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Encyclopedia > Secrets of a Successful Marriage
The Simpsons episode
"Secrets of a Successful Marriage"
Episode no. 103
Prod. code 1F20
Orig. Airdate May 19, 1994
Show Runner(s) David Mirkin
Writer(s) Greg Daniels
Director Carlos Baeza
Chalkboard "Five days is not too long to wait for a gun"
Couch gag The members of the family run in, collide, and explode. Maggie's pacifier falls to the floor of the blackened living room.
SNPP capsule
Season 5
September 30, 1993May 19, 1994
  1. Homer's Barbershop Quartet
  2. Cape Feare
  3. Homer Goes to College
  4. Rosebud
  5. Treehouse of Horror IV
  6. Marge on the Lam
  7. Bart's Inner Child
  8. Boy-Scoutz N the Hood
  9. The Last Temptation of Homer
  10. $pringfield
  11. Homer the Vigilante
  12. Bart Gets Famous
  13. Homer and Apu
  14. Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
  15. Deep Space Homer
  16. Homer Loves Flanders
  17. Bart Gets an Elephant
  18. Burns' Heir
  19. Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song
  20. The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  21. Lady Bouvier's Lover
  22. Secrets of a Successful Marriage
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"Secrets of a Successful Marriage" is the 22nd and final episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. Homer teaches an adult education class on how to have a successful marriage. But to keep his students interested he has to tell personal secrets about Marge. Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 1f20. ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (140th in leap years). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... David Mirkin is an American, feature film and television director, writer and producer. ... Greg Daniels is a well known television comedy writer. ... Carlos Baeza is an animation director. ... Bart writes The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with Hail Satan The chalkboard gag is a running visual joke that occurs during the opening credits of many episodes of The Simpsons. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons Season 5 DVD. The Simpsons 5th season (September 1993 - May 1994) began on September 30, 1993. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (140th in leap years). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Homers Barbershop Quartet is the first episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Cape Feare is the second episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer Goes to College is the third episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Rosebud is the fourth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Treehouse of Horror IV is the fifth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on October 28, 1993. ... Marge on the Lam is the sixth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Barts Inner Child is the seventh episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on November 11, 1993. ... Boy-Scoutz N the Hood is the eighth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... The Last Temptation of Homer is the ninth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... $pringfield (full title: $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)) is the tenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer the Vigilante is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Bart Gets Famous is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on February 3, 1994. ... Homer and Apu is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on February 10, 1994. ... Lisa vs. ... Deep Space Homer is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer Loves Flanders is the sixteenth episode from the fifth season of The Simpsons. ... Bart Gets an Elephant is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Burns Heir is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on April 14, 1994. ... Sweet Seymour Skinners Baadasssss Song is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on April 27, 1994. ... The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Lady Bouviers Lover is the 21st episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ...

Contents

Synopsis

Homer plays poker with the guys and as usual, he wins without realizing it, prompting Carl to call Homer "slow." The next morning Homer talks to the family about it, and he realizes that he indeed might be a little on the slow side. Marge recommends that he take an adult education course.


He marches down to the adult education annex, where he talks to the head guy and learns that there is an opening for a class on having a successful marriage. Homer thinks he can get away with anything as a teacher. When he stands before his class, he has absolutely no lesson plan. Class members tell him about their problems, hoping for advice, but Homer has none to offer.


The class collectively gets up to leave, but when Homer mentions his conversation with Marge in bed, the class decides to stay, eager to hear gossip. Marge soon discovers that everyone in town knows her personal secrets. She confronts Homer about it and he promises to stop, but he continues telling her secrets anyway. One night, he has his class come to watch the family during dinner.


The kids and Marge are horrified and Marge kicks the class out ... including Homer. Homeless, he camps out in Bart's tree house, where Bart and Milhouse find Homer scrubbing his underwear the next day. Marge doesn't want to divorce him, but she is incredibly angry.


Homer creates a replacement for Marge - a plant with a paper plate for a face that he accidentally destroys. He soon longs for his real wife again. Moe comes by to declare his interest in Marge. She turns him down, but invites him in for a glass of water.


Homer comes into the house with flowers he picked. When Moe sees him, he jumps out the window. Standing before her in rags, Homer professes his dependency on Marge. She is flattered, if pitying, and decides to take Homer back. The family is glad that he has returned, although Moe is less than thrilled.


Trivia

  • Some of the classes at the adult education center include Patty and Selma's "Turn a Man Into Putty In Your Hands," Moe's "Funk Dancing for Self-Defense," Lenny's "How to Chew Tobacco," and Hans Moleman's "How to Eat an Orange."
  • Homer's marriage class consists of Apu, Smithers, Sideshow Mel, Otto, Lionel Hutz, Edna, Bernice Hibbert, Princess Kashmir, Barney, Skinner, Carl, and Willie, among others
  • Homer reveals that Marge has been "as gray as a mule since she was 17." Later, Apu claims that she uses blue dye #52, while Moe says it is #56.

Cultural references

  • Homer on his "You want the truth" rant is a parody of a scene between Col. Jessup and Lt. Kaffee in A Few Good Men.
  • Homer's line, "Cause when you reach over and put your hand into a pile of goo that was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do!" is originally from the 1970 film Patton.
  • Homer's reference to the film Chinatown- "Forget it, Marge, it's Chinatown."
  • Homer sings the end of the theme song to Family Ties.
  • Smithers' recollection of his marriage parodies "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." Both were written by Tennessee Williams.

A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was acclaimed on Broadway and was subsequently made into a successful film in 1992. ... Patton is a 1970 biographical film which tells the story of General George Pattons commands during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, and Michael Bates. ... Chinatown is a 1974 film directed by Roman Polanski featuring many elements of the film noir genre, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama. ... Family Ties was an American television sitcom which aired on NBC for seven seasons, from 1982 to 1989. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. ... A Streetcar Named Desire is a famous American play written by Tennessee Williams. ... Tennessee Williams (1965) Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911–February 25, 1983), better known by the pen name Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century. ...

Quotes

  • Marge: Homer, I really don't like you telling personal secrets in your class.
    Homer: Marge, I didn't tell 'em personal stuff.
    Marge: Today at the Kwik-E-Mart everybody knew I dyed my hair!
    Homer: Oh, you mean about you.
  • Homer: Look, Marge, you don't know what it's like. I'm the one out there every day putting his ass on the line. And I'm not out of order! You're out of order! The whole freaking system is out of order! You want the truth? You want the truth?! You can't handle the truth! 'Cause when you reach over and put your hand into a pile of goo that was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do! Forget it, Marge, it's Chinatown.
    Marge: Homer, don't ever tell them personal stuff about me again!
    Homer: [meek] Yes, ma'am.
  • Reverend Lovejoy: Get a divorce.
    Helen Lovejoy: Mmm-hmm.
    Marge: But isn't that a sin?
    Reverend Lovejoy: Marge, just about everything's a sin. [holds up a Bible] Y'ever sat down and read this thing? Technically we're not allowed to go to the bathroom.
  • Homer's voice in Marge's head:I love you....Will you marry me,Marge?....You mean I'm gonna be a daddy?....I hope we'll always be together....Together....Together....Together....(Marge begins to feel bad, then she sees Homer talking on a can behind her car seat)
    Homer: Together? (Marge throws him out of the car by making a sharp turn)
  • Homer: Alright brain, it's all up to you. If you don't think of what it is, we'll lose Marge forever.
    Homer's Brain: (really fast) Eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat the pudding.
    Homer: All right, but then we gotta get to work. (Starts eating the pudding)

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