It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge


It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge

Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge


episode_no = 247
prod_code = BABF18
airdate = May 14, 2000
show runner = Mike Scully
writer = Larry Doyle
director = Steven Dean Moore
blackboard = "I cannot hire a substitute student."
couch_gag = The Simpsons are blank paint-by-numbers figures; Asian animators come in and color the family, but don’t detail their eyes.
guest_star = Parker Posey as Becky
season = 11
"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" is the twenty-first episode of the eleventh season of "The Simpsons". It aired on May 14, 2000 on Fox. It guest starred Parker Posey as Becky.

Plot

Each child in Bart’s class is loaned a video camera for a school project to create a movie. Otto drives the school bus to a drive-through restaurant where his girlfriend, Becky, works. Otto proposes to her, and she accepts. On Bart’s suggestion, they decide to have the wedding at the Simpson house and sends out flyers. Marge reluctantly agrees, since she still has everything from Apu's wedding. The wedding is a success up until the point when Otto gets a Poison tribute band to play "Nothing but a Good Time". Becky admits to Marge that she hates heavy metal music. At the wedding, Marge suggests to Becky that she gives Otto an ultimatum: it is either her or heavy metal. The wedding is called off as Otto drives off in the school bus with the band. The wedding guests then return the wedding gifts.

Becky stays with the Simpson family, due to the fact that Marge ruined another wedding. Marge consoles her, but begins to worry that her family likes Becky more than her. Eventually, she becomes paranoid that Becky is trying to kill her after her car would not stop on a steep road. Chief Wiggum cannot help her. Becky and the rest of the family meet without Marge at an ice cream parlour, and Becky tells everyone that she has found a new apartment and is moving out. After she buys an unusually large bowl of ice cream, Homer freaks out upon the presence of so much ice cream and suddenly collapses. Becky gives him mouth-to-mouth but Marge comes in thinking she is kissing him. She grabs a cone and smashes it like a glass bottle to attack Becky. She is arrested and declared insane.

Marge then escapes from the courtroom and becomes a notorious fugitive and butt of jokes. When she goes to the library to see who Becky really is, she realizes that she "is" insane after finding nothing bad about her. Finally, she returns home, only to find Homer tied up in what looks like an S & M tableau, Lisa's arms and legs stuck to the wall, Maggie stuck in a cage, and Becky holding a knife in her hands. When she is about to "kill" Homer, Marge snatches the knife from her and strangles her. It turns out that Bart is filming a scene in his movie for the school. Homer also revealed that while he was fixing Marge's car, he accidentally drained the brake fluid. However when Marge apologizes Becky admits she was going to kill Marge and steal her family, but she had no shovel. After looking for a good shovel, she called it off. The doctors show up and shoot three tranquilizer darts into Marge's neck, which do not take effect. Homer finally shoots an additional dart into her to make her fall asleep after she orders Homer to do scrubbing and mopping.

Cultural references

*The title is a parody of the film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".
*The plot is a parody of the film "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle", and even Patty and Selma mention the title at one point.
*When Otto is proposing to Becky, he plays the song, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on his boombox, in a nod to a similar scene in "Say Anything...", (although in the movie the character with the boombox is not on a bus, and he plays "In Your Eyes" (he is dressed like Otto, however).
*Otto's father is a U.S. Navy Admiral, a reference to George Stephen Morrison, Jim Morrison's father who was also a Navy Admiral.
*Krusty's interview scene is a spoof of the "Celebrity Interviews" skit on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". Also, the Mad Marge Dancers dancing to Sabre Dance references the Dancing Lance Itos from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
*Homer sings a variation of David Bowie's song, "Changes".
*Otto sends out his wedding invitations on Zig-Zag paper.
*Patty's quote that "The bitterness is strong in this one." is a reference to Darth Vader's quote about Luke Skywalker in the first "" movie.
*When Homer sucks out the wedding cake filling with a straw out of a box labeled "HJS", the "James Bond" theme is played.
*The "Poison" tribute band is named "Cyanide", which is one of the most popular poisons to date.
*Bart says that at school the kids tell each other if you say "Bloody Margie" to a mirror five times she appears and gouges your eyes out. This is a reference to the popular children's rhymes and myths based on serial killers, in particular the "Bloody Mary" myth.
*Homer's quote that she "mates with men, then eats them", fits the description of a "Black Widow" spider, often also associated with murderous wives.
*Becky later has a cameo in The Simpsons Movie(2007) during Bart's skateboard dare

External links

*snpp capsule|BABF18
*imdb episode|id=0701138|episode=It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge


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