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Recap / The Simpsons S14 E4 "Large Marge"

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Marge's bosom should not be that ample.

Original air date: 11/24/2002

Production code: DABF-18

When Marge mistakenly thinks Homer is flexing for other women during a stint building houses for Habitat for Humanity (he was actually reenacting how Marge was in labor with Bart), she opts for a liposuction, but gets breast implants meant for one of Mayor Quimby's female interns by mistake. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse get Krusty the Clown in trouble when they imitate a stunt he did on an old episode of Batman (the campy 1960s show with Adam West as Batman) where Krusty played a villain and Krusty is forced to get rid of anything considered imitable by the censors.


This episode contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: The Radio Disney announcer is voiced by Tress MacNeille, who in addition to voicing several Springfield Elementary students as well as Lindsay Naegle and Agnes Skinner, is also the current voice of Daisy Duck.
  • Aside Glance: During Dr. Hibbert's solo in "You're A Bunch of Stuff," Moe gives a subtle sly smile to the camera.
  • Assumed Win: One of history's most famous incidents of this is parodied when Homer loses a bet with Lisa to chose the day's father-daughter activity as the two watch a History Channel show on the Harry S. Truman/Thomas E. Dewey presidential election and he bets on Dewey.
  • Atrocious Alias: While doing his activity with Lisa, Homer tries to do his own "El Barto". It doesn't work as his new vandal name is "EL HOMO", which gets him Mistaken for Gay by a gay Hispanic man who finds it brave that Homer is allegedly coming out of the closet.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: Marge sees Homer seemingly flexing his arms in front of Cookie Kwan and Lindsay Naegle. As it turns out, he was demonstrating how Marge gave birth to Bart.
  • Breast Expansion: Marge was accidentally given breast implants by mistake.
    "My McGuppies became bazongas!"
  • The Bus Came Back: Stampy, who first appeared in the episode "Bart Gets an Elephant", reappears at a Shoe Expo and is part of Bart's attempted plot to redeem Krusty in the eyes of Springfield.
  • Buxom Is Better: Every man in Springfield thinks so, thanks to Marge's Gag Boobs. So do lobsters apparently. It also made the front page headlines "Crazed Mom Goes Topless: Photos pages 3-28".
  • Call-Back:
  • Crowd Song: "You're A Bunch Of Stuff," in which all of the adult male patrons at Luigi's (save Smithers) break into a rousing number about likening Marge's breasts to numerous awesome things in their lives (such as Comic Book Guy comparing them to "X-Men #3 in a Mylar bag" and the Sea Captain saying Marge is like Jacqueline Bissette in his favorite film The Deepnote ).
    • Bart tries to do a Crowd Song too, but Homer stops him, citing that "With the economy the way it is, you're lucky you get soup".
  • D-Cup Distress: Initially, Marge wanted to get rid of the implants as soon as possible due to how unwieldy and clumsy they make her (she has difficulty in doing even the simplest tasks), hiding them from her family, but she soon enjoys the extra attention they bring her. Later, however, the attention becomes too much, she starts getting backaches, and by the end of the episode she has the implants removed.
  • Deconstructed Trope: A deconstruction of getting Gag Boobs thanks to a mix-up at the plastic surgeon's office. Marge begins having back pains and is sexually objectified and harassed by every man in town; reconstructed when she flashes the crowd to distract the cops from getting ready to shoot Stampy the elephant (who had Homer, Milhouse, and Bart in its mouth) and makes Krusty out to be a hero.
  • Fanservice Pack: For Marge who accidentally gets huge boobs for this episode.
  • Gag Boobs: Marge gets a pair meant for one of Mayor Quimby's female interns by mistake. They cause some problems to Marge as they get in the way when she tries to do things like open the cupboard and pick up Maggie to comfort her when she falls down.
  • Iwo Jima Pose: Milhouse on a runaway Roundabout knocks over the school flag just as Skinner was giving a tour of the school to some veterans of Iwo Jima. They do the famous pose while propping the flag back up, only for Milhouse to come around again and knock them and the flag down.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Milhouse gets in trouble, Skinner easily divines that Bart was involved because, in his words, "Milhouse has never been anything more than a comic foil."
  • Karma Houdini: Despite the stunt that got Krusty in trouble coming from the 1960's Batman series, only he gets in trouble for it, with no mention of Adam West receiving any blame for actually doing the stunt.
  • Monster Clown: Krusty is demonized as one in the episode due to "corrupting their children". His habits don't exactly help with that image, although he's comparatively back on good terms at the end.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: One of the scenes cut (shown in FOX promos/commercials, but not in the episode) has Bart and Lisa run into Homer's and Marge's bedroom at night. Marge is in her robe and Bart stares at her cleavage. Marge frantically points to her face and tells Bart to "Just focus on Mommy's face", to which Bart replies, "I'm trying, Mom."
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Homer apparently wears a band-aid covered in tin foil in place of his wedding ring, which is "inside a turtle."
    • Later, Bart is able to see Krusty in private because the doorman (who was also his agent) died.
  • Parody Assistance: The Baha Men make a special appearance to perform two parodies of their hit song "Who Let the Dogs Out": "Who Left the Milk Out?", which Marge listens to on the radio; and "Who Let Her Jugs Out?", which plays during the credits.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the protest signs held when Krusty is being harassed by Moral Guardians has Beavis And Butthead and Jackass scratched out. Both of those shows were targets of censors and media watchdog groups for showing dangerous stunts that could influence children and more impressionable viewers to copy in real life (with mostly fatal consequences).
    • Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush invoke The Three Stooges by getting into Slapstick hijinks while building houses.
    • The episode title is a play upon the character Large Marge from Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
  • Show Some Leg: Marge when she flashes the crowd to distract the cops from getting ready to shoot Stampy the elephant (who had Homer, Milhouse, and Bart in its mouth) and makes Krusty out to be a hero.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Cookie Kwan and Lindsay Naegle become interested in Homer when they see him helping Lisa paint.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: When Marge accidentally gets breast implants, she wants to remove them but decides to keep them after receiving barrages of compliments and favours. But she decides to get rid of them in the end after receiving a combination of back problems and sexual harassment from unwanted admirers. She also feels the stress of being a model.
  • Take That!: "You're listening to Radio Disney: the songs you love re-written for babies!"
  • That Came Out Wrong: In more ways than one: Homer invokes Bart's "El Barto" persona by painting a similar insignia on the side of a house. It ends up reading "El Homo." He starts frantically trying to paint over it when he realizes what he's written and a passersby comments on how brave it is that he's out of the closet.
  • The Unfavorite: Bart becomes this after his attempted stunt gets Krusty in trouble with protestors. Homer even cuts his chance at singing short.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The writers must have had a field day making up slang words for breasts.
  • Verbal Backpedaling: Towards the end of "You're a Bunch of Stuff," Mayor Quimby declares Marge "the hottest thing to hit this town since the fire that killed eleven," prompting a gasp from the crowd, to which Quimby quickly adds "dangerous criminals."
  • We Need a Distraction: To stop the police from potentially shooting Bart, Milhouse, and Homer, Marge flashes her enhanced breasts to the crowds.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Sideshow Bob was featured in a promotion art of Marge flashing her breasts to the crowd.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Krusty appears to be the Springfield Shopper's top story after saving Bart, Milhouse, and Homer from Stampy. The actual headline: "Crazed Mom Goes Topless" in huge red print with pictures from pages 3-28.