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The Wreck of the Relationship 

Homer and Bart turn to the open seas to improve their relationship, and Marge becomes a trash talking victim after she drafts Homer's fantasy football team.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Itchy (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Trailer Announcer / Cletus / Bumblebee Man / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Apu / Sea Captain (voice)
Captain Bowditch (voice)
Gitmo Spuckler / Dolph / Mrs. Demarius (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)
Marc Wilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


When Bart refuses to eat his broccoli a stand-off results between him and Homer so Marge decides the only way to reconcile them is to get them on board the Relation Ship, a windjammer whose captain offers therapy. When the ship is caught in a storm Bart takes over ad saves everybody on board, winning Homer's respect - though to even things up he eats his broccoli. Marge meanwhile takes over her husband's online Fantasy Football and ends up beating the men at their own game. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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5 October 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is Nick Offerman's first Simpsons guest appearance. See more »


Homer is tempted to walk away from the broccoli standoff for a fantasy football draft. Instead of giving in, he asks Marge to draft his team for him. But earlier in the episode, he threw out a computer connected to Wi-Fi that he could've used. Even if it was rendered unusable by throwing it out the window, he could've used the smartphone he had at the table. Marge shows that she can access the site through either an app or a mobile site when she starts receiving trash talk in church on her smartphone. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?
Performed by Nick Offerman (as "Who Wants to Sing about Their Feelings?")
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Touches on Homer and Bart's Relationship in a Fun and New Way,
14 November 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Wreck of Relationship is a fantastic Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes.Its another episode that revolves around Homer and Bart having to work together and really putting their relationship to the test,but it was actually a really original way of doing it,we never saw Homer trying to get Bart to obey his command like this before and also the Relation-Ship was very funny and featured characters such as Ned Flanders and Cletus with their kids as well.I really enjoyed Nick Offerman's guest voice as Captain Bowditch,who was a very funny character,and I prefer when they get a celebrity to do a guest role of an actual character on a television series instead of just playing themselves,it's a more original way of bringing them in to the show instead of getting a famous person in saying,"hey I'm Nick Offerman",it is simply much more fun to get them to play a character who has an important role in the episode and suits the actor's voice.Funny and also includes an enjoyable side story,the Wreck of the Relationship is a great Simpsons episode.

Marge sends Homer and Bart on a sea course to improve their relationship after Homer is frustrated with his sons refusal to obey his orders.

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