The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 11

The Twisted World of Marge Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After being kicked out of the Springfield women's investment club, Marge is determined to best her ex-club members, so she invests in a pretzel franchise. But when pretzel sales struggle, Homer unwittingly turns to Fat Tony and the mob to help Marge corner the snack business in Springfield.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons marge goes to a bussiness convention and she sees all the diffrent bussiness and her partner join with tacos and she picks prezzels she starts out bad and thing is homer wants to help so he gets ahold of the mob to run her other competion out of town and when marge finds out she is mad .and her other parners come around with the chineses mob and they get into a huge fight in the simpsons yard and also things start to happen and they make up homer and marge this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • The Twisted World of Marge Simpson

    Marge starts a business vendor selling pretzels. But when nobody wants to buy her pretzels, Homer tries to help her: by getting the nob to sell. But when Marge refuses to pay Fat Tony, he and his henchmen show up at the Simpson home, but get in a fight with a Japanese mob. All else is normal when Homer apologizes and Marge forgives him.

    A good episode, sometimes boring in places, I think, but it was still pretty good and had some somewhat funny scenes and jokes. My overall grade would be a B+ or so. Good, but not greatmoreless
  • Homer asks for the mafia's help with his wife's pretzel business.

    Marge buys a pretzel franchise after being voted out of the Springfield Investorettes for being too conservative. They strike back by parking their felafel van next to her pretzel wagon. Marge tries to hand out free samples at a baseball game, but they are hurled at Mr. Burns instead of being eaten. Homer asks Fat Tony for assistance. Soon, orders for Marge's pretzels pour in while the felafel business fails mysteriously. Her sales skyrocket and Fat Tony attempts to collect all the profits. Marge refuses to comply, and Fat Tony and his goons arrive at their house for a showdown but are headed off by the Japanese mafia who are sent by the Investorettes to rub out Fat Tony. This is just another example of the Simpsons comedy at its best. One of the best of the season. Loved the mob fight at the end. A must see!moreless
  • Marge goes insane, once again.

    The Simpsons are such a crazy and wild bunch. Homer, Bart, Lisa, heck even Maggie, show us this reality to be true. But Marge? We consider her the lever that keeps the family in balance. Nevertheless, tonite we find Marge going insane and I don't mean talking gibberish and making spit bubbles, I mean serial killer insane. I think I prefer the kind of absurd things the rest of the familty does. Pretzels are not very tasty either, so why all the fuss? I think it is the fact that Marge is under such a great pressure at home and this simply was a way to release all the tension.moreless
  • Hilarious Japna vs Italy mob style

    When Marge tries to start her own business, she finds herself involved with Fat Tony and his legitimate businessmen friends, who act as her silent partners. Marge tries to open a Pretzel Wagon franchise after meeting Frank Orman, The Pretzel Man, at a small business convention. The pretzel business is a bust until Homer enlists Fat Tony to lend Marge's business a little muscle--financial and otherwise. Marge's business takes off, but Fat Tony wants a fat cut of the profits. The only thing that can stop him from forcibly taking the money is the Japanese mafia, who come to Springfield and whup Tony and his buddies.moreless
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

Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon

Frank Ormand

Guest Star

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Fat Tony: Sorry we're late. Could we have the money now?
      Marge: The answer… is no.
      Fat Tony: I'm afraid I must insist. You see, my wife, she has been most vocal on the subject of the pretzel monies. "Where's the money? "When are you going to get the money?" "Why aren't you getting the money now?" And so on.

    • Fat Tony: You have 24 hours to give us our money. And to show you we're serious… you have 12 hours.

    • Helen: I don't understand why they won't unload our falafel fixings.
      Lou: Ship's impounded, ma'am.
      Chief Wiggum: Yeah, we, uh, found a couple of barnacles on the hull; that and, uh, the deck was, uh, wet.

    • Homer: Marge needs help… and God knows I'm not the man to provide it. But I know who can!

    • Homer: Hey, what's all that commotion outside? Why, it's one of those pretzel wagons the movie stars are always talking about.
      Lenny: (gasps) Here? At our plant?
      Homer: That's right, Lenny. Let's all give in to deliciousness--The Pretzel Wagon way!
      (Everyone cheers)
      Homer: Yeah! Homer's right!

    • (It's a black day for baseball after fans hurl their pretzels onto the field at an Isotopes game.)
      Bart: Oh, cheer up, Mom. You can't buy publicity like that. Thousands and thousands of people saw your pretzels injuring Whitey Ford.
      Homer: You can call them Whitey-whackers!

    • Marge: Hmm! It's not bad!
      Frank: It's not only not bad -- it's not bread. "Knot bread", you get it?… See?
      Marge: (they both laugh) I do! Knot bread!

    • Disco Stu: Did you know that disco record sales were up 400% for the year ending 1976? If these trends continue… A-y-y-y!
      (puts his feet up on his desk wearing see-through platform shoes with water and fish inside)
      Homer: Uh, your fish are dead.
      Disco Stu: Yeah, I know. I… can't get them out of there.

    • Royce: That's the miracle of the franchise. You get all the equipment and know-how you need, plus a familiar brand-name people trust. You'll be on a rocket-ride to the moon! And while you're there, would you pick up some of that nice, green moon money for me … Royce McCutcheon!
      Homer: No deal, McCutcheon that moon money is mine!

    • Marge: I'm not wild about these high-risk ventures. They sound a little risky.

    • Fat Tony: (trying to take Marge's keys) Is, uh, there a button or a release for these keys?
      Marge: Oh, you have to push in as you turn.

