The Simpsons Forever
The Simpsons Forever
Episode 9 Season 1 7G11 March 18, 1990
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Episode Summary
For her 34th birthday, Homer presents Marge with a bowling ball with his name engraved on it and drilled to fit his fingers. Feeling unloved and uncared for, Marge takes up bowling so that Homer cannot use her gift. At Barney's Bowl-A-Rama, Marge takes lessons from the local pro and womanizer, Jacques, who shows her the attention she never receives from Homer. Marge bowls every night, leaving Homer alone with the kids, and begins to enjoy Jacques company.

Homer suspects something is ot right, but is unable to tell Marge how he feels. Jacques asks Marge to meet him at his apartment, and she accepts. Before walking out the door for work, Homer tries to tell Marge how much he appreciates and needs her, but cannot find the right words.

On her way to Jacques' apartment, Marge has second thoughts. She encounters a fork in the road. One path leads to Jacques, the other to the nuclear power plant where Homer works. Marge takes the road to the plant. An overjoyed Homer lifts his wife into his arms, and leaves to make love to Marge in his car.
Chalkboard Gag
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Couch Gag
There was no couch gag for this episode.
  • Marge's birthday gifts are a Birthday Breakfast in Bed, French Perfume (From Bart $4.00+tax), Handmade Card I Love You Mom by Lisa (From Lisa, Dried Macaroni and Spray Paint) and a Bowling Ball (From Homer)
  • The Springfield Mall features stores such as International House of Answering Machines, The Jerky Hut, The Ear Piercery, The Carmel Corn Warehouse, and Girdles N' Such Fancy Lingerie
  • Previous gifts to Marge from Homer included a tackle box and a Connie Chung calendar
  • Marge's Birthday Dinner is at The Singing Sirloin Home of Ballads & Salads
  • Marge bowls at Barney's Bowl-A-Rama which has signs that read Beginners Welcome, League Sign-Ups Now!!, You Can't Bowl Without a Lane and You Can't Wear Street Shoes on the Lane
  • Marge's shoe size is 13AA
  • Marge bowls on lanes 9, 10 and 11
  • Jacques uses a Brunswick bowling ball with his name on it
  • Jacques charges $25 for lessons (a $40 value)
  • Homer orders pizza while Jacques orders 4 onion rings
  • Jacques gives Marge a bowling glove with her name stitched on it which cost $17.50
  • Wednesday is Hoagie Night in the Simpson's household
  • Jacques has brunch with Marge at Shorty's Coffee Shop
  • Jacques lives at the Fiesta Terrace For Single Living Apartments
  • Marge drives past the grave stones of John Smith and Mary Smith
  • At a fork in the road there is a sign to either go to Springfield Nuclear Power Plant or Fiesta Terrace
Notable Characters in This Episode
Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Bart Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Maggie Simpson
Patty Bouvier
Selma Bouvier
Helen Lovejoy
Mr. Burns
Waylon Smithers
Bowl-A-Rama Clerk
Mr. Winfield
Silvia Winfield
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Guest Stars
Albert Brooks Jacques Albert Brooks
as Jacques
In this Episode
SongMaggie's Lullaby
DreamDance of the Bowlers
John Swartzwelder
David Silverman
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Executive Producer(s)
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening created by
Sam Simon
Starring Cast
Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Harry Shearer
Maggie Roswell
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