Recap / The Simpsons S 2 E 12 The Way We Was

Episode - 7F12
First Aired - 1/31/1991
After the Simpson TV set breaks down, Marge and Homer decide to tell the kids the story of how they met in high school and eventually started dating.

This episode contains examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted with Marge, who wasn't that interested with Homer due to his attitude.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Subverted. After Homer tells Marge the truth, she slaps him and says that she never wants to see him again. After she leaves, Homer's still certain he's got a date for the prom.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Barney.
    Barney: Ey, will you go to prom with me?
    Random Girl: Good God no!
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The first time in her school career Marge acts out (burning a bra on campus as part of a women's rights demonstration), she gets sent straight to detention. Homer also suffers from this as every time he tries to talk to Marge in detention he gets more time added to his sentence while she doesn't.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Homer comes close to crossing over. There's only one thing in his life he's ever been certain of and that was he and Marge belong together and after seeing her with Artie Ziff at the prom, he ends up crying his eyes out because that one thing he was certain of was wrong and until Marge picks him up on the side of the road, he's depressed.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Parodied.
    Lisa: Everything I know tells me this story doesn't end with us sitting here and you telling it to us.
    Bart: Get off the edge of your seat. They got married, had kids, and bought a cheap TV, okay?
  • Foreshadowing: The flashback of Dr. Hibbert telling Homer and Marge about Marge's pregnancy wouldn't be explored in full until season three's "I Married Marge."
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Artie Ziff.
  • Love Epiphany: Marge has one when driving home after getting groped by Artie and coming home from the prom.
  • Make-Out Point: Artie and Marge go to one after the prom.
    • Homer also gets his hired limo driver to drive him there, but the man warns him "he's only paid to drive".
  • Percussive Maintenance: Homer tries his "Doctor TV" approach on the family set. His patient doesn't make it.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Artie Ziff, when he drops Marge home, he asks her not to tell anyone about his "busy hands" because he claims he's so important it'll damage the town to hear about it. Marge doesn't agree.
  • Special Guest: Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff.
  • Tacky Tuxedo: Homer wore a powder blue one to the prom.
  • The '70s: Complete with several background oddities from the period. The commentary notes of Homer's guidance counselor playing with a Newton's cradle, "In case you forgot it was the '70s."
  • Ur-Example: This is the first of many episodes where Homer and Marge tell the kids a story from the past that fleshes out the family's history.
  • Whole Episode Flashback
  • Wrong Guy First: Artie for Marge, which she only realised after the prom when he tried to grope her and ended up ripping her dress strap.