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Secrets of a Successful Marriage

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Season 5 Episode
102 "Lady Bouvier's Lover"
"Secrets of a Successful Marriage"
"Bart of Darkness" 104
"Secrets of a Successful Marriage"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 103
Season number: S5 E22
Production code: 1F20
Original airdate: May 19, 1994
Chalkboard gag: "Five days is not too long to wait for a gun"
Couch gag: The members of the family run in, collide, and explode. Maggie's pacifier falls to the blackened floor.
Guest star(s): Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
Showrunner(s): David Mirkin
Written by: Greg Daniels
Directed by: Carlos Baeza
DVD features

"Secrets of a Successful Marriage" is the twenty-second and final episode of season 5 of The Simpsons and the one-hundred and third episode overall. It originally aired on May 19, 1994. The episode was written by Greg Daniels and directed by Carlos Baeza. It guest stars Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz.


"Homer fears he may be a little slow, so he goes to the Adult Education Annex. While there, he decides to teach a class of his own on the secrets of a successful marriage, since that is the only thing he is good at."


At Lenny's house, Homer and they guys are playing poker. Moe calls Homer slow when he doesn't realize he had a good hand, Homer debates with himself and doesn't reply until it's so late that everyone else has left. He decides to go to a class, but when he gets there, he sees all of his friends teaching a class, he wants to teach one too. The adult learning centermanager notices he's maried and asks him to start a class called "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" where he explains how to live a perfect marriage, but he doesn't know what to say. He then decides to tell stories of Marge and his love life. When Marge finds out, she makes Homer promise he won't do it again.

However, his students by now are more interested in the secrets than learning anything so they threaten to leave, he tells more secrets and invites them to dinner to see what a successful marriage is like. Marge gets angrier and throws them all out, including Homer. Homer can't come back in the house and he lives in the treehouse. He starts to go mad by making a fake Marge out of a plant and his clothes become weared and ripped. When he seems ready to walk out of her life for good he realises something and tells her what he can give her that no one else can, complete and total dependence. She doesn't believe that to be a good thing but Homer disagrees, they have been separated for only a day but he's already filthy, hungry and insane and that more than anything he can't afford to ever lose her trust because he clearly can't survive by himself. Marge eventually forgives him and he goes back home.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Ehegeheimnisse" Marriage secrets
Italy Flag.png Italiano "I Segreti di un Matrimonio Felice" The secrets of a happy marriage
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "夫婦円満の秘訣" The Secrets to Marital Bliss

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Season 5 Episodes
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