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The War of the Simpsons 

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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2d animation | giant fish | See All (2) »


Animation | Comedy


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2 May 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mark Kirkland was raised in New York City in an environment similar to the one where the marriage retreat was held. He therefore enjoyed drawing and overseeing the scenery for the episode, and the bait shop was based on the bait shops he visited when he grew up. See more »


At the gathering in the beginning of this episode, Homer eventually gets drunk to the point of dancing on the couch with a lampshade on his head and saying "I'm the funniest guy in the world!" Reverend Lovejoy is sitting on the couch when Homer falls over and has his drink spilled on him. In the next shot where Marge looks irritated, Reverend Lovejoy is also in the background (somewhere besides sitting on the couch) looking shocked. See more »


[reaching the end of her list of Homer's flaws]
Marge: He drinks out of the carton. He never changes the baby. When he goes to sleep, he makes chewing noises. When he wakes up, he makes honking noises. Oh, oh, and he scratches himself with his keys. I guess that's it... Oh, no, wait. He kicks me in his sleep and his toenails are too long, and yellow.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »


The Look of Love
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
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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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