The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 10

There's Something About Marrying

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 20, 2005 on FOX
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There's Something About Marrying

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.


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  • Superb

    homer starts marrying people.... gay people. However, will this change when Patty comes out and reveals she wants to marry her partner? ?Can marge accept Patty being gay?

    Good episode, the first act was a little dull and that is really the only thing keeping it from an A+. I liked the rest, such as Homer's "I like beer!" line, and thought the "Twist" at the end was unexpected. Overall, a funny episode with a very good plot, as I said I disliked the first act, the rest though was great, my grade for this episode is about a B+moreless
  • A tough issue to tackle and well played just missing something

    This is definitely an interesting episode. Of the later years this is as well made as they come. Yet it still has that zaniness, if you will, that accompanies the newer episodes that just doesn't sit right with those of us who prefer the older stuff. A weak lead-in with the traveling news reporter is really lacking of any witty humor and poorly transitions with a town hall that at the very least pokes fun at itself.

    Homer then drops his beliefs against gay marriage to make a quick buck. This is a typical reaction of the dumb homer of the newer episodes. He just jumps around in convictions and jobs. I did enjoy the fact that Homer did keep his convictions some as can be seen when he is praying to god as he "consecrates another gay union that angers you so."

    I do think that the writers tackled a sensitive issue with a good balance of wit and severity to make it go down easy no matter what side of the fence you are on. The jokes were over the top but lacked that biting edge that would of made them offensive.

    It would of also been nice to see a union of someone other than Patty as her sexuality was never really as questioned as Smithers or Lenny and Karl. As for individual scenes I absolutely love when Patty burned Homer with a cigarette, and the image of Homer making out with himself will always always haunt me.

    When all is said and done this is a great episode and if it was done with a little more of the wit and intelligent humor of the older seasons I think it could have been superb but it is still an okay episode.moreless
  • Some of the funniest moments in the whole series..

    To boost tourism in Springfield, the town decides to legalize same-sex marriages. Homer discovers the monetary value of gay marriages, becomes an ordained minister via the internet, and soon marries everyone and everything in town. Patty Bouvier then comes to Homer and asks him to marry her – to Veronica a professional women's golfer. Selma is happy for her sister that she found love, but is sad that now she is all alone. While Marge is coping with the fact that her big sister is marrying a woman, she discovers that Veronica is a man disguised as a lesbian! When the truth is exposed, Veronica is kicked out of the LPGA and Patty is driven back into the arms of the one person who truly understands her, Selma.moreless
  • Homer gets another job; minister

    The first act of this episode is hilarious, Bart and Millhouse trying to pull pranks on everyone such as Barney who has gone on yet another relapse though it seems for a few seconds that he is sober ("remember the twelve steps") and when they do find an out-of-towner, the pranks they play are hilarious and unpredictable as far as the three eyed fish turning out to be a giant mutant.

    The fact that this severely reduces tourism (since he happens to be a reporter) was a great way to start the episode off and the revelation that Patty is gay (though she did date skinner for a while) was a good moment. I'll finish this episode with a classic homer quote: "who's next? adam and steve or madam and eve?"moreless
  • Okay.. could of been better if they ddn't have to have all taht gayness.

    I liked it, serisouly. It was great at first but then it got silly. Homer sets up a chapel where he gays can marry each other. Then the family find out Selma is marrying a woman, so she is gay too, but Marge finds out it's a man, and Selma is surprised to find that out, and says she wnats to marry a woman. It's kinda weird, and even if it was kinda funny it could of been better if it didn't have all this sex talk and stuff like that, and all the lesbiund stuff, ect. But, overall, funny episode idea and has a good start.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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (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!

    • (on Smartline)
      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?
      Marge: Straight.

    • 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.

  • NOTES (5)

    • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Joe Millionaire
      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.

    • Trumpet Voluntary
      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.

    • Huell Howser
      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.

    • Song: Gay-O
      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.