The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 19

The Sweetest Apu

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 05, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

My goodness how the octuplets have grown! As we see when Manjula has brought the children to Kwik-E-Mart. After the children have left, Apu believes that the Squishee delivery lady has made a pass at him, by calling him handsome. The Simpson family is participating in the Civil War reenactment. Homer gets Barney (playing General Grant) to drink a mug of beer. The reenactment is "ripe with inaccuracies." Homer goes back to the Kwik-E-Mart and discovers Apu making out with the Squishee lady, he back out of the store all the way home and into bed. He has nightmares about the encounter and tells Marge guesses at what he's seen. They both have difficulty facing Apu and Manjula together. They confront Apu and soon Manjula finds out. She throws him out. Marge and Homer concoct a plan to bring Manjula and Apu back together. Apu asks for forgiveness, but gets divorce papers instead. Apu is about to end it all, when Manjula is willing to take him, provided he meets with her list of demands.moreless

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  • Solid episode...

    When Homer accidentally catches Apu cheating on his wife in the Kwik-E-Mart, he struggles to keep the news to himself. He eventually tells Marge who forces him to confront Apu. Apu feels ashamed of his infidelity but still doesn't have the courage to tell Manjula. Unfortunately for Apu however, Manjula discovers the security tape from the store and kicks Apu out of the house. Marge and Homer desperately try to get the couple back together and secretly invite them both over to the house for dinner. Manjula finally agrees to take Apu back, but only after he completes a list of activities she sets out for him, which obviously includes breaking up with his mistress. She eventually lets Apu back into the house, but she says it'll take time to get back to where they were.moreless
  • Apu cheats on his wife.

    This is another episode that I really enjoyed watching because it was very entertaining. This was a plot that was bound to happen. With the pressures of raising 8 kids, and making an arranged marriage work, Apu was bound to have cheated on his wife. I really enjoyed the way they approached this episode, and the way that Apu must make it up to Manjula was funny. Maybe its not the type of episode that will keep you in stiches, but it was entertaining nonetheless. FOr sure give this episode a watch if not for anything else, but for its civil war reinactment!moreless
  • Get out of my shop... and please come again...

    I just love Apu! He is such a funny character of the Simpsons. I love his accent! It makes me laugh every time i see him!

    In this episode, Apu cheats on his wife after Homer telling him: 'I think she likes you'... Homer is just sooo witty!

    But once he sees Apu and the squichy Girl making out in the Kwik-E-Markt, Homer goes back backwards all the way from the shop into his bed... and on to his dreams! This little music right there was so damn funny!

    It was also funny to see that Marge could tell what Homer thought only be hearing him gasp!

    Very funny Apu episode!

  • pretty funny

    there was a civil war reinactment at the begining (funny sceen) so homer buys a keg of beer thenit gets dammaged so he takes it back to the quick-e mart that night and finds apu cheating on manjula with the slushie (or somthing simmilar) lady so marge finds out buy looking at homers eyes and manjula finds out by looking at the store security tape footage and sepparates from apu she then is going to file for divorce so she goes to a lawyer but hes weird so she dosn't file for the divorce then in the end apu and her get back together, peace dawgs, juanitomoreless
  • I really liked this episode. Give it a watch for sure.

    To be honest, I was dreading this episode. Apu's character has been shaken about so much over the last few years, what with him getting married and having eight kids, I really thought this was going to be another "we're running out of storylines" type episodes from the writers.

    However, this episode was excellent. Apu was still as funny as he has always been, and with Homer involved it gave it that edge (like the episode Homer and Apu).

    Great moments included the civil war re-enactment, with Barney finally drinking beer; Homer walking backwards from the Kwik-E-Mart to his house, and then dreaming about walking backwards; Homer & Marge's attempts to get Apu & Manjula back together; and finally, Homer's walking backwards on the ladder at the end.

    The only thing I didn't like was Homer saying "penis." It's not that it wasn't funny, it just doesn't belong in The Simpsons, the same as the "mummy boner" from DABF05 or Homer talking about someone's wiener in CABF18. That's what I watch South Park for.

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

James Lipton

James Lipton


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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 (8)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Apu is preparing a hangman's noose)
      Apu: Over, under, round and round so your feet won't touch the ground.
      (He throws the noose rope over a pipe)
      Now, let's see what awaits me in the next life. (He looks over a reincarnation chart) First I was a tiger, a snake, a Clod, a goat with a hat, then me. (Looks at his next incarnations) Hoo, a tapeworm, then assistant to Lorne Michaels! It's going to be a rough couple of lifetimes.

    • Homer: (to Apu) I saw you and that Squishee Lady canoodling like junkyard rabbits!

    • (At the Civil War re-enactment)
      Principal Skinner: Hey you dead people, stop playing cards! And Stonewall Jackson, stop rollerblading!
      Disco Stu: The south will boogie again!

    • Manjula: Not tonight. I said, not tonight! Wait, something's wrong, why aren't you pressuring me for sex.
      Apu: Oh I'm just happy to lie here appreciating and respecting you.
      Manjula: Okay buster, what is going on.
      Apu: Nothing. How could you even accuse me of repeated infidelity? Oh I'm so angry I could just fall asleep.

