In celebration of the 500th Episode of my favorite TV show of all-time, The Simpsons. I'm counting down my Top 40 favorite episodes.
#37: The Springfield Connection
Original Air Date: May 7, 1995
PLOT: Bored with her life as a housewife, Marge takes a job as a police officer.
Marge episodes are rare, but when they exist, they’re usually high on emotion, low on laughs. But in this episode, we get the opposite, thanks a lot to the supporting cast that makes her attempt to be an officer all the more enjoyable.
What’s great about this episode is that it does give Marge a lot to do. More often than not, its Homer that has a new career path for 22 minutes, but its really nice to see Marge out of her element; and succeed at it as well. This gives us some great interactions between her and Chief Wiggum and in her training montage, he has a few great one-liners: “Women always have trouble with the wall… They can never seem to find the door.”
My favorite part of the episode is the final card game scene when Homer uncovers the counterfeit jeans operation in his “car hole”. The silliness of having the big evil be a counterfeit jeans operation is classic Simpsons. Not to mention the fact that the police force somehow misplaces all the jeans.
I mentioned in “King Size Homer” that its interesting to see the characters in different models and it’s a good change here to see Marge in a police uniform; especially with the added fact that her hair needs to be tied down in order to wear the hat.