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Brake My Wife, Please

"Brake My Wife, Please"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 14
Episode 20
Directed byPete Michels
Written byTim Long
Production codeEABF15
Original air dateMay 11, 2003
Guest appearance(s)
Episode features
Couch gagThe couch is replaced with a cardboard cutout novelty backdrop. The family sticks their heads in the holes as a photographer snaps their picture.
CommentaryAl Jean
Tim Long
Matt Selman
John Frink
Michael Price
Pete Michels
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"Brake My Wife, Please" is the twentieth episode of The Simpsons' fourteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 11, 2003.


Homer's driver's license is revoked after an accident caused by his recklessness, forcing Marge to do all the driving. Homer is forced to walk everywhere, and despite being bitter at first, he begins to enjoy his new method of transportation.

As Homer begins to enjoy walking, Marge begins finding her duty of driving everyone places increasingly stressful. One day, as Homer walks with other Springfieldians, Marge accidentally runs him over with her car.

As Homer is now completely reliant on Marge to care for him, their relationship suffers. It is while serving him pea soup, Marge admits she hates him more for how he is taking her for granted and the loss of his driver's license. They see a marriage counselor who advises them to write down the people important to their lives, but Homer pays no attention by writing down his own name. As Marge leaves in sadness, the counselor advises Homer to perform one completely unselfish gesture to win Marge back. Homer invites all the people of Springfield to the Simpson house for a backyard barbecue in Marge's honor.

Marge, returning in a foul mood after driving, walks to the backyard and is welcomed by everyone. After the barbecue, Marge tells Homer that she loves him. Homer and the other guests toast her, before Homer turns on the sprinklers once dinner is over to get everyone to clear out.

Cultural references

The episode title is a reference to the paraprosdokian gag "Take my wife... please!" made popular by Henny Youngman.

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