The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 2

A Streetcar Named Marge (1 Oct. 1992)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Auditioning Woman #2 / Auditioning Woman #3 (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chief Wiggum / Apu (voice)
Mr. Boswell / Ned Flanders / Otto (voice)
Auditioning Woman #1 / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Lona Williams ...
Debra Jo Smallwood (voice)
Llewellyn Sinclair / Ms. Sinclair (voice)


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 »


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 »


Llewellyn Sinclair: I am not an easy director to work for. While directing "Hats Off to Hanukkah," I reduced more than one cast member to tears. Did I expect too much from fourth graders?
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Referenced in The Longest Daycare (2012) See more »


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Marge's part in the Tennessee Williams' play helps reaffirm everything important in Homer and Marge's marriage--by testing it first
5 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a testament to the greatness of this animated sitcom that season 4 has so many landmark episodes. Here, this fearless show confronts unexplored animosity in the Simpsons' marriage through the lens of the play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

I'm a big Tennessee Williams fan, so the inclusion of one of his plays, in any way, is a big plus. Many complex layers of the plot of the play can't be transferred over to a 22 minute television show, but The Simpsons do an inspiring job of channeling Blanche through Marge.

This episode is about Marge trying out for a play. You guessed it. A Streetcar Named Desire. She only gets the part upon the theater director hearing her dejected manner on the phone with Homer.

The plot thickens as Homer's oafish ways get the best of Marge. She releases this aggression during a particular heated scene with Ned, who has the scars to prove it.

There's a cute little subplot that has Maggie spending the time Marge is rehearsing for the play at the Ayn Rand School for Tots. This subplot has it funny moments, but the real meat here is the main plot involving Homer and Marge.

One of the most tender moments of the entire series occurs after Homer sees the play. Marge mistakes his drooping head in the audience for disregard. In fact it was because he was deeply affected by the play.

As Homer tells Marge, "I mean it made me feel bad. The poor thing ends up being hauled to the nut house when all she needed was for that big slob to show her some respect. Well at least that's what I thought. I have a history of missing the point of stuff like this."

Marge responds, "No, Homer, you got it just right."

Not exactly, but they love each other, and that makes this episode a real winner.

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