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"The Simpsons" The War of the Simpsons (TV Episode 1991) Poster

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First appearance of Snake Jailbird.
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An unsolicited script from a writer not working on the show - also about Homer and Marge going on a marriage retreat - caused legal problems at the time. To avoid any further problems from this coincidence, the writer was paid $3,000.
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Material cut from the episode's script included many couples who were supposed to be at the retreat instead of the Flanders family, such as Mr. Burns and his mail-order bride, and Mrs. Krabappel trying to reunite with her estranged husband Ken Krabappel. Reiss said the scene played out "horribly badly", and it appeared as if Mr. Burns's mail-order bride was a prostitute. The Ken Krabappel character was supposed to be based on Dean Martin, but somehow he ended up with a southern accent that made him sound like a hick. The whole scene was rewritten with help from James L. Brooks and it was completed after several hours. A scene in which Moe asked Dr. Hibbert to cure his discolored feces was also removed during the first reading of the script after a complaint by Brooks
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Recipe for Ned Flanders' planters punch: three shots of rum, a jigger of bourbon, and just a little dab-a-roo of creme de cassis for flavor.
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The family from Mr. Burns' picnic in The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home (1990) is seen again in church in front of Marge.
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Marge urges Homer to go easy on the "al-key-hol". The last time she used that term she was halfway in the bag herself, and performed similar embarrassing drunken revelry at Mr. Burns' picnic in The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home (1990).
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Gloria and John are voiced by Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta, making it a rare time where they voiced a couple other than Homer and Marge. Also, Julie's role of Gloria is one of the few times she has voiced a character other than Marge or one of the women of the Bouvier family.
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Mark Kirkland and his animation team were relatively new to animation when they began working on the show, and to make the animation in this episode the best they had ever done, they incorporated all the techniques they had learned during their first year into it.
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Mark Kirkland said that animating Homer drunk was a challenge for him as he had to analyze how people behave when they are intoxicated by alcohol. He said of the animation: "I shifted [Homer's] eyes open and close, they're not working in sync. And of course Homer can't keep his balance so that's why he's shifting back and forth."
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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.
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Gloria's hair was based on Mark Kirkland's assistant director Susie Dietter's hair.
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Matt Groening later expressed an objection to the ending, which sees General Sherman jumping out of the water and winking at the camera, believing it to be overly cartoony.
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Homer's false memory of the party the following day (in which he imagines himself as being erudite and witty instead of drunk) is a reference to the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers, critics, actors, and wits.
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When Homer comes into the church late, while looking for his chair, a character who strikes a resemblance to Adolf Hitler is seen.
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When Ned Flanders is making drinks at the Simpsons' party, much of the flashy ways he is seen preparing the cocktails is similar to Tom Cruise's bartending stunts in Cocktail (1988).
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The music in the scene where an infant Bart chases his teenage babysitter with the car is similar to the score from The Omen (1976).
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John and Gloria bear a strong resemblance to George and Martha from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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Homer's marathon attempt at catching General Sherman, his bludgeoning of the fish and the line "I love you but I have to kill you" are all based on Santiago's fight with the marlin in Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea".
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The picture of General Sherman in the service station is a reference to the famous hoax picture of the Loch Ness Monster.
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Homer sings "We Are the Champions" by Queen after he finally catches General Sherman, although he butchers the lyrics by singing "I Am the Champions", in which he fails to singularize the lyrics in order to describe only himself.
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The episode acquired a Nielsen rating of 11.6, and was the second highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired.
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Grampa sings "Over There", a popular song during the First World War, when getting out of the shower, possible evidence that he served in World War One. A more likely explanation is that being a veteran of World War Two, he was a kid during the years of the First World War, and had heard it then.
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