Episode - 1F03\\
First Aired - 11/4/1993

Marge makes friends with Ruth Powers (the divorced mother from "New Kid on the Block"), but one night with her leads to a ''Thelma & Louise'' style run from the cops (minus the rape, gun violence, BradPitt as a handsome cowboy conman, and cliff suicide[[note]]though that last one was parodied[[/note]]). Meanwhile, Homer hangs out with Chief Wiggum and the Simpson kids have Lionel Hutz as their latest babysitter.
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalHero: Homer informs Marge and Ruth about the canyon, [[spoiler: which they didn't notice. When they did, they stopped before certain death. Homer and Wiggum were the ones who ends up driving off the canyon, only to be saved by a landfill]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ruth's daughter Laura doesn't make any appearance in this episode. (Ruth does mention her, however, saying she has to get home to her before "that naked talk show comes on".)
* CryingWolf: Marge didn't believe Homer got his hands caught in two vending machines, thinking he's backing out on his promise. Homer had the fireman write a letter to prove it. Marge was still disappointed in him.
-->'''Marge:''' ''(reciting fireman's note)'' "Dear Mrs. Simpson, while we were rescuing your husband, a lumber yard burned down."\\
'''Homer:''' Ohh, lumber has a million uses.
* DivorceAssetsConflict: Ruth Powers' ex-husband refused to pay her child support and alimony, so Ruth steals his convertible. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, a voice-over tells the viewers that a judge dismissed the car theft charges against Ruth and ordered her husband to pay the back child support; no doubt, the cause for this was because his lawyer was Lionel Hutz.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite what Marge says, "Shotkickers" [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100702232714/simpsons/images/f/fa/Shotkickers.png might not be its actual name.]]
** Chief Wiggum's line about buying an inflatable woman that wasn't a woman.
* HomeAloneAntics: Homer invokes this at one point.
-->'''Lisa:''' Hey Dad, I think state and federal laws require us to have a babysitter.\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, Lisa. Haven't you seen ''Film/HomeAlone''? If some burglars come, it'll be a very humorous and entertaining situation.
* ImagineSpot: Homer has one about the ballet, envisioning it to be a bear riding around in a small car with no roof. This sequence currently provides the page image for DancingBear.
** Homer providing vending machine treats to the people at Maggie's wedding.
* IronicEcho: "Your point being?"
* KnifeNut: Lionel Hutz pulls a knife on the Simpsons kids when they try to wake him from a nap because he thought he was at the Y.M.C.A..
* MoralityPet: Marge for Ruth.
-->'''Ruth:''' Marge, you're the level-headed friend I never had.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Homer blames himself when he thinks Marge is willingly going to drive off the chasm.
* NoodleIncident: When Chief Wiggum told Homer to buy an inflatable woman, he told Homer to check if it was really a woman because one time, well, he didn't get into details of what happened. It could have been a male inflatable doll or a transgender inflatable doll (both of which actually exist. [[SchmuckBait Go down to any sex toy store or any store like Spencers' that sells adult novelties and see for yourself]]).
** What happened to Lionel Hutz at the YMCA that made him freak out over people touching his stuff?
* RandomSmokingScene: Near the end of the episode Marge is seen smoking a cigarette in a [[SmokingIsCool BadassSmoker]] pose. This is really awkward because she normally doesn't smoke and for most of the episode her friend Ruth Powers was acting out the [[SmokingIsCool BadassSmoker]] part.
* ShoutOut: Ending spoof of ''{{Franchise/Dragnet}}''.
** One of the pair of women is Film/ThelmaAndLouise.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: One of Homer's coworkers (Lenny) also thought the ballet was seeing a bear drive around in a little car at the circus.
* StateTheSimpleSolution: Ruth [[spoiler: stole her ex-husband's car since he wouldn't pay alimony.]] Marge's reponse:
-->-- '''Marge''': Didn't you realize all you had to do was report him to the police?
-->-- '''Ruth''': Marge, you're the levelheaded friend I never had.
* SuspectIsHatless: When Chief Wiggum radioed for help about Marge and Ruth, he said they were under the sun.
* TakeThat: To [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Garrison Keillor]] during the telethon.
-->'''Homer:''' What the hell's so funny?!\\
'''Bart:''' Maybe it's the TV.\\
'''Homer:''' ''(hitting the TV)'' Stupid TV! Be more funny!
** MemeticMutation: "Stupid TV! Be more funny!" is often used online whenever someone watches a bad television show (specifically, a later episode of ''The Simpsons''). The blog Dead Homer Society (chronicling just how awful the Al Jean-run episodes of ''TheSimpsons'' are and when exactly the show as a whole fell into SeasonalRot) is a big time user of this phrase.
* ThatManIsDead: Lionel Hutz burns his belongings in the Simpsons fireplace and says his name is now Miguel Sanchez.
* TooDumbToLive: As a rescue worker gets ready to ''saw off Homer's arms'' since there is no apparent alternative, another rescue worker approaches him...
-->'''Rescue Worker #2''': Homer, are you just holding onto the can?
-->'''Homer''': Your point being?
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Kent Brockman getting cut off during his broadcast of Marge and Ruth's run from the law after his controversial statements about women causing anarchy of Biblical proportions. The screen is Kent Brockman in a straitjacket with a cuckoo clock bird coming out of his head.
-->'''Kent Brockman''': It's in Revelations, people!
* WholePlotReference: Marge and Ruth's plot parodies ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise''.
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