Marge contemplates an affair with a handsome bowling instructor.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Singing Waiters / Bowling Receptionist / Man #2 (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Lenny Leonard / Mall Security Guard / First Man / Singing Waiters (voice)
Jacques (voice) (as A. Brooks)
Helen Lovejoy / Singing Waiters (voice)


It's Marge's birthday and Homer has to get her a birthday present. Instead of getting a present for Marge, he buys a bowling ball for himself with his name printed on it. Marge is mad that he didn't get her a present and she says she will use it. The following day, she goes to the bowling alley but she doesn't know how to use it. A handsome bowling instructor meets Marge and teaches her how to bowl, but he's really trying to get her to fall in love with him. Marge keeps going to the bowling alley each day to learn and has a deep connection with him. She realizes that she's hanging out with the wrong man and goes to her husband instead. Written by kevindklenke

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bowling | birthday | 2d animation | See All (3) »


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18 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The restaurant that Jacques and Marge attend is called "Shorty's"; it was originally intended that a chef's hat would be shown moving around in the background, implying that the owner was short, but the concept was dropped as it seemed to be too much of a silly idea. See more »


When Marge is on the phone with her sisters, her necklace is white. Then they cut to Patty and Selma, and then back to Marge. Marge's necklace is now its normal color. See more »


Jacques: [seeing the name "Homer" engraved on Marge's bowling ball] It is nice to meet you... Homer
Marge Simpson: Oh, no no. Homer is my... uh... Ball's name. I'm Marge.
Jacques: Your fingers are so slender, so feminine. They are far too tapered for the ball you are using. You need something lighter, more delicate. Here, use my ball.
Marge Simpson: No, no thank you, Mr... uh... Brunswick
[seeing the name on his ball]
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Not Too Shabby!
8 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ninth episode in the Simpson's first season is another good one, even though I feel like it lacks in depth and characterization compared to the last two episodes. I felt like it didn't have the best jokes either, but I felt the newly-formed romance by Marge and Homer's reaction to be quite intriguing.

This episode, "Life in the Fast Lane", is about Marge who contemplates an affair with a French bowling instructor after she feels neglected by Homer since he forgot her birthday and hastily gave her a bowling ball much to her dismay.

Overall, this is a decent episode that is worth watching. It's nice to see how Marge got her first episode being the center of attention. I liked the reference to Officer and a Gentleman. Also there are some funny moments such as when Lisa and Bart discuss the stages of marriage failure. Not a bad episode, but it's a little step down than the previous two. I rate this episode 8/10.

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