    • Fat Tony: Greetings, Homer.
      Homer: Hey! Fat Tony! You still with the mafia?
      Fat Tony: Uh, uh, yes, I am. Thank you for asking. Now, Homer, as you no doubt recall, you were done a favor by our, uh, how shall I say...Mafia Crime Syndicate.
      Homer: Oh yeah.
      Fat Tony: Now the time has come for you to do us a favor.
      Homer: You mean the mob only did me a favor to get something in return? Oh, Fat Tony! I will say good day to you, sir!
      Fat Tony: Ok. I will go.
      (Fat Tony leaves)
      Fat Tony: (Realizing what just happened) Wait a minute!

    • Marge: Here you go! Free Pretzel Wagon pretzels for everyone. One bite and you'll be hooked!
      Principal Skinner: Thank you!
      Pedro: Gracias!
      Homer: That means "thank you," Marge!

    • Frank: Congratulations, and welcome to the dynamic world of mobile pretzel retailing.
      Marge: When can I start? Where's my territory?
      Frank: Your..territory...well, lemme tell ya. Wherever a young mother is ignorant of what to feed her baby, you'll be there. Wherever nacho penetration is less than total, you'll be there. Wherever a Bavarian is not quite full, you will be there.
      Marge: Don't forget fat people. They can't stop eating!
      (Homer walks by)
      Homer: Hey, pretzels!

    • Homer: What do you need to make money for, anyway? As long as I have my earning power, this family's got nothing to worry about.
      (Homer stabs himself in the eye with a hot dog)
      Homer: Ow! Call work and tell 'em I won't be in tomorrow!

    • Marge: Alright, Helen. If I'm not wanted I'll leave.
      Helen: You'll get your pancakes in the mail.
      (later at the Simpson house)
      Marge: Uhh… and then they gave me back my $500 investment and kicked me out of the club.
      Homer: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Back up a bit now. When are the pancakes coming in the mail?

    • (Discussing high-risk investments)
      Mrs. Krabappel: Oh! Oh! How about Oklasoft? It's Oklahoma's fastest-growing software company.
      Maude: Um, cushions? Everybody likes to sit on cushions.
      Agnes: Children are so fat today. Isn't there some way we could make money off that?

    • (Lenny is first in line at Marge's pretzel stand.)
      Lenny: Uh, lets see...I'll have one, uh--
      Carl: Hey, hurry up. I wanna get my pretzel.
      Lenny: One pretzel.
      Marge: Thank you.
      Carl: Lets see...Uh, I will have one of your, uh--
      Mr. Burns: Come on, come on, while we're young.

    • Marge: Well, I guess Macy's and Gimbels learned to live side by side.
      Agnes: Gimbels is gone, Marge. Long gone. You're Gimbels.

    • (Marge and Homer stand at the front door as a mob war is takes place outside.)
      Marge: Maybe we should go inside.
      Homer: But Marge, that little guy hasn't done anything yet. Look at him! He's gonna do something and you know its gonna be good.
      (Door closes behind Homer)
      Little Japanese Mobster: Hiiiiya!
      (A loud thud can be heard)
      Homer: Aww.

    • (After Homer has handed Moe a $50 bill.)
      Moe: Homer, you know your money is no good here--Hey wait, this is real money!

    • (After Cletus orders 300 pretzels with 300 coupons.)
      Marge: I should have said "limit one per customer".
      Cletus: Shoulda' but didna', so hands 'em over.

    • (Marge is watching a video instructing her on how to set up her business.)
      Frank Ormand: Blanket your community with flyers. A phony ticker-tape parade will help you avoid litter laws.
      (Cut to Homer driving Lisa through the street in an astronaut helmet.)
      Chief Wiggum: (Teary-eyed) Welcome back, Space Girl!

    • Marge: Homer! Did you tell the mafia they could eliminate my competitors with savage beatings and attempted murder?
      Homer: (swallowing beer) In those words? Yes.

    • Homer: I saw you pouring your heart and soul into this business and getting nowhere. I saw you desperately trying to cram one more salty treat into America's already bloated snack hole. So I did what I could. I did what any loving husband would do! I reached out to some violent mobsters.

    • (Maude, Helen, Agnes and Mrs. Krabappel stop and say hello to Marge.)
      Marge: Helen.
      Helen: Marge.
      Marge: Edna.
      Mrs. Krabappel: Marge.
      Marge: (To Agnes) Ummm--
      Agnes: Agnes, my name is Agnes and you know it's Agnes! It means "lamb," "lamb of God."

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not licensed to do anything.
      Couch Gag: The TV room is now a Whack-A-Mole game with the family in place of the moles.


    • Goodfellas
      The montage of Marge's business picking up and making money is a nod to a similar montage from the 1990 film Goodfellas.

    • International House Of Pancakes
      The restaurant was called Municipal House Of Pancakes. This is a parody name of the name of the restaurant International House Of Pancakes. The building looks like the restaurant chain.

    • Village People
      Disco Stu's Can't Stop the Learnin' Disco Academies is a reference to the 1980's disco film "Can't Stop the Music" starring the Village People. The typeface on his sign is even the same as the movie poster.

    • Frank Ormond: Wherever a young mother is ignorant of what to feed her baby, you'll be there. Wherever nacho penetration is less than total, you'll be there. Wherever a Bavarian is not quite full, you will be there.
      Frank's speech is a parody of Tom Joad's speech from The Grapes of Wrath.