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Marge Gets a Job

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Season 4 Episode
065 "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie"
"Marge Gets a Job"
"New Kid on the Block" 067
"Good news, boy! I found a pharmacy that carries leeches! Well, it wasn't exactly a pharmacy ... more of a bait shop."
Grampa uses old home remedies on Bart
"Marge Gets a Job"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 66
Season number: S4 E7
Production code: 9F05
Original airdate: November 5, 1992
Chalkboard gag: "I will not teach others to fly"
Couch gag: The families heads are on the wrong bodies; they swap them back to their correct ones
Guest star(s): Tom Jones as himself
Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Directed by: Jeffrey Lynch
DVD features

"Marge Gets a Job" is the seventh episode of season 4 of The Simpsons and the sixty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on November 5, 1992. The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein and directed by Jeffrey Lynch. It guest stars Tom Jones as himself and Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz.


"When the house needs expensive repairs, Marge is forced to get a job to help make ends meet. She is hired at the nuclear power plant and Mr. Burns quickly becomes attracted to her. Meanwhile, Bart tries his darnedest to get out of taking a test at school."


Promotional image.

In this episode, the Simpson's house is sinking (or, by the looks of it, tipping over) and they have to somehow raise $8500 to repair the foundations. Against Homer's wishes, Marge gets a job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant; the job was previously held by the newly retired — even though he did not want to retire, and was only an excuse so Mr. Burns could host a party — Jack Marley.

Meanwhile, Bart does not want to take a test at school on the novel Ivanhoe, so he fakes a stomachache. This causes Mrs. Krabappel to ask him, "Bart, have you ever read The Boy Who Cried Wolf?"

From his office, Mr. Burns watches surveillance footage of his plant without enthusiasm. When Marge appears, however, he is enamored and begins a crusade to win her affection. He begins to take advice as to cheer up things around the plant; for example, "Funny Hat Day" and Tom Jones music. Bart returns to school, but when Mrs. Krabappel suggests that he take a make-up test, he immediately begins to groan. ("Ohh, my ovaries!") Grampa comes to pick him up and on the way home, references The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Again, Bart is unfazed.

When he returns to school once more, he is forced to take the make-up test. He begins to protest, but Mrs. Krabappel is unimpressed. "Bart," she says. "To avoid this test, you've had smallpox, the bends, and that unfortunate bout of rabies." She places him alone outside the classroom, hands him the test, and leaves.

At Krustylu Studios, the taping of Krusty the Clown's latest show is not going well. A wildlife expert is visiting, and with her is a large hawk and an Alaskan timberwolf, who she warns is spooked by loud noises. Unfortunately for the wolf, "loud" is the word of the day (a la "Pee-Wee's Playhouse"). Celebration and noise ensues, and the terrified animal panics and escapes the studio. It runs to Springfield Elementary School, where it attacks Bart outside the classroom. He cries, "Wolf!" but Mrs. Krabappel ignores his pleas. Groundskeeper Willie rescues him, tearing off his shirt to reveal his muscles ('Wolfie! Put down that hors d'oeuvres! It's taime for the main course!').

However, Willie rescues him only after serious damage has been done, and after all of Bart's lies, no one believes that he was attacked by a wolf. Since he feels that he will not be believed, he decides to say that he made it up, thus showing a "little honesty" to Mrs. Krabappel. He then passes out on the floor, making Mrs. Krabappel realize that he was telling the truth when he was shouting "Wolf!". Grandpa takes him to the hospital, while Willie gives the wolf some liquor from a bottle and consoles him about losing, saying that "I was wrestling wolves back when you was at your mother's teat."

Meanwhile, Burns attempts (with the help of a hostage Tom Jones, whom Marge stated was her favorite singer) to seduce Marge, but when she tells him that she's married, he fires her. She threatens a lawsuit and enlists the help of Lionel Hutz, who is completely unsuccessful and runs yelping from Mr. Burns's squad of real lawyers. Burns has a change of heart after seeing how Homer would stand up for Marge. The episode ends as Homer and Marge enjoy a private show performed by the chained-up and protesting Tom Jones who secretly asks (but is ignored because she thinks he is kidding) Marge to call Interpol, to get him a hacksaw or anything.



Fox wanted the part where Mr. Burns is drifting into Smithers bedroom window censored due to fact that there was a third bump in the sheets. However, the staff told Fox that it was just his shin and nothing else.[Citation needed]

In the original airing, Mrs. Krabappel accused Bart of faking Tourette syndrome. However, when the show received complaints and a lawsuit threat from viewers who had Tourette's in real life, the line was changed to rabies.[1][2]

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Marge muss jobben" Marge must have a job
Spain flag.png Español "Marge consigue un empleo" Marge gets a job
Hispanic America.gif Español "Marge consigue empleo" Marge gets a job
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Marge trova lavoro" Marge finds a job
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "マージの就職" Marge's Employment


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