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A Fish Called Selma

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Season 7 Episode
146 "The Day the Violence Died"
"A Fish Called Selma"
"Bart on the Road" 148
A Fish Called Selma
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 147
Production Code: 3F15
Original Airdate: March 24, 1996
Couch Gag: The Simpsons walk to the couch as wind up toys and Bart and Homer malfunction before making it to the couch.
Special Guest Voices: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Fat Tony
Jeff Goldblum as MacArthur Parker
Written By: Jack Barth
Directed By: Mark Kirkland
DVD features

"A Fish Called Selma" is the nineteenth episode of season 7 and aired on March 24, 1996. The episode was written by Jack Barth and directed by Mark Kirkland. It guest stars Jeff Goldblum as MacArthur Parker, and Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.


Troy McClure's sagging film career is given a boost when he is seen in public with a woman. And to stay in the public eye, Troy must do more than merely date this woman, who happens to be Selma.


Washed-up actor Troy McClure gets pulled for driving without wearing his corrective lenses. When Troy goes to the DMV to get his license changed so that he will not be required to wear glasses anymore, he offers to take Selma Bouvier to dinner if she will let him pass the eye test.

After dinner at the Pimento Grove, photographers notice Troy leaving with a human woman (rumors about a romantic abnormality initially destroyed Troy's career). The next day, Troy's agent calls and says that he can get work again if he continues seeing human women. Troy continues dating Selma to help his career. On his agent's advice, Troy asks Selma to marry him, patterning his proposal after one of his old movies, The Muppets Go Medieval. Troy gets a part in a musical version of Planet of the Apes.

The night before the wedding, a drunk Troy tells a drunk Homer the reason for his marriage. After the wedding, Homer tells Marge offhand. Marge and Patty try to explain Troy's agenda to Selma, who accuses them of coming down with "the green-eyed gazungas." She confronts Troy who eagerly admits that their marriage is a sham to help his career. Troy explains to Selma that even though their marriage is a sham, she has benefitted and Selma initially accepts the situation. Troy's agent thinks he can get Troy the part of McBain's sidekick in the next McBain movie, but most parts go to actors with families.

Troy and Selma try to conceive, but neither can get aroused. Selma decides that bringing a child into a loveless family is wrong and leaves Troy, with the words "I'll always remember you Troy, but not from your films." Troy turns down the role of McBain's sidekick to direct and star in his own film.


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