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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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
  • The Seventies: 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."
  • Whole Episode Flashback