Episode - 9F05\\
First Aired - 11/5/1992

After a nuclear plant worker named Jack Marley is forced into retirement, Marge takes a job at the nuclear plant to help Homer pay for repairs needed to fix their slanty shanty. Meanwhile, Bart fakes sick to get out of taking an English Lit test, but who's going to come to his rescue when a bloodthirsty wolf from ''The Krusty the Clown Show'' runs off and heads for the school?
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AmusingInjuries: When a hummingbird perches itself on the chimney causing the Simpson house to lean even further, Bart falls from his bedroom window (keep in mind they all sleep on the second floor) ''right on his head'', [[MadeOfIron but he gets up the next second]].
* AsHimself: Music/TomJones.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Homer tries to do this when arguing against Marge getting a job. He fails.
-->'''Homer:''' Like the Bible says, "thou shalt not mooch in on thy husband's... racket".
-->'''Marge:''' Where does the Bible say "racket"?
-->'''Homer:''' It's in there.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: When Lisa mentions that Pierre and Marie Curie died due to radiation poisoning ([[CriticalResearchFailure even though Marie was the only Curie to die of radiation poisoning. Pierre died from a fatal skull injury after getting hit by a horse-drawn carriage]]), Bart imagines them as giants laying waste to Tokyo in ''kaiju''-esque fashion.
-->'''Japanese bystander''': It's the Curies! We must flee!
* AxCrazy: One of Mr. Burns' workers, who is polishing a shotgun and declaring "I am the Angel of Death; the time of purification is at hand". The next time we see him, he's giggling, pumping the shotgun and walking off somewhere...
* BigDamnHeroes: Groundskeeper Willie who fights the wolf that attacked Bart.
* BigNo: Smithers, when Homer pees on the urinal Smithers just cleaned.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: After catching heat from an actual viewer with Tourette's Syndrome who wanted to sue the show for mocking the condition, the censors changed Bart's claim that he has Tourette's to a claim that he has rabies (though the syndicated version[[note]]barring the FXX rerun, which takes its syndicated version from the DVD set[[/note]] keeps the original Tourette's line and the DVD version has the rabies line, but keeps in Bart barking and growling and his muttering, "Tourette's Syndrome" under his breath after Krabappel leaves him in the hallway.)
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Smithers offers one to Music/TomJones as payment if Jones agrees to give a private show. Jones refuses, so Smithers opens a second briefcase containing knockout gas.
* ButtMonkey: Tibor, the foreign employee that everyone blames things on [[note]]Though even he's been promoted while Homer hasn't[[/note]].
* CassandraTruth: Mrs. Krabappel doesn't believe that Bart has been mauled by a wolf, until Bart gives her the test, admits that he lied (even though he didn't), and collapses.
** She does, however, realize that Bart is actually seriously injured after he collapses and doesn't get up. Whether this convinces her he wasn't lying about the wolf is unknown.
* ChainPain: The donut salesman uses these to fend off the plant employees trying to keep him from taking their donuts away.
-->'''Donut salesman:''' ''(threateningly)'' Anyone else wanna be a hero?
* TheChewToy: Retired plant employee and Droopy soundalike Jack Marley, from being upstaged and kicked out of his own retirement party and losing out on a new job (at the same place he retired from).
* CriticalResearchFailure: [InUniverse] At one point, to get out of taking a test, Bart claims his ovaries hurt. For some reason, Krabappel allows him to leave for it.
* CryingWolf: Bart does this and is literally attacked by a wolf. He then has to lie that he ''wasn't'' attacked by a wolf because Krabappel thinks he's lying.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Mr. Burns fires Marge when he finds out she's married, envious of her husband (not realising it's Homer).
* DoomItYourself: Homer tries to fix the sinking foundation by himself by watching a videotape hosted by Troy [=McClure=]. He's immediately in over his head.
--> '''Troy''': First, patch the cracks in the slab using a latex patching compound and a patching trowel.\\
'''Homer''': ''(to Bart)'' Hand me my patching trowel, boy. ''(Bart shrugs)''\\
'''Troy''': Now, do you have extruded polyvinyl foam insulation?\\
'''Homer''': No.\\
'''Troy''': Good. Assemble the aluminum J-channel using self-furring screws. Install.\\
'''Homer''': What do I do in case-\\
'''Troy''': After applying brushable coating to the panels-\\
'''Homer''': Wait a minute.\\
'''Troy''': ...You'll need corrosion-resistant metal stucco lath.\\
'''Homer''': Wait a minute!\\
'''Troy''': If you can't find metal stucco lath-\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh?\\
'''Troy''': ...Use ''carbon fiber'' stucco lath!\\
'''Homer''': Ohh!\\
'''Troy''': Now parge the lath.
* DrowningMySorrows: The woman in the trio of people at work at the power plant who sorely need a morale boost. "Funny Hat Day" and Music/TomJones music did nothing to boost her spirits.
* EscapedAnimalRampage: A wolf escapes from Krusty's TV show. He then attacks Bart at school, who tries to warn Mrs. Krabappel, but just as in "[[CryingWolf The Boy Who Cried Wolf]]", nobody believes the previous liar anymore.
** Krusty also gets mauled by an eagle, who takes exception to him helping himself to her eggs.
-->'''Animal Handler''': [[MamaBear She must think you're after her eggs!]]
