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Recap / The Simpsons S 10 E 15 Marge Simpson In Screaming Yellow Honkers

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Marge becomes the proud driver of an SUV made for women (after Homer buys it, thinking that it's for men), and develops road rage, which gets her in trouble with the law.

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  • Anything but That!: Nobody had cared for the talent show, but what really drives everyone away was Skinner informing them that the second half would have cafeteria workers performing in The Beatles wigs with tennis racket guitars.
  • Blatant Lies: Homer claiming his taking back of compliments previously made to rival networks was of his "free and spontaneous will".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In a conversation that ensues when Marge credits her rescue to watching Stone Philips on Dateline, which is on NBC:
    Wiggum: Do you think there's anything great on NBC right now?
    Homer: Oh, I'm sure of it.
    Marge: (turns to the viewers) But there's only one way to find out.
  • Burying a Substitute: There is a funeral motorcade moving slowly which angers Marge. Reverend Lovejoy informs Marge that there actually isn't a body in the hearse because the deceased in question was "lost at sea" and the casket was just full of bricks.
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  • Call-Back: The SUV Homer bought was a Canyonero, albeit one designed for women.
  • Compressed Vice: Marge's extreme case of Canyonero-induced road rage.
  • Creator Cameo: Showrunner Mike Scully and his family are seen fleeing the zoo during the rhino stampede.
  • Credits Gag: Apparently, the Fox executives were not pleased with the episode ending on the characters giving high praise for NBC, so the writers inserted a gag in which Homer is forced, at gunpoint, to declare that NBC sucks and encourage the viewer to watch as many Fox shows as possible. However, Homer ends with the summation "NBC bad... Fox good... (quickly under his breath) CBS great.", and he ends up getting shot.
  • Dirty Coward: Invoked. One of the rage-releasing suggestions from "Court Ordered Productions" is to start a fight with someone weaker.
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  • Epic Fail: The original Trope Namer "Who's on First?" joke can go on for a pretty long time, depending on how good the comedians are. Seymour Skinner is such a humorless and stupid Professional Butt-Kisser that he rushes to kill the joke in the very first sentence of his sketch's character, probably thinking that explaining who is "Who" will somehow please Chalmers (Chalmers instead gets pissed that he only took six seconds to destroy everything).
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Marge gets a Canyonero and develops a bad case of road rage. The climax is Homer accidentally releasing a crash of rhinos from the zoo and Marge having to use the SUV to corral them in and save her family.
  • Fan Disservice: At the Springfield Elementary Teachers Talent Show, Ms. Krabappel sings "Fever" while wearing balloons strapped to her body and periodically popping them. It traumatizes Bart (to the point of him begging Homer "Kill me!") and drives Homer to steal concessions ("I saw Krabappel's butt. I paid!")
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Caricatures of Matt Groening and Mike Scully (along with his wife, Julie Thacker, and his five kids) are in the crowd of fleeing zoo patrons.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Court Ordered Productions.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Homer's friends at work fire off a barrage of Flamboyant Gay jokes at Homer after pointing out that the Canyonero he purchased is a model designed for women (with a lipstick instead of a cigarrette lighter, for example).
    • Marge gets enraged when a funeral procession is slowing her down and drives on the sidewalk, scaring off the people honoring the deceased, and she yells at them "the road is for the living!" as she does. It gets an In-Universe reaction as well, with Reverend Lovejoy pointing out that she's disrespecting the the casket full of bricks that represents a young man missing at sea.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Homer decides to not use the Canyonero anymore when he discovers that it's a model for women and he starts getting gay jokes at work.
  • Oh, Crap!: Homer when he says, "Let's go, kids, I went too far," after teasing Marge about losing her license.
  • Rhino Rampage: Triggered by Homer at the climax.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The ring-tailed lemur and white rhinos at the zoo.
  • Shout-Out: Homer thought he could stop the rampaging animals by shouting "Jumanji!". He then grouses, "Does anything from the movies actually work?"
  • Spoof Aesop: In the road rage video.
    Sgt. Crew: Anger is what makes America great. But you must find a proper outlet for your rage. Fire a weapon at your television screen. Pick a fight with someone weaker than you. Or, write a threatening letter to a celebrity. So when you go out for a drive, remember to leave your murderous anger where it belongs — at home.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After a while, Marge's driving the Canyonero makes her increasingly short-tempered.
  • "Walk on the Wild Side" Episode: Marge feels incredibly empowered when she is behind the wheel of the Canyonero, but pretty quickly develops a case of road rage that is borderline psychopathic. When the cops arrive to her home asking for her help at the climax, she is even smoking a cigarrette and talking like a Cowboy Cop.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It can't be in New Jersey, since Marge yells "Go back to New Jersey!" during her road rage.
  • Who's on First?: Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers try to perform the routine until Skinner explains the joke six seconds in.

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