A misunderstanding leads to Marge being imprisoned for shoplifting. In her absence, the family, and eventually, the town itself, descend into chaos.

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Homer Simpson / I Can't Believe They Invented It Announcer / Man Driving Car / Arnie Pie / Antibody #1 / Antibody #2 / Mayor Quimby / Man in Crowd / Al Bundy / Grampa / Policeman / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Droopy-Voiced Man / Man Asking for Marshmallow Squares / Ranger's Assistant / Man in Crowd #2 / Barney Gumble (voice)
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Dr. Nick Riviera / Japanese Worker #1 / Chief Wiggum / Virus / Emergency Announcement Voice / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Professor Frink / Snake / Lou / Man Underneath Rug (voice)
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Man in Pool / Doggy Doorman / Japanese Worker #2 / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Otto / Scratchy / Steel Drum Player / Mr. Burns / Dr. Hibbert / Ned Flanders / Sanjay / Judge Snyder / Bailiff / Prison Warden / Ranger / Man in Crowd #1 (voice)
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Rod Flanders / Tattoo Annie / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
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Peggy Bundy / Phillips (voice)
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Woman in Crowd / Maude Flanders / Miss Hoover / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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A misunderstanding leads to Marge being imprisoned for shoplifting. In her absence, the family, and eventually, the town itself, descend into chaos.

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Marge is accused of shop lifting and hires Lionel Hutz, played by Phil Hartman, as her attorney. In the middle of the trial, Lionel gets an urge for whisky, so he calls his AA sponsor, 'David Crosby' of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. When 'David Crosby' answers the phone he is looking at the CSNY emblem on an album, which Phil Hartman designed himself in the late-'70s. See more »

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Ned shows Marge a badge with his name on it. On his shirt, however, in the next scene it is gone. See more »

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[while Marge is in prison]
Milhouse Van Houten: [opens his lunchbox] All right, baloney and cheese! What'd you get, Bart?
Bart Simpson: Pack of sugar and peanut butter smeared on a playing card.
Nelson Muntz: Ha-ha! Your mom's a jailbird!
Bart Simpson: So's yours.
Nelson Muntz: Oh, yeah... let's play!
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References Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Marge the Criminal!
10 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons. It's a really good episode that asks the question of what would happen if Marge would leave her family for an extended amount of time? Well, prison gave us all an answer. One word: Chaos! But this was a solid episode and further undermines the stupidity of the lawyer Lionel Hutz, and the corruption of Mayor Quimby and Chief Wiggum.

In this episode, "Marge in Chains," Marge is caught shoplifting and is sentenced to 30 days in prison. In her absence, the family goes haywire as the cooking and cleaning becomes atrocious. Meanwhile, Springfield notices her absence at a bake sale when her prized treats are not there due to her being in jail.

Overall, this is a very solid episode. It's pretty nice to see Marge the one being tried by the criminal system instead of Homer. That was interesting to watch. Also, David Crosby has a good cameo. I rate this episode 9/10.


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