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The Haw-Hawed Couple

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Season 18 Episode
385 "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)"
"The Haw-Hawed Couple"
"Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" 387
"Haw Haw! I touched your heart!"
Nelson Muntz
"The Haw-Hawed Couple"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 386
Season number: S18 E8
Production code: JABF02
Original airdate: December 10, 2006
Couch gag: The living room is vacant, until a large pair of hands takes a pair of scissors and a folded piece of paper and begins to cut out Homer's silhouette. After the cutting is complete, the hands pull apart the paper and all the members appear as cut-outs.
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Matt Selman
Directed by: Chris Clements

"The Haw-Hawed Couple" is the eighth episode of season 18 of The Simpsons and the three-hundred and eighty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on December 10, 2006. The episode was written by Matt Selman and directed by Chris Clements.


"Nelson invites the whole of Bart's class to his birthday, but Bart and Martin convince the others not to go. Bart is forced to go to Nelson's birthday by Marge, and ends up becoming friends with Nelson."


Marge and Homer are making love in their room while playing a tape of their arguments so the kids will not come in. When a flying article of clothing hits the tape recorder and plays America's "A Horse with No Name", Bart and Lisa decide to come in. Bart ends up traumatized by the sight and is an emotional wreck the following day. While he's coping, Nelson coerces Bart and Milhouse for their lunch money but also invites him and the rest of the class to his upcoming birthday party. Although Bart convinces all his friends not to go to Nelson's birthday party, Marge forces him to attend.

Bart pleads Nelson not to hurt him.

After the party, Bart becomes Nelson's new best friend and under Nelson's protection no one dares to mess with Bart. There is only one drawback to his newfound friend/bodyguard; he can no longer pal around with Milhouse because Nelson has never had a best friend before and is overly protective and jealous. Eventually, Nelson discovers that Bart had been playing with Milhouse, which leads him to no longer consider Bart a friend. He eventually decides to forgive Bart, however Bart tells Nelson that he thinks he is a psycho. Later, during a field trip to some tidepools, Nelson confronts Bart in a cave, telling Bart that he is a bad friend.

Suddenly, high tide comes and Nelson saves Bart (but only because they were field trip buddies). Later Bart goes home and remembers the good times he had with Nelson while hugging a "Nelson vest" he had received (a Brokeback Mountain movie reference). Nelson rides by on a bike and shouts "Haw Haw! I touched your heart!"


Homer gets absorbed into the book's storyline.

Homer finds himself hooked on one of Lisa's fantasy books, choosing to read an "Angelica Button" book to Lisa, as opposed to snuggling with Marge. Homer eventually reads ahead and finds that one of the characters, Headmaster Greystash, is killed while trying to save Angelica. Upon hearing that Greystash dying would be the end of Lisa's childhood, Homer is unable to bring himself to read the last chapter to Lisa, and improvises a happy ending instead involving Greystash defeating the evil wizard, Angelica managing to get out of the trap and they ride in a sports car Greystash had conjured to a castle.

Afterwards, Lisa reads the real ending and decides that Homer's ending was better. During the credits, Homer is seen at Moe's Tavern, still mourning the loss of the Headmaster ("No man should have to outlive his fictional wizard!") while Carl and Lenny look at him.



"The Haw-Hawed Couple" was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards. However, it lost to "Make Love, Not Warcraft" from South Park.[1] It was also nominated for a 2008 Writers Guild of America award in Animation, but it lost to "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II".[2]


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