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Recap / The Simpsons S17 E15 "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"

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Desperate for a plasma TV, Homer enrolls the family in Fox's latest reality show, which swaps the wives of the Simpsons and the Heathbars, a British family.

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  • Celebrity Paradox: Dan Castellaneta is introduced as the star of The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • Enemy Mine: Patty and Charles's wife hooked up because of their shared hatred of Homer.
  • Garrulous Growth: Homer watches a commercial with a dancing and laughing cold sore. It looks annoying as all hell.
    Cold Sore: Break out! Ha-ha! Hoo-hoo! Ha-ha! Break out! Ha-ha! Hoo-hoo! Ha-ha! Ha! Hoo-hoo! He-he-ha! Ha-ha!
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  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Charles's reaction when he learns his wife is leaving him for Patty.
    Charles: You're leaving me for HIM?!
    Homer: So it seems. However, Cousin It there was born a woman.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: The episode's Couch Gag is a live-action recreation of the opening.
  • Self-Deprecating Humor: Episode writer Ricky Gervais' character speaks in Gervais's trademark rambling manner. Homer isn't impressed.
    Homer: You take forever to say nothing!
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: When Lenny gets a flat-screen TV, Homer stays parked on his couch for days. Lenny resorts to flicking lit matches at him to drive him out.

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