The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 20

The War of the Simpsons (2 May 1991)

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Homer must decide which is more important: completing counseling to save his marriage or skipping out to catch a legendary catfish. Meanwhile, at home, Bart and Lisa take advantage of Grampa's ignorance of the house rules.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Imaginary Party Guest #3 / Grampa Simpson / John (voice)
Marge Simpson / Gloria (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Ned Flanders / Dr. Hibbert / Reverend Lovejoy / McBain / Otto / Bait Shop Customer (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Marge's Friend / Imaginary Party Guest #1 / Bait Shop Owner / Chief in McBain Movie / Snake (voice)
Maude Flanders / Imaginary Party Guest #2 / Helen Lovejoy (voice)


After Homer makes a fool of himself at a party, he and Marge go to a mountain retreat to help their marriage. While there, Homer tries to catch a giant catfish named General Sherman. Bart and Lisa throw a wild party when Grandpa is babysitting them. Written by Anonymous

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First appearance of Snake Jailbird. See more »


Moe enters through the Simpsons' front door just after the Flanders, and stands with Homer while Ned talks about tending bar. The front door is still open. In the next shot, the door is closed and Moe has disappeared while Homer walks towards Ned. See more »


[a la "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"]
Gloria S.: Johnny-boy hasn't been able to cut it, man-wise, for some time, not that I'd want stench of gin and sour defeat pressed against me.
John S.: That's enough, Gloria!
Reverend Lovejoy: John, why don't you speak?
John S.: She never cooks, she doesn't keep a clean house, she
John S.: smokes and she drinks and she talks profanely! She's the queen of the harpies!
Gloria S.: No, I'm not.
John S.: [shouts] Queen of the harpies!
Gloria S.: No, I'm not!
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References The War of the Roses (1989) See more »


Over There
by George M. Cohan
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Solid Episode!
2 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The twentieth episode in the second season of the Simpsons is a fairly good one that has some amusing moments. It's another one of those episodes where the marriage of Homer and Marge seems to be in disarray and we seem to be getting many of these episodes in the first two seasons. But nonetheless, this was a solid and funny episode.

In this episode, "The War of the Simpsons," Homer embarrasses Marge at a party so they head off to a mountain retreat with Reverend Lovejoy for couples counseling. Much to the anger of Marge, Homer decides to go fishing to capture the legendary General Sherman. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa throws a huge party while under the care of Grampa.

Overall, this is a solid episode. I loved the interaction between Homer and the fish, Sherman. Definitely the best part of this episode. I rate this episode 9/10.

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