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 »


Bart Simpson: Alan Moore! You wrote my favorite Radioactive Man comics.
Alan Moore: Oh, really? You liked how I made your favorite superhero a heroin-addicted jazz critic who's not radioactive?
Bart Simpson: I don't read the words, I just like it when he punches people.
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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I genuinely disliked this episode.
18 November 2007 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Simpsons fan, but this....what was this? You could hardly call this an episode. It was a short A story with a jumbled B story and a pointless C story.

The episode starts off with Bart and Milhouse going to a new comic book store owned by cool guy Milo (voiced by Jack Black). The episode lingers on this plot for the first act, then switches for no reason, never resolving anything, or giving Jack Black any more time in the episode. It then switches to Marge buying the comic book shop and turning it into a gym for women, which is only a plot setup for Homer getting plastic surgery from the doctor, introduced season 14, who looks and sounds exactly like Dr. Nick. This episode needed two plot setups just to get to Homer's plastic surgery? Seems like the Comic Book Plot could've been a separate episode instead of being jumbled in this mess. With that said, there were some good jokes and funny gags, but nothing that really had me laughing.

Overall, this was a waste of talent on Jack Black's part and a poorly put together episode.

My rating: * 1/2 out of ****. 22 mins. TVPGDSV

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