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After an embarrassing night at the movies with Marge, Homer gets the chance to manage an aspiring country music singer, Lurleen Lumpkin, but has to fight off her seductive charms and his own feelings for her to stay true to Marge[[note]]This is one of the very few episodes penned by show creator, Creator/MattGroening without Sam Simon and/or Creator/JamesLBrooks or any of the original writers as co-writers[[/note]].

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After an embarrassing night at the movies with Marge, Homer gets the chance to manage an aspiring country music singer, Lurleen Lumpkin, but has to fight off her seductive charms and his own feelings for her to stay true to Marge[[note]]This Marge.

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is one the only episode credited as written solely by Creator/MattGroening, creator of the very few episodes penned by show creator, Creator/MattGroening main characters, without Sam Simon and/or Creator/JamesLBrooks or any other members of the original writers as co-writers[[/note]].
writing team.



* AllForNothing: Homer drives 75 miles for a steakhouse, only to be find it demolished forcing him to find some other restaurant. Though Homer ignores the fact there were plenty of other restaurants in the radius he drove.

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* AllForNothing: Homer drives 75 miles for a steakhouse, only to be find it demolished demolished, forcing him to find some other restaurant. Though Homer ignores the fact there were plenty of other restaurants in the radius he drove.



* BadNewsInAGoodWay: When Marge asks Homer how much he spent on Lurleen for her first album, he says, "It's just our life savings. We're not gonna go into hock for this."



-->'''Krusty''': ''[hitting Sideshow Mel]'' [[MySisterIsOffLimits I thought I told you to stay away from my sister!]] ''[Lurlen's song plays]'' Oh, here's 50 bucks. Take her to the Copa.
* BigShutUp: Marge screams this to Homer for talking during the movie (especially for giving away the ending after figuring it out), humiliating Homer. The audience roaring in cheer of Marge is what angers Homer into driving away far from home to avoid sharing a bed with Marge.
* ChekhovsGun: Not in the episode's main story, but the movie that Homer and Marge were watching (Stockholm Affair) has this trope applied where the secret code was the same nursery rhyme the protagonist agent told his daughter.

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-->'''Krusty''': ''[hitting [''Hitting Sideshow Mel]'' Mel''] [[MySisterIsOffLimits I thought I told you to stay away from my sister!]] ''[Lurlen's [''Lurleen's song plays]'' plays''] Oh, here's 50 fifty bucks. Take her to the Copa.
* BigShutUp: Marge screams this to Homer for talking during the movie (especially for giving away the ending after figuring it out), humiliating Homer. The audience roaring in cheer of Marge is what angers Homer into driving away far from home to avoid sharing a bed with Marge.
Marge.
* ChekhovsGun: Not in the episode's main story, but the movie that Homer and Marge were watching (Stockholm Affair) (''Stockholm Affair'') has this trope applied where the secret code was the same nursery rhyme the protagonist agent told his daughter. daughter.



* IntercourseWithYou: Lurleen's song "Bunk With Me Tonight", which she wrote specifically to seduce Homer. He doesn't get it.
* KickTheDog:

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* IntercourseWithYou: Lurleen's song "Bunk With Me Tonight", which she wrote specifically to seduce Homer. [[TooDumbToFool He doesn't get it.
it.]]
* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:



* NeverMyFault: Homer was angry at Marge for telling him to shut up, despite the fact that he was being his usual obnoxious self and talking during the movie.

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* NeverMyFault: Homer was is angry at Marge for telling him to shut up, despite the fact that he was being his usual obnoxious self and talking during the movie.



* ObliviousToLove: Homer fails to notice that Lurleen is in love with him, even when she invites him to her trailer, and sings the highly suggestive song "[[IntercourseWithYou Bunk with me Tonight]]" for him (according to DVD commentary, everyone thought Homer was being a {{jerkass}} in this episode, but Groening explains that Homer was just trying to help Lurleen out because he liked her songs and wanted to make money for his family -- until he sees her true intentions):
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, that's hot. There isn't a man alive who wouldn't get turned on by that. ''(stands up)'' Well, goodbye!

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* ObliviousToLove: Homer fails to notice that Lurleen is in love with him, even when she invites him to her trailer, and sings the highly suggestive song "[[IntercourseWithYou Bunk with me Tonight]]" for him (according to DVD commentary, everyone thought Homer was being a {{jerkass}} JerkAss in this episode, but Groening explains that Homer was just trying to help Lurleen out because he liked her songs and wanted to make money for his family -- until he sees her true intentions):
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, that's hot. There isn't a man alive who wouldn't get turned on by that. ''(stands up)'' [''Stands up''] Well, goodbye!



