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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Three
I Married Marge

Back in time to the birth of Bart.

Episode 8F10
Written by Jeff Martin
Director not credited
Additional cast: Doris Grau, Maggie Roswell

Premise: Marge takes a pregnancy test, prompting Homer to reminisce about the events surrounding the birth of Bart - and his hurried marriage to Marge.

Features: Patty and Selma, Mrs Bouvier, Barney, Dr Hibbert, Grampa, Smithers, Mr Burns.

Couch: The Simpsons cartwheel into the living room wearing fixed grins and adopt a cheesy showbiz pose on the sofa.


  • At the nuclear plant, doughnuts are delivered by Rolling Donuts, and one of Homer's keen co-interviewees is reading Fission Illustrated magazine.
  • Homer works briefly at Ye Olde Candle Shoppe, as a door-to-door salesman for Slash-Co Knives, and as a target at the Pitiless Pup Attack Dog School, before ending up at the Gulp 'n' Blow Drive-thru.
  • And a poster announces that the first Space Mutants movie is coming soon to the Springfield Aztec cinema.

Homage: Homer and Barney are watching seventies glamour crime series Charlie's Angels when Marge phones with news of her pregnancy. Homer's encounter with the doughnut delivery man at the gates of the nuclear plant recalls Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971).

Notes for Brits: The episode's title is a reference to the US sitcom I Married Joan. John Anderson ran alongside Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in the 1980 US Presidential election.

Notes: A very moving episode with plenty of great setpieces.

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