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Take My Wife, Sleaze

"Take My Wife, Sleaze" is the eighth episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. It aired on November 28, 1999.


The family visits the 1950s themed Greasers Cafe where Homer and Marge win a dancing contest. Their prize is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. After Bart educates Homer on riding a motorcycle (which Homer likes doing), he forms a motorcycle gang with Moe, Lenny, Carl, and even Ned Flanders, which he names the Hell's Satans. They get in trouble all across Springfield, until Homer is confronted by a real motorcycle gang named the Hell's Satans, which are based in Bakersfield.

After the true Hell's Satans arrive and punish Homer for using their name, the group—led by two men named Meathook and Ramrod—start living at the Simpson house, generally being destructive and intimidating the Simpson family. Fortunately, Marge is able to clean up after the gang and take care of them, which they come to appreciate. One day, the Hell's Satans leave - and take Marge with them. Homer goes after them, and tracks the Hell's Satans - and Marge - to a campsite. After a fight with Meathook, Homer wins back Marge. The two of them say goodbye to the gang, who plan to take advice given to them by Marge and find normal jobs.

Cultural references

Greaser's restaurant

The 1950s-themed restaurant has a bunch of nostalgic themes, including:

  • Commercial — Wolfguy Jack plugs the restaurant with numerous 1950s-era references, including:
    • Coca-Cola — A popular soft drink at 1950s-era teen hangouts.
    • Dick Clark — Host of American Bandstand.
    • Television — Referring to the early days of television.
    • Ford Thunderbird — The 1956 Ford Thunderbird that Wolfguy Jack and his assistant, Debbie Dunham, are riding in during the commercial is one of many seen at the restaurant.
  • Headlines plastered on the walls throughout the restaurant include:
    • The Beatles — Even though they didn't arrive until the 1960s, the explosive popularity of the English band is acknowledged.
    • Hula hoops — A popular fad during the late 1950s.
    • Milkshakes — A popular treat at 1950s-era teen hangouts.
    • Vietnam War — Although it didn't reach its peak until the mid- to late-1960s, the war began in 1959 and is so acknowledged.
  • Menu items — The following 1950s references are used for the menu items:
    • Allen Ginsberg — Hamburgers named Allen Ginsbergers, for the beatnik writer.
    • McCarthyism — The grilled cheese sandwiches are named Un-American cheese sandwiches, after Sen. Joe McCarthy's pejorative for people suspected of being Communists.
    • Polio vaccine — The hot dogs are named polio dogs, after Jonas Salk's vaccine that would ultimately wipe out the dread disease.
  • Dennis the MenaceJay North reprises his role as the title character of the 1959-1963 situation comedy at Greaser's grand opening. His failure to impress Bart is a reference to Matt Groening's dislike of the TV show which was actually Groening's inspiration for creating the character of Bart Simpson first intended to be a "harder version" of Dennis Mitchell
  • Other restaurant franchises with 1950s-era gimmicks — Among others, Johnny Rockets, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Ruby's, and Maid-Rite.
  • Pulp Fiction — The dance contest at a 50s-themed restaurant is similar to the one in the 1994 movie.
  • Wolfman Jack and Debbie Dunham — Restaurant proprietor Wolfguy Jack and his girlfriend are thinly veiled caricatures of the radio personality and the character from American Graffiti, respectively.

Other references

  • American Gothic — The painting featuring Apu and Manjula standing in front of the Kwik-E-Mart (except Apu is holding a broom) is based on Grant Wood's famous painting.
  • Friday the 13th — The Hell's Satans are staying at Camp Crystal Lake, which is named after the campground where Jason Voorhees terrorized teen-agers in the slasher film series.
  • Guinness World Records — The TV special the family watches — complete with Lisa echoing criticism about the reliability of the records — is a takeoff of several Fox "Guinness" specials that had recently aired.
  • "Jailhouse Rock" — "Mental House Rock", performed by Johnny Bobby (voice: Hank Azaria) is a parody of the Elvis Presley song.
  • Rebel Without a Cause — The movie Homer watches, about a rebellious biker named Jimmy, is a parody of the classic 1955 movie.
  • The title is a reference to an old joke used by stand-up comedian Henny Youngman: "Take my wife, please".
  • Hells Angels — The Hell's Satans is a spoof on the real-life Hells Angels motorcycle club/gang.


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