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I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Season 19 Episode
403 "Midnight Towboy"
"I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
"Treehouse of Horror XVIII" 405
"I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 404
Season number: S19 E4
Production code: JABF19
Original airdate: October 14, 2007
Chalkboard gag: I am not an FDIC-insured bank
Couch gag: The family sits on the couch, then the scene expands and shows Maggie playing with a doll house. She picks up Homer and replaces her pacifier with him
Guest star(s): Steve Buscemi as Dwight Diddlehopper
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Gloria
Ted Nugent as himself
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Dana Gould
Directed by: Bob Anderson

"I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is the fourth episode of season 19 of The Simpsons and the four-hundred and fourth episode overall. It originally aired on October 14, 2007. The episode was written by Dana Gould and directed by Bob Anderson. It guest stars Steve Buscemi as Dwight Diddlehopper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Gloria and Ted Nugent as himself.


"Marge promises Dwight, a robber, she will visit him in prison. However, she does not go to see Dwight, so he escapes and chases Marge."


Lisa is named "Student of the Millennium", so Marge stresses that Homer has to attend her ceremony due to past absences at most of the kids' events. Homer then wakes up early and takes Maggie to the school auditorium. Meanwhile, Marge is waiting in line at the bank, and gets impatient after the line doesn't move, so she strikes up a conversation with an apparent charming man named Dwight. He later takes out his pistol and holds up the bank. Gil Gunderson then arrives, prepared for his new job as a security guard, however he is repeatedly shot by Dwight's accomplice and is severely injured.

Homer is smugly waiting for Marge at the ceremony. Marge privately calls Homer, informing him that she's a hostage at a bank robbery. Dwight notices Marge on the phone. Dwight makes a compromise; he will promise to turn himself in as long as Marge promises to visit him in prison, to which she reluctantly agrees.

A nervous Marge returns home. Homer attempts to convince Marge not to visit Dwight in the prison, but Marge wishes to honor her promise and visit him. However, while going to the prison, she makes continuous stops to avoid going to the prison, and misses visiting hours. At the prison, Dwight expectantly waits for Marge. While watching Snake Jailbird and his girlfriend, Gloria, Dwight becomes depressed. Dwight becomes angry, and Marge's guilt begins to get to her while watching a frightening movie about a prisoner who was to be electrocuted. At the same moment, Dwight is breaking out of Springfield Penitentiary. He finds Marge's address in a newspaper, and sets out to find her.

At home, while watching TV, Kent Brockman delivers a news report on "Dwight David Diddlehopper"'s escape from prison. Dwight begins stalking Marge in various places, and successfully catches up to Marge and keeps her as his hostage. Dwight takes her to the same amusement park where he was abandoned by his mother, with the intention to have Marge help him repay the time he had lost, and promises to let her go afterwards, to which Marge, out of sympathy, agrees. He and Marge then ride the Viking ship ride together. Chief Wiggum arrives attempting to save Marge, but he is caught in the ride. Dwight jams the ride's gears by throwing in his own body to save Wiggum. He survives, fortunately, and returns to prison after being hospitalized and making a full recovery. Back at the prison, Marge finally visits Dwight, who gives her a flattened dandelion encased in a bar of soap he had carved for her with a message on the back intending to recruit her in helping him escape again. Marge does not agree to the escape attempt and Dwight, although saddened, says she can keep the token.



The episode had 8.8 million viewers in its original broadcast. Robert Canning of IGN enjoyed the episode.

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