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That '90s Show

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Season 19 Episode
410 "E Pluribus Wiggum"
"That '90s Show"
"Love, Springfieldian Style" 412
"I had finally achieved every rock star's dream: hating being famous."
Homer Simpson
That '90s Show
That '90s Show.jpg
Episode Information
Episode Number: 411
Production Code: KABF04
Original Airdate: January 27, 2008
Couch Gag: The family is sitting on the couch. The screen zooms out to show them as a painting in a museum with the handwritten caption "Ceci n'est pas une couch gag.", a reference to The Treachery of Images. Mrs. Vanderbilt is seen looking at the picture.
Special Guest Voices: "Weird Al" Yankovic as himself
Kurt Loder as himself.
Written By: Matt Selman
Directed By: Mark Kirkland

That '90s Show is the eleventh episode of season 19.


"After Bart and Lisa discover Marge's diploma from Springfield University, Homer and Marge recount one of the darkest points in their relationship, awhen Marge fell in love with a university professor, Steffan August."


The Simpson family is freezing inside their house since Homer has not paid the heating bill. Bart and Lisa search through an empty box for items to make the fire hotter, and discover a diploma belonging to Marge from Springfield University. Homer and Marge look shocked to find it, and claim it was from their dating years. Lisa does some calculations and realizes that Bart must have been born later in their parent's relationship than they thought. Marge and Homer proceed to describe one of the darker points of their relationship, the 1990s.

In the flashback, Homer and Marge are happily dating, and are currently living in an apartment, Marge is an avid reader, and Homer is a part of an R&B group alongside Lenny, Carl and Lou. One morning, Marge wakes up to find out she had been accepted into Springfield University, but is shocked to learn of the high cost of tuition. Homer, taking pity on Marge, settles on quitting his dream of becoming a musician and instead decides to work at his dad's popular laser tag warehouse, where he is abused by both the children and his dad. At Springfield University, Marge is impressed with her surroundings and with the rebellious professor Steffan August, despite Homer's disapproval.

In the present, the repair man arrives and fixes the heater (asking if they wanted to hear the story of his lost love, Marge continues on with the story). Marge soon begins to admire August, and while caressing Homer after his long day at work, realizes she has feelings for her professor. Marge starts talking to Professor August, who has also fallen for her. August begins manipulating Marge by telling her Homer is a simple "townie" who would not appreciate her intellect. A shocked Homer arrives and catches the two together. In his anger, he reforms his R&B group with a new sound called grunge. His band is renamed to "Sadgasm", and they sing a song called "Politically Incorrect". An angry Marge and Homer soon call their relationship quits, and Marge leaves to go with Professor August.

Homer goes to Moe, who at this point, owns a cigar bar. Finding no help from Moe, Homer goes on to perform a new song called Shave Me, which causes him to become so famous that "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies his song, calling it Brain Freeze. Marge finds Homer's music unnerving. Marge and August kiss, it is August's first kiss, and Marge's second kiss. When running onto the beach, August reveals he and Marge share two very different views on marriage. After the two argue, Marge breaks up with him, breaking his heart. A miserable Marge watches television and is surprised to see Homer made a song dedicated to her, called "Margerine". A special news report with Kurt Loder interrupts, revealing Sadgasm had broken up and Homer is holed up in his mansion, miserable. Arriving there, Marge thinks Homer had been doing drugs and soon begins caring for him. It turns out the needles were insulin for his diabetes. The two soon re-unite. Marge reveals to Bart and Lisa that she learned "Homie is where my heart is". Homer then says that when they were together again, he was too happy to grunge again. While they kiss, a man walking his dog outside sees it and says: "Townies".


An estimated 7.58 million viewers tuned in to the episode.[1] Richard Keller of TV squad enjoyed the many cultural references to the 1990s, but felt disappointed that the episode changed The Simpsons continuity. Robert Canning of IGN strongly disliked the episode, also feeling that the continuity change was not a good choice. He said, "What 'That '90s Show' did was neither cool nor interesting. Instead, it insulted lifelong Simpsons fans everywhere. With this episode, the writers chose to change the history of the Simpson family." He gave the episode a 3/10, and suggested that this episode should have been set a decade earlier to fit classic Simpsons continuity.[2]



  1. That 90's Show. Simpsons Channel (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-28.
  2. Canning, Robert (2008). That 90's Show. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-01-28.

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