Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife, the 15th episode of season 17 and the 371st overall, was first broadcasted on March 26, 2006 with a script by guest star Ricky Gervais and directed by Matthew Nastuk.
Homer’s obsession with Lenny’s new plasma TV prompts Marge to enter the family in a sweepstakes, and they win a trip to the Fox Studio Lot. Against Marge’s wishes, Homer signs them up for a Trading Spouses/Wife Swap-style reality show and is forced to take in a controlling wife, while Marge moves in with a beaten-down husband, Charlie, and his perfect son.
Ricky Gervais does an excellent job bringing his unique style of comedy that he brought to the original BBC The Office and Extras and bringing it over to The Simpsons and he helps the episode give an extra oomphf over other episodes from this season, the jokes in this episode really do work, there’s a great satirical element to the reality show brought in here, Gervais is really solid as Charles, and the animation is really good.
This is another one of the few brightspots from this season that has been, for the most part, struggling to find its’ voice and this is one of the highlights of the episode.
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