The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 10

Take My Life, Please

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 15, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer wonders if fate truly did deal him a tough hand after he finds out that the class presidential election he lost in high school was rigged.

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  • What would Homer's life be like if he was elected class president?

    Homer wonders if fate truly did deal him a tough hand after he finds out that the class presidential election he lost in high school was rigged. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Simpsons". Did I love the storyline? Oh yes, yes yes, I did. Did I love it being the first episode to be in High Definition? Yes, oh heck yes. Did I laugh out loud hard at so many part? Well, um... mmm uhh not really. You get my point of this though. I really loved the storyline but the humor is really nothing to say here but that's really okay with me. Most of the humor here is either just a miss or just doesn't feel like humor at all. Honestly, I cared twice as much more about the storyline than the humor so no points will be taken off. I did laugh a few times and those times I laughed at were pretty good. My favorite part would have to be the ending of the episode, that was very nice of the family to put a plaque for Homer being class president on the Wall of Fame and Homer being his picture taken with the kid. That principal did a terrible thing rigging Homer like that though and it wasn't right. I also really enjoyed Homer and the family seeing what Homer's life would be like if he was elected class president through the sauce. The episode was very strong on the storyline and it was executed very well.. it was very low on humor but as I said before, I didn't really care. Overall, a perfect episode of "The Simpsons"... one of my favorites from Season 20. 10/10moreless
  • Is it the dialogue itself...the animation...the voice acting...a combination? To be honest, I'm not sure. But to me anyways, it just isn't adequate.

    I'm sorry but I gave this a 3/10. I wish I could be as enthusiastic as most of you. The best part to me was clearly the new opening credits, minus the couch gag. I don't hate things because they're new, but they need to be done with some degree of quality. Maybe I'm being harsh, because in other Simpsons eras I have a lot of positive things to say.

    I will say this though. I don't think it's that the ideas are terrible. There are a number of scenes I could visualize remaining intact in much better Simpsons years. In fact, some of the plots the last two or three seasons have been rather decent. However, either the sense of humour or the ability to execute it has gone almost completely dry during this same period in my opinion. It's not all about the funny, but I also don't feel anything whatsoever for these characters, positive or negative, which things very difficult to like.moreless
  • A HUGE improvment from last week. The first episode in HD does not disappoint! It was fantastic in picture quality and in its witty humor and entertaining plots.

    When Mayor Quimby inducts Vance Connor into the Springfield Walk of Fame, Homer recounts how he ran against Vance for class president in high school and lost. After a little digging, Homer learns that the election had been rigged, and he wonders what course his life would have taken if only fate had smiled on him. Homer soon meets an old Italian cook at Luigi's Italian Restaurant whose magical tomato sauce, when stirred in just the right way, reveals what Homer's life would have been like had he won the election. However, when Homer gets a chance to see what his life could have been, he wonders if fate was actually been on his side all along.moreless
  • Season 20, Episode 10.

    Homer doesn't like when he sees his senior class president competitor, and he learns from his friends (whose names I've forgotten) that the competition was rigged, and that they were asked to bury the actual results. He actually won the election for senior class president! I also liked the opening credits for this episode. It was different than any of the others I've seen. It included just about everybody, which was cool. Then, the family looked into this sauce, which told what Homer's life would be like if people knew that he won. It was a nice storyline. I wasn't crazy about the sauce thing, but cool episode. I liked when one of Marge's sisters said, "I'm not gay in this fantasy," or something like that. LMAO.moreless
  • Understated excellence.

    I can always complain about something in a new Simpsons episode, but I really have to think harder to come up with something for this one. (The CPR line was phony) It's not even that this one wasn't wacky at all. The golf cart coming out of the sand trap was ridiculous, but I laugh really hard at that. This one just seemed so laid back. We get to learn a little more about teenage Homer, then get a glimpse at a life he almost had. It's mildly funny, and almost completely unobjectionable.

    Widescreen Simpsons looks great, but I hate the new opening sequence. It's been 19 years with the same opening, and HD is no reason to change. Pillarbox the old one, and just have the proper episode be 16:9.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

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • People spotted on the "Springfield Wall of Fame" are: Diamond Joe Quimby, Rainier Wolfcastle, C.M. Burns, The Springfield Strangler, Duffman, Krusty, Hank Scorpio, Troy McClure, Bumblebee Man, Bill and Marty, Artie Ziff, Sideshow Bob, Poochie, Mr. Teeny, Itchy and Scratchy, Drederick Tatum, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Paul Yield, Chazz Busby, Gabbo, Lurleen Lumpkin, Principal Skinner, El Barto, Homer Simpson, Butthead, Fat Tony, Harry Plopper and Vance Conner.

    • The food prices have gone down in the new HD-intro.
      The total is now $486.52 ($847.63 in the old intro).
      Maggie is worth $243.26, as much as the other items together.

    • Music Featured in this Episode
      "Rock the Boat" by The Hues Corporation
      "Jive Talkin'" by The Bee Gees

    • During the new HD title sequence The Simpsons family has a HDTV. But during the episode, they still have the old TV set.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Principal Dondelinger: I can explain. But, are you sure we should talk in front of your son?
      Homer: Yes. I want him to know that if your life doesn't turn out the way you want, there is someone else to blame.
      Bart: Oh, I already knew that, dad. I'm gonna blame you.
      Homer: I respect your choice.

    • (After it's learned in Homer's alternate reality that he and Marge wouldn't have Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.)
      Marge: Well that's what's missing. Our lives would be horrible without the kids.
      Homer: Uh, yeah, that must be it. This is the best of all possible worlds. Blah, blah, blah and--I wanna live in the sauce!
      (He jumps into the sauce pot, the Sauce Chef pulls him out.)
      Sauce Chef: If you could live in the sauce, don't you think I would live in the sauce?! Stupid!

    • Homer: Oh, I get it, you're all going to try to convince me that my life is great just like it is, right?
      Lisa: Are you kidding? We couldn't even convince you that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
      Homer: Oh, come on, that billionaire playboy. He's too busy socializing at cocktail parties and managing the affairs of the Wayne foundation
      Marge: (whispering) Don't open this one again.
      Lisa: Why does he think Alfred is friends with Batman?
      Marge: Just stop.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Blackboard Joke: HDTV is worth every cent.
      Couch Gag: The family goes around the world and even into outer space to track down their renegade couch.
      Billboard Gag: Krusty: Now Doing Funerals.
      Ralph: (Screams and drops his ice cream)

    • This is the second time the series gets a new opening. The first was in "Bart Gets an F" from season 2.

    • This is the first episode of the series to be broadcast in High Definition.


    • Homer: I'm going to find Dondelinger and tell him I know what he did last summer... 22 years ago!
      I Know What You Did Last Summer was a horror movie that came out in 1997.

    • Henny Youngman
      The title of this episode is a play on comedian Henny Youngman's classic line "Take My Wife, Please!" The line is also the title of his autobiography. Additionally, the title of Season 11's "Take My Wife, Sleaze" and Season 14's "Brake My Wife, Please" also parody this line.