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*This episode was promoted heavily in the UK, even making the cover of the Radio Times. It holds the record for the highest rated Simpsons episode ever shown on Sky One, getting 2.301 million viewers, beating the previous record of 1.65 million set by "Skinner's Sense of Snow" in 2001.
 
*This episode was promoted heavily in the UK, even making the cover of the Radio Times. It holds the record for the highest rated Simpsons episode ever shown on Sky One, getting 2.301 million viewers, beating the previous record of 1.65 million set by "Skinner's Sense of Snow" in 2001.
 
*Despite being written by a British person, the episode is filled with references that UK audiences will not automatically be familiar with, such as Ryan Seacrest, Notre Dame football, etc.
 
*Despite being written by a British person, the episode is filled with references that UK audiences will not automatically be familiar with, such as Ryan Seacrest, Notre Dame football, etc.
*This episode marks Patty's first REAL lesbian relationship, with Verity.  In the past, Patty has dated [[Principal Skinner]], and a man posing as a woman.
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*This episode marks Patty's first REAL lesbian relationship, with Verity.  In the past, Patty has dated [[Principal Skinner]], and a man posing as a female golf-pro.
  
 
== Cultural references ==
 
== Cultural references ==

Revision as of 17:48, November 23, 2009

"Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"
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Episode Information
Original Airdate: March 26, 2006


"Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife" is an episode of The Simpsons. It is the fifteenth episode of the show's seventeenth season. It is the first ever episode written entirely by a guest star, Ricky Gervais.

Synopsis

Lenny invites practically everyone in town to a party at his flat, where he tells them that he has a big surprise. He reveals that he bought a brand new plasma screen TV, and Homer immediately falls in love with its high-definition picture. He begins to spend all his time at Lenny's house, watching TV. Marge sends over the kids to bring him back, but they too get enthralled by the TV. Eventually, Lenny kicks him out. When he gets back home, he just doesn't enjoy watching his usual TV anymore. Marge tells him that she entered them into a contest where the winner gets a prize that is a plasma screen TV. Later, they get a call, and they learn that they won third place as opposed to first ("Um... no. No one wins that."), and the prize is a trip to the Fox Studio Network (no expenses paid). While there, Homer learns of a reality show called "Mother Flippers" (similar to Wife Swap and Trading Spouses), and the grand prize just happens to be enough money to buy a new plasma screen TV. Marge agrees, although with reluctance, and they enter.

When they get back to Springfield, the show begins. Marge is traded to a nice, easy going man named Charles Heathbar and his perfect son, while Homer gets Charles' very strict wife, Verity. Charles seems to be the classic hen-pecked husband, and is surprised to see that Marge is extremely understanding and nice. Marge enjoys her time with Charles Heathbar, while he begins to develop a crush on her. Meanwhile, Homer, Bart, and Lisa are having troubles with Verity, who continues to discipline them and object to everything they do. She makes homework out of "Itchy and Scratchy" for Bart and asks Homer for his "synopsis" of CSI: Miami.

Back at Charles' house, he writes a love song for Marge (with guitar accompaniment), who seems completely oblivious to him until he comes out and tells her that he's in love with her. She explains to him that she loves Homer, and she tells him that he should tell his wife how he feels. He agrees, and decides to take her back to Homer and then get rid of Verity. When they get back to Springfield, Homer and the kids are ecstatic to see Marge. However, Verity has decided to leave him first, and she has already found a new partner: Patty. Apparently, they both hate Homer equally. Homer threatens to vote No on Proposition 38 (for Gay adoption), but a little arm-twisting by Patty brings him in line.

In the end, Homer plays on the guitar, serenading his true love, his new Plasma TV (and Marge, too).

Trivia

  • According to various articles, Gervais is more than welcome to write or guest star in another episode.
  • In a December 2004 BBC article, Gervais called writing The Simpsons episode "the most intimidating project of my career", describing The Simpsons as "the greatest TV show of all time."
  • This episode featured a live-action opening sequence. The live-action couch gag was not shown on some channels in Canada with the original airing for unspecified reasons. This was taken directly from a Sky One promotion, with the only alteration (in right-driving countries) being a mirrored flip of the scene where Marge and Maggie are driving the car, to show Marge driving on the left side, unlike in the UK. The original can be seen here. It was filmed in Orpington, Kent, near London. A previous live action sequence took place in the Homer3 segment of Treehouse of Horror VI.
  • A theatrical version of The Phantom of the Opera is playing on Lenny's plasma TV during his party.
  • With Dan Castellaneta, this is the second time a member of the main cast of The Simpsons has guest-starred as themselves (the first was Harry Shearer as part of Spinal Tap in "The Otto Show"). In this episode he was simply billed as a "star of The Tracey Ullman Show" while in season Thirteen's "I Am Furious Yellow" he appeared to voice the character of Angry Dad (although he was not referred to by name in that episode).
  • The similarities between Trading Spouses and Wife Swap (ABC) are satirically addressed. Interestingly, Wife Swap had received a similar skewering by its network fellow Hope and Faith a season earlier.
  • This episode was preceded by Ricky commentating about the episode on Sky One, and how Channel 4 would not get it for another three years. Sky One issued an apology upon the return from commercial break during the episode acknowledging that this claim was inaccurate. Channel 4 shows new episodes four years after Sky One.
  • Possibly due to the episode's storyline, Sky's high-definition service SkyHD was promoted twice during the first UK transmission, before the episode started and before the 'apology' mentioned above. The first advert in the commercial break was also for a high-definition television. Private Eye magazine in particular criticised this as an example of product placement on the part of Sky, and speculated as to how much Gervais was paid for writing it into the storyline.
  • This episode was promoted heavily in the UK, even making the cover of the Radio Times. It holds the record for the highest rated Simpsons episode ever shown on Sky One, getting 2.301 million viewers, beating the previous record of 1.65 million set by "Skinner's Sense of Snow" in 2001.
  • Despite being written by a British person, the episode is filled with references that UK audiences will not automatically be familiar with, such as Ryan Seacrest, Notre Dame football, etc.
  • This episode marks Patty's first REAL lesbian relationship, with Verity. In the past, Patty has dated Principal Skinner, and a man posing as a female golf-pro.

