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Marge in Chains
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Marge in Chains is the twenty-first episode of Season 4.

Synopsis

Marge gets busted for shoplifting at the Kwik-E-Mart and is sentenced to a month in prison. Bart concocts a brilliant scheme to break her out that involves a party dress, a wig and a crowbar. But what finally springs Marge is the rioting townspeople of Springfield, who desperately need the patented marshmallow squares which Marge makes for the Springfield Park Commission's annual bake sale.

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After many of Springfield's residents purchase a 'Juice Loosener', which are shipped from Japan, the dreaded Osaka Flu hits the town. Many of the townspeople are affected by the illness. Due to tiredness from having to look after the rest of her ill family, Marge accidentally forgets to pay for Grampa's bottle of Bourbon when shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Despite it clearly being an honest mistake (made all the more apparent given her obvious exhaustion) Apu hits the silent alarm. Marge is almost immediately surrounded by an unusually high number of armed police (despite the fact that she didn't actually have a weapon on her) and then arrested for shoplifting. The town, of course, overreacts to this, with Marge being treated like a pariah and regarded as a hardened criminal.

Naturally, the family hires Lionel Hutz to defend Marge at her trial, and as usual, he loses the case. In all fairness though, his defence is not helped by Helen Lovejoy spreading false rumours about Marge, which the town readily accepted. Helen implied that Marge was an alcoholic, and Professor Frink even presented a conspiracy theory that Marge was involved in the assassination of JFK.

Marge is sentenced to 30 days imprisonment at Springfield Women's Prison. Apu, who like everyone else now believes that Marge is a hardened criminal, believes that having her being behind bars will end all further problems for him. What he doesn't know is that Snake is stealing the entire Kwik-E-Mart as he speaks, and his truck is now bound for Mexico.

At the Springfield Women's Prison, Marge makes friends with some of the inmates such as her cellmate, Phillips and Tattoo Annie.
Marge In Chains

Meanwhile, Marge's absence is felt at home as Homer struggles to cope without her, and the family home is in a dreadful state. The citizens of Springfield likewise soon reap their reward for mistreating Marge as they did.

The park bake sale, run by Helen Lovejoy and Maude Flanders suffers badly as a result of Marge not being there to cook any of her famous marshmallow squares. When Maude bluntly points this out, everyone attending the bake sale leaves in disappointment, and the Springfield Park Commission fails to raise enough money to pay for a statue of Abraham Lincoln (being $15 dollars short).

They are forced to purchase one of Jimmy Carter instead, which completely disgusts the townspeople. The citizens immediately start to riot; at one point using the statue as a battering ram. Come nightfall, the town is a complete mess. In contrast to Marge's arrest, the police prove to be no help at all, as Chief Wiggum's mistreatment of the police dogs prompts them to attack him instead of the rioters. Seeing all of this unfold, a repentant Maude laments sadly that none of this would have happened if Marge had been there (since they would have been able to purchase the Lincoln statue, or Marge would have been able to do something to set the potential rioters straight).

Lead by Homer and Maude, the townspeople demand the release of Marge as soon as possible.

Bartina

Bart imagines himself as "Bartina"

To save his career, Mayor Quimby releases Marge from jail (to win over the female voters), and the people of Springfield cheerfully welcome her back. They even unveil a statue for Marge, which is actually the statue of President Carter with Marge's hairstyle on top of it. Later on, Homer and the kids rush to clean the house in preparation for Marge's return, and all is forgiven.

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Season 3 Season 4 Episodes Season 5
Kamp KrustyA Streetcar Named MargeHomer the HereticLisa the Beauty QueenTreehouse of Horror IIIItchy & Scratchy: The MovieMarge Gets a JobNew Kid on the BlockMr. PlowLisa's First WordHomer's Triple BypassMarge vs. the MonorailSelma's ChoiceBrother from the Same PlanetI Love LisaDufflessLast Exit to SpringfieldSo It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip ShowThe FrontWhacking DayMarge in ChainsKrusty Gets Kancelled
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