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A Streetcar Named Marge 

Marge stars in a musical adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, but is angry with Homer's lack of interest; Maggie squares off with her strict new daycare owner.

Director:

Rich Moore

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Auditioning Woman #2 / Auditioning Woman #3 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Apu (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Boswell / Ned Flanders / Otto (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Auditioning Woman #1 / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Lona Williams Lona Williams ... Debra Jo Smallwood (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Lionel Hutz / Troy McClure (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Llewellyn Sinclair / Ms. Sinclair (voice)
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Storyline

After blowing up in Homer's face, Marge is cast as the lead in a musical production with Ned Flanders as her love interest, but the more she plays the part, the madder she gets at Homer; Maggie attempts to retrieve her pacifier from the nanny. Written by AT&T U-Verse

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mrs. Sinclair is reading "The Fountainhead Diet," a reference to Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. A poster in the daycare center reads "A is A," which is the title of the last section of Atlas Shrugged. Another poster, "Helping is Futile," crudely reflects her rejection of altruism. See more »

Goofs

In response to Marge staying in character as Blanche DuBois in order to rehearse, Bart also "goes into character" by adopting a Cockney (East London) accent and vocabulary. But "gulliver" which Bart uses for "head" is not authentic Cockney (the correct word is "loaf") but Nadsat, the fictional argot invented by Anthony Burgess for his novel "A Clockwork Orange". This probably shows Bart's ignorance of the culture he's trying to ape. See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: [after breaking the ring of his pudding can] Oh no! My pudding is trapped forever.
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
(uncredited)
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A Theatrical Marge!
1 January 2015 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the second episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons and like many Season Four episodes, this is a landmark episode which explores the relationship behind the marriage of Homer and Marge. It was interesting to see Marge act in a play and even sing. I also loved the cultural references, mainly regarding Steve McQueen's The Great Escape and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The episode is funny, but it also has some emotional moments which is a testament to the superb writing.

In this episode, "A Streetcar Named Marge," Marge decides to act in a play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" in order to meet people and that has Ned Flanders in the starring role as Stanley. Marge gets increasingly angry at Homer's selfish attitude during preproduction. Meanwhile, Marge enlists Maggie at a local daycare center and when her pacifier is taken, Maggie creates a plan in order to get them back.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode. It has its fair share of humor and cultural references, but I never knew the episode would get emotional at certain points. It is certainly more layered than I anticipated. I rate this episode 9/10.


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