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The Food Wife 

Homer is worried that he is no longer the cool parent after Marge, Bart, and Lisa become foodies.


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Sideshow Mel / Krusty / Swedish Chef (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Video Game Designer / Comic Book Guy / El Chemistri Chef / Meth Cook / Chief Wiggum / Cletus (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Hall G Guard / Ned Flanders / Rev. Lovejoy (voice)
Mario Batali ... Mario Batali (voice)
Anthony Bourdain ... Anthony Bourdain (voice)
Tim Heidecker ... Amus Bruse (Foodie) / Performer - 'Bloggin' a Food Blog' (voice)
Gordon Ramsay ... Himself (voice)
Eric Wareheim ... Fois Garth (Foodie) / Performer - 'Bloggin' a Food Blog' (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Ethiopian Waitress / Brandine (voice)


Marge takes Bart and Lisa on a weekend excursion, but when an unexpected restaurant detour in an Ethiopian neighborhood awakens their taste buds, fellow foodies Amuse Bruce and Fois Garth inspire them to start their own food blog, the Three Mouthketeers. They score an exclusive reservation at Springfield's premiere modern restaurant, but Marge has an unsettling dream during which Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and Mario Batali lead her to reconsider extending the invite to Homer. Later, Marge directs Homer to a different type of cooking lab, where he gets into a bind with law enforcement authorities. Written by Fox Publicity

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Animation | Comedy


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English | French

Release Date:

13 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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[first lines]
Marge Simpson: And here's a marble for Lisa for cleaning her room. And a marble for Bart for not trashing Lisa's room. The jars are full! So, you've earned your Saturday Surprise Dad Day!
Lisa SimpsonBart Simpson: Yay!
Homer Simpson: This Saturday, from the dad who brought you cemetery paintball, and go-karts on real roads, comes the greatest activity yet...
Lisa SimpsonBart Simpson: Video game convention!
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References The Tree of Life (2011) See more »


Bloggin' A Food Blog
Music by Davin Wood
Lyrics by Matt Selman, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Performed by Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Carmen Carter
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Clever Fun, makes Great use of its Guest Stars,
9 July 2012 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

The Food Wife is a great Simpsons episode with a well written plot and plenty of very funny scenes. Ir is a very fun episode that takes a simple concept that could have been quite boring and spins it on its head, making it a ton of fun. Seeing Marge, Bart and Lisa become food critics was really enjoyable, particularly as we see Homer desperately trying to be a part of the bonding.

I did think that it could have had a more prominent ending, the whole thing comes to a conclusion very abruptly. It could have had a more heartfelt, effective end.

The episode made excellent use of its guest stars, featuring real life foodies Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay's role is particularly hilarious, featuring in a long, weird dream sequence. The highlight for me, however, had to be Adult Swim stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who were both hilarious in their roles, also having a very funny rap.

It's great fun and a highlight of the twenty third season, The Food Wife is a very enjoyable Simpsons.

After being intrigued by Indian food, Marge and the kids start a food blog together, leaving Homer to feel left out.

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