Bart and Milhouse look for someone new to play tricks on and they find their new victim in Howell Huser, a yokel who just fell off the turnip truck. Their pranks get Howell Huser to stop smiling and he leaves town, only to turn up on the Soft News Network reporting that Springfield is the only town he's been to that he doesn't like. The negative publicity affects tourism. Mayor Quimby calls for the town to give him ideas to promote tourism and Lisa suggests they start allowing same sex marriages. The idea is approved and Springfield becomes the place to be for same sex couples to get married. When Reverend Lovejoy won't perform the ceremonies, Homer can't pass up the opportunity to make money and he becomes a certified minister via the Internet. He marries all the gay couples in town and then starts to marry anything to anything else. Patty requires Homer's service; she wants to marry her partner, Veronica, who is a pro-golfer. Marge has trouble dealing with the fact that her sister is gay. Marge discovers Veronica's secret, that she is really a man. Marge stops the wedding and reveals the secret, and when Leslie Robin Swisher (Veronica's real name) proposes that they still get married, she sticks to her guns, she still likes only girls.moreless
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Julio, from episode "Three Gays Of The Condo," found himself a new lover in this episode.
Locations on Homer's "Map To Star's Homes" include locations for Lenny, Karl, That Dude I Hate, Red Car Guy, Isabella Rossellini, Scary Rock, Hunny Tree, and Good Place For A Denny's.
According to this episode, Selma's fourth marriage and divorce was with Disco Stu.
Motto over Springfield City Hall: "Liberty And Justice For Most"
One of the "gay signs" Marge remembers about her sister is Patty putting up a poster of Nancy Kulp (Miss Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies) in her room. Nancy Kulp came out as a lesbian at the age of 67.
(a commercial plays, advertising Springfield's legalization of same-sex marriage, showing scenes of various gay and lesbian couples in Springfield...)
Male Singer: (stereotypical gay accent)
When my man and I shop for wedding gowns,
We were mocked and shunned and pushed around.
But yesterday, we found a place to be gay,
I'm going to marry my Harry in Springfield town.
Male Chorus: Gay-o! It's okay-o!
Tie the knot and spend all your dough.
Gay-o! Come stay-o!
Visit our website for further info!
Mayor Quimby: Springfield: a place where anyone can marry, even dudes! We're just off Route 202. Do not take the Jefferson Avenue exit. (panicky) For God's sake, do not take that exit!
Reverand Lovejoy: Call me old-fashioned, but I believe marriage is described in the Bible--
Homer: If you love the Bible so much, why don't you marry it? In fact, I now pronounce you and the Bible man and wife. And you're the wife! (laughs)
(Homer is looking at himself in the mirror)
Homer: (whistles) You handsome devil, someday they'll let you and me get married, can you imagine the children…
(Homer has a fantasy of him with another Homer kissing and hugging in front of heaps of little baby Homers.)
(Homer has married all the Gay couples in town.)
Bart: Well, all you can do now is wait for some other guys to turn.
Homer: Hmm, where's Lenny and Carl?
Marge: Don't you push them! They've got to work that out for themselves.
Homer: Ok, what's next? Adam and Steve or Madam and Eve?
Selma: You're not disappointed are you?
Marge: Oh no, no no...No, I'm just...surprised.
Homer: Yeah...big surprise. Hey Marge, here's another bomb...I like beer! Ha ha ha ha!
Homer: Marge, I'd be a lot more worried about me leaving you for a sausage patty than your sister Patty.
Patty: At last I have found the yin to my…yin.
Patty: …Her name's Veronica…
Marge: But Veronica's a girl's name… didn't you know that?
(The people have gathered in the Springfield Town Hall.)
Mayor Quimby: We need to bring tourism back to Springfield. As usual, I will open the floor to all crazy ideas that jump to peoples' minds.
Lenny: Stronger beer!
Carl: Gladiator fights!
Woman: Poetry slam!
Barney: Giant rats!
