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"Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'"
The Simpsons episode
Marge driving her new Canyonero.
Episode no. 218
Prod. code AABF10
Orig. airdate February 21, 1999
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by David M. Stern
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Chalkboard "Grammar is not a time of waste."
Couch gag The Simpsons sit on the couch as normal. A crash bar lowers onto their laps and the couch takes the family on a wild rollercoaster ride.
Guest star(s) John Kassir as Possum
Hank Williams Jr. as Canyonero singer
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Ian Maxtone-Graham
Ron Hauge
Matt Selman
Mike B. Anderson

"Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons' tenth season, which was originally broadcast on February 21, 1999.[1] After Homer purchases a Canyonero, he discovers he bought the model intended for women, so he gives the vehicle to Marge. Despite disliking it at first, Marge grows fond of it, and quickly develops clear road rage against other motorists. The episode was written by David M. Stern and directed by Mark Kirkland.[2] Overall, the episode was received with mixed reviews from critics.



After the Simpson family watch a poor talent show display by the teachers, they are in a hurry to leave. Homer sees Krusty driving a Canyonero and decides to purchase one. Homer purchases the sport utility vehicle, but is soon disappointed after discovering he bought the "F-series", intended for women. Embarrassed to drive it, he gives the vehicle to Marge. Marge dislikes it at first due to its size and features, but quickly becomes fond of it, and develops road rage. Later, when traveling around town, Marge is given a traffic ticket by Chief Wiggum and is ordered to take a defensive driving course. While driving away from the class, she accidentally drives the Canyonero into the prison and loses her driving privileges.

Homer, Bart, and Lisa take a trip to the zoo. Homer accidentally causes the rhinoceroses to go berserk and escape. The police request Marge to use the large SUV to stop the rhinoceroses who have escaped the zoo. Marge first declines, until she sees her family in danger. Marge agrees to assist the police and succeeds in rounding up the animals, but learns there is one missing and sees Homer being carried off by the rhinoceros. She chases the angry rhino into a construction site and deliberately crashes it, making it burst into flames. The rhino instinctively attempts to stamp out the fire, and Homer escapes and the Rhino is returned to the zoo. Marge credits her success to Stone Phillips and the whole family praises NBC. During the end credits, Homer praises FOX at gunpoint and he is shot when he praises CBS.


The idea behind the episode came from a study performed that showed women had more cases of road rage than men.[3] The names of the other car salesmen on the board in the car garage are friends of Mike Scully from high school.[4] The road rage film which Chief Wiggum shows during the road rage class was originally titled "Screaming Yellow Honkers."[5] The production staff decided to use "Screaming Yellow Honkers" in the episode title instead. The road rage film was originally to have been presented by Troy McClure, but voice actor Phil Hartman was murdered the previous year.[4] The group of people running out of the zoo, before Homer, Bart, and Lisa, are caricatures of Mike Scully, his wife, and his children, who are also seen running behind Kent Brockman's news report.[4] The Fox Broadcasting Company executives were displeased with the positive references to NBC made near the end of the episode.[4] As a compromise, the writers added in the sequence during the end credits where Homer reads a statement that disparages NBC and praises FOX (and briefly praises CBS).[4]

Cultural references

In an attempt to stop the rhinos, Homer shouts "Jumanji!", a reference to the film Jumanji.[4] Marge mentions Dateline NBC and former anchor Stone Phillips.[4] Ms. Krabappel does a balloon dance singing "Fever", a 1964 hit for Helen Shapiro.[2] The other teachers parody songs from Fame.[2] Singer Courtney Love is advertised on a box of Wheaties breakfast cereal.[2]


Peter Brown of If notes in his review of The Simpsons' tenth season that "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers", alongside "Lard of the Dance", "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", and "Homer Simpson in: 'Kidney Trouble'" as "some of the best episodes of the season."[6] The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, wrote in their review of the episode: "very clever, very dry humour and showcasing the last person you might expect to suffer road rage. Some lovely moments (Marge losing patience with Agnes and Kearney is great), especially her drive across the cornfield. Sadly the Canyonero doesn't survive the experience of this episode, which would have been nice, if only to see Marge regularly at the wheel rather than Homer."[2]


  1. ^ ""Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'"". The Retrieved 2008-09-07.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian. "A new car brings out Marge's aggressive side.". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2008-09-07.  
  3. ^ Meyer, George. (2007). The Simpsons The Complete Tenth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Scully, Mike. (2007). The Simpsons The Complete Tenth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.  
  5. ^ Hauge, Ron. (2007). The Simpsons The Complete Tenth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.  
  6. ^ Brown, Peter (August 7, 2007). "The Simpsons – The Complete Tenth Season". If. Retrieved 2008-09-07.  

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