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

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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.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Homer is devastated when he thinks there's no chance he and Marge will ever get together.
    • Barney spends the entire episode being rejected.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Homer notices some hairs coming off after a quick brushing, but he doesn't think much of it.
    • Homer's adviser suggests he look for a job at the power plant. Homer laughs that off—thinking he'd just blow the place up.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Wiseguy voice debuts as Homer's limo drive.
  • 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".
  • Insane Troll Logic: Fearing Marge would break their date, Homer avoided her for weeks, including not going to school.
  • 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".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The critics the family watch right before the TV goes out are clearly supposed to be based on Siskel & Ebert.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Homer tries his "Doctor TV" approach on the family set. His patient doesn't make it.
  • The Power of Love: It's love at first sight for Homer, and he manages to win over Marge by showing the guy he is beneath being the unintelligent slacker.
  • 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.
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