Episode - 1F03
First Aired - 11/4/1993
Marge makes friends with Ruth Powers (the divorced mother from "New Kid on the Block"), but one night with her leads to a Thelma & Louise
style run from the cops (minus the rape, gun violence, Brad Pitt
as a handsome cowboy conman, and cliff suicide). Meanwhile, Homer hangs out with Chief Wiggum and the Simpson kids have Lionel Hutz as their latest babysitter.
This episode contains examples of:
- Accidental Hero: Homer informs Marge and Ruth about the canyon, which they didn't notice. When they did, they stopped before certain death. Homer and Wiggum were the ones who ends up driving off the canyon, only to be saved by a landfill.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ruth's daughter Laura doesn't make any appearance in this episode. (Ruth does mention her, however, saying she has to get home to her before "that naked talk show comes on".)
- Crying Wolf: Marge didn't believe Homer got his hands caught in two vending machines, thinking he's backing out on his promise. Homer had the fireman write a letter to prove it. Marge was still disappointed in him.
Marge: (reciting fireman's note) "Dear Mrs. Simpson, while we were rescuing your husband, a lumber yard burned down."
Homer: Ohh, lumber has a million uses.
- Divorce Assets Conflict: Ruth Powers' ex-husband refused to pay her child support and alimony, so Ruth steals his convertible. In the epilogue, a voice-over tells the viewers that a judge dismissed the car theft charges against Ruth and ordered her husband to pay the back child support; no doubt, the cause for this was because his lawyer was Lionel Hutz.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Despite what Marge says, "Shotkickers" might not be its actual name.◊
- "Home Alone" Antics: Homer invokes this at one point.
Hey Dad, I think state and federal laws require us to have a babysitter. Homer:
Oh, Lisa. Haven't you seen Home Alone
? If some burglars come, it'll be a very humorous and entertaining situation.
- Imagine Spot: Homer has one about the ballet, envisioning it to be a bear riding around in a small car with no roof. This sequence currently provides the page image for Dancing Bear.
- Homer providing vending machine treats to the people at Maggie's wedding.
- Ironic Echo: "Your point being?"
- Knife Nut: Lionel Hutz pulls a knife on the Simpsons kids when they try to wake him from a nap because he thought he was at the Y.M.C.A..
- Morality Pet: Marge for Ruth.
Ruth: Marge, you're the level-headed friend I never had.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Homer blames himself when he thinks Marge is willingly going to drive off the chasm.
- Noodle Incident: When Chief Wiggum told Homer to buy an inflatable woman, he told Homer to check if it was really a woman because one time, well, he didn't get into details of what happened. It could have been a male inflatable doll or a transgender inflatable doll (both of which actually exist. Go down to any sex toy store or any store like Spencers' that sells adult novelties and see for yourself).
- What happened to Lionel Hutz at the YMCA that made him freak out over people touching his stuff?
- Random Smoking Scene: Near the end of the episode Marge is seen smoking a cigarette in a BadassSmoker pose. This is really awkward because she normally doesn't smoke and for most of the episode her friend Ruth Powers was acting out the BadassSmoker part.
- Shout-Out: Ending spoof of Dragnet.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: One of Homer's coworkers (Lenny) also thought the ballet was seeing a bear drive around in a little car at the circus.
- Suspect Is Hatless: When Chief Wiggum radioed for help about Marge and Ruth, he said they were under the sun.
- Take That: To Garrison Keillor during the telethon.
Homer: What the hell's so funny?!
Bart: Maybe it's the TV.
Homer: (hitting the TV) Stupid TV! Be more funny!
- That Man Is Dead: Lionel Hutz burns his belongings in the Simpsons fireplace and says his name is now Miguel Sanchez.
- Too Dumb to Live: "Homer, are you holding onto the can?" "Your point being?"
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Kent Brockman getting cut off during his broadcast of Marge and Ruth's run from the law after his controversial statements about women causing anarchy of Biblical proportions. The screen is Kent Brockman in a straitjacket with a cuckoo clock bird coming out of his head.
- Whole Plot Reference: Marge and Ruth's plot parodies Thelma & Louise.