Marge Gamer
The Boys of Bummer

Cultural References

  • Homer headbutts a linesman just as Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final. Then he rips off his shirt like Brandi Chastain did in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final.
  • Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" plays during the football brawl Lisa watches on DVD. Other music in the episode includes the Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari" (as Marge uses the Web (in reference to the Safari web browser), Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Kicks" (as Homer officiates the game) and "Phoenix Rises" from the X-Men: The Last Stand soundtrack (when Bart revives Marge in the game).
  • "Earthland Realms" is a parody of MMORPGs. Most of the references are to the Everquest game franchise but a few are also made to the more popular World of Warcraft. The Simpsons Game also references Everquest with its "Neverquest" subgame, with some character models being used in both this episode and game. This game is also a parody of "The Lord of the Rings Online". Also when Bart says he will go to "Laggrimar", this is a reference to both Ironforge and Orgrimar from World of Warcraft as Ironforge was once the only Alliance capital with an Auction House and was nicknamed "Lagforge" due to all the number of players in the city at one time.
  • Mr. Burns asked Marge if he was at The Wall Street Journal online.
  • This episode aired six months after the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" which had similar themes, including a reference to Hello Kitty online.
  • American Dad aired a similar episode, in which Steve Smith develops an unstoppable character, who is killed by his sister Haley, and who goes to great lengths to resurrect his character.
  • The Big Bang Theory aired a similar episode "The Barbarian Sublimation" a year after this one where the usually non-geeky Penny gets addicted to a similar MMORPG where she meets another major character's avatar.
  • Bart's character in the game looks like the knight from Monty Pythons' Holy Grail and when all of the characters dance around the shadow knight he is missing his arms and legs like the scene from the film. He also behaves like the Lich King from World of Warcraft.
  • When creating her avatar Marge says "Whoa, look at those bazooms". This is a reference to Star Ocean Second Evolution, where in one of the Private Actions the main male protagonist - Claude C. Kenny - says the same thing.
  • Marge's appearence in the game looks very similar to her appearence in NeverQuest.


  • This episode first aired three days after the 20th anniversary of the first-ever appearance of The Simpsons on television, in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night".
  • Ronaldo wears a Brazil kit (yellow, green and blue) and the all-white Real Madrid kit in this episode. However, by the time the episode aired, Ronaldo had left Real Madrid to join AC Milan, who wear red and black stripes, though it was not possible to change the jersey in time.
  • When Ronaldo is watching Homer, Lisa and Bart playing football, he has his Brazil kit on. However, when he walks towards Homer, it changes to the Real Madrid kit.
  • The fact that Lisa became enraged toward Homer for expelled her from the game to make a foul play in the soccer, could be considered hypocrisy, if is take in account All's Fair in Oven War, in that Lisa was disgusted by the foul play of Marge during the cook competition, to the point of pester partially Marge to forces her to confesses, yet she was angry that her father punished her for foul play in soccer, adding that she wasn't willing in the beginning to admit her mistakes by her own, she only accepted this after watched a soccer video.
  • Gamer (as in Marge Gamer) is an anagram for Marge at Lisa's soccer game.
  • Sophie Krustofsky makes a brief non-speaking cameo in this episode.

Websites about Marge she found while searching for herself using Google were references to previous episodes:

  • When the Shadow Knight is finally killed, it is definitely one of the most bloody deaths in the Simpsons, as blood is clearly visible and the Shadow Knight has been disembowled.


  • Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon is shown at the PTA meeting, even though her children are too young to be in school.
  • Eddie, who has no children, is also at the meeting.
  • At the beginning, Willie (disguised as a skeleton) appears out of nowhere.
  • When Jessica Lovejoy was running with the ball, she arrives until the goal. But when Lisa falls, she and Lisa are near the mid-line.
  • When Marge and Bart are walking by the castle, Marge is on the left side and Bart on the right side. But in the next scene, they swap sides.
  • Homer was painting his shirt. He takes white paint from the tray, but if you look closely you can see that there is not white paint on the tray.
  • Bart gives Marge life and pig legs. But when she is taking care of him, she has her normal legs again, though that could be chalked up as the spell wearing off.
  • When the angry mob enters the castle, the two-headed dragon have Patty' head on the left and Selma' head on the right. But in back-shots, they switch sides.
  • Marge disappears when the crowd begins to attack Bart.

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