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The Way We Was 

Homer and Marge tell the story of how they met and fell in love in high school.


David Silverman


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Bald Critic / Barney Gumble / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Jacqueline Bouvier / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... McBain / Fat Critic / Dr. Hibbert / Principal Dondelinger / Guidance Counsellor McIntyre / Clancy Bouvier / Coach Flanagan (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Police Captain / Teacher / Wiseguy / Waiter (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Kim / Mrs. Bloominstein (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Estelle / Others (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Artie Ziff / Mr. Seckofsky (voice)


Marge and Homer tell the children how they first met - as high school students in 1974. Homer tried to impress Marge by pretending to be a French student to take her to the prom but she chose Artie Zif as her escort instead. However after Artie has made a nuisance of himself Marge rejects him and returns to the man she will marry. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

31 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


McBain is based on Arnold Schwarzenegger. See more »


During the flashback (which is set in 1974), the Van McCoy song "The Hustle" is played. That song was released in 1975. See more »


Homer: You wanna go out with me?
Marge Simpson: Um, I don't think you're my type
Homer: You see the problem is you don't know me. I have references. Just ask Coach Flannigan and Mr Seckofsky. And Barney Gumble.
Marge Simpson: Hmmmm I don't know
Homer: Look, I'm not asking you to like me. I'm not asking you to put yourself in a position where I can touch your goodies. I'm just asking you to be fair
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Way We Weren't (2004) See more »


The Hustle
Written by Van McCoy
Performed by Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner
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Flashback For the Ages!
13 April 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The twelfth episode in the second season of the Simpsons seems to be a very special episode. This episode is special because it tells us about the past of the Simpsons and who Marge and Homer were in their early days. This is a funny story, but it's also sensitive. The film gives a "what if" statement and we see what could have happened if these two did not meet.

This episode, "The Way We Was," has Homer and Marge telling their children the story of how they met and fell in love with each other during high school.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode because it's in mainly flashback mode. It's a good story in terms of character development and a very interesting tale. It's funny and sweet all at the same time. I rate this film 9/10.

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