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"The Simpsons" Life on the Fast Lane (TV Episode 1990) Poster

(TV Series)

(1990)

Trivia

Before it was retitled "Life on the Fast Lane" this episode was called "Jacques to be Wild". Although this title doesn't seem to make any sense, it was a revised title based on the very first iteration of the story. In the original story, Marge didn't take bowling lessons; she took tennis lessons from a handsome tennis pro named Bjorn. Of course, the original title was "Bjorn to be Wild".
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First appearance of Lenny and Helen Lovejoy.
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The line "four onion rings!" was one the many lines that Albert Brooks ad-libbed and when saying it, Jacques loses his French accent.
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Sofa gag: none.
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Marge's shoe size is 13AA.
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Bart's sentence: none.
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The sequence in which the family throws the pizza box away was specifically designed by John Swartzwelder to look surreal, with the family panning into each other.
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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.
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The moon was designed to resemble a bowling ball in the scene in which Jacques drops Marge home.
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Homer's line, "too exciting", when he sees the lingerie store was written by James L. Brooks.
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The title is taken from The Eagles' song "Life in the Fast Lane".
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In a 2000 Entertainment Weekly article, Matt Groening ranked this episode as his second favourite episode of all time, behind The Simpsons: Bart the Daredevil (1990).
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The third episode to be produced and animated by Studio Telecom.
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Albert Brooks improvised almost all of his dialogue, producing over three hours of material.
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Marge's laugh during her bowling lesson was an ad-libbed, natural laugh by Julie Kavner, who was laughing at something Albert Brooks had just said.
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The episode features the first appearance of the bowling alley Barney's Bowlarama. The original backstory for Barney's Bowlarama was that it was owned by Barney Gumble. Over time it changed to Barney just being an employee, as the writers could not imagine Barney owning anything. It was later revealed that Barney's uncle was the owner. The exterior of the Bowlarama was designed by Eric Stefani.
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The episode's conclusion is a reference to An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which David Silverman had to watch first, so that he knew how to set the scene out.
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During Marge's phone conversation with Patty and Selma, Maggie can be seen sucking her pacifier repeatedly, a concept dropped in later episodes as it was deemed too much of a distraction from the dialogue.
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The March 15, 2004 edition of the Dear Abby column was pulled, as it had emerged that one of the letters was a fake. A newspaper editor noticed that the problem cited in the letter was identical to the plot of this episode. Kathie Kerr, a spokeswoman for the Universal Press Syndicate stated that "It did sound too similar not to be a hoax".
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The stores Homer passes in the mall include: International House of Answering Machines, The Jerky Hut, The Ear Piercery, Griddles 'N Such, Fancy Lingerie, and The Caramel Corn Warehouse.
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In Marge's daydream fantasy, one of the "bowling" trophies Jacques has on display at his apartment has a heart on it.
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At the mall, Homer parks his car in a spot marked "No Parking" and "Do Not Park Here".
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The credits are short (no chalkboard or couch gag) because, according to the DVD commentary, the episode ran long due to Albert Brooks' ad-libs.
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