February 24, 2024

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Simpsons Did It!: “Homer’s Night Out”


Well, it sure didn’t take long for Marge and Homer’s marriage to have major problems again.  This time, of course, it’s Homer’s fault.

Watching “Homer’s Night Out” so soon after “Life on the Fast Lane,” the thing that struck me most was Marge initially seems hypocritical to toss Homer out after Bart snaps a photograph of his father dancing with a belly dancer during a bachelor party.  Homer isn’t innocent here.  He stuffs a dollar down the woman’s g-string, but he was dancing with her in the first place after he got pushed up onto the table with her, and Homer has never been known for his impulse control.  He also lied to Marge about where he was going, plus the antics of him and his co-workers were making the groom and his father miserable since that wasn’t the sort of party they were looking to have (where’d they find those two guys anyway?).

So, is Homer innocent?  Of course not.

Was he even dreaming of doing more with the dancer than he did?  Not that we can see.  He didn’t follow her home, meet her a second time, have a serious of clandestine meetings and even a brunch…you know, like Marge did with Jacques.

So, why would Marge toss Homer out?  Homer’s even oblivious as to why he’s suddenly so famous in town, despite Apu having the very photo that everyone has seen taped up behind him when Homer visits the Kwik-E-Mart.

My initial thought was Marge was applying something of a double-standard…but then halfway through the show, she says why she’s really upset.  It isn’t the dancing with the exotic dancer, Princess Kashmir, but rather treating a woman as an object and setting a bad example for Bart.

Of course, Marge still could have been applying a double-standard.  Continuity is not a strongpoint of this show.

As such, Homer has to find Princess Kashmir, apologize, and let Bart see she’s a real human being with feelings and everything.

As such, Homer drags Bart to every sleazy possible place that objectifies women in town.  Springfield has an awful lot of them for such a small town.

Now, obviously, Homer succeeds.  He makes a speech about respecting women, one of those early Simpsons speeches that somehow touches a whole crowd and makes them at least temporarily better people.  He and Marge reconcile.  Bart learns a lesson.

And no one seems to notice Homer and Marge apparently left Lisa and Maggie home alone during the last scene.  Oh well.