The Simpsons (1989– )

Diatribe of a Mad Housewife 

Marge is inspired to write a novel, but the storyline of the book (a fat, mean husband, and a handsome, sweet neighbor) makes Homer jealous.


Mark Kirkland


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Car Buyer / Comic Book Guy / Moe Szyslak / Apu (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto / Mr. Burns / Boris / Ned Flanders / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Rev. Lovejoy (voice)
Tom Clancy ... Himself (voice)
Ashley Olsen ... Herself (voice)
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Herself (voice)
Thomas Pynchon ... Thomas Pynchon (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Car Buyer (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Phone Voice / Esme Delacroix (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Additional Voices (voice)


After he gets fired at the plant, Homer gets a job as a car salesman. There he comes across an old ambulance and decides to become an ambulance driver. Not hindered by any medical knowledge Homer starts his new job. Marge also found a new pastime: writing. She writes a book and manages to get it published. It's the talk of the town, not in the least because the book's not very flattering about Homer and suggests a love connection between Flanders and Marge. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

25 January 2004 (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?


First appearance and speaking role of Dr Marvin Monroe in many years. The actor portraying him says the voice is physically painful to perform and they scratched the character early on in the series. See more »


When Homer is at his second job as a car salesman, he uses a plug to make the inflatable mascot to work. When the inflatable mascot rips of and floats off into the sky, the shot afterward shows the plug is now gone. See more »


[researching who shot JFK]
Homer Simpson: Marge, I figured it out! Lee Harvey Oswald wanted to steal the Jack Ruby.
Marge Simpson: Jack Ruby was a man, not a jewel.
Homer Simpson: Oh, I was so close.
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References Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) See more »


Homer's Ambulance Cleaning Song
Based on "Cars"
Written by Gary Numan
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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