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Marge in Chains

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Season 4 Episode
079 "Whacking Day"
"Marge in Chains"
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"Ha Ha! Your mom's a jailbird!"
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"So's yours."
"Marge in Chains"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 80
Season number: S4 E21
Production code: 9F20
Original airdate: May 6, 1993
Chalkboard gag: "I do not have diplomatic immunity"
Couch gag: Miniature versions of the family climb onto the couch
Guest star(s): David Crosby as himself
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Directed by: Jim Reardon
DVD features

"Marge in Chains" is the twenty-first episode of season 4 of The Simpsons and the eightieth episode overall. It originally aired on May 6, 1993. The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein and directed by Jim Reardon. It guest stars David Crosby as himself and Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure.


"Marge gets busted for shoplifting at the Kwik-E-Mart and is sentenced to a month in prison. Bart concocts a brilliant scheme to break her out involving a party dress, a wig and a crowbar. But what finally springs Marge is the rioting townspeople of Springfield, who desperately need the inmate's patented marshmallow squares for the Springfield Park Commission's annual bake sale."


After many of Springfield's residents purchase a 'Juice Loosener', which is shipped from Japan, the dreaded Osaka Flu hits the town. Many of the townspeople are affected by the illness. Due to tiredness from having to look after the rest of her sick family, Marge accidentally forgets to pay for Grampa's bottle of Bourbon when shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart. She is surrounded by an unusually high number of armed police, which would make more sense if she was committing armed robbery than shoplifting. As usual, the family hires incompetent Lionel Hutz, the only lawyer they can afford, to defend Marge at her trial and, as usual, he loses the case. She is sentenced to 30 days imprisonment at Springfield Women's Prison. Apu, who now believes Marge is a hardened criminal, believes her being behind bars will cease all future problems for him. The scene cuts to Snake driving a truck with the entire Kwik-E-Mart loaded on it heading for Mexico.

Marge's absence is felt at home as Homer struggles to cope without her, and the family home is in a dreadful state. The annual bake sale also suffers: Without Marge's marshmallow squares, the Springfield Park Commission fails to raise enough money to pay for a statue of Abraham Lincoln. They purchase one of Jimmy Carter instead, which disgusts the townspeople and leads to a riot; at one point, the statue is used as a battering ram. To save his career, Mayor Quimby releases Marge from jail (to win over the female voters), and the people of Springfield cheerfully welcome her back. They even unveil a statue for Marge, which is actually the statue of President Carter with Marge's hair on top of it.


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Marge wird verhaftet" Marge will be arrested
Spain flag.png Español "Marge encadenada" Marge in chains
Hispanic America.gif Español "Marge en cadenas" Marge in chains
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Marge in catene" Marge in chains
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "マージの逮捕" Marge's Arrest

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