The Simpsons: Season 16, Episode 10

There's Something About Marrying (20 Feb. 2005)

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To gain new tourism dollars after a nationwide "Worst City" news report, Springfield legalizes gay marriage. Homer flips on the issue and sees money can be made marrying gay couples when ... See full summary »



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To gain new tourism dollars after a nationwide "Worst City" news report, Springfield legalizes gay marriage. Homer flips on the issue and sees money can be made marrying gay couples when Reverend Lovejoy refuses to do so. Come to find out, a family member is gay and wants Homer to perform the marriage. Written by Anonymous

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Patty: I need a favor.
Homer Simpson: Hang on, I'll get my belt sander and try to grind the ugly off your face!
Patty: Ha, ha, ha, very funny.
Homer Simpson: I wasn't joking!
[pulls out a belt sander and turns it on]
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Springfield legalises gay marriage...and ruins a legendary character
1 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Springfield is voted "worst city" and in attempt to give the press something else to report decide to legalise gay marriage.

What this leads up to is a string of cartoon gay scenes, and an unnecessary attack on one of my favourite characters, Patty Bouvier.

I'm not against gay couples but I do find it oddly unpleasant and embarrassing to watch, especially on a series as famous as this one.

My next complaint is how Patty is turned into a lesbian for the episode. She was highly effective as a supporting character and at her best making acid remarks to Homer: Homer: when that baby is born, he's going to see a man with a good job Patty: Yeah the doctor (laughs to herself) Here she is brought the forefront and the writers attempt to flesh her out. This has disastrous consequences. Suddenly, and believe me when I say this, regardless of your outlook on homosexuals, she will lose practically all of her impact.

Also the ending is very weak and unbelievable.

There is one funny aspect to it however, Homers quest to become a priest and make a fortune off of marrying gay couples. As this is the only funny aspect of the episode I will not ruin any of the jokes.

My advice about this episode is this, if you have to watch EVERY episode of The Simpsons then by all means watch this (or better yet watch it directly after "The Substitute" or "Bart the Daredevil" to realise The Simpsons fall from grace (although other recent episodes have been entertaining, they are more cheap, "everythings a joke" comedies than cleverly realised satire) My advice if this is casual entertainment to you, AVOID, you'll ruin one of the funniest characters in the series.

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