The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 12

The Way We Was

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 1991 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Music from this episode
      "Close to You" by The Carpenters
      "The Joker" by The Steve Miller Band
      "Pick up the Pieces" by The Average White Band
      "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White
      "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John
      "The Hustle" by Van McCoy
      "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?" by Al Green
      "The Streak" by Ray Stevens
      "Color My World" by Chicago

    • Grandpa and Homer dined on a bucket of Shakespeare Fried Chicken.

    • This is the first episode where we see Homer smoking (he smokes cigarettes in the bathroom as a teen). He would also smoke cigars and pipes in later episodes.

    • Although they think it's the first time they met, Marge and Homer will find out that they met at a summer camp in the season 15 episode "The Way We Weren't."

    • The articles in "Ms. Magazine" are: "Why all men are bad," "Hating and Dating: Do they mix?" and "25 reasons not to shave your armpits"

    • The Larry Davis Experience (from "Some Enchanted Evening") play at the prom.

    • Mr. Seckofsky (the shop teacher) is missing a finger.

    • Homer has posters of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin

    • Marge says they were seniors in high school together, so that would mean that they are the same age. However, it has been established that Homer is 39, and Marge is 34. Is it possible that Homer got held back in school five times? He sure didn't look 23 when he was a senior. This is just one of the many weird things in the show about Homer aging, but nobody else.

    • Homer's guidance counselor's door reads M-Z, but the counselor says N-Z

  • Quotes

    • Estelle: Don't you think you deserve to earn as much as a man who does the same job?
      Marge: Not if I have to do heavy lifting or math.

    • Homer: When I see you forming the vowels and continents . . .
      Marge: Consonants.

    • (In detention.)
      Homer: So, uh, what are you in for?
      Marge: I'm a political prisoner. (Muttering) Last time I ever take a stand.
      Homer: Well, I'm in here for being me. Every day, I show up, act like me, and they slap me in here.

    • (At debate team practice, Homer and Artie Ziff hold a debate.)
      Artie: Our current speed limit is an anachronism. The fatuity--
      Homer: (Reading from a dictionary.) "Ignoramus."
      Artie: --Will you shut up?
      Homer: Wait a minute. That word you keep calling me?
      Artie: Ignoramus?
      Homer: Ignoramus! It means I'm stupid, doesn't it?
      Artie: There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity.
      Homer: Not to me, there isn't, you--
      Mrs. Bloominstein: Homer?
      Homer: --ignoramus!
      Artie: You're the ignoramus.
      Homer: No, you are!
      Mrs. Bloominstein: Homer, would you like to present your rebuttal?
      Homer: With pleasure. (Everyone gasps as Homer moons the class.)

    • (Principal Dondelinger catches Homer and Barney smoking in the bathroom.)
      Dondelinger: Well, well, well. If it isn't Homer Simpson and Barney Gumble, Springfield's answer to "Cheech and Chong." Allow me, gentlemen. (Grabs their cigarettes and tosses them in the toilet.) You just bought yourselves three days of detention. You know where and when.
      Homer and Barney: (In unison.) Three o'clock, old building, room 106.

    • Waiter: (to Homer) Steak or chicken?
      Homer: One of each, please.
      Barney: (running naked) Coming through!
      Homer: Barney!!!

    • Barney: Hi, Estelle, will you go to the prom with me?
      Estelle: I wouldn't go to the prom with you if you were Elliot Gould.
      Barney: Oh shot down again.

    • Homer: (to the kids) Do you two have to sit so close to the TV? Back up or it'll hurt your eyes.
      Bart: Oh, it will not.
      Homer: (Holding his fist up) Oh, yes, it will.

    • Grampa: What's the matter, boy?
      Homer: Nothing.
      Grampa: You haven't said boo all night and usually I have to wrestle the bucket out of your greasy mitts.
      Homer: Dad, I'm in love.
      Grandpa: Uh-oh. Why don't you grab yourself a beer, boy.
      Homer: But, Dad, I don't drink.
      Grandpa: Cut the crap! (Imitating Homer) I just collect the cans, Daddy! (Normal) Now, grab yourself a beer and get me one, too.

