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“Our first night together as man and wife.” – Marge Simpson
“Hey, lovebirds, keep it down!” – Patty Bouvier

“I Married Marge” is a wonderful example of a process that’s not quite world building, but pretty close. We already know Homer and Marge get married, we know their oldest is Bart, we know Homer works at the nuclear plant. All of these elements have already been established. But in showing us how it happened, they deepen and expand both the characters and Springfield as a whole.

How does someone like Homer end up working at the plant? He marched into the boss’s office and made it clear that he would be a terrible employee, but that he would also be an obsequious one. It’s not hard to see how that combination would immediately appeal to Mr. Burns.

How does someone like Homer end up married to someone like Marge? He knocks her up. And, sure, that makes sense, but then we get the Simpsonization of it. Bart was conceived inside a supposedly “impregnable” mini-golf castle after a date that involved watching Empire Strikes Back and consuming a lot of cheap alcohol. And all this happens at a place where Homer manually turns windmill blades on his knees and his boss talks about the place like it’s a high honor to be, “the guy who hands out the putters”.

Everything about the Springfield of 1980 leads into the modern (well, 1991) Springfield. We see Marge’s family and how they can barely contain their contempt of Homer now that he’s wormed his way into Marge’s life. We see the rathole house Grampa is living in after his only son left him an empty-nester. We see the even worse rathole Barney and Homer share, dirty, nothing more than a couch and a crappy TV balanced on one of those discarded wooden spools that were so popular at the time. We see that Dr. Hibbert was always a man with a fashionable haircut.

Everybody is in character as not quite who they are yet, but pretty damn close. And all of this is done five years after “The Way We Was”, so it isn’t just a flashback, it’s actively continuing a story. Because of that, even the cheapest of jokes endear the characters to us.

“This is the most beautiful moment of my life.”


Quote of the Day

“Oh, honey, you know how it turns out. After all, you wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t become the responsible head of a household.” – Homer Simpson
“Hey, Homer, can we have a can of frosting for lunch?” – Bart Simpson
“Okay.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“Hello, young man.” – Old Lady
“Good evening, madam. You have been selected by the good people of Slash-Co to reap the benefits of their new, Nev-R-Dull knife edge. Here, shake hands with the Slash-Co.” – Homer Simpson
“Ahhhh!” – Old Lady
“Handle first. Handle first.” – Homer Simpson


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“Kid, I won’t let you down! I swear to you, when you come out of there the first thing you’re gonna see is a man with a good job.” – Homer Simpson
“Yeah, the doctor.” – Patty Bouvier


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“You’re as pretty as Princess Leia and as smart as Yoda.” – Homer Simpson

Goodbye, Carrie Fisher. We love you and you knew it.



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“Hey, why don’t I apply at the nuclear power plant? I hear they pay pretty well.” – Homer Simpson
“I don’t know. I heard radiation can make you sterile.” – Marge Simpson
“Pfft, now you tell me.” – Homer Simpson


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“Basic ceremony’s twenty bucks, here’s your license. Be sure to get this punched every time. The tenth wedding’s on the house!” – Shotgun Pete’s Receptionist
“Hey, this marriage is gonna last forever!” – Homer Simpson
“Haha, no matter how many times I hear that, it always makes me laugh.” – Shotgun Pete’s Receptionist

Doris Grau would’ve been 92 today. Happy birthday.


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