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In Marge We Trust18

“I’m in some hot soup here, Marge. Some teenagers are hanging out in front of the store. I think they could start slacking at any moment.” – Ned Flanders


4 Responses to “Quote of the Day”


  1. 1 Bleeding Gums Murphy
    25 August 2016 at 11:20 am

    Too bad the episode turns apeshit after this. It’s like they didn’t know what to do with Marge’s story and they choose such a poor ending.

    • 2 Anonymous
      28 August 2016 at 2:51 am

      Everyone here keeps calling it a poor ending, but I thought it was funny. Swipe at the dominant male!

      How would you have ended it?

      • 3 Bleeding Gums Murphy
        28 August 2016 at 11:47 am

        Marge’s stories, like Lisa’s stories, tends to have bittersweet ending. “Lisa’s Substitute” ends with Lisa and Homer reconciling each other and Homer finally being nice towards his daughter, but the audience know Lisa will never achieve her dreams. In “A Streetcar Called Marge”, Marge’s skills are undermined by Homer (without him knowing how awful he’s being), but once Marge finally proves she’s really talented in front of the public, Homer picks up the plot of the musical and realizes he’s not the nice and caring husband he should be towards Marge. They end up in a nice tone, but, again, audiences know they will remain a disfunctional couple, with Marge as a housewife.

        “In Marge We Trust” doesn’t end like that. It ends by three boys chasing Ned for hours (something Marge neither could predict nor do anything about) and Marge blaming herself for all the trouble Ned has suffered (which is a very Marge thing to do, but it’s a sudden, weird stop for a story). It comes from nowhere, but unlike other chaotic Simpsons endings, there’s nothing intelligent or deep about it. It’s just stupid and plain wrong and disorienting.

        I believe a much better Simpsons-style ending for the episode would have been one when Marge is confronted by a problem she doesn’t really know what to do, and she suggest a reasonable solution (given what we and the in-universe people know about her), but bad luck (and society’s misoginy) acts against her, and everybody blames her and they want Lovejoy back because “everything was fine when he was in charge” or they believe that they’re going to Hell or whatever (the idea that people are sheeps and will follow anybody is typical Simpsons pessimism). So while Homer and the kids act nicely towards Marge, and maybe she is proud of the happiness she brought to the people she helped, the ending reinforces the idea that (Simpsons) women’s dreams and hopes are and will be crushed over and over.

        Which would make sense for a satirical series that, while made fun of nearly anything, it tried to portray society in a exagered-yet-realistic way, and it had a leftist, progressive, pro-women bias since Season 1 (“Moaning Lisa”, “Life on the Fast Lane”, “Homer’s Night Out”…). In the end, “In Marge We Trust” didn’t have the emotional resonance that earlier Marge/Lisa episodes had.

        • 4 Ryan
          29 August 2016 at 1:40 am

          …except this wasnt a marge episode. It was a reverend lovejoy episode. This was his story.

          And for the record, it ended perfectly.


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