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Marge wins the lead in a musical production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which Ned Flanders plays Stanley Kowalski. Marge is infuriated by Homer's brutishness and insensitivity during ... See full summary »

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Auditioning Woman #2 / Auditioning Woman #3 (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Chief Wiggum / Apu (voice)
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Mr. Boswell / Ned Flanders / Otto (voice)
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Auditioning Woman #1 / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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Llewellyn Sinclair / Ms. Sinclair (voice)
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Marge wins the lead in a musical production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which Ned Flanders plays Stanley Kowalski. Marge is infuriated by Homer's brutishness and insensitivity during preproduction, until he sees the play and reveals to Marge that he has grasped its meaning. While rehearsing, Marge sticks Maggie in the Ayn Rand Day Care Center, where her pacifier is immediately taken from her, and a la "The Great Escape", she must struggle to win it back. Written by Tiff Banks

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This was not the last time the series would reference Ayn Rand, especially in the context of Maggie's daycare. In the episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure," Maggie was portrayed as "Maggie Roark," based on Howard Roark, the hero of The Fountainhead. The theatrical short The Longest Daycare (2012) has Maggie returning to the Ayn Rand Day Care Center, as does the couch gag from "Moonshine River". See more »

Goofs

In response to Marge staying in character as Blanche DuBois in order to rehearse, Bart also "goes into character" by adopting a Cockney (East London) accent and vocabulary. But "gulliver" which Bart uses for "head" is not authentic Cockney (the correct word is "loaf") but Nadsat, the fictional argot invented by Anthony Burgess for his novel "A Clockwork Orange". This probably shows Bart's ignorance of the culture he's trying to ape. See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: I can't fake an interest in this, and I'm an expert at faking an interest in your kooky projects.
Marge Simpson: What kooky projects?
Homer Simpson: You know, the painting class, the first aid course, the whole Lamaze thing.
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Referenced in The Longest Daycare (2012) See more »

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The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A Theatrical Marge!
1 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons and like many Season Four episodes, this is a landmark episode which explores the relationship behind the marriage of Homer and Marge. It was interesting to see Marge act in a play and even sing. I also loved the cultural references, mainly regarding Steve McQueen's The Great Escape and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The episode is funny, but it also has some emotional moments which is a testament to the superb writing.

In this episode, "A Streetcar Named Marge," Marge decides to act in a play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" in order to meet people and that has Ned Flanders in the starring role as Stanley. Marge gets increasingly angry at Homer's selfish attitude during preproduction. Meanwhile, Marge enlists Maggie at a local daycare center and when her pacifier is taken, Maggie creates a plan in order to get them back.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode. It has its fair share of humor and cultural references, but I never knew the episode would get emotional at certain points. It is certainly more layered than I anticipated. I rate this episode 9/10.


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