Plot[edit | edit source]
When Marge takes the kids on a Sunday drive, Homer suffers from cleaning the garage at home. He gets spiders in his throat, and he is almost killed by the garage door. Luckily, he gets saved by Lisa (who gives Homer air) and Bart (who compresses Homer's chest). After the incident, Marge insists that the family buy life insurance, but Homer is deemed uninsurable because of his bad medical history. Marge, influenced by a movie about a wealthy man without insurance whose widow and children were forced to live on the streets, decides to save money by buying imitation brands of cereal and coffee. Homer tries to comfort Marge but Marge rejects him and calls him out. Homer, now angry about Marge's new measures, uses the nest egg she made to finance the down payment for a new motor home, although Homer already owned one in the episode "The Call of the Simpsons" (albeit a dilapidated one.) After he buys his motor home, Marge tells him to enjoy it because she never wants to speak to him again.
Homer starts living in the RV, and he and Marge compete for the loyalty of Bart and Lisa. Fortunately, Homer's kid ways gives him an advantage and wins the kids over. Homer discovers a convoy of RVs at a gas station, and invites them to stay in his backyard. Marge gets annoyed with their behavior and cuts off their electricity, causing Homer's newfound friends to ditch him. Homer and Marge proceed to get into an argument so powerful that lasts all night. Fearing that Homer and Marge might divorce, Bart decides that he and Lisa should return the RV to the dealership.
Discovering that the kids and RV are gone, Homer and Marge give chase in the car. Bart and Lisa accidentally get on the freeway, and force their parents to make up. Bart and Lisa then try to pull over, but lose control of the RV, which plunges off an uncompleted runaway truck ramp onto a Turkish container ship. The ship is leaving port, but Marge convinces the captain to turn around after offering him several cans of mushroom soup she bought on sale. With their marriage restored, Homer tells Marge that he'll return the RV in the morning, and uses the ship's crane to put the vehicle on a nearby dock. This collapses, and the RV sinks in the harbor, much to Homer's dismay ("D'OH!"). Marge is unconcerned about the loss of money, because the Turkish sailors put hashish in her food.
Cultural references[edit | edit source]
- Songs in this episode: "Vacation" by The Go-Gos, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses, "I've Been Everywhere" by Hank Snow, and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants (which performed the theme song to another show on Fox, Malcolm in the Middle). Also, the sound effects of the various slammed doors and windows during Homer and Marge's initial argument over the motor home mimic the opening riff from Pink Floyd's "Money."
- The spider poison is called "Charlotte's Dead", the name and product art being obvious parodies of the children's book Charlotte's Web.
- The cover of the TV Guide have Alf and mentions Victoria Principal.
- The couple in the red RV at the gas station are a parody of George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The woman's voice may also be reminiscent of Katharine Hepburn.
- The Wifetime movie that Marge watches, Homemaker to Homeless, is a parody of a real Lifetime original movie called Homeless to Harvard.
- The SUVs rolling off a road scene refers to criticism of SUVs safety.
- When Homer gets spider poison in his eyes he says "spider poison is people poison?" this refers to the cult movie Soylent Green. Homer makes a reference to it in an earlier episode, saying, "Mmm...Soylent Green."