The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 10

The Wife Aquatic

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 2007 on FOX
7.6
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Homer surprises Marge with a visit to her favorite childhood vacation spot: an island called Barnacle Bay. But when the family arrives, they are shocked to discover Barnacle Bay’s tourism and economy has been decimated by the disappearance of the local delicacy, the “Yum-Yum” fish. After causing some major damage to the boardwalk, Homer is forced to join a fishing crew to work off his debt and a parody of The Perfect Storm ensues.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Marge goes down memory lane after Patty and Selma show home movies from their childhood vacation spot of Barnicle Bay. But when the Simpsons return it is a bum town cuz the yum-yum fish are gone.moreless

    10
    This episode was probably the best episode in the 18th season. It was funny and had a lot of good jokes. I liked that it was an episode about Marge and then turned into and episode about Homer. This is by far one of the funniest episodes in the entire series. I believe it should get a rating of 10. The next episode that comes even close to this one is 24 minutes. I can't wait for this one to come out on DVD. It should defiantley get a rating of 10. I hope the show keeps up the good work!moreless
  • Homer tries to rebuild a childhood memory place for Marge.

    8.5
    While watching a home movie, Marge becomes depressed as she is reminded of memorable childhood vacations spent at Barnacle Bay. Hating to see Marge sad, Homer and the kids take her on a surprise trip to the bay, only to discover that it has turned into a rundown mess due to the absence of fish. Meanwhile, Homer is forced to work on a fishing vessel that's threatened by a huge storm. Homer and the kids lovingly give the boardwalk a whole new makeover for Marge. But when Homer accidentally lights the renovated carousal on fire, stirring up an angry mob of townspeople, more than just waves come crashing down. Another episode that is under appreciated! Homer was hilarious as usual, and I loved the suspense with we didnt know if Homer and Bart were dead. (Even tho we knew they would be alive) Anyway, a BIG improvement from last week. Nicely done.moreless
  • This episode had it all: gay seamen, Homer and Bart risking their live, and we learned about Marhe's childhood you couldn't asl for more...

    9.0
    When Marge's childhood home movie is played at the Springfield film night, she rediscovers a world that she has forgotten about. Trying to make Marge happy, Homer takes the family on a trip to Barnacle Bay only to discover it is now rundown because their main source of income, the yum-yum fish, have disappeared. After Homer gets the locals to clean up part of the boardwalk, the firework display sets the carousel on fire and his punishment is to go to sea with the fisherman. Out at sea, a massive storm demolishes the boat and the town thinks all is lost until the crew show up at their own memorial service.moreless
  • Weird episode, at times good and at times regular. Not the usual Simpsons episode. SPOILERS FOLLOW.

    7.0
    First of all, I expected more references to The Life Aquatic than the title, it would be nice to see that movie simpsonized, but, well, life's not always fair.

    I loved the segue of Homer's tries to bring the memories back to Marge but not taking the obvious choice. It was one of the best examples of Homer's good intentions going bad. And the firework fire is in the same league.

    Also I loved the scene at the bar when the guys get the ESP feeling, it was really weird and the fact that something supernatural can't compete with the lazyness to walk in the rain was genial.

    And when Homer prays to Poseidon... superb.

    The ending really shocked me, it was way too grim. I loved it, mind you, but it leaves a disconfort unusual in the series. I felt like when I watched the ending of Terry Gillian's Brazil (saving the distances, since this episode is no masterpiece and the movie certainly is). In a nutshell: a weird episode, with a lame story but with some excellent ideas here and there.moreless
  • Yet another episode of this tired franchise.

    1.2
    I don't know when it happened, probably about season 9, but the show started relying too heavily on catchphrases and stereotypes. In the early seasons, The Simpsons was relying on family conflict stories, not making a crappy christmas episode about Gil. The show has started having too many episodes on secondary characters, when they should be focusing on the family the show is named after.



    I don't normally watch new episodes of The Simpsons, if it's on I'll watch it. But I decided to watch this episode because I was bored. Marge wants to go back to an island she visited as a kid. Cue The Simpsons rescuing the island capturing 'Yum Yum' fish or something. The fact that you can see the plot and the jokes coming a mile away really turns me off. While shows like Family Guy are still doing Family related plots, Matt Groening is simply flogging a dead horse, trying to squeeze more money from this cash cow.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

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

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

Dana Gould

Dana Gould

Unknown

Guest Star

Sab Shimono

Sab Shimono

Japanese Fisherman

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • A fisherman mentions Milhouse, except that he couldn't know who Milhouse is.

    • Many 3-D effects were borrowed from Futurama, such as when we see the ship from outside, and the lighthouse that Marge looks for Homer through.

    • In the Barnacle Bay Oceanographic Institute two of the most notable buildings in the diorama showing the effects of global warming in 3 years are the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building from New York City.

    • The T-Shirt that Maggie wears on the car ride to the boat to Barnacle Bay says: "Barnacle Bay, or Bust."

    • Goof: At the open-air movie theatre, when Comic-Book Guy talks to Marge, it is obvious that the Simpsons have walked deep into the crowd. Yet, when they race against the Van Houtens for a free spot, they start almost at the entrance of the park, well behind the crowd. During that scene, we can also see that they pass Comic-Book Guy a second time.

    • The name of the Japanese fishing vessel that picks up Homer and the other fishermen is IRUKA KOROSHI MARU, which means 'Dolphin Killer".

    • An exhibit in the institute reads, Tides: Nature's Least Accurate Clocks.

    • As the family walks on the docks, the boats in the background are named The Wasted Bait, The Empty Net, and The Rotting Pelican.

    • Ned's pamphlets read, "You will die in sin".

    • Lisa compares Brazil to Barnacle Bay, she's referring to the time the Simpsons went to Brazil, and having a bad time in "Blame it on Lisa". The comparison has been excluded from Brazilian dubbing, which instead shows Bart asking if Lisa was sure about Barnacle Bay being the most disgusting place without mentioning any examples and Lisa confirming barnacle Bay as the most disgusting one.

  • QUOTES (23)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: There is a bulletin board and a giant pair of hands pins a couch and each of the family members on it in their usual place.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Safety Last
      Right before the silent movie cuts out, Pete is seen hanging from a clock, a reference to the classic 1923 Harold Lloyd silent film Safety Last.

    • Meet Me in St. Louis
      A marquee at the XXX theater reads Meet Me in Some Floozy. The title at the XXX theater is a reference to the 1939 movie, Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland.

    • The Perfect Storm
      There is a scene where Homer and Bart get caught in a storm and it is just like the film The Perfect Storm. The man that remarks on the storm when Lisa and Marge are at the museum is based on Christopher McDonald's character from the movie.

    • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2004 Bill Murray film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

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