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Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife 

As part of a new Fox show, the Simpsons participate in a wife-swap.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Sideshow Mel / Dan Castellaneta / Security Guard / Doug the Cameraman / Itchy / Krusty the Clown (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Cletus / Carl / Moe Szyslak / NASCAR Announcer / Wiseguy / Fox Executive / Doug the Cameraman (voice)
Lenny / Phone Operator / Scratchy / Cameraman #2 (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Brandine / Fox Executive / Verity Heathbar / Ben Heathbar / Housekeeper (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...


When he sees the new plasma screen HD TV Lenny got, Homer stays at Lenny's place watching TV for some days which makes Marge decide to try and win a plasma screen HD TV for themselves. She doesn't win the TV, but the family does win a tour to the FOX studios. There Homer is told about a wife-swapping show which would make him enough money to buy the TV he so desperately wants. The Simpsons swap wives with the well educated, well-to-do Heathbar family. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

26 March 2006 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Ricky Gervais came up with the plot of the episode and wrote parts of it on his own, the whole writing team of The Simpsons worked on the script and pitched ideas, as is done with all episodes. Gervais has said in interviews that he thinks he received too much credit for writing the episode, claiming he merely sent his plot ideas, along with some written scenes, to Jean through email, and it was then the staff of the show that "made it look like a Simpsons script." He commented in a Dazed & Confused article that "I'm going to get the credit, but I think everyone in the industry knows it was a joint effort." One of the scenes that Gervais wrote himself was Charles' love song for Marge, which later appeared on the 2007 soundtrack album The Simpsons: Testify. See more »


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Charles: I have a joke.
Marge Simpson: Ooh! I like jokes. As long as it's not a knock-knock joke. I always ruin them by saying "come in".
Charles: So, there's a man, right? and he comes across a genie.
Marge Simpson: That's funny!
Charles: That's just the setup.
Marge Simpson: Oh. Well, it's set me up for a lot of laughs.
Charles: So, the genie says to the man "I'll give you three wishes, but everything you wish for, your wife will get double."
Marge Simpson: Umm-hmmm.
Charles: So, the man says "I want a brand new car," and the genie says "Your wife gets two!" You remember, the whole double...?
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References This Is Your Life (1955) See more »


Lady Riff
Written and Performed by Ricky Gervais
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Couldn't agree with mandalorian more. Or less!
7 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I find Ricky Gervais hilarious in most things. However, this really was the worst Simpsons episode ever. It was a bit like watching that thing with the queer bloke and skinny ginger woman.....summat and summat. The name escapes me. It's putrid though. Anyway, i watched this after the hype alluded to by mandolin and was flabbergasted at the total (and i MEAN total) lack of entertainment. No laughs, no touching moments....absolutely nothing. I fear The Simpsons really has lost it. In the early days, and certainly up to about series 8/9/10, there were lovely, funny, touching, meaningful moments, hilarious incidentals, superb fun! This was utterly devoid of all of those things. I can only think that Gervais was so overawed by The Simpsons, he forgot how to be funny.

So, while agreeing that IT wasn't funny, i still find Gervais CAN be funny. Can't quite forgive him for seemingly giving my all-time favourite programme its coup-de-grace.

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