Brake My Wife, Please

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"Brake My Wife, Please"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 311
Prod. code EABF15
Orig. airdate May 11, 2003
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by Tim Long
Directed by Pete Michels
Couch gag The couch is replaced with a cardboard cutout novelty backdrop. The family sticks their heads in the holes as a photographer snaps their picture.
Guest star(s) Steve Buscemi as himself
Jackson Browne as himself
Jane Kaczmarek as Judge Constance Harm
DVD
commentary
Al Jean
Tim Long
Matt Selman
John Frink
Michael Price
Pete Michels

"Brake My Wife, Please" is the twentieth episode of the fourteenth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on May 11, 2003.

Plot[edit]

On a school field trip to the Springfield Aquarium, Bart climbs into a tank and moons everybody underwater. As he tries to get out of the water, he is grabbed by an octopus, punched in the stomach by a tortoise and hit on the head by a hammerhead shark. As Bart's wounds are being treated at hospital, Marge realizes that Homer has their insurance card, and unsuccessfully calls around looking for him. He finally shows up at the hospital, explaining he got sidetracked by the TV previews at the video store. Marge insists that he get a cell phone, so that they can contact him whenever they need him. Lindsey Naegle walks into the hospital room hawking cell phones, and sells Homer one with a Mexican Hat dance ringtone.

The next day, Homer, taking advice from Barney, goes to buy a hands-free headset, and is tricked by the clerk into buying additional accessories that can be plugged into the car's cigarette lighter socket, including a DVD player, a snowcone maker, fog machine, record player, deep-fryer, and a Lite-Brite with Homer's face on it. Homer drives around using his new toys without paying attention to the road, until he realises he is on a pier headed straight for the ocean.

After his car is pulled out by the "Navy rejects," (the Coast Guard), Judge Constance Harm cancels Homer's driving license. Homer can no longer drive anywhere, which means that Marge has to do all the driving. While walking to Moe's Tavern Homer envies the people driving past. However,when he reaches Moe's he realizes that he feels great at having walked all the way and decides to keep going.

As Homer begins to enjoy walking, Marge begins finding her duty of driving everyone places increasingly stressful. One day as Homer walks with other Springfieldians, Marge accidentally runs him over with her car.

Later, as Homer recuperates from the accident, Hibbert tells Marge that Homer's crushed pelvis means that he is now utterly dependent on her. Later, Homer hobbles out with a cane, claiming he feels fine, much to Marge's annoyance, since she has to drive. She "accidentally on purpose" kicks out his cane, making him fall. Homer begins to suspect that Marge is trying to hurt him. They go to see a marriage counselor, and Marge sadly leaves when Homer fails to list Marge as one of the people who are most important to him (his list basically contains variations of his name). The counselor advises Homer to perform one completely unselfish gesture to win Marge back. He suggests a romantic dinner. So Homer decides to do one better and invites all the people of Springfield for a backyard barbecue in Marge's honor.

Marge, returning in a foul mood after driving, walks to the backyard and is welcomed by everyone. Jackson Browne sings a duet with Homer, praising Marge. After the barbecue, Marge tells Homer that she loves him. Homer and the other guests toast her.

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