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Sweets and Sour Marge

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Season 13 Episode
276 "Brawl in the Family"
"Sweets and Sour Marge"
"Jaws Wired Shut" 278
"And thanks to Marge Simpson's damning evidence, I hereby ban all sugar products from Springfield... forever!"
Judge Snyder
"Sweets and Sour Marge"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 277
Season number: S13 E8
Production code: DABF03
Original airdate: January 20, 2002
Couch gag: The family sit down as normal. A crane claw grabs Homers head and lifts him up. Then Homer yells, Oww! My Brain!
Guest star(s): Ben Stiller as Garth Motherloving
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Carolyn Omine
Directed by: Mark Kirkland
DVD features

"Sweets and Sour Marge" is the eighth episode of season 13 of The Simpsons and the two-hundred and seventy-second episode overall. It originally aired on January 20, 2002. The episode was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Mark Kirkland. It guest stars Ben Stiller as Garth Motherloving.


"When Springfield is named the "World's Fattest Town", thanks to a diabolical scheme by the Motherloving Sugar Corp., Marge takes it upon herself to rid the entire town of the sweet stuff."


The family goes to the library's used book sale; where Marge manages to entice the normally book hating Homer into buying a copy of Duff Book of World Records. When he's gone through all the records, he decides to set one of his own. Duff tells him that all the personal records have been set, and that he needs to help set a group record. Homer then persuades the town to try to set a record for the world's tallest human pyramid, but when Jimbo and Kearney's hands touch, they pull them back in revulsion causing the entire town of people to collapse and form a giant ball. The ball rolls down a steep hill (inadvertadly saving a man trying to commit suicide) and land on a truck depot scale were the officials after doing some calculation based on the number of people declare Springfield the worlds fattest town.

The town are soon celebrating their collective obesity, but Marge is the only person that has a problem with it. Furious, she decides to go up to the Motherloving Sugar Corp.'s Headquarters to lodge her complaint after she finds out that every single food item sold in the town is packed with sugar. The owner, Garth Motherloving, ends up being less than cooperative, so Marge decides to file a class action lawsuit. Professor Frink blows the whistle on "big sugar" and the court rules in Marge's favor and then bans all sugar from Springfield forever. All the town's sugar products are burned and Apu's store shelves are empty. Apu brings Homer into a group determined to smuggle sugar back into Springfield. Homer and Bart join with Apu, Mr. Burns, Count Fudgula and Garth Mothelovering in a scheme to smuggle in sugar from the island of San Glucose. They get the sugar (for free because of a badly written contract) and make it into Springfield Harbor, but are intercepted by the police. Evading Wiggum and Co., Homer finds himself faced with the decision to either "Dump Cargo" to make Marge happy or "Obey Bad Guy" and bring sugar to Springfield. He chooses the former, dumping all of the sugar into the ocean. The town soon realizes his action and takes advantage of the opportunity by jumping into the ocean and drinking the sugared water. Judge Snyder then realizes that he's overstepped his authority and makes sugar legal in Springfield once again.


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