Recap / The Simpsons S 16 E 2 Alls Fair In Oven War

Marge enters a baking contest, where she cheats after other contestants ruin her entry. Meanwhile, Bart uses Homer's old Playdude magazines to live life as a swinging bachelor.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: Homer thinks the joke about an octopus having sex with bagpipes is hilarious.
  • Affably Evil / Jerkass: All the contestants (except one) towards Marge. They all act rude and try to ruin her entry because they all see her as a legitimate threat to their entries. It was good for her she got them back, but she was crossing it when trying to sabotage the final contestant.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Marge is going through the rundown kitchen, first a cupboard door breaks off, then the bottom of a drawer caves in, then when Marge opens the refrigerator...the back of her dress rips.
    • When Marge receives a letter from the bake-off, it at first sounds like a rejection letter...but then it's revealed that Marge was accepted.
    • Then again as Homer is giving Bart The Talk.
    Homer: Do you know why your mother and I sleep in the same bed?
    Bart: Because we're poor?
    Homer: Exactly! And the reason we're poor is because we have three children.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Homer tells Marge that he only keeps his Playdude magazines for the stories. Marge cuts off all pictures of women and Homer throws away what's left of the magazines.
    • There's also the contractor who promised Marge the new kitchen would be ready in three weeks when it takes two years.
  • Break the Haughty: This happens to Bart when Homer explains the true life of a bachelor.
  • Broken Pedestal: Marge disappoints Lisa by cheating. Lisa feels better after Marge publicly confesses.
  • Children Are Innocent: Bart and the other kids are completely unaware of the Double Entendre used in Playdude. Unfortunately, this upsets their parents who are more sexually aware than them.
  • Epic Fail: While trying to build the new kitchen, Homer ends up using too much plaster on the ceiling, leaving him and Marge to need to stand on their knees.
  • Expy: The food personalities in Homer's Imagine Spot are parodies of mascots of popular snack foods.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Ralph was rejected from the bake-off because his sandwich consisted of grilled crayons and thumbtacks.
  • Gilligan Cut: The contractor assures Marge that the new kitchen will be finished in three weeks. It takes two years.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Marge felt that she was doing this when she sabotaged the other entries. She even said Who's Laughing Now? while doing so.
  • Madness Mantra: "Blood for cream" especially at the end of the Imagine Spot where Homer seems to into it despite being his blood targeted.
  • Now You Tell Me: Homer says this when Marge tells him that he used too much plaster on the kitchen ceiling. Marge counters that she never stopped telling him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Chief Wiggum, when Ralph mentions that his grilled crayon sandwich that he bit into has thumbtacks.
  • So Last Season: The contestants considered Marge's dessert dogs 'So 90's'.
  • The Talk: Homer gives this to Bart, and ends up scarring him and all the kids in town.
    Homer: Well, it's better they hear it from me now, than from their parents when they're old enough.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Bart is seen in one after Homer tells him about 'the birds and the bees'.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Brandine's holiday "Alco-Hog" suddenly comes to life and pukes up the beer and candy canes it was stuffed with.
    Brandine: Huh, I thought it was dead.