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Episode Review- The Great Wife Hope

October 13, 2009
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The best episode of the season so far, funny, clever, and not annoying. But it’s a shame that it got the worst ratings of the season as well. Dangling behind new episodes of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, ‘The Great Wife Hope’ was only able to score 7.55 million viewers. This isn’t actually that bad of a rating, but it’s a shame that an episode this good rated so low last night. As for the other shows on FOX, Family Guy was able to reach 8.8 mil. while The Cleveland Show came in second with 7.79 mil. American Dad finished last again behind all of the shows with 6.7 million viewers.

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Plot

Marge Simpson, Sarah Wiggum, Edna Krabappel, Luann Van Houten and Bernice Hibbert are out bowling and wonder why there are no men in the alley. Marge discovers that all the men of Springfield, including Homer and Bart, are spending their time viewing the Ultimate Punch, Kick and Choke Championship. When Marge catches Bart engaged in ultimate fighting in the school yard, she convinces her friends to form a protest group. The women picket the ultimate fighting stadium, but this fails to attract attention. Marge enters the arena to denounce ultimate fighting, and the promoter, Chett Englebrick, offers Marge a compromise. He challenges Marge to a match, and if she wins he will shut down ultimate fighting in Springfield. Marge accepts the challenge, believing it to be for the betterment of the community. Her family is horrified, and Homer and Bart try to convince Marge to call off the match. Marge, however, believes the fight is the only way to stop the violence.

Marge then decides to train on her own, practicing rhythmic gymnastics in her backyard. The family then gets Marge fighting instructions in boxing from Drederick Tatum, jujitsu from Akira, and Greco-Roman wrestling from Mr. Burns (who wrestled for Yale under the nick-name “The New Haven Nuisance”). On the day of the match, most of the town is convinced Chett will win, and he knocks Marge out with one punch. Homer leaps to her rescue, but becomes stuck in the stadium chairs. Bart jumps in the ring to continue the fight. When Marge sees Chet hurting Bart, she bursts into a violent fighting rage and easily defeats him. Marge tries to make a speech about how to end violence, noting that she discovered her own dark side through the course of the fight. In spite of her heartfelt speech, the audience has left to witness a drunken brawl in the parking lot. Homer and Marge leave the stadium with the intention to make love, and the episode ends with Bart challenging Lisa to settle their sibling war. They charge towards each other, and the scene is paused—until Lisa knocks Bart on his back.

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