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 ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'' style run from the cops (minus the rape, gun violence, Creator/BradPitt as a handsome cowboy conman, and cliff suicide[[note]]though that last one was parodied[[/note]]). Meanwhile, Homer hangs out with Chief Wiggum and the Simpson kids have Lionel Hutz as their latest babysitter.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalHero: Homer informs Marge and Ruth about the canyon, [[spoiler: 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]].
* AnArmAndALeg: One of the firemen prepares to saw off Homer's arms to save him from the vending machine. According to the guy, he's done this before.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: 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").
* CryingWolf: 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:''' ''(reading fireman's note)'' "Dear Mrs. Simpson, while we were rescuing your husband, a lumber yard burned down."\\
'''Homer:''' Ohh, lumber has a million uses.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Kent Bockman chimes in that Marge and Ruth must be executed for escaping from the police, "lest their actions incite other women, leading to anarchy of Biblical proportions".
* DivorceAssetsConflict: Ruth Powers' ex-husband refused to pay her child support and alimony, so Ruth steals his convertible. [[spoiler: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.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: Marge and Ruth fail to notice they're coming upon a chasm until Homer tells them.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite what Marge says, "Shotkickers" [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100702232714/simpsons/images/f/fa/Shotkickers.png might not be its actual name.]]
** Chief Wiggum's line about buying an inflatable woman that wasn't a woman.
* HomeAloneAntics: Homer invokes this at one point.
-->'''Lisa:''' Hey Dad, I think state and federal laws require us to have a babysitter.\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, Lisa. Haven't you seen ''Film/HomeAlone''? If some burglars come, it'll be a very humorous and entertaining situation.
* HonorBeforeReason: "It's the principle of the thing! I just can't let him beat me again!"
* ImagineSpot: 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 DancingBear.
** Homer providing vending machine treats to the people at Maggie's wedding.
* IronicEcho: "Your point being?"
* KnifeNut: 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..
* MoralityPet: Marge for Ruth.
-->'''Ruth:''' Marge, you're the level-headed friend I never had.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Homer blames himself when he thinks Marge is willingly going to drive off the chasm.
* NoodleIncident: 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. [[SchmuckBait 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?
* RandomSmokingScene: Near the end of the episode Marge is seen smoking a cigarette in a [[SmokingIsCool Badass Smoker]] 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 Badass Smoker part.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Lenny and Carl's reaction to Homer's arms getting trapped.
-->'''Carl:''' Oh no, he's done for!
-->'''Lenny:''' Let's get out of here!
* ShoutOut: Ending spoof of ''{{Franchise/Dragnet}}''.
** There are several references to Film/ThelmaAndLouise, including the bar scene, and the part where Homer and Wiggum plunge into a chasm.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Lenny also thought the ballet was seeing a bear drive around in a little car at the circus.
* StateTheSimpleSolution: Ruth [[spoiler: stole her ex-husband's car since he wouldn't pay alimony.]] Marge's reponse:
-->'''Marge''': Didn't you realize all you had to do was report him to the police?
-->'''Ruth''': Marge, you're the levelheaded friend I never had.
* SureLetsGoWithThat:
-->'''Fireman:''' Homer, this isn't easy for me to say, but I'm gonna have to saw your arms off.\\
'''Homer:''' They'll grow back, won't they?\\
'''Fireman:''' Oh... oh yeah.\\
'''Homer:''' ''(relieved)'' Whew!
* SuspectIsHatless: When Chief Wiggum radioed for help about Marge and Ruth, he said they were under the sun.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Chief Wiggum was only trying to tell Ruth one of her tail-lights was smaller than the other. [[ProperlyParanoid Granted, she was afraid he might find out she's driving a stolen car.]]
* TakeThat: To [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion 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!
** MemeticMutation: "Stupid TV! Be more funny!" is often used online whenever someone watches a bad television show (specifically, a later episode of ''The Simpsons''). The blog Dead Homer Society (chronicling just how awful the Al Jean-run episodes of ''The Simpsons'' are and when exactly the show as a whole fell into SeasonalRot) is a big time user of this phrase.
* ThatManIsDead: Lionel Hutz burns his belongings in the Simpsons fireplace and says his name is now Miguel Sanchez.
* TooDumbToLive: As a rescue worker gets ready to ''saw off Homer's arms'' since there is no apparent alternative, another rescue worker approaches him...
-->'''Rescue Worker #2''': Homer, are you just holding onto the can?
-->'''Homer''': Your point being?
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: 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 [[https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3562/3454581387_a677f0b64f.jpg Kent Brockman in a straitjacket with a cuckoo clock bird coming out of his head.]]
-->'''Kent Brockman''': It's in Revelations, people!
* WholePlotReference: Marge and Ruth's plot parodies ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise''.