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Husbands and Knives 

When Marge becomes a successful businesswoman, Homer becomes worried that she will dump him for a trophy husband. Therefore, he decides to have plastic surgery to make himself look like a hunk.


Nancy Kruse


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Sideshow Mel / Krusty / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Kearney (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Comic Book Guy / Jock #1 / Plastic Surgeon (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Additional Voices (voice) (credit only)
Jack Black ... Milo (voice)
Daniel Clowes ... Daniel Clowes (voice) (as Dan Clowes)
Maurice LaMarche ... Jock #2 (voice)
Alan Moore ... Alan Moore (voice)
Art Spiegelman Art Spiegelman ... Art Spiegelman (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Sang Am Lee Sang Am Lee ... Korean Singer (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Tintin / Dolph / L.A. Body Works Woman / Bernice Hibbert / Agnes Skinner / Asian Woman / Opal / Lindsay Naegle / Businesswoman (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Strawberry (voice)


A new comic store opens in Springfield, which drives The Android's Dungeon out of business. Marge uses the space to open a gym for regular women, Shapes. Shapes becomes a runaway success. When Homer accompanies Marge on a business trip, he meets a group of handsome, muscled men. These men insist that Homer get into shape, because otherwise Marge will leave him. In hopes of making quick changes to his physique, Homer turns to a plastic surgeon. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

18 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is a reference to "husbands and wives". See more »


Homer Simpson: Hors d'ouvres, big fancy desserts, and my wife's paying for it all. Now I know why pimps are always so happy.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


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Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Jack Black, Dan Castellaneta, and Sang Am Lee
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I genuinely disliked this episode.
18 November 2007 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

I am a huge Simpsons fan, but this....what was this? You could hardly call this an episode. It was a short A story with a jumbled B story and a pointless C story.

The episode starts off with Bart and Milhouse going to a new comic book store owned by cool guy Milo (voiced by Jack Black). The episode lingers on this plot for the first act, then switches for no reason, never resolving anything, or giving Jack Black any more time in the episode. It then switches to Marge buying the comic book shop and turning it into a gym for women, which is only a plot setup for Homer getting plastic surgery from the doctor, introduced season 14, who looks and sounds exactly like Dr. Nick. This episode needed two plot setups just to get to Homer's plastic surgery? Seems like the Comic Book Plot could've been a separate episode instead of being jumbled in this mess. With that said, there were some good jokes and funny gags, but nothing that really had me laughing.

Overall, this was a waste of talent on Jack Black's part and a poorly put together episode.

My rating: * 1/2 out of ****. 22 mins. TVPGDSV

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