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The War of the Simpsons 

Homer must decide which is more important: completing counseling to save his marriage or skipping out to catch a legendary catfish. Meanwhile, at home, Bart and Lisa take advantage of Grampa's ignorance of the house rules.


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Imaginary Party Guest #3 / Grampa Simpson / John (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Gloria (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Dr. Hibbert / Reverend Lovejoy / McBain / Otto / Bait Shop Customer (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Marge's Friend / Imaginary Party Guest #1 / Bait Shop Owner / Chief in McBain Movie / Snake (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Maude Flanders / Imaginary Party Guest #2 / Helen Lovejoy (voice)


Homer gets drunk at a dinner party and makes an oaf of himself. Furious, Marge signs them up for a marriage counseling retreat. However, the retreat is being held at a lake that's a famous fishing spot, and Homer gets in trouble when he skips the counseling sessions to go fishing.

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2d animation | giant fish | See All (2) »


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

2 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Recipe for Ned Flanders' planters punch: three shots of rum, a jigger of bourbon, and just a little dab-a-roo of creme de cassis for flavor. See more »


Moe enters through the Simpsons' front door just after the Flanders, and stands with Homer while Ned talks about tending bar. The front door is still open. In the next shot, the door is closed and Moe has disappeared while Homer walks towards Ned. See more »


Barney Gumble: Is that new kind of mace? It's really painful.
[after one of Marge's sisters sprays him in the eyes for flirting with them]
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Spoofs Cocktail (1988) See more »


Over There
by George M. Cohan
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Solid Episode!
2 May 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The twentieth episode in the second season of the Simpsons is a fairly good one that has some amusing moments. It's another one of those episodes where the marriage of Homer and Marge seems to be in disarray and we seem to be getting many of these episodes in the first two seasons. But nonetheless, this was a solid and funny episode.

In this episode, "The War of the Simpsons," Homer embarrasses Marge at a party so they head off to a mountain retreat with Reverend Lovejoy for couples counseling. Much to the anger of Marge, Homer decides to go fishing to capture the legendary General Sherman. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa throws a huge party while under the care of Grampa.

Overall, this is a solid episode. I loved the interaction between Homer and the fish, Sherman. Definitely the best part of this episode. I rate this episode 9/10.

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