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Episode reviews: Diatribe of a Mad Housewife

All the submitted reviews for Diatribe of a Mad Housewife (FABF05). All ratings are out of 5. The average rating for this episode is 3.80.

I take back what I said about Marge episodes (see Marge vs. SSCCATAG above) - this one was really good. A well thought out plot, some great lines, and Homer not being a total jerk (towards the end, at least). The episode took a little too long to get going, but then Marge deciding to start writing a novel seemed pretty abrupt. More time should have been spent on introducing this idea (from the beginning of the episode). But still, the episode got better and better as it progressed and ended extremely well.

There were a couple of things I disliked. The first was that there were too many guest stars who didn't do anything, really (Tom Clancy, Olsen twins). Secondly, Homer's eyes darting about all over the place (and later Bart's) was totally wrong and broke one of Matt Groening's core rules for the show (that character's eyes don't go in different directions). It's happened before (The Sweetest Apu), but I didn't expect it to happen again. The last thing was the appearance of Dr. Marvin Monroe who was supposed to be dead. Well, I'm not against his appearance, it just seemed unnecessary and he didn't do anything for the episode at all.

But overall, I liked the episode, definitely the best of the Season so far.

This is an pretty good episode. The jokes were good and so was homers "fart tuning".


i thought this episode was going to be better...