    • Marge: When I got home I realized who I should have gone to the prom with.
      Homer: Who? (Realizing) Oh.
      Marge: My prom date.
      Homer: Marge, pour vous.
      Marge: Why so glum?
      Homer: I've got a problem. As soon as you stop this car, I'm gonna hug you, and kiss you, and then I'll never be able to let you go! (Fade back to the present) And I never have...

    • Marge: (Pinching her cheeks) Couldn't we just use rouge for this?
      Mrs. Bouvier: Ladies pinch. Whores use rouge.

    • Homer: You tutor? And anyone can be tooted?

    • Guidance Counselor: Do you have any plans for after graduation?
      Young Homer: Me? I'm gonna drink a lot of beer and stay out all night!

    • Grampa: Oh, son, don't overreach. Go for the dented car, the dead-end job, the less attractive girl. I blame myself. I should have had this talk a long time ago.

    • Young Barney: Boy, you never stop eating and you don't gain a pound.
      Young Homer: It's my metaba-ma-lism. I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones.

    • (Homer and Marge find out that they are pregnant)
      Dr. Hibbert: Well, uh, Miss Bouvier, uh, I think we've found the reason you've been throwing up in the morning. (Reaches to shake Homer's hand.) Congratulations.
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Artie: Marge, I would appreciate it if you didn't tell anybody about my busy hands, not so much for myself, but I am so respected, It would damage the town to hear it.

    • Artie Ziff: Hello classmates. Instead of voting for some athletic hero, or a pretty boy, you have elected me, your intellectual superior as your king. Good for you!

    • Teacher: Simpson! Be quiet!
      Homer: I haven't seen you in school before...
      Teacher: Okay Simpson! You just brought yourself another day of detention!
      Homer: Maybe we should get together some time
      Teacher: Two days!
      Marge: I'm sorry, I don't even know your name!
      Homer: I'm Homer
      Teacher: Three days!
      Homer: Jay
      Teacher: Four days!
      Homer: Simpson
      Teacher: Five days!
      Homer: It was worth it!
      Teacher: Six days... Okay Simpson, to the back of the room!

    • Barney: Hey Homer! You're late for English!
      Homer: Pff! English, who needs that? I'm never going to England! Come on. Let's go smoke.

    • Bart: Hey everybody, If you look real close, you can kinda make him out!
      Homer: Hey yeah… yeah! I think I can!
      Marge: I think this is sick… they're staring at a dot!
      Homer: She's right! She's right! Oh I miss TV, dear God! Just give me one channel.

    • (Picture on television goes haywire)
      Bart: Hey, what gives?
      Lisa: Dad! Do something!
      Homer: Alright, alright. Time for Doctor TV to perform a little surgery! (Bangs on the TV and the picture gets worse.)
      Bart: Looks like you lost the patient, Doc.

    • (Teenage Homer imagines working at the nuclear power plant.)
      Homer: Me in a nuclear power plant? (Laughs) Kaboom!

    • Barney: Wanna go to the prom with me?
      Kim: Good God! No!
      Barney: Well put.

  • Notes

    • First Appearance: Artie Ziff, Principal Dondelinger and Rainer Wolfcastle (playing McBain)

    • According to Matt Groening in the Season Two DVD commentary, Lovitz departing line was supposed to be "Goodnight. I'm Artie Ziff!" But short on time, the editors shortened it to just "Goodnight!"

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not get very far with this attitude.
      Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch and it falls through the floor.

  • Allusions

    • The Way We Were
      The title of this episode is a take on the title of the 1973 film The Way We Were starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.

    • Norman Rockwell
      The look of Marge looking at herself in her prom dress in the mirror is taken from a famous cover drawn by Norman Rockwell.

    • Siskel & Ebert & the Movies
      The show the family is watching in the first scene is a parody of the famous critics show Siskel & Ebert & the Movies.

    • Happy Days
      The makeout area Marge and Artie go to is called "Inspiration Point", which is taken right out of Happy Days.