Phone Operator: You've reached FOX. If you're pitching a show where gold-digging skanks get what's coming to them, press one. If you're pitching a rip-off of another network's reality show, press two. Please stay on the line, your half-baked ideas are all we've got.
Homer: Well maybe marriage isn't just for gays. What's that thing called when a guy is gay for a girl?
Selma: So, wanna do a jigsaw puzzle tonight?
Patty: Selma, I'm getting married in an hour.
Selma: I know, I know. I'm just having trouble getting used to the idea of being alone.
Patty: Don't lay that on me, you got married three times.
Selma: Actually, four. You see, last week--
(Disco Stu leaps into the doorway)
Disco Stu: Disco Stu, just got an annulment, from John Paul II! Boogie down!
Homer: Aahh, who needs tourists? They never buy my maps to stars homes anyway. (Holds up map for a long time so that viewers can read the locations; his next comment is obviously to the viewers.) Have you read them all? Ok, good.
Homer: And do you Julio, take Savs, to be your lawful wedded life-partner, in Massachusetts and Vermont, maybe Canada, stay out of Texas, as long as you both are gay?
Julio: I do-ah.
Homer: It brings me great joy to unite two such loving people. Photo mouse-pads for sale out back.
This episode was nominated for the 2006 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.
The episode opened with the following title card:
This episode contains discussions of same sex marriage. Parental discretion is advised.
It is the first episode of the show to ever be labeled "viewer discretion advised." It was rated TV-14 DLV.
Principal Skinner was a guest in the wedding ceremony for Patty. Skinner was in love with Patty and even asked Patty to marry him in the episode Principal Charming.
Credits: People are still lined up for odd, non-traditional marriages, including the Sea Captain, who wants to marry the statue on the prow of his ship, and tells Homer to hurry. The other two "couples" besides the Sea Captain and mermaid statue during the credits scene are: 1) Ralph and a tiger who is wearing a black bow tie. 2) Comic Book Guy and a life-size cutout of Elvira.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family, dressed as hockey players, skate into the living room and skate around the couch. Homer is carrying the Stanley Cup with Maggie sitting in the bowl.
When Homer calls Fox, he gets a recorded message saying, "If you're pitching a show where gold-digging skanks get what's coming to them, press 1." This is a not-so-subtle reference to Joe Millionaire, a FOX reality show where Evan Marriott claimed to be a millionaire but was actually a low-income construction worker.
My Fair Lady
When all the gay couples are marching to the church, a slightly altered version of "Get Me to the Church on Time" can be heard from the musical My Fair Lady.
As Homer converts the garage into his wedding chapel and puts up his posters, the background music is "Trumpet Voluntary" by the English composer, Jeremiah Clark (c.1673-1707) sometimes incorrectly attributed to Henry Purcell. This is one of the most popular pieces played at weddings.
The Crying Game
The story plot twist of finding out that the woman is really a man is a parody of the story from the 1992 film, The Crying Game.
The character known as Howell Huser is a parody of the California television personality Huell Howser who has had numerous television shows including the PBS show California's Gold in which he toured lesser known California landmarks trying to bring them to public attention.
Homer: More like Bride of the Monster!
Homer is referring to the classic 1955 Ed Wood film, Bride Of The Monster.
n/a: Creature From The Black Lagoon
Howell Huser is attacked by the monster from the film of the same name, Creature From The Black Lagoon.
n/a: Winnie The Pooh
Look closely at Homer's map and in the center you'll see a location marked "Hunny Tree." This is a quick reference to the location in the book (and later Disney movie) called Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree.
Barney: As the Road Runner said to the coyote, Beep Beep!
A quick and funny reference to the adventures of Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner in The Road Runner Show.
n/a: Doublemint Gum
The "Troublemint" gum that Millhouse pulls out is a parody of the famous Doublemint gum.
The song "Gay-O" in this episode is a parody of the hit "Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte.
Patty: Hey twisted sister...
An obvious reference to the band Twisted Sister.
Episode Title: There's Something About Marrying
The title of this episode is an obvious play on the title of the 1998 film There's Something About Mary.
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