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The Wreck of the Relationship

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Season 26 Episode
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"The Wreck of the Relationship"
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"The Wreck of the Relationship"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 554
Season number: S26 E2
Production code: SABF17
Original airdate: October 5, 2014
Couch gag: The Simpsons walk in and see Itchy trying to kill Scratchy. Itchy escapes and Scratchy is living with the Simpsons now. Everything is fine until he comes with his girlfriend and his friends. The Simpsons bring back Itchy and he kills Scratchy.
Guest star(s): Nick Offerman as Captain Bowditch
Showrunner: Matt Selman
Written by: Jeff Westbrook
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz

"The Wreck of the Relationship" is the second episode of season 26 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and fifty-fourth episode overall. It originally aired on October 5, 2014. The episode was written by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Chuck Sheetz. It guest stars Nick Offerman as Captain Bowditch.


"When Bart disrespects Homer's authority, Homer makes a point to try his hand at parenting. This proves fruitless, so Marge signs them up for the Relation Ship, where they'll resolve their conflicts at sea. Meanwhile, Marge is in charge of Homer's fantasy football league, but manages to win despite being the underdog."


Bart repeatedly disrespects Homer's authority. The two then start to fight when Marge insists that they go on a "Relation Ship" to resolve their issues. On the ship, Captain Bowditch reveals Homer and Bart (along with other dads and sons) are on the ship because their families are put off by their constant bickering and reveals his intent to take them out to sea to teach them the importance of having a strong and healthy relationship. Bart excels at sailing and is promoted to mid-shipman while Homer detests it and gets scurvy. After recovering, he drowns his sorrows in a flask containing beer and Captain Bowditch asks him for a drink. It turns out he is a recovering alcoholic.

Meanwhile, Marge is left to take care of Homer's fantasy football team ("Somewhere over the Dwayne Bowe"). Since Marge knows nothing about football in general, Lisa educates her, and soon the two lead Homer's team to a championship.

A storm is brewing and Captain Bowditch is incapacitated and Bart is the only one who can steer the ship to safety. Homer refuses to accept Bart's new role until he eats a piece of broccoli. After that, Homer begins to have a new found respect for his son, especially when he realizes he has been too harsh on Bart in trying to get him to respect his authority. Homer and Bart are reunited with the rest of the Simpsons.


Music spotting for the episode started on September 3, 2014.[1]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America April 19, 2015[2] Fox Latin America It also broadcast it as the double new episode.



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