    • Homer: Nothing, nothing, there's nothing eating me up inside.
      (Homer's eyeball is twitching and moving all over the place)
      Marge: Oh, it must be something big. Something you did? Something you saw. (gasps) Apu is having an affair?
      Homer: I know! Can you believe it? Oh, Manjula is just going to die.

    • Homer: The Squishee Lady! Oh my god. I know you must get this all the time, but can I suggest a flavor.
      Squishee Lady: Go ahead.
      Homer: Grape.

    • Apu: Please, could you just take the children home? The porno magazine buyers are too embarrassed to make their move. Look.
      Moe: C'mon!

    • Homer: Let's tell Krusty.
      Marge: What would that accomplish?
      Homer: That guy's hilarious. His reaction would be priceless.
      Homer: Apu is cheating!
      Krusty: That's sad. All those kids.
      Homer: I think he's building to something.

    • Skinner: Tanks!? Oh, this is just too inaccurate!

      Professor Frink: Well then, you're definitely not going to like my steam powered super spider with the stepping and squishing and the webs made of nyyy-lon.

    • Manjula: I took the tape out of the store surveillance camera. Look.
      (Apu watches the tape)
      Squishee Girl: Oh Apu! Scratch and Win!
      Apu: Mmmm, that's good adultery!
      (After watching the tape)
      Apu: Oh, I am so sorry.
      Manjula: Get out of my house.

    • Manjula: You've completed the list, you may now move back in with your family and you're never ending disgrace.
      Homer: Wait, wait, you forgot to eat a light bulb.
      Apu: Oh thank you very much you big fat blabbermouth. Sorry, sorry it's been a rough month.

    • (Manjula and Apu are playing Marge and Homer in badminton.)
      Manjula: Apu, you keep scoring while my back is turned!
      (Homer and Marge make nervous noises)
      Manjula: Are you sure you're not cheating?
      (Homer and Marge make nervous noises)
      Apu: Now Manjula, do you want me to find another partner?
      Marge: No, no! Let's just keep playing. Uh... what's the score?
      Homer: Dirty love... I mean thirty-love... uh, um... anyone for penis? D'oh! I'll just get the shuttlecock... D'oh!

    • Marge: We've got a special guest for you!
      Manjula: Is it my husband's whore?
      Marge: Nope.
      (brings out a fake Ganesh with Bart, Lisa, and Maggie)
      Bart: I am Ganesh, your god. I order you two to reunite or I'll suck your blood. Bleh, bleh!
      Lisa: Bart, stick to the script!

    • Homer: You can run, but you can't glide!

    • Homer: In a Civil War re-enactment, we need lots of Indians to shoot.
      Apu: I'm not sure where to begin correcting that sentence...

    • Homer: You still have to eat a light bulb. I soaked it in the toilet to soften it up!

    • Marge: Manjula, come quick! The octuplets learned their first word!
      Octuplet #1: Mommy,
      Octuplet #2: will
      Octuplet #3: you
      Octuplet #4: let
      Octuplet #5: daddy
      Octuplet #6: come
      Octuplet #7: back…
      Octuplet #8: cookie!
      Marge: They miss their father. Are you sure you don't want Apu back?
      Manjula: Well, I do, but I don't want to be treated like a doormat. I need payback!
      Marge: All right! Girls night out! Exotic male dancers at the Golden Banana!
      Manjula: Hmmm… No, I want HIM to suffer.
      Marge: Well, when Homer does something wrong, I make a list of ways he can make it up to me. Then I shred the list and put it in his food.
      Manjula: Fine. We will make a list.
      Marge: At the Golden Banana?
      Manjula: No!
      (Marge groans)

    • Apu: Oh, Squishee Lady! You've had less than eight kids, haven't you? Haven't you?

    • Apu: Manjula, why did you bring the octuplets to work? This is supposed to be our special time!

  • NOTES (3)


    • The name of this episode is a parody of the 1980's song by Sade, "The Sweetest Taboo".

    • Homer responds to one of Apu's jokes saying "Hi-Yo" as Ed McMahon would usually say. Ed McMahon was the sidekick on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

    • Similar to Moe and Mesmirino in the episode "The Blunder Years" Apu pays tribute to Johnny Carson by saying "Mmm…that's good adultery!" Coincidentally, all three of the characters are played by Hank Azaria.

    • Homer: Ok, ok, don't go "Mary Todd" on us.
      Who is Mary Todd you ask? It's Abe Lincoln's wife. The episode has a Civil War reenactment in it. Lincoln was the president of the USA at the time of the war. After Lincoln's death, Mary was accused of insanity and was sent to a clinic for four months.

    • Homer: Dirty love, I mean 30-love.
      "Dirty Love" is the name of a Frank Zappa song, released on the 1973 Mothers lp "Over-Nite Sensation." Creator Matt Greoning is a huge Zappa fan.

    • :
      The costumes for the final scene of the all-octuplet version of "My Fair Lady" look very much like Cecil Beaton's costumes for the 1964 film.

    • Professor Frink: "you're not going to like my gigantic spider..."
      That giant mechanical spider is an obvious reference to the enormously terrible and hugely anachronistic 1999 film, "Wild Wild West".