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



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Bald Critic / Barney Gumble / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
McBain / Fat Critic / Dr. Hibbert / Principal Dondelinger / Guidance Counsellor McIntyre / Clancy Bouvier / Coach Flanagan (voice)
Police Captain / 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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Animation | Comedy


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31 January 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first appearances of Ranier Wolfcastle (McBain), Artie Ziff, Principal Harland Dondelinger, Marge's father, Clancy Bouvier, and Mr. Seckofsky. See more »


During the flashback (which is set in 1974), the Van McCoy song "The Hustle" is played. That song was released in 1975. See more »


Marge Simpson: [Marge leaves the dance room and sees Homer sitting on the stairs crying heavily. She walks up to him] Homer?
Homer: [He sniffles and looks up at her] What?
Marge Simpson: [She sits down beside him] Why are you doing this? Why can't you accept that I'm here with someone else?
Homer: [Sniffles; his voice breaks as he talks] Because I'm... sure we were meant to be together. Usually when I have a thought, there's a lot of *other* thoughts in there... some things says, yes, some things says, no... But this time, there's only yes!
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References The Way We Were (1973) See more »


Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
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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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