Quote of the Day

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“Marge, name one successful person who ever lived without air conditioning?” – Homer Simpson
“Balzac.” – Marge Simpson
“No need for potty mouth just because you can’t think of one.” – Homer Simpson

10 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 25 August 2014 at 8:28 am

    I never liked this joke, as it puts Marge’s response way too far out of character for the purpose of a weak pun. Why would she mention Balzac? She’s probably never even heard of him.

    • 25 August 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Didn’t she studied art?

      • 25 August 2014 at 12:54 pm

        But Balzac was a writer…

        • 4 Valerie Cunningham
          25 August 2014 at 4:18 pm

          He lived with Alan Funt
          His landlord didn’t like him
          But that’s ‘cuz she’s a
          Cunt-taminated water
          Can really make you sick
          Your bladder gets infected
          And blood comes out your
          Dick-tate what I’m saying
          ‘Cuz it will bring you luck
          And if you all don’t like it
          I don’t give a flying fuck!

          • 5 Monty Python Forever
            25 August 2014 at 7:49 pm

            I suspect Marge only studied Thomas Kincade’s works, and thought Van Gogh was pronounced like GOG.com.

    • 7 Stan
      25 August 2014 at 3:17 pm

      1) Balzac liked women and was renown as a “casanova” of his epoch. Therefore the expression “woman of Balzac’s age” to refer to good-looking mid-agers.
      2) Honoré de ballsack, anyone?

  2. 8 Frank
    25 August 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks to this episode, I can’t read the word Balzac without hearing Marge’s voice in my head.

  3. 26 August 2014 at 11:25 am

    The follow up to this gag is an example of something that became all too prominent in Al Jean’s solo episodes later on – padding the scene by over explaining the joke. We know Balzac is someone who lived without air conditioning; we don’t need Marge to say “But Balzac is the name!”

    It crops up a few more times in these Jean and Reiss episodes from Seasons 8 and 9. Like in “Simpsoncalafragilistic…”, Homer’s “Didn’t he, Lisa? Didn’t he?” doesn’t really need to be capped with “Hey, wait a minute, he didn’t!”

    • 10 Valerie Cunningham
      27 August 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Yeah, but on “Simpsoncalafragilistic…”, it was funny because Bart basically tricked Homer into giving him a dollar over nothing.

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