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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.
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalHero: 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 end 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.
* BrickJoke: When Ruth shows up to pick up Marge, she pops in a tape cassette, only for it to start playing [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine,_Lollipops_and_Rainbows "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows"]] (she then swapped it out for a "[[Music/GunsNRoses Welcome to the Jungle]]" one). Later, when Chief Wiggum starts chasing Ruth and Marge, he pops in a tape cassette. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine,_Lollipops_and_Rainbows Guess which song.]]
** A flashback reveals that Homer's baldness (among other things) was a result of a military test he took part in. The ''{{Franchise/Dragnet}}'' spoof at the end reveals he was being forced to undergo ''more'' military testing.
* 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").
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: As Homer comes to find out, the reason why he got stuck in the vending machines? He was still holding on the the stuff inside.
* 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:''' ''(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.
* DisappointedInYou: Even after she learned the truth, Marge was still disappointed in Homer for not keeping his promise. Later, Homer thinks this is why Marge became a criminal.
* 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. 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: Discussed by Homer 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.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: After Homer tips Ruth and Marge off to the chasm they are about to drive off of, he and Chief Wiggum wind up taking the plunge themselves... [[SubvertedTrope onto to be saved by a giant landfill pile]].
* 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: The ending spoofs ''{{Franchise/Dragnet}}''.
** There are several references to ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'', including the bar scene, and the part where Homer and Wiggum plunge into a chasm.
* SkewedPriorities: A member of the emergency unit dealing with Homer decides it would be better to cut off his arms than tear up the vending machines. He is mere seconds from hacking off Homer's limbs with a buzz saw (with no anaesthetic) before a more competent member realises they're only stuck because [[StubbornMule he's still trying to take out the lodged food.]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Lenny also thought the ballet was seeing a bear drive around in a little car at the circus.
* StateTheSimpleSolution: Ruth 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!
* ThatManIsDead: While babysitting the Simpson kids, 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''. Marge is even convinced to sick with Ruth after spotting a couple of women similar to Thelma and Louise while at a roadside diner.
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