The Simpsons: Season 15, Episode 20

The Way We Weren't (9 May 2004)

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Marge and Homer find out that they actually kissed each other at age 10 without knowing they were each other's first kisses, and tell the story about this.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Lenny (voice)
Cookie Kwan (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Others (voice)


Homer tells the children of his first love at school,a girl who actually turned out to be Marge but whom he failed to recognize because she had burnt her blue hair brown ironing it. Marge takes up the story,explaining that they were to meet for a second date but Homer failed to show. Homer explains it was because he accidentally ended up in Fat Camp and could not escape in time. However each has kept the half of the heart-shaped love token they exchanged as proof of that first meeting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Homer Simpson: Ew, I kissed that sad, weird kid!
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Perfect !

This is great as drama, as comedy or as seeing all the characters of The Simpsons' world like Disney's Babies. I was amazed by endless good details. Like the dreamy sequence of how the 2 leads felt about their first kiss which was so enjoyable and truthful. Melhouse's punchline that ends a scene is another. But still the smartest one at all is the moment when we know that Homer kept his half of the stony heart for all of these years. In fact, the romantic sense was surprisingly overwhelming. I felt really touched in what seemed firstly as another round of The Simpsons' hilarity. One of the highest characteristics about this show is the freedom of the writing team to do whatever they want, unlike the rest of any "live" show which must look lower in comparison. So how about so talented writing as well. Here, this kind of writing was the real lead of it. Ladies and gentlemen; very few times when I said "perfect" about a work of art. This one earns it well, with every second of it. It is not only one of the Simpsons' best pieces; it is one of the best 20 minutes I have ever lived. I hope that this comment can express my love towards it.

..And they were telling me that after season 9 nothing is good ?? Huh !

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