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Please Homer Don't Hammer 'em 

Marge begins her own carpentry business, but Homer becomes the face of the business because nobody will take a female carpenter seriously. And Bart uses Principal Skinner's peanut allergy to his advantage.


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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Persian CD Salesman / Wiseguy / NASCAR Announcer / Superintendent Chalmers / Prof. Frink / Carl / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Clara Peller / Lindsey Naegle (voice)
Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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Marge begins her own carpentry business, but Homer becomes the face of the business because nobody will take a female carpenter seriously. And Bart uses Principal Skinner's peanut allergy to his advantage.

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24 September 2006 (USA)  »

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The title is a reference to the M.C. Hammer album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em. See more »


A major plot point of this episode turns out to be Bart's allergy to shrimp, however, he has been seen eating shrimp before. See more »


References Remington Steele (1982) See more »


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Marge Gets Mad At Homer For HER OWN IDEA!
25 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Marge gets into carpentry, but no one wants to hire a woman to do carpentry, so she gets Homer to be her frontman, as he is the cliché of what a carpenter is supposed to look like.

But when the frontman starts getting a bit too proud, Marge gets jealous, inexcusably jealous, as this had all been her idea! The show depicts a couple of persons who react to the notion of a woman doing carpentry.

"I thought I heard a woman measuring out here," one customer declares when he suddenly checks on Homer.

Homer asks Kent Brockman what would Kent do if he thought a woman built the gazebo. "I'd tear it to pieces and make it into a coffin for your manhood," Kent replies to Homer.

The show does depict two women picking at Marge in the hardware store. What it fails to show is that a female client could react just as clichéd toward a woman doing carpentry as male customers did.

Now it is common knowledge that a more energetic frontperson can and will sell an item better, nine times out of ten, than the one who works on the product behind the scenes.

But the funny thing was Marge was MARRIED to her frontman. All the income he received was going into her household as well! I believe it was an episode of LOVE BOAT that had an author on the show once and it was revealed his wife was really the successful writer, he was merely her frontman, as people would question a woman writing the material she was dishing out.

This is done for real, by the way, with a mystery author I don't particularly care for, P.D. James, as well as Harry Potter's authoress, J.K. Rowling, probably did her name the same way for the same reason.

As well as it was done on Murder She Wrote. Angela Lansbury's character called herself J.B. Fletcher, so it wouldn't be so obvious that it was a woman writing murder mystery novels.

But then Murder She Wrote shows that this sexual discrimination can go both ways, with an episode that starred Sally Struthers, Julie Adams, Jason Beghe, James Olsen and Ruta Lee, among others, when there is a murder involving an exercise spa.

The young man running the spa must maintain he is single and keep his marriage secret, as women won't flock to his sessions if they knew he was married (which is what happened in the episode anyway).

So Marge gets mad because Homer is a better front man for carpentry than she is. Homer gets a job rebuilding a roller coaster, the Zoominator, and what does Marge do? She pulls out.

Once again, as the show has done since the start, Marge (and LIsa) are sold way short in characterization, to maintain their intelligence over the much more popular cartoon characters of Homer and Bart.

Now had this been Homer, what would he have done if he was jealous of Marge working on the roller coaster? SABOTAGE, BABY! SABOTAGE! Because Homer is a better, fleshed-out, flawed character.

Thankfully, television has offered better structured, imperfect women (since feminism, that is) such as Peggy Hill on "King of the Hill", Lois on "Malcolm In The Middle" and Debra on "Everybody Loves Raymond" who don't have to disapprove and blame their husbands, unless if they do, then that blaming someone else is shown as her own imperfection and not because she does know better.

Shame the Simpsons never managed to do this successfully.

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