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Life on the Fast Lane 

Marge contemplates an affair with a handsome bowling instructor.


David Silverman


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Singing Waiters / Bowling Receptionist / Man #2 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny Leonard / Mall Security Guard / First Man / Singing Waiters (voice)
Albert Brooks ... Jacques (voice) (as A. Brooks)
Maggie Roswell ... Helen Lovejoy / Singing Waiters (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Vélez Humberto Vélez ... Homero Simpson (Spanish)


It's Marge's birthday and Homer has to get her a birthday present. Instead of getting a present for Marge, he buys a bowling ball for himself with his name printed on it. Marge is mad that he didn't get her a present and she says she will use it. The following day, she goes to the bowling alley but she doesn't know how to use it. A handsome bowling instructor meets Marge and teaches her how to bowl, but he's really trying to get her to fall in love with him. Marge keeps going to the bowling alley each day to learn and has a deep connection with him. She realizes that she's hanging out with the wrong man and goes to her husband instead. Written by kevindklenke

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bowling | birthday | 2d animation | See All (3) »


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

18 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un Momento De Decision See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marge's laugh during her bowling lesson was an ad-libbed, natural laugh by Julie Kavner, who was laughing at something Albert Brooks had just said. See more »


When Marge sees Jacques' bowling ball, it says "Brunswick." Later his ball says "Jaques." (spelt incorrectly). See more »


Jacques: [looking in the mirror] To the most beautiful moment in life. Better than the deed. Better than the memory. The moment of anticipation.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) See more »


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Not Too Shabby!
8 November 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The ninth episode in the Simpson's first season is another good one, even though I feel like it lacks in depth and characterization compared to the last two episodes. I felt like it didn't have the best jokes either, but I felt the newly-formed romance by Marge and Homer's reaction to be quite intriguing.

This episode, "Life in the Fast Lane", is about Marge who contemplates an affair with a French bowling instructor after she feels neglected by Homer since he forgot her birthday and hastily gave her a bowling ball much to her dismay.

Overall, this is a decent episode that is worth watching. It's nice to see how Marge got her first episode being the center of attention. I liked the reference to Officer and a Gentleman. Also there are some funny moments such as when Lisa and Bart discuss the stages of marriage failure. Not a bad episode, but it's a little step down than the previous two. I rate this episode 8/10.

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