Recap / The Simpsons S 16 E 10 Theres Something About Marrying

Homer becomes a minister after Springfield legalizes gay marriage (to boost their damaged reputation for tourists) and Patty comes out of the closet, much to the shock of her sister, Marge, who was naive to her sister's sexuality.


  • Coming-Out Story: Patty comes out of the closet.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Reverend Lovejoy forbids homosexual marriage because the Bible forbids it, Marge asks which book. Lovejoy repeats 'The Bible' as if it were a stupid question, forgetting (or ignoring) that the sections of the Bible are split into different books.
  • Content Warning: In America, this became the first episode to open with a "Viewer Discretion Advised" card before the opening, due to homosexual marriage being a hot-button issue with most U.S. viewers.
  • Everyone Can See It: When Homer is looking for more gay couples to marry.
    Homer: Where's Lenny and Carl?
    Marge: Don't you push them! They have to work that out for themselves!
  • Expy: Howell Huser, the host from the beginning of the episode, is a pretty clear Expy of travel host Huell Howser.
  • Eye Scream: As promised, Patty nails Homer with a cigarette in the eye as punishment for making wise-cracks about her relationship.
  • Fingore: Patty stabs Homer in the hand with her cigarette butt the first time he makes a joke about her sexuality, promising him next time, she'll hit him in the eye. He doesn't take the hint.
  • Het Is Ew: After marrying every gay couple in Springfield, Lisa suggests that Homer also marry hetero couples, much to his disgust.
    Homer: What's that thing called when a guy is gay for a girl?
    Marge: Straight!
    Homer: (mincing around) Ohooo, look at me, I'm so straight and normal! I'm straight as a number-two pencil!
  • Hypocrite: Marge was proud of Homer for marrying homosexuals but was disappointed when Patty revealed herself to be a lesbian. Patty calls her out on it.
  • I Have No Son: Patty said she had no Non-Identical Sister if Marge doesn't accept her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Bart once he realized who he and Milhouse were pranking at the beginning of the episode.
  • Only in It for the Money: The reason Homer became a minister. In fact, he was holding a sign reading "Death Before Gay Marriage" before learning a minister can get $200 for each marriage he celebrates.
  • Screw Yourself: Homer has a fantasy about being married to himself.
  • Snap Back: Lampshaded at the end of the episode:
    Lisa: Well, that's the end of Dad's wedding business.
    Bart: Why?
  • So Proud of You: Marge said this word for word to Homer because of allowing people to express love.
  • Sound Effects Bleep: When Reverend Lovejoy refuses to marry the gay couples that came to the church as the Bible forbids it, Marge tries to tell him the bible condridicts itself depending on what book you read from, only for Lovejoy to drown her out with the church's bell.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: When Homer reached this line during Parry's wedding, Marge spoke up. Patty thought it was because she disapproved of her sexuality, but it was really because Marge didn't want Patty to be hurt because her fiancee was really a man.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Homer and Patty both shudder in disgust when Marge remarks Patty coming out means she no longer has to fear them eloping.
    Homer': Marge, I'd sooner run off with a sausage patty than your sister Patty!
  • Transparent Closet: In the words of Patty regarding her sexuality, "You could see it from space!" Homer (of all people) got it when Marge didn't:
    Homer: Here's another bomb for ya, Marge: I like beer.
  • Visual Pun: Howell Huser rides into Springfield by falling off the back of a turnip truck. The saying "I didn't fall off the back of a turnip truck" is roughly the equivalent of "I wasn't born yesterday".