Episode - 7G01\\
First Aired - 5/13/1990

After Homer hears Marge call a radio psychology show about how she feels unappreciated by her husband, Homer decides to make it up to her by taking her out on a romantic evening at a roadside hotel. The trouble comes when Homer hires a babysitter for the kids whose last jobs were a prisoner of Springfield Pentitentary and a "guest appearance" on ''Springfield's Most Wanted'' as a wanted fugitive.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AnimationBump: As infamously stated, the episode was extremely erratic in terms of animation quality, largely due to the exported studio doing a poor job and the worst scenes being ordered to be redone. Even the style of the show is not quite perfected yet (certain shots such as that of Ms Botz's TranquilFury threat towards Bart are done with unusual fluidity and rubbery-ness than ever seen in the series).
* BabysitterFromHell and BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The Simpsons kids (at least in this season) are so bad that no babysitter from the "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service" wants to care for them (they also don't like Homer -- or, as they call him, "that big ape father"), so Homer has to change his name to Sampson to trick the agency.
** Justified with Ms. Botz, as she's actually a wanted criminal who tied the kids up and is planning to rob the family blind, so the Simpson kids team up to get rid of her.
* BuffySpeak: Homer refers to Marge's neglige as the "blue thing with the things."
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The kids hog tie Ms Botz and force her to watch "[[TastesLikeDiabetes The Happy Little Elves]]".
-->'''Ms Botz:''' Please turn off the TV...
** Ms. Botz threatening some unknown punishment is enough to make even Bart behave.
--->'''Ms. Botz:''' You're going to do what I say or else I'm going to do something to you. And I don't know what that is because ''everyone has always done what I say''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The original script (and deleted scenes) had Marge start the day optimistic and with expectations of a cheery, friendly morning with her family, and then calls a hotline after receiving slightly unaffectionate behavior from Homer and the kids. The final episode fixes this by depicting Marge as clearly haggard and downbeat, implying she had been through this for quite a while already.
* HeyItsThatVoice: June Foray, who you might know as [[RockyandBullwinkle Rocky and Natasha]] and [[LooneyTunes Granny]], is the voice of the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service receptionist.
* HomeAloneAntics: The Simpsons kids are left with a BabysitterFromHell (a serial, [[FollowTheLeader Springfield's]] [[AmericasMostWanted Most Wanted]]-caliber thief called "The Babysitting Bandit") while Homer and Marge are out celebrating their anniversary and they knock her out.
* {{Jerkass}}: In the opening scene Homer is particularly thoughtless towards Marge.
* KarmaHoudini: Homer frees Ms. Botz, who gets away seconds before Bart returns with the cops. In a later episode (season eight's "Hurricane Neddy"), Ms. Botz is seen in a mental hospital cell. Maybe they finally caught her and she copped an insanity plea?
* LittleMissBadass: Maggie manages to untie Bart and Lisa and acts as a lure to get Ms. Botz off her game long enough to knock her out.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Homer has this reaction when a TV news crew informs him that he just let loose a wanted criminal.
* OffModel: Scenes from the original version of the episode look much worse than the reanimated scenes (the original version can be found as a special feature on the season one DVD set for the show). The sad part is that the final product is considered the ''best'' that they can do.
* OutOfOrder: The episode was originally designed as the pilot (hence the opening breakfast scene introducing each family member) but ended up as the season finale after the entire thing had to be re-animated several times. This also explains why the opening credit sequence has no CouchGag, but ends with the family merely taking their seats on the couch and smiling as they watch TV. The original intent was that the pilot would play this scene straight, while every subsequent episode would subvert it.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/JuneForay as the voice of the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service receptionist; Penny Marshall as Ms. Lucille Botz a.k.a. "The Babysitter Bandit"; Paul Willson as the florist
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: While waiting for Homer to get home from work, as Marge thinks about how mad she is the background slowly starts to shift to match her anger, becoming a rather hellish setting.
* WouldHurtAChild: Ms. Botz.