Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 10 Diatribe Of A Mad Housewife

Marge writes a romance novel with Homer and Ned as the men who fight for her love. Meanwhile, Homer gets a job as an ambulance driver.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):

  • Bait-and-Switch: A long one involving Homer furiously hunting Ned down for learning about the novel showing Ned as a model husband and Homer as a violent drunk as seen by Marge. Turns out Homer only wanted to beg Ned to give him pointers.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Homer sees a Help Wanted sign at a car dealership, he says it gives him an idea: he'll steal the sign so the dealership will pay him to make a new one. Upon catching Homer trying to steal the sign, the dealership owner says he'll show what he does with people like Homer: he hires Homer as a sales representative.
  • Cuckold: Everyone thinks Marge and Ned are having an affair.
  • Hidden Depths: Homer asking Ned for help reveals a number of things about himself:
    • He trusts Marge implicitly
    • He knows Ned is too much of a goody-goody to seduce her
    • He is able to comprehend and address his inadequacy
    • He understands his drunken irasciability is harmful to his relationship with his wife
  • Literal-Minded: Homer says he once read To Kill a Mockingbird and the book disappointed him for not teaching him any ways to kill mockingbirds.
  • Self-Deprecation: Thomas Pynchon makes fun of his Reclusive Artist status in his cameo appearance.
    Thomas Pynchon: Hey, over here! Have your picture taken with a reclusive author! Today only, we'll throw in a free autograph! But wait, there's more!
  • Unexplained Recovery: After almost ten seasons of having the audience believe he was Killed Offscreen, Dr. Marvin Monroe shows up at Marge's book signing, stating that he'd just "been very sick" all these years.
  • Write Who You Know: In-Universe. Marge's protagonist is herself, and her opposing Romance Genre Heroes are Homer and Ned.