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Realty Bites

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Season 9 Episode
186 "Lisa the Skeptic"
"Realty Bites"
"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" 188
"You see, the law business is a little slow, and since most of my clients wind up losing their houses, this was a natural move for me."
Lionel Hutz explains his employment at Red Blazer Realty
"Realty Bites"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 187
Season number: S9 E9
Production code: 5F06
Original airdate: December 7, 1997
Chalkboard gag: There was no Roman god named 'Fartacus'
Couch gag: A live-action hand (Matt Groening) spins the family around, making them look like Spin-Art.
Guest star(s): Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
Showrunner: Mike Scully
Written by: Dan Greaney
Directed by: Swinton O. Scott III
DVD features

"Realty Bites" is the ninth episode of season 9 of The Simpsons and the one-hundred and eighty-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on December 7, 1997. The episode was written by Dan Greaney and directed by Swinton O. Scott III. It guest stars Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz.


"When Marge becomes a real estate agent, her firm loses lucrative sales due to her total honesty. Meanwhile, Homer buys a 1960s hot-rod convertible at the local police auction. Unfortunately, the rod's former owner and convicted felon, Snake, wants his property returned post haste, and will do anything to get it back."


Marge is tired of being inside the house, so she tells Homer they should go out somewhere nice. Homer takes her to the annual police auction, where items belonging to the prisoners are being sold. Homer buys Snake's hot rod, "Lil' Bandit", which makes Snake want revenge on him. Marge refuses to ride home in the car, so she walks. As she does, she meets Lionel Hutz, who works for Red Blazer Realty. She decides she wants to be a real estate seller too.

Marge studies for a test in order to become a real estate seller. She passes and gets the job. Meanwhile, Homer shows off the car too much, Snake escapes from jail to attack Homer and get his car back. Marge tries to sell houses, but is unable to stop telling the flaws of the house, making it unable to sell. Hutz tells her that if she doesn't sell a house on her first week, she will get fired. When the Flanders family looks for a new home, she once again tells them the flaws. When she finishes all the houses in the area, they spy the Murder House, which is unbeknownst to Ned. The Flanderses buy it, making Marge feel guilty.

While Homer drives under a bridge in the Lil' Bandit, Snake jumps in and starts a fight to get his car back. Marge keeps thinking about the Flanderses being murdered in the house and tries to give them their check back. When she enters the house, she finds their bodies all red and on the floor, which makes her think they were killed. They turn out to be alive, and passed out after painting the room red. She tries to give the check back, but Ned says he'll be happy here. Just then, Snake's car with him and Homer fighting drives up to the house, causing it to break partially. Chief Wiggum, in pursuit of them, also crashes into the house, completely demolishing it. Ned then rips up the check. Marge gets fired, but Homer shows her the unemployment office.

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Season 9 Episodes
The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson The Principal and the Pauper Lisa's Sax Treehouse of Horror VIII The Cartridge Family Bart Star The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons Lisa the Skeptic Realty Bites Miracle on Evergreen Terrace All Singing, All Dancing Bart Carny The Joy of Sect Das Bus The Last Temptation of Krust Dumbbell Indemnity Lisa the Simpson This Little Wiggy Simpson Tide The Trouble with Trillions Girly Edition Trash of the Titans King of the Hill Lost Our Lisa Natural Born Kissers