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Love Is a Many Strangled Thing 

The tables are turned for Homer and Bart after a therapist cures Homer of his violent tendencies toward the boy.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl Carlson / Moe Szyslak / Wine Snob / Jerold / Wiseguy / Chief Wiggum / High-End Cater (voice)
Himself (voice)
Dr. Zander (voice)
Various Voices (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Jimbo Jones (voice)
Girl In Beauty Movie / Various (voice)


When Homer inadvertently humiliates Bart in front of a stadium crowd, Marge encourages Homer to enroll in a fathering enrichment class taught by therapist Dr. Zander. Shocked to learn that Homer often strangles Bart for mischievous behavior, Dr. Zander conducts a series of treatments with the help of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to teach Homer what it feels like to be young and small. But when Bart learns that the therapy sessions have transformed Homer into a pushover, he takes advantage of Homer and becomes a school bully. Hoping therapy could also cure Bart of his bullying habits, Marge enlists Dr. Zander's help to patch their relationship. Written by Fox Publicity

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Animation | Comedy





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27 March 2011 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


UK communications regulator, Ofcom, upheld complaints made about Channel 4 airing this episode before the 21.00 watershed as it feature scene involving a trust exercise in which Homer was shown standing on the branch of a tree with a noose around his neck. See more »


Marge Simpson: You've destroyed our son's self-esteem.
Homer Simpson: Well, it was your idea to give him self-esteem in the first place.
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References The Great Santini (1979) See more »


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Terrific episode with Paul Rudd and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Great Guest Roles,
19 April 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Love Is A Many Strangled Thing is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes.This is without a doubt one of the best of the twenty second season,I loved the drama between Homer and Bart in this,it is very funny and we've never seen them in this position on the show previously.I loved Paul Rudd's character,he was without a doubt one of the episodes highlights,I also liked Kareem Abdul- Jabbar's appearance as himself and seeing him treat Homer the same way he treats Bart was hilarious.Love is a Many Strangled Thing is a stellar episode.

After embarrassing Bart at a baseball game,Homer is forced by Marge to take a parenting class.It works but Homer starts to become scared of Bart and Homer lets him do anything around him without punishment.

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