The Simpsons: Season 19, Episode 7

Husbands and Knives (18 Nov. 2007)

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When Marge becomes a successful businesswoman, Homer becomes worried that she will dump him for a trophy husband. Therefore, he decides to have plastic surgery to make himself look like a hunk.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Comic Book Guy / Jock #1 / Plastic Surgeon (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (credit only)
Milo (voice)
Daniel Clowes (voice) (as Dan Clowes)
Jock #2 (voice)
Alan Moore ...
Alan Moore (voice)
Art Spiegelman ...
Art Spiegelman (voice)
Sang Am Lee ...
Korean Singer (voice)
Tintin / Dolph / L.A. Body Works Woman / Bernice Hibbert / Agnes Skinner / Asian Woman / Opal / Lindsay Naegle / Businesswoman (voice)
Strawberry (voice)


A new comic store opens in Springfield, which drives The Android's Dungeon out of business. Marge uses the space to open a gym for regular women, Shapes. Shapes becomes a runaway success. When Homer accompanies Marge on a business trip, he meets a group of handsome, muscled men. These men insist that Homer get into shape, because otherwise Marge will leave him. In hopes of making quick changes to his physique, Homer turns to a plastic surgeon. Written by Ken Miller <>

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The scene showing people in the gym dancing on treadmills is a spoof of the music video for the song "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go. (The song also plays during the scene.) See more »


Homer Simpson: Hors d'ouvres, big fancy desserts, and my wife's paying for it all. Now I know why pimps are always so happy.
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References V for Vendetta (2005) See more »


The Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa
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2 July 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Husbands and Knives is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and plenty of very funny scenes.I really enjoyed Jack Black guest starring as an owner of a new comic book store that becomes competition for the Androids Dungeon.I thought that the rival comic book store was really fun,but later on the episode starts focusing on Marge starting a gym franchise and there is no more mention of the comic book store storyline,I thought this was a lot more interesting than the gym storyline and wished it stayed as the main subject of the episode.The episode has several references to comic books in the first half,including characters such as Wolverine and Tintin,which I found to be the highlights of the episode,each reference was very funny,my personal favourite being Alan Moore's cameo.Husbands and Knives is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

When Bart and Milhouse get sick of the way Comic Book Guy treats everyone who comes to the store they start going to a new one across the street owned by a guy called Milo (Jack Black).Meanwhile Marge starts to feel uncomfortable about her weight so she starts to go to the gym,but it turns out not be the place for her so she opens up a womens only gym called Shapes.The success of the gym creates problems for Homer and Marge's marriage.

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