Cultural references

  • The title is a reference to the show This Is Your Life.
  • Charles appears to be based on Gervais' character David Brent from the British version of The Office. He says that he is the manager of an office, and like Brent, appears to be a very inept one. Charles also tells an offensive joke to Marge and plays guitar.
  • Homer collects all 40 years of The Family Circus, and then throws it in the fire.
  • The shot of Charles standing in front of the fire while singing about Princess Di echoes the famous and controversial photo of her standing in a school garden with the sun behind her, revealing the outline of her legs through her skirt.

Quotes

  • (after Homer moons the camera)
    Producer: Uhhh! We'd better pixellate those!
    Cameraman: There aren't enough pixels in the world!
    Producer: Yeah umm, just cover it with Ryan Seacrest's head.
  • Homer: If I have enough strength, I'll take you up to the TV and show you how thin it is.
  • Carl: Ain't no party like a Lenny party, 'cause a Lenny party don't stop! (looks at his watch) Oh man, I've got work tomorrow. See ya.
  • Lisa: I've seen this same show on a different network.
    Fox Executive: (stares at her nervously) Here, have a FOX sweatshirt.
    Lisa (puts it on and looks on the back): This is an ABC sweatshirt.
    Executive: And it zips up all the way! (zips up the sweatshirt, muffling Lisa's shouts)
  • Lisa: I don't understand, Dad. Our family has so many flaws, why must we share them with the world?
    Homer: Because we'll be on TV! And earn enough money to buy a TV! TV!
    Lisa: But, Dad!
    Homer: Yes, Teeveesa?
    Lisa: Ergh, forget it.
  • Verity: Charles hasn't satisfied me in years.
    Homer: "That's how I feel about Notre Dame football.
  • Patty: What brought us together is how much we hate you!
    Homer: Okay then. I'll just vote "no" on Prop 38 so you can't adopt! (Patty twists Homer's arm) Ooooowwww! Kidding! I don't vote! The voting place is up the hill and I never make it! (Patty twists Homer's arm harder)
  • Sideshow Mel: I've never seen a picture so highly-defined!
  • Brandine: Can you believe it, Cletus? Another party and we can't go.
    Cletus: Yeah, just 'cause we's afraid to use an uppity-box.
  • Tour Guide: Look, there's Dan Castellaneta from The Tracey Ullman Show.
    Homer: (leaning out of the tour guide tram) Hey funny man! Say something funny!
    Dan Castellaneta: Please don't lean out of the tram sir, you might get hurt.
    Homer: (childish imitating Castelleneta) Oh! Don't lean out of the tram! (he then gets hit by a gold statue of Mischa Barton)
  • Homer: Marge, thank God you're home! She made me spend time with the kids! And not just TV time. Talking time!
  • Charles: You're leaving me for him?
    Homer: So it would appear. However, Cousin It there was born a woman.
  • lyrics to "Picture in Picture" sung by Homer:
    You make me laugh, you make me cry
    Without you I'd just want to die
    For the rest of my life you'll be a fixture
    Now let me enjoy your picture in picture.
  • lyrics to "Lady Blue" sung by Charles:
    Lady when you came to me, I was feeling blue
    Blue just like your hair, you see
    Blue just like the moon
    But only when the moon is blue
    And not when it is cream
    And now that you are here with me
    I am in a dream
    (
    In normal voice)Oh, yeah, Marge, your dreams can come true.

    Lady, when you go away
    I feel like I could die
    Not like dye like your hair is dye
    But die like Lady Di
    And not like Di like her name is Di
    But die like when she died
    But lady just like Lady Di
    Be my princess tonight
    But don't die
    Don't die.

Broadcasting Information

USA/Canada

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, March 26, 2006 (Live Action)
  • 2nd Airdate: Sunday, May 21, 2006 (Different Chalkboard and Couch Gag)

UK

Australia

  • 1st Airdate: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 (Different Chalkboard and Couch Gag)

External links


Season 17 Episodes
The Bonfire of the Manatees The Girl Who Slept Too Little Milhouse of Sand and Fog Treehouse of Horror XVI Marge's Son Poisoning See Homer Run The Last of the Red Hat Mamas The Italian Bob Simpsons Christmas Stories Homer's Paternity Coot We're on the Road to D'ohwhere My Fair Laddy The Seemingly Never-Ending Story Bart Has Two Mommies Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife Million-Dollar Abie Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore The Wettest Stories Ever Told Girls Just Want to Have Sums Regarding Margie The Monkey Suit Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play