--->'''Marge:''' You've got a wonderful family, Homer. Please don't forget it when you walk out that door tonight.\\
''[Homer leaves.]''\\
'''Bart:''' Much as I hate that man right now, you gotta love that suit.

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--->'''Marge:''' -->'''Marge:''' You've got a wonderful family, Homer. Please don't forget it when you walk out that door tonight.\\
''[Homer leaves.]''\\
'''Bart:'''
tonight.
-->[''Homer leaves'']
-->'''Bart:'''
Much as I hate that man right now, you gotta love that suit.



-->'''Homer:''' ''(exhales)'' Oh no! ''(inhales)''

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-->'''Homer:''' ''(exhales)'' [''Exhales''] Oh no! ''(inhales)''[''Inhales'']



** The title, as well as Homer himself, refer to Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Music/ElvisPresley. Homer's line about how he's not called Colonel Homer because he's "some dumb army guy" is a reference to the fact that Parker likewise had no actual military experience despite his nickname.[[note]](Though Parker was at least a member of the army reserve, and got named an honorary colonel for his charity work -- and ''probably'' also because he wrote some campaign songs for the governor who bestowed his honorary rank -- which is more than can be said for Homer)[[/note]]

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** The title, as well as Homer himself, refer to Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Music/ElvisPresley. Homer's line about how he's not called Colonel Homer because he's "some dumb army guy" is a reference to the fact that Parker likewise had no actual military experience despite his nickname.[[note]](Though [[note]]Though Parker was at least a member of the army Army reserve, and got named an honorary colonel for his charity work -- and ''probably'' also because he wrote some campaign songs for the governor who bestowed his honorary rank -- which is more than can be said for Homer)[[/note]]Homer.[[/note]]



** The title of Lurleen's last song, "Stand By Your Manager" is a reference to Tammy Wynette's most famous single "Stand By Your Man".

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** The title of Lurleen's last song, "Stand By by Your Manager" is a reference to Tammy Wynette's most famous single "Stand By by Your Man".



** One of the movies featured at the Googolplex is [[Film/ErnestPWorrell "Ernest]] vs. the Pope". Bart also mentions "Ernest Cuts The Cheese".

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** One of the movies featured at the Googolplex is [[Film/ErnestPWorrell "Ernest]] "''Film/{{Ernest|PWorrell}} vs. the Pope". Pope''". Bart also mentions "Ernest "''Ernest Cuts The Cheese".the Cheese''".



* TakeThat: Homer explains to Marge about the most famous people in country music includes "the jerk in the cowboy hat" [[note]]Music/GarthBrooks?[[/note]] and "that dead lady".[[note]]Patsy Cline or Dottie West?[[/note]]

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* TakeThat: Homer explains to Marge about the most famous people in country music includes "the jerk in the cowboy hat" [[note]]Music/GarthBrooks?[[/note]] hat"[[note]]Music/GarthBrooks?[[/note]] and "that dead lady".[[note]]Patsy Cline or Dottie West?[[/note]]



--> '''Homer''': Hey, Lurleen? I gotta say something to you.\\
'''Lurleen''': I'm listening.\\
'''Homer''': Your song touched me in a way I've never felt before. And which way to the can?
* TranquilFury: Homer quietly, but sternly drops off Marge and the kids and drive off into the night. He then quickly backs up when he realize Maggie is still inside, then drives away again.
** Marge remains silent throughout Lurleen's recording, but at the end when the song is revealed to be a love song towards Homer, Marge beings to grind her teeth out of fury and hatred.

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--> '''Homer''': -->'''Homer''': Hey, Lurleen? I gotta say something to you.\\
'''Lurleen''':
you.
-->'''Lurleen''':
I'm listening.\\
'''Homer''':
listening.
-->'''Homer''':
Your song touched me in a way I've never felt before. And which way to the can?
* TranquilFury: TranquilFury:
**
Homer quietly, but sternly drops off Marge and the kids and drive off into the night. He then quickly backs up when he realize Maggie is still inside, then drives away again.
** Marge remains silent throughout Lurleen's first recording, but at the end when the song is revealed to be a love song towards Homer, Marge beings to grind her teeth out of fury and hatred.

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* MovieTheaterEpisode: This episode begins with the Simpson family going to the movie theater. While in the theater, Homer constantly interrupts a movie he and Marge are seeing by choking on food, loudly asking questions, and spoiling the ending. Marge eventually [[RageBreakingPoint has enough]] and chews out Homer in front of the audience, humiliating him and creating a fracture in their relationship.
-->'''Marge:''' Homer, if it makes you feel any better, most of what they threw at you splattered on me.


