though one point is subtracted for the crudeness of the animation, which fades away in future years.moreless
  • The first season ends with Homer and Marge going out for a night on the town leaving the kids with a babysitter who may just be a wanted fugitive.

    This episode is not a classic like first season episodes "There's No Disgrace Like Home" and "The Call of the Simpsons", but it's an entertaining one. This episode has a very clever opening scene. Seeing the family get off to work/school is very well done. Dr. Marvin Monroe's "therapy session" with Marge is another highlight. What's even better is the reaction of Homer's co-workers. The best part of the episode is its climax where the kids outwit and capture (at least until Homer and Marge get home) the notorious babysitter bandit. The first season of "The Simpsons" delivered the laughs.moreless
  • Some Enchanted Evening: Homer and Marge take a night out together unaware of what the baby sitter's doing to the kids at home.

    Review for Some Enchanted Evening:

    This was the first episode made and I can see why. The animation is really bad compared to the latter half of season 1 and even worse than the first episode. The plot was good and it turned out to be a good episode but I'm glad they didn't air it as the first episode. The baby sitter (Can't even remember her name) was a pretty, bland emotionless character but that didn't really matter. The ending was bad it just sort of happened. It was a good season 1, ok Simpsons episode but felt unmemorable.

    Score for Some Enchanted Evening: B-, 3.5/5, 7/10, Goodmoreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

June Foray

June Foray

Receptionist, Happy Little Elf

Guest Star

Paul Willson

Paul Willson


Guest Star

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Marge dials the babysitting service))
      Receptionist: Rubber Baby Buggie Bumper Babysitting Service.
      Marge: This is Marge Simpson, I'd like a babysitter for the evening.
      Receptionist: Wait a minute. The Simpsons?
      (Looks over at a bulletin board with Bart, Lisa and Maggie)
      Receptionist: Lady you've got to be kidding!
      (Receptionist slams the phone, continues writing, phone rings seconds later)
      Receptionist: Rubber baby buggie bumper babysitting service.
      Homer: Hello, this is Mr. Ssssamson.
      Receptionist: Did your wife just call a second ago?
      Homer: No, I said Samson, not Simpson.
      Receptionist: Thank God! Those Simpsons, what a bunch of savages! Especially that big ape father.
      Homer: (angrily) D'oh! Actually the Simpsons are neighbors of ours and we found them to be a quite misunderstood and underrated family.

    • (Bart prank calls Moe's Tavern)
      Moe: Moe's Tavern.
      Bart: Is Oliver there?
      Moe: Who?
      Bart: Oliver Klozoff.
      Moe: Hold on. I'll check. Oliver Klozoff! Call for Oliver Klozoff!
      (Bart and Lisa bust out in laughter.)

    • (Marge and Homer finish watching Homer's interview about the "Baby-sitter Bandit" on the news.)
      Homer: Lord, help me. I'm just not that bright.
      Marge: Oh, Homer, don't say that. The way I see it, if you raise three children who can knock out and hogtie a perfect stranger, you must be doing something right.

    • (Ms. Botz has Bart and Lisa tied up on the couch.)
      Bart: We know who you are, Ms. Botz. Or should I say, Ms. Botzcowski. You're the Baby-sitter Bandit!
      Ms. Botz: You're a smart, young man, Bart. I hope you're smart enough to keep your mouth shut.
      Lisa: He isn't.

    • (Bart and Lisa watch America's Most Armed and Dangerous on the TV.)
      Host: The Cue Ball Killer should be considered extremely armed and dangerous. If you think you've seen him, call 1-800-U-SQUEAL.

    • Homer: And, I made reservations at Chez Paree.
      Marge: (Gasps) But, Homer, it's so expensive!
      Homer: It matters not, mon frere. (French for: brother.)

    • (Moe gives some marital advice to Homer.)
      Moe: Homer, buy your wife some flowers and take her out for a night on the town. Candles, tablecloth, the whole nine yards.

    • (At the nuclear power plant, Homer and his co-workers listen to Dr. Marvin Monroe on the radio.)
      Dr. Monroe: Okay, let's see. Next we have Marge. She's 34 and trapped in a loveless sham of a marriage.
      Homer: Hey, turn it up! I love hearing those wackos.

    • (At breakfast the Simpson family listens to a traffic report on the radio.)
      Bill Pie: (In a hurried voice.) Bad news, drivers. There's an overturned melon truck on the interstate. Oh, it's a mess. There's lots of rubbernecking and melon wrestling going on, so expect delays--

    • (Bart and Lisa watch the Happy Little Elves on the TV.)
      Bart: Oh, man, I can't take it anymore.
      (Bart heads to the TV to change the channel.)
      Lisa: But I wanna see what happens!
      Bart: You know what happens. They find Captain Kook's treasure. All the elves dance around like little green idiots. I puke. The end!
      Lisa: Bart, you're just like Chilly, the elf who cannot love.

