Groening's original plan for Marge's hair was that it would conceal large, Life in Hell-esque rabbit ears.  Besides the television series, Marge regularly appears in issues of Simpsons Comics, which were first published on November 29, 1993, and are issued monthly. Marge is the moralistic force in her family and often provides a grounding voice in the midst of her family's antics by trying to maintain order in the Simpson household. Homer applied for a job at the power plant again, telling Mr. Burns he would be the perfect employee due to his unwavering subservience. I was deeply hurt. "I will not torment the emotionally frail". Marge's distinctive blue beehive hairstyle was inspired by a combination of the Bride's in Bride of Frankenstein and the style that Margaret Groening wore in the 1960s. In the episode, Marge worries that she may be pregnant again and visits Dr. Hibbert's office. The Simpsons: How Bowling Shoes Nearly Killed Homer and Marge.  Marge has expressed understanding for her "special little guy" and has defended him on many occasions.  In May 2012, Marge was one of the 12 moms chosen by users of iVillage on their list of "Mommy Dearest: The TV Moms You Love". , In April 2004, Marge appeared on the cover of Maxim.  She has a pair of sisters, the joyless Patty and Selma, both of whom vocally disapprove of Homer. On October 9, Bush sent a reply: "Dear Marge, How kind of you to write. During this episode (Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore), Lisa questions Homer's memory of Marge's birthday. Homer: “Lord help me, I’m just not that bright.” Marge: “Oh Homer, don’t say that. Homer clumsily attempts to build Marge a spice rack. They are the first characters from a television series to receive this recognition while the show is still in production.  Marge also has a bit of a drinking problem with wine, though not nearly as problematic as her husband Homer's drunkenness, it is still a prevalent topic in quite a few episodes. One questionable parenting move that Marge Simpson tends Burns was so impressed that he hired Homer on the spot.  She was raised by her parents, Jacqueline and Clancy Bouvier. Numbered 96/300 and retaining studio seal. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 11.9 and was the highest-rated show on Fox the week it aired.  The episode marks the first appearance of Burns's assistant Smithers's first name, Waylon, which comes from the puppeteer Wayland Flowers. It was the second flashback episode of The Simpsons and a sequel to the previous one, "The Way We Was", which tells the story of how Homer and Marge met in high school. She was also nominated for an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature for her performance in The Simpsons Movie.  After salary re-negotiations in 2008, the voice actors receive approximately $400,000 per episode. He named the character after his mother Margaret Groening.  Three years later, with Fox threatening to cancel the series unless production costs were cut, Kavner and the other cast members accepted a 30 percent pay cut, down to just over $300,000 per episode. She then told Homer she should've gone to the prom with him and he fixes her snapped shoulder strap with the corsage. , In his book Drawn to Television – Prime-time Animation from the Flintstones to Family Guy, Keith Booker wrote: "The episode details in a rather sentimental fashion the early struggles of the irresponsible Homer to support his new family [...] Such background episodes add an extra dimension to the portrayal of the animated Simpson family, making them seem oddly real and adding weight to their status as a family with a long history together. "I Married Marge" was the second flashback episode of The Simpsons after season two's "The Way We Was". , Matt Groening first conceived Marge and the rest of the Simpson family in 1987 in the lobby of producer James L. Brooks' office. Through it all, Marge has remained faithful to Homer, despite temptations to the contrary such as the one in "Life on the Fast Lane" (season one, 1990), where she resists the charming Frenchman Jacques and instead chooses to remain with Homer. ", The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, "I Bent My Wookiee! I foolishly didn't know you had one.  In 1989, the shorts were adapted into The Simpsons, a half-hour series airing on the Fox Network. Marge over-mothers Maggie, which causes her to become too clingy and dependent on Marge. $200 - $300  In "Marge Be Not Proud" (season seven, 1995), she felt she was mothering Bart too much and started acting more distant towards him after he was caught shoplifting. At the end of the evening, while Artie drove her home after receiving a slap, she spied Homer walking along the side of the road with the corsage meant for her.  During the third season of the show, most of the writers focused on Bart and Homer, so David M. Stern decided to write a Marge episode, which became "Homer Alone" (season three, 1992). "I Married Marge" is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons' third season. Jacobson went on to say he enjoyed the flashback concept and that the episode develops the characters "nicely" and gives the viewers "a good sense for the era in which it takes place". (2004).  However, she has held several one-episode jobs in the course of the series.  When Homer returns to the power plant to apply for a job the second time, Mr. Burns is seen playing the arcade game Ms. Nina Foch as Marge, Alex's Mother r college, he settled in Chicago with his wife Marge and opened a spring manufacturing business. When he cannot remember, Marge yells that it is in May. "I Married Marge" was written by Jeff Martin and directed by Jeffrey Lynch. In "Homer the Heretic" (season four, 1992), Homer starts skipping church and Marge tells him "don't make me choose between my man and my God, because you just can't win.". Voiced by Julie Kavner, she first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Homer and Marge is a parody song sung by "Weird Al" Yankovic for Homer in the episode Three Gays of the Condo. As Lisa rants about the people who believe it is an angel, Marge informs her that she also believes it is an angel. While anxiously waiting at home, Homer tells Bart, Lisa, and Maggie the story of his and Marge's marriage and Bart's birth. Groening had been called to pitch a series of animated shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show, and had intended to present an adaptation of his Life in Hell comic strip. ", Marge's raspy voice is only slightly different from Kavner's, who has a "honeyed gravel voice" which she says is due to "a bump on [her] vocal cords. ", —Marge Simpson in her letter to Barbara Bush, The edition of October 1, 1990 of People included an interview with then-First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush. 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