Recap / The Simpsons S 17 E 20 Regarding Margie

Marge goes too far in cleaning the house and passes out after inhaling too many cleaning solvent fumes. When she wakes up in the hospital, she has amnesia, which is seemingly cured when she recognizes herself and her children through her quirks, but doesn't remember Homer at all.

Tropes that apply to the episode

  • Call-Back: Homer punching George H.W. Bush in Two Bad Neighbors
  • The Constant: Homer's love of beer. Saying that he did was the only thing that made Marge remember him for good.
  • Easy Amnesia: Played both ways — Marge gets total amnesia that she was ever married with children from a bonk to the head, but the only thing she doesn't recovers within five minutes of this being said is her memory of loving Homer.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Marge desperately cleans her home to keep a cleaning lady from seeing how dirty her family is.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The episode starts with Bart and Milhouse painting the house numbers of Evergreen Terrace for money but not finishing the Simpson home address because Homer didn't wanted to pay them, which led to a case of mistaken identity wherein the Simpsons got the mail from a rich couple on the other home, which led to them getting mail that they "won a contest" and some maids would visit the home to clean it for free, which leads to Marge trying to clean up herself to prevent gossip and getting amnesia because the fumes made her hurt her head, which leads to 20 minutes of Homer trying (very badly) to regain her love because it was the only thing the amnesia totally erased... this gets a Lampshade Hanging when the man of the other home visits the Simpson home to try to fix the mistaken identity only for Homer to slam the door on his face telling him that he's got bigger issues to deal with at the moment.
  • Imagine Spot: Marge has one with cleaning ladies gossiping about her family.
  • Noodle Incident: Homer punching George Bush, Jr.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Patty and Selma exploit the fact that Marge has forgotten about Homer to make her meet other men in the hopes she will dump him for good.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To the film Regarding Henry.
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