The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 12

The Way We Was (31 Jan. 1991)

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Homer and Marge tell the story of how they met and fell in love in high school.



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Episode cast overview:
Bart Simpson / 'Right on, sister!' (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
McBain / Roger Ebert / Dr. Hibbert / Principal Dondelinger / Guidance Counsellor McIntyre / Clancy Bouvier / Coach Flanagan (voice)
Chief / Teacher / Wiseguy / Waiter (voice)
Kim / Mrs. Bloominstein (voice)
Estelle / Others (voice)
Artie Ziff / Mr. Seckofsky (voice)


Marge and Homer tell the children how they first met - as high school students in 1974. Homer tried to impress Marge by pretending to be a French student to take her to the prom but she chose Artie Zif as her escort instead. However after Artie has made a nuisance of himself Marge rejects him and returns to the man she will marry. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The first episode to feature a prolonged flashback. See more »


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Flashback For the Ages!
13 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The twelfth episode in the second season of the Simpsons seems to be a very special episode. This episode is special because it tells us about the past of the Simpsons and who Marge and Homer were in their early days. This is a funny story, but it's also sensitive. The film gives a "what if" statement and we see what could have happened if these two did not meet.

This episode, "The Way We Was," has Homer and Marge telling their children the story of how they met and fell in love with each other during high school.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode because it's in mainly flashback mode. It's a good story in terms of character development and a very interesting tale. It's funny and sweet all at the same time. I rate this film 9/10.

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