First Aired - 12/26/1991
While Marge is at the doctor's to see whether or not she's pregnant, Homer tells the kids the story of his post-high school life with Marge, which includes Homer and Marge having sex on the golf course, Homer marrying Marge to make an honest woman out of her, and how Homer got his job at the nuclear plant.
This episode contains examples of:
- Art Evolution: The flashback to Dr. Hibbert announcing Marge's pregnancy in "The Way We Was" has been reanimated in this episode. Compare the original scene◊ to the redone version◊.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Doubly subverted. Marge is afraid she was pregnant again and the kids react with delight upon learning they'll have another brother or sister. Homer responds by telling them a new baby isn't all fun and games and tells them the story of Bart's conception and the resulting pregnancy and birth. In the end, Bart's birth made everything better: Homer gets a job, saves his marriage, and tells off his sisters-in-law. Then it's triply subverted when Marge returns from the Doctor.Homer: [gathers the kids into his lap] You know, son, the day you were born, I received the greatest gift a man could have. As the years went by, your mother and I were blessed twice more. And not a day goes by that we don't thank God for all three of you.Marge: Homer, I'm not pregnant!Homer: [gets up, the kids on his lap falling to the floor] Yeah! Whoa! Excellent, Marge!Marge: Yes! [they high five]
- Berserk Button: Marge's mother reacts badly to Homer calling her "Mom".
- Big "OMG!": Dr. Hibbert gives one when Homer reveals he's gotten a job at the Power Plant.
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...:Marge: Tenth notice... 90 days overdue... we break thumbs?
- Burger Fool: Homer works at a place called Gulp n Blow; it's just as bad as Krusty Burger.
- Disappeared Dad: Marge's father, Clancy Bouvier doesn't appear in any of the flashbacks, despite being seen in "The Way We Was". And unlike the situation around Homer's mother in that episode — she wasn't mentioned, but Homer's and Abe's home was only fleetingly seen, allowing for the implication that she just happened to be out of the house — we see the Bouvier family home enough times to establish that he really isn't around anymore. This implies that he either died or left Jacqueline (later established as the former) at some point after Marge graduated from high school.
- Drive-Thru Antics: Marge reunites with Homer, who is trying to earn money for her and her coming child by working at the Gulp 'n' Blow.Homer: Yeah, what do you want?
Marge: My husband by my side?
Homer: Would you like fries with that?
- Early Installment Weirdness: Marge and Homer saw a Star Wars film (specifically, The Empire Strikes Back). Most future episodes call it Cosmic Wars.
- Enfant Terrible: Bart grabs Homer's lighter and sets his tie on fire within ten minutes of being born.
- Exact Words: When Homer says the first thing Bart will see upon being born is a man with a good job. His sisters-in-law say it'll be the doctor.
- The Exit Is That Way: When Mr. Burns decides to give Homer a job, Smithers objects on the grounds that Homer failed the aptitude test and got stuck inside a locker trying to get out.
- Fictional Video Game: There is a blue arcade cabinet with a Ms. Pac-Man clone. The Ms. Pac-Man expy is made of two triangles and a bow ribbon. The ghosts have a similar design to Kang and Kodos.
- Foregone Conclusion: Played with; three people apply for two positions are open at the nuclear plant — Homer and two people whom Smithers was at college with. While this would probably have doomed Homer from the word go, he still manages to screw up the interview completely by himself, when he mishears Smithers' asking him what he'd do in the event of a meltdown, and then runs out of the interview room screaming, thinking a meltdown actually is happening.
- God-Is-Love Songs: Discussed in-universe, in regards to "You Light Up My Life"Homer: I bet the guy she was singing that about was real happy.Marge: Actually, she was singing about God.Homer: Oh. Well, he's always happy. No, wait, he's always mad...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
- The reason Homer leaves Marge to find a good job.
- Also the reason for Selma reuniting Marge with Homer. She detests him, but can't bear to see her little sister sad.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: Homer tells his kids that he's happy that he has kids and that he can't wait for Marge to have another baby. When Marge comes back from the doctor with news that she isn't pregnant, Homer yells, "YES!" and high-fives her.
- Happiness In Minimum Wage: Homer liked working at the mini-golf course, as his boss was so lenient he clearly didn't notice or care that Homer's incompetence was ruining the customer's games. His view is also tinted by nostalgia, as a promise to someday hand out putters is followed by present Homer saying it was "a job with a future".
- Honorable Marriage Proposal: After Marge gets pregnant, Homer asks Abe what to do, and he suggests that Homer marry her, Homer asks if its because its the right thing to do, and Abe responds that he should do it because he "will never do any better."
- Jerkass: Patty and Selma are really horrible in this episode. They do nothing but treat Homer like garbage while he's trying his best to be a good husband to Marge.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Selma, at least, reunites Marge with Homer, when she sees how upset Marge is. And she felt guilty for not telling Marge sooner.
- Just Following Orders: The chipper and apologetic repo man that takes away Homer and Marge's belongings definitely comes across as this.Repo Man: Repossessing is the hardest part of my job.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In-universe, Homer accidentally blabs about the Trope Namer example for the people waiting in line to see The Empire Strikes Back."Thanks a lot, Mr. Blow-The-Picture-For-Me!"
- My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Upon getting a job at the Nuclear Power Plant, Homer says it could only happen in America.
- My Greatest Failure: Watching everything he bought for Marge and their baby be repossessed caused Homer to leave in the middle of the night so he could find work and send every dollar to Marge.
- Pet the Dog: Selma tells Marge where Homer is working when she and Patty find out, while Jacqueline Bouvier at least has the decency to drive Homer to the hospital.
- Pregnancy Scare: Marge thinks she might be pregnant. While she goes out to have a pregnancy test in the hospital, Homer tells Bart and Lisa about the time Bart was born. After this Flashback Episode comes to an end, Marge returns home to inform Homer that she is not pregnant after all, causing them both to do a high five.
- Retcon: Back in "Homer Defined" it was said that Homer had been hired to work to the nuclear power plant under a fictitious Gerald Ford-era employment program called "Project Bootstrap". Yet here, we find out that he started working at the power plant in 1980, near the end of Jimmy Carter's administration.
- Shotgun Wedding:
- Though no one forces Homer to marry Marge, he still does it because he loves her and he doesn't want to get in trouble for knocking her up.
- Parodied; the chapel Homer and Marge go to get married is called "Shotgun Pete's"
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Homer delivers an epic one of these to the Bouvier family at the end in the delivery room before Marge goes into labor.Homer: [rushing into the delivery room] Marge! Where's the baby?!Patty: Right where you left it!Homer: Shut up!Patty: Hey listen, fat boy-!Homer: NO, YOU LISTEN! This is my wife, this is my kid, and I'm paying for this delivery, so if you wanna stay, you'd better show me some respect!
- Visual Innuendo: When Homer and Marge are getting romantic in the mini-golf course's castle obstacle, we see a golfer successfully putt a ball into its "Free Game" hole.
- Wacky Cravings: Marge craves pancake mix whenever she's pregnant.
- Worst Wedding Ever: Downplayed: while their hearts were in the right place, the fact that Homer and Marge got married in a cheap, run-down chapel with a insensitive Justice of the Peace to marry them qualifies as this. "A Milhouse Divided" several seasons later elaborates on this further with Marge being bummed out that no family or friends were there and Homer guys her a wedding cake in the form of a Carvel whale.
- You Remind Me of X: When Smithers is protesting Burns' hiring of Homer, Burns replies that Homer's "feisty, yet spineless" attitude reminds him of "a young bootlick named Waylon Smithers."