    • (Homer picks out his lobster from a tank at a fancy seafood restaurant.)
      Homer: They all look so tasty, but I think I'll eat this one right there!
      (Homer points at a lobster.)
      Waiter: Why don't you pick one that's a little more frisky, sir.
      Homer: Why?
      Waiter: Well, when you choose one that's floating upside down, it somewhat defeats the purpose of selecting a live lobster.
      (Homer's upside down lobster slowly floats across the screen.)

    • (Homer and Marge make plans for a night out.)
      Marge: Wait, what about a babysitter?
      Homer: Oops!
      Marge: Not to worry.
      (Marge picks up the phone to call a babysitter, however Bart is busy prank calling Moe.)
      Moe: Listen, ya lousy bum. If I ever get ahold of you, I swear I'll cut your belly open!
      Marge: Goodness. Must be a crossed wire.

    • (Homer hangs out at Moe's Tavern, before going home to an angry Marge.)
      Homer: My wife's gonna leave me 'cause she thinks I'm a pig.
      Moe: Homer.
      Homer: What?
      Moe: Marge is right. You are a pig. You can ask anyone in this bar!
      Homer: (Shocked) What? Hey, Barney, am I a pig?
      Barney: You're even more of a pig than I am. (Belches)
      Homer: Oh, no!
      Moe: See? You're a pig. Barney's a pig, Larry's a pig. We're all pigs!

    • (Marge calls in to Dr. Marvin Monroe's radio show.)
      Marge: Hello. I'd like to talk to Dr. Monroe
      Radio Show Producer: (Apathetic) First name, age, problem?
      Marge: I'm Marge, 34, and my problem's my husband. He doesn't listen to me. He doesn't appreciate me, I don't know how much more of this I can--
      Radio Show Producer: Hey, lady, save your whining for when you're on the air, okay?

    • (As Marge calls Dr. Marvin Monroe's radio show, Homer and his co-workers listen at the power plant.)
      Dr. Monroe: The pig has made you into his mother. You are not the hot love object you deserve to be.
      Marge: Really?
      Dr. Monroe: I'm as sure of it as I'm sure my voice is annoying. Marge, tonight, the second he comes through that front door, you've got to tell him you're fed up, and if he doesn't start loving, you will be leaving.
      Marge: Leave Homer?
      Dr. Monroe: Please, don't use his real name!
      Marge: Leave Pedro?
      (All of Homer's co-workers start laughing at him.)

    • (Bart prank calls Moe's Tavern.)
      Moe: Moe's Tavern.
      Bart: Hello. Is Al there?
      Moe: Al?
      Bart: Yeah, Al. Last name, Coholic.
      Moe: Lemme check. Phone call for Al, Al Coholic. (Louder) Is there an Al Coholic here?
      (Everyone in the bar laughs at Moe.)
      Moe: Wait a minute. Listen, you little yellow-bellied rat jackass. If I ever find out who you are, I'll kill ya! (Hangs up phone.)
      (Bart and Lisa bust out in laughter.)

  • NOTES (6)

    • According to the original script by Matt Groening & Sam Simon, when Bart flicks through the channels, the theme from The Tracey Ullman Show was supposed to be heard.

    • First Appearance: The Larry Davis Experience (They are often seen through out this series playing at local events.)

    • The fictional radio station, KBBL, is a parody of the radio stations that a few members of the writing staff used to work for in the Los Angeles area.

    • A lip-shaped stain can be seen on the inside of the front door when Homer and Marge leave for their date. This is from the original version of the show where Marge tries to kiss Homer goodbye and he slams the door in her face, making her kiss the door (instead of just stealing her coffee).

    • Despite being shown as the final episode of the 1st season, this was actually the first episode of the series to be made, as shown by the production code. The reason it was made last was because the episode first came back ruined, so was sent back to Korea to be redone.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not yell "Fire!" in a crowded classroom.
      Couch Gag: The family runs in and sits on the couch; there is no gag.


    • America's Most Wanted
      The television show Bart and Lisa watch, America's Most Armed and Dangerous, is a take-off of the FOX show America's Most Wanted. The host even looks like John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted.

    • Jaws
      The music that can be heard as Ms. Botz looks for Bart is a parody of the music heard when the shark is about to attack in the 1975 movie Jaws.

    • Perez Prado
      The little tune Homer is humming in the bathroom as he prepares for his night out with Marge is Mambo legend Perez Prado's song, "Patricia."

    • Life In Hell
      The rabbit doll Maggie has with her for part of the episode is Binky from Matt Groening's comic strip "Life In Hell."

    • "Some Enchanted Evening"
      The title of the episode is also the title of a song in the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific.

    • Bart: The Elves! The Elves!
      This is a quick reference to the way the phrase "The bells! The bells!" is said in the classic book, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.