Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 15 Homer Alone

After having a nervous breakdown that almost gets her time in jail, Marge goes to Rancho Relaxo while Homer watches Maggie and her sisters watch Bart and Lisa.

Tropes of this episode:

  • Adult Fear: Homer's reaction when he discovers Maggie is missing from her crib and can't find her anywhere.
  • Big "NO!": Marge belts one out when she finally snaps.
  • Fan Disservice: Lampshaded, discussed in-universe when Bart laments sleeping over at Selma and Pattys' and Lisa replies "You think you know fear? Well I saw them naked!"
  • Gag Boobs: All Bart has to say when he spots Selma's large bra (the cup can cover his head)
    Ay Carumba!
  • Get Out: Marge gets quite annoyed by Bart and Lisa's antics while driving to school, to the point of telling them to get out in a deep, echoing voice.
  • Jerkass Realization: Homer acts like a Jerkass, as usual, through Marge’s plight until she rolls down her window.
  • Karma Houdini: Marge gets off completely scot-free for blocking the bridge thanks to Mayor Quimby pulling some strings.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In the beginning, you wonder why Marge snapped.
  • Mighty Roar: The bus driver from Shelbyville is scared off by this.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: In a commercial promoting this episode, Homer lifts up Maggie after stapling her diaper, only to find that he accidentally stapled it to the changing board.
  • Nervous Wreck: Marge when the stress of errands gets to her — while driving.
  • Noble Demon: Mayor Quimby pulls some strings to get Marge off the hook for blocking the bridge. Granted, he didn't do it out of sympathy for Marge's stress, but because he knew he risked losing the women's vote if she went to jail.
  • Parental Neglect: Homer when he's looking after Maggie, but in his defense he did try to care for her and no one saw her running off to find Marge and as soon as he knew, he looked all over for her and called the police.
  • Police Are Useless: Though he has grounds to have her in jail, Wiggum had to let Marge go due to pressure from Mayor Quimby and he doesn’t notice the mobster with a body in the car who’s held up.
    • Wiggum goes to arrest Homer for criminal neglect after finding Maggie and returning her home, but bashfully lets Homer off with a warning after Homer kisses him and thanks him for finding his baby daughter.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Maggie spilling her milk on Homer's newly-ironed shirt and on Marge while she's driving.
  • Sanity Slippage: Various irritations chip away at Marge's stability until she locks herself in the car on a bridge.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Quimby orders Marge to be freed without changes because it could cost him the women’s vote if he allows the law to go the way it’s set.
    Quimby: They're just like seals. Throw them a fish and they start clapping their fins together.
  • Shout-Out: The beginning parodies the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: In-Universe; one of the "hottest R-rated movies Europe has to offer" at Rancho Relaxo is The Happy Little Elves Meet Fuzzy Snuggleduck. For those who don't remember the early days of The Simpsons note , The Happy Little Elves was an overly-cutesy kids' show (kind of like The Smurfs) that Lisa and Maggie loved (but Bart hated, because he was into The Itchy and Scratchy Show). The joke here is either a Take That to people who think cartoons are for kids (which was also something The Simpsons itself had to struggle with during its early years) or a reference to how most foreign movies and TV shows (particularly in Europe) are more lenient with risqué content than America is.