** The title, as well as Homer himself, refer to Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Music/ElvisPresley.

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** The title, as well as Homer himself, refer to Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Music/ElvisPresley. Homer's line about how he's not called Colonel Homer because he's "some dumb army guy" is a reference to the fact that Parker likewise had no actual military experience despite his nickname.[[note]](Though Parker was at least a member of the army reserve, and got named an honorary colonel for his charity work -- and ''probably'' also because he wrote some campaign songs for the governor who bestowed his honorary rank -- which is more than can be said for Homer)[[/note]]

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Homer is blissfully unaware of how annoying he is in the movie theater, to the point of being offended when Marge yells at him to shut up. Ditto on how spending time with Lurleen makes Marge feel, and it's only when leaving for Lurleen's big TV performance that it starts to dawn on him.


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* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: After Lurleen kisses Homer, it finally registers with him that his marriage is in danger, so (as he says) his entire romantic life flashes before his eyes. Before getting to Marge, it's one failure after another, including being rejected at a kissing booth ''after'' paying.


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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Homer lets out a deep sigh upon being told the movie he and Marge are about to see is a ''political'' thriller.

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* KickTheDog:
** Bart tricking Lisa into watching the gruesome demise of the couple getting eaten by the space aliens even as she was covering her eyes in hopes of not seeing it and after she asked him to tell her when the scary part was over. He even laughs at her as she screams in horror.
** Bart drawing on the back of an angered Homer's head to point out the "tension spots" to Marge that ends up resembling a face and which he calls him "One unhappy pappy". This only makes him angrier.


* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Lurleen falls in love with Homer, though he still only loves Marge.



* FisticuffProvokingComment:
-->'''Man 1''': Hey you! Let's fight!
-->'''Man 2''': Them's fightin' words!



** One of the movies featured at the Googolplex is [[Film/ErnestPWorrell "Ernest]] vs. the Pope".

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** One of the movies featured at the Googolplex is [[Film/ErnestPWorrell "Ernest]] vs. the Pope". Bart also mentions "Ernest Cuts The Cheese".



** Marge remains silent throughout Lurleen's recording, but at the end when the song is revealed to be a love song towards Homer, Marge beings to gnarl her teeth out of fury and hatred.

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** Marge remains silent throughout Lurleen's recording, but at the end when the song is revealed to be a love song towards Homer, Marge beings to gnarl grind her teeth out of fury and hatred.

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* HayseedName: ''Lurleen Lumpkin''.


%%* JerkassBall: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until [[ItsAllAboutMe she]] gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a DeathGlare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.


* JerkassBall: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until [[ItsAllAboutMe she]] gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a DeathGlare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.

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* %%* JerkassBall: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until [[ItsAllAboutMe she]] gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a DeathGlare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.


* JerkassBall: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until [[ItsAllAboutMe she]] gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a DeathGlare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.



* TookALevelInJerkass: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until [[ItsAllAboutMe she]] gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a DeathGlare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Krusty is shown whacking Sideshow Mel around for dating his sister. After Lurleen's song plays on the radio, Krusty relents, gives Mel some money and tells him to take her somewhere nice.
-->'''Krusty''': ''[hitting Sideshow Mel]'' [[MySisterIsOffLimits I thought I told you to stay away from my sister!]] ''[Lurlen's song plays]'' Oh, here's 50 bucks. Take her to the Copa.


* ChekhovsGun: Not in the episode, but the movie that Homer and Marge were watching has this trope applied where the secret code was the same nursery rhyme the protagonist agent told his daughter.

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* ChekhovsGun: Not in the episode, episode's main story, but the movie that Homer and Marge were watching (Stockholm Affair) has this trope applied where the secret code was the same nursery rhyme the protagonist agent told his daughter.


* BigShutUp: Marge screams this to Homer for talking during the movie (and even give away the ending after figuring it out), humiliating Homer.

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* BigShutUp: Marge screams this to Homer for talking during the movie (and even give (especially for giving away the ending after figuring it out), humiliating Homer.Homer. The audience roaring in cheer of Marge is what angers Homer into driving away far from home to avoid sharing a bed with Marge.
* ChekhovsGun: Not in the episode, but the movie that Homer and Marge were watching has this trope applied where the secret code was the same nursery rhyme the protagonist agent told his daughter.

Added DiffLines:

* AllForNothing: Homer drives 75 miles for a steakhouse, only to be find it demolished forcing him to find some other restaurant. Though Homer ignores the fact there were plenty of other restaurants in the radius he drove.


* WholePlotReference: The film was heavily inspired by ''Film/CoalMinersDaughter'', which co-starred Beverly D'Angelo as Music/PatsyCline.

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