-->'''Krusty''': [[NotHelpingYourCase I only ate]] ''[[NotHelpingYourCase one]]''!
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: When Marge applies for Marley's old job at the power plant, Lisa decides her resume needs a little padding. In Lisa's expanded resume, Marge has experience as a chauffeur, seamstress, curator of large mammals (which is justifiable in her being married to Homer), former Carter administration employee, songwriter for Creator/MuddyWaters, Swahili translator and nuclear inventor.
* {{Homage}}: Smithers' musical salute to Mr. Burns is yet another Burns-centric variant on a scene from ''Film/CitizenKane'' (down to using the actual song, albeit with new lyrics).
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Willie and the wolf finish wrestling, Willie shares a flask of Scotch with the whipped wolf. The wolf looked like he really needed it.
-->'''Willie''': Ah, don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves back when you were at your mother's teat.
* IntroductionToTheOpposites: Marge mentions a time when two Jehovah's Witnesses came over and she let them in -- only for the Jehovah's Witnesses to get bored with her and leave.
* IResembleThatRemark: Homer gets upset with Marge after she tells him he was slacking off at work, and tells her that he doesn't want to sleep with a woman who thinks he's lazy. Instead, he's going to go downstairs, unfold the couch, unroll the sleeping bag... then he gives up and falls asleep when he realises it'll take too much effort.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The featured act at Jack Marley's retirement party turns out to be a musical number for Mr. Burns, who is visibly upset when Jack asks to say a few words.
-->'''Marley:''' I'm not finished yet!
-->'''Burns''': Oh yes, you are!
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: What Willie says to Bart while wrestling the wolf.
-->Back to class, laddie. Nothing to see here.
* NeverMyFault: On Marge's first day at the plant, Homer advises her to blame the guy who can't speak English if anything goes wrong. Tibor has repeatedly saved Homer's butt this way. As just one example, Homer lost the key to the room housing one of the plant's monitoring systems, and Smithers wrongly assumes that Tibor was the one who actually lost it. Despite all that, he ''still'' gets promoted ahead of Homer.
* NoodleIncident: The time Mr. Burns and Smithers dug up Al Jolson. The only information we get is that the corpse smelled bad and the rest of the night was something Mr. Burns never wants to remember again.
* OffModel: A rather jarring example. When at the dinner table and Homer complains about having to see Marge at work as well, when cutting briefly to her Reaction Shot and her signature murmur, Maggie's mouth is drawn ''really'' wrong, almost to UncannyValley levels.
* OnlyShopInTown: Or in this case, only foundation repairman in town, much to Homer's chagrin.
* PetTheDog: Mr. Burns letting Marge and Homer enjoy the private concert with Tom's Jones at his own expense, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy since he wanted Homer to show her the time of her life.]]
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Groundskeeper Willie gets one of these when he faces off with the wolf:
-->'''Willie''': Hey, wolfie! Put down that hors d'oeuvre...''it's time for the main course!''
* QuietCryForHelp: Music/TomJones is kidnapped by Mr. Burns and forced to play a private concert for him and Marge. He keeps trying to plead secretly with Marge to get him help, but she's too preoccupied to notice.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Smithers, once Mr. Burns gives Marge his job, gets put in charge of the men's bathrooms. He actually seems to be enjoying it, until the inevitable happens.
-->'''Smithers:''' Sparkling fresh, clear white. What could be better?
-->''(Homer bursts in and starts undoing his pants)''
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, man, I really gotta-
-->'''Smithers:''' ''NOOOOOOO!!''
* SavageWolf: One attacks Bart. It is later seen [[DefeatEqualsFriendship with Groundskeeper Willie]].
* SelectiveObliviousness: Mrs. Krabapple, choosing to ignore Bart's cry for help, also manages not to hear the sound of a wolf growling and snarling as it attacks him.
* ShoutOut:
** This episode is one of several times "[[Film/StarWars The Imperial March]]" has been used as a {{Leitmotif}} for Mr. Burns.
** Smithers' dance act for Mr. Burns is a parody of a similar scene in ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** Bart shouting wolf and nobody believing him is a reference to the very book he had to read for his report: ''Literature/CryingWolf''.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=], as well as Surely Joe.
* StayInTheKitchen: Homer's attitude toward Marge getting a job (among other reasons).
* TakeThat: When Marge is reading the padding Lisa has added to her resume...
-->'''Marge:''' "Worked for the [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Carter administration?!]]"
-->'''Lisa:''' Well, you voted for him. Twice!
-->'''Marge:''' Lisa, shh! Someone might be listening.
* TemptingFate: When Surely Joe gives an estimate of $8500 to repair the house's foundation, Homer fires him, telling him he's not the only foundation repairman in town. [[GilliganCut Upon checking the phonebook, however]], Homer discovers that Surely Joe actually ''is'' the only foundation repairman in town. It even says so in his ad.
-->'''Homer''': D'oh!
** Homer tells Marge they don't need the money that badly (plus he didn't want Marge to apply at the nuclear plant), then a bird lands on top of the house, sending Bart falling out of his room.
* ThermometerGag:
-->'''Grandpa:''' Oral thermometer, my eye! Think ''warm'' thoughts boy, 'cause this is ''mighty'' cold.
-->'''Bart:''' AAAAAAAAAAHHH!!