The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 22

Secrets of a Successful Marriage (19 May 1994)

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Homer begins teaching a class on how to have a successful marriage, but jeopardizes his own marriage by revealing secrets about himself and Marge.

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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak / Carl / Adult Class Principal / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Chief Wiggum (voice)
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Lenny / Ned Flanders / Man Chewing Tobacco / Pricipal Skinner / Otto / Smithers / Mr. Burns / Reverand Lovejoy (voice)
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Lionel Hutz (voice)
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Edna Krabappel (voice)
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Miss Hoover / Woman in Class / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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Homer is given the task of teaching an adult education class about relationships. He fails to woo the class until he starts talking about his and Marge's sex life. When Marge finds out, she orders him not to talk about their private life again. But then he invites his entire class to dinner. This is the final straw for Marge and she chucks him out of the house. He then moves in to Bart's tree house. After seeing the error of his ways he asks Marge for a second chance. She accepts and the two reconcile. Written by wodder-1 corrected by Brooks

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This episode marks the first appearance of Princess Kashmir since the season one episode Homer's Night Out, though she has no spoken lines here. See more »

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When Marge kicks Homer out, the front door handle is on the left, but when she opens it again later, it is on the right. See more »

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[Homer is teaching a university course on marriage]
Homer: I do have a story about two other young marrieds. Now, the wife of this couple had an interesting quirk in the bedroom. It seems she goes wild with desire if her husband nibbles on her elbow.
Mrs. Krabappel: We need names.
Homer: Well, er, let's just call them, uh, "Mr. X" and "Mrs. Y." So anyway, Mr. X would say, "Marge, if this doesn't get your motor running, my name isn't Homer J. Simpson."
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Without Us
by Jeff Barry and Tom Scott
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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S5: Continues the high standard even if some of the plots are silly
26 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In some ways it is hard to look back on the Simpsons for me since I have seen so many of the episodes so many times and often know some episodes inside out. That said it is to its credit that I still find it funny and still continue to find lots of little things that I may have missed (or been too young for) the first time around. This fifth season pretty much continues the very high standard of the previous season. The only slight difference that stood out for me was that a higher percentage of the plots than before seemed to be more fantastic in nature rather than grounded in a semi-real world. So Homer goes to space, Bart becomes famous, the family get an elephant, Bart becomes Burns' heir etc; I had no problem with any of these, but it felt stepped up a little bit and it stuck in my mind. Even the writers acknowledge this a little bit by having a joke about going along with the adventures knowing that all will be back to normal the following week.

Outside of this though it is business as normal. Each episode is quite brilliant – delivering a story but packing it full of sight-jokes, great dialogue and tones of cultural references, the vast majority of which are smartly done. There were a couple of times this season again when I had to Google to get the full context of some of the references. The animation is consistent and the supporting characters continue to be well used whether it is to drive a specific plot or just little asides which are both funny but also build up the understanding of who the character is. This ensemble feel is well done and adds a lot of value to the show.

This fifth season may have seen a few more plots which stretch the Simpsons universe, but they all work and are very funny, so this really doesn't matter at all. Very strong season – consistently clever and funny.


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