Episode - 7G01\\
First Aired - 5/13/1990

After Homer hears Marge call a radio psychology show about how she feels unappreciated by her husband, Homer decides to make it up to her by taking her out on a romantic evening at a roadside hotel. The trouble comes when Homer hires a babysitter for the kids whose last jobs were a prisoner of Springfield Pentitentary and a "guest appearance" on ''Springfield's Most Wanted'' as a wanted fugitive.

This episode is notable for being the very first episode of the post-''Tracey Ullman'' incarnation of ''The Simpsons'' to be produced, and was intended to be the show's pilot; however, it ended up being the last one in its season to be aired. This was because when Creator/{{AKOM}} (the Korean studio outsourced to provide the show's animation) sent back their first draft of the episode, the results were far from what Matt Groening envisioned, being extremely choppy and OffModel. As a result, the show's premiere was delayed from a fall 1989 premiere to a winter one and the season was heavily reorganized to give the producers time to revise this episode's animation, a task so daunting at the time (given that it 70% of it needed to be redone from the ground up) that even after it was placed at the end of the season, it wasn't completed until the last minute. Quite a way to start off one of the biggest juggernauts in western animation, eh?
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: In the original cut, the babysitter receptionist gives a sarcastic "Riiiight" when Homer defends the Simpsons on the phone.
* AnimationBump: The episode was extremely erratic in terms of animation quality, largely due to [[Creator/{{AKOM}} the exported studio]] doing a poor job and the worst scenes being ordered to be redone. Even the style of the show is not quite perfected yet (certain shots such as that of Ms. Botz's TranquilFury threat towards Bart are done with unusual fluidity and rubbery-ness than ever seen in the series). Though one could argue that the rubbery-ness (animated by animation master Dan Haskett) [[TropesAreNotBad looks more creative and fluid]] than the overall conservative animation from the series later on.
* BabysitterFromHell: Justified with Ms. Botz, as she's actually a wanted criminal who tied the kids up and is planning to rob the family blind, so the Simpson kids team up to get rid of her.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The Simpsons kids (at least in this season) are so bad that no babysitter from the "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service" wants to care for them (they also don't like Homer -- or, as they call him, "that big ape father"), so Homer has to change his name to Sampson to trick the agency.
* BuffySpeak: Homer refers to Marge's negligee as the "blue thing with the things."
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: While trying to convince the "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service" that he's "Homer Sampson" instead of "Homer Simpson", Homer defends "Simpson" against the bad things they say about him.
* ContinuityNod: When she calls Dr. Monroe, Marge says she's 34 years old, and when Ms. Botz raids the Simpsons' homemade pickled beets, Bart attempts to drop a bowling ball with "Homer" engraved on it. Both are elements from [[Recap/TheSimpsonss1E9LifeOnTheFastLine Life On The Fast Lane]] (Marge had her 34th birthday in that episode, and Homer gave her that bowling ball as a present), which of course weren't in the original cut of this one -- or, at least, the Homer bowling ball wasn't, as Marge's age was 34 even in the original work print of the episode.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** The kids hogtie Ms Botz and force her to watch "[[TastesLikeDiabetes The Happy Little Elves]]".
--->'''Ms. Botz:''' Please turn off the TV...
** Ms. Botz threatening some unknown punishment is enough to make even Bart behave.
--->'''Ms. Botz:''' You're going to do what I say or else I'm going to do something to you. And I don't know what that is because ''everyone has always done what I say''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The original script (and deleted scenes) had Marge start the day optimistic and with expectations of a cheery, friendly morning with her family, and then calls a hotline after receiving slightly unaffectionate behavior from Homer and the kids, ready to give him a ToiletSeatDivorce. The final episode fixes this by depicting Marge as clearly haggard and downbeat, implying she had been through this for quite a while already.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Moe has black hair instead of grey, while Barney has yellow hair, which was later changed to brown in order to differentiate the character's hair color from that of his skin.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Given that this was supposed to be the pilot, the opening breakfast scene introduces as to the Simpson family (Homer eating from a box of doughnuts, Bart and Lisa fighting over the box, Maggie watching back-and-forth and a worn-out Marge sips her coffee).
* HomeAloneAntics: The Simpsons kids are left with a BabysitterFromHell (a serial, [[FollowTheLeader Springfield's]] [[Series/AmericasMostWanted Most Wanted]]-caliber thief called "The Babysitting Bandit") while Homer and Marge are out celebrating their anniversary and they knock her out.
* {{Jerkass}}: In the opening scene, Homer is particularly thoughtless towards Marge.
* KarmaHoudini: Homer frees Ms. Botz, who gets away seconds before Bart returns with the cops. In the season 8 episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E8HurricaneNeddy Hurricane Neddy]], Ms. Botz is seen in a mental hospital cell. Maybe they finally caught her and she copped an insanity plea?
* KnightOfCerebus: Ms. Botz is played pretty seriously with no funny moments whatsoever.
* LittleMissBadass: Maggie manages to untie Bart and Lisa and acts as a lure to get Ms. Botz off her game long enough to knock her out.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Homer has this reaction when a TV news crew informs him that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he just let loose a wanted criminal]].
* OffModel: Scenes from the original version of the episode look rather distorted than the reanimated scenes (the original version can be found as a special feature on the season one DVD set for the show).
* PantyShot: The original cut of the episode featured [[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/File:LisaSimpsonsPilot1.jpg a blatant shot of Lisa's panties]] as she runs for the kitchen to call the ''America's Most Armed and Dangerous'' hotline. Needless to say, [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S01E13/910927.jpg this shot was redone]].
* SpecialGuest: Creator/JuneForay as the voice of the "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service" receptionist; Penny Marshall as Ms. Lucille Botz a.k.a. "The Babysitter Bandit"; Paul Willson as the florist
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Homer persists in getting a babysitter.
-->'''Receptionist:''' Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Baby-sitting Service.\\
'''Homer:''' Hello, this is Mr. Sss...Sampson.\\
'''Receptionist:''' Did your wife just call a second ago?\\
'''Homer:''' No, I said Sampson, not Simpson.
* TakeThat: Miss Botz is named after a babysitter Creator/MattGroening once had as a child who used him as a guinea pig for a child psychology class she was taking.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: While waiting for Homer to get home from work, as Marge thinks about how mad she is, the background slowly starts to shift to match her anger, becoming a rather hellish setting.
* ToiletSeatDivorce: As mentioned above, the original cut made it look like Marge was ready to leave Homer just for not being affectionate during breakfast.
* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: The plotline involving the Babysitter Bandit is played very seriously.
* WouldHurtAChild: Ms. Botz.