The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 3

The Great Wife Hope

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2009 on FOX
7.6
out of 10
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190 votes
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Episode Summary

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When the male population of Springfield becomes obsessed with Mixed Martial Arts, Marge and some friends organize a protest. A MMA show promoter gets wind of Marge's protest and challenges her to a match and agrees to shut down the show if Marge wins.

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  • The Best Reason To Watch This Episode Is Marge Wearing That Purple Leotard

    10
    Marge exhibits smart fashion sense when she trains for her fight with the MMA man. I wish she would have worn that outfit to the ring. The writers have finally learned how to make Marge Simpson astonishingly sexy.
  • A Very Good Episode.

    10
    I personally like this episode. It brought out the best in the entire family. Even Homer objected to Marge taking on that promoter out of concern for her safety. Even Bart risked his own saftety to protect his mother. Every now and then, they do something to show that he isn't such a bad kid after all. It is also good to see Lisa finally get back at him at the end of the show. I give this episode a perfect ten.moreless
  • A little funny, but nowhere near as good as last week's episode.

    5.0
    Marge fights the originator of the violent sport "Mixed Martial Arts" to stop the sport for good. I was very disappointed with this episode. I thought last week's episode was good, but this one was just plain awful. Marge protesting against violence has been done before, and the plot felt rehashed and unoriginal. The episode was also boring. There were no moments where I laughed out loud, I just chuckled a few times. The ending was also terrible,predictable, and cliche. Marge gains the strength to beat up the originator and wins the match because he is about to hurt Bart. Finally, I hated how there was no plot other than the fight. Overall, I didn't like this episode, and I wanted more out of it.moreless
  • Good

    7.0
    Marge does not approve of MMA and when it comes to Springfield she protests. She gets in a fight with an MMA man, who agrees if she wins then he will go away. Train, train, train! In the end, will Marge win or the MMA guy?



    Alright episode, to me it felt kind of boring in some places and I really dislike the 4-act structure, some act breaks are really sudden (And yes, that is a reason to dislike an episode, I think anyways), but overall, good episode, my overall grade is a C+ or so, average, but still goodmoreless
  • Eh, slightly dissapointed, but funny still

    7.5
    First of all: the billboard gag had me laughing although its very simple: "The Leftorium: Next Right". OK moving to the episode, Marge is playing "crazy bowling" with her friends and the wonderwhy are there no guys in the alley. They are all in the Stadium, mainly in the Hectagon, watching an "ultimate puching kicking and choking" match. Marge laerns about the sport after she saw Bart beating up Nelson at the schoolyard so she went into the Hectagon and makes a speech about violence, when Chet Englebrit, the sport's CEO, makes an agreement with her: Hectagon. Match. Both. If Marge wins, he'll forbid the sport. Homer's opinion:



    "Marge, this is the craziest thing I've ever done, and YOU are doing it!" LOL



    So Marge starts to train for the big day with locals Drederick Tatum, Akira and Burns. The day of the match arrives and Homer has a plan: dress up as Marge and get beaten up but ends up going with Moe to a school reunion. The fight begins and Chet quickly gets an advantage. Bart, after seeing her mom in danger, enters the Hectagon to fight Chet, and this causes Marge's motherly instincts to explode and she beats Chet up. She won yay. Did I laugh, meh.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

Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell

Himself

Guest Star

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

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: You can see Barney is not only at the wrestling place, screaming "We've been here for hours!", but seconds later you can see him at Moe's.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Marge: At least in other sports, they're trying to put a ball in a net or a zone, but in this sport they don't put anything in anything, and if they did, I wouldn't want to see it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: A stork flies across the screen carrying Maggie in its beak.
      Billboard Gag: The Leftorium. Next right (with Ned Flanders pictured).
      Blackboard Joke: I am not allergic to long division.
      Couch Gag: The family goes around the world and even into outer space to track down their renegade couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • When a Man Loves a Woman
      There is an ad on a billboard that says "When a Man Gloves a Woman". This is an allusion to the 1966 song by Percy Sledge called "When a Man Loves a Woman" and also a 1994 film of the same name.

    • The Great White Hope
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1967 Howard Sackler play and 1970 film adaptation of the same name, The Great White Hope.

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