The Simpsons, The Mafia and franchising

March 26, 2010

A smooth talker sells Marge on “mobile pretzel retailing.” But when sales go soft, Homer asks for help — from organized crime boss Fat Tony.

Marge: Homer! Did you tell the mafia they could eliminate my competitors with savage beatings and attempted murder?

Homer: [swallowing beer] In those words? … Yes.

Homer: I saw your pouring your heart and soul into this business and getting nowhere. I saw you desperately trying to cram one more salty treat into America’s already bloated snack hole. So I did what I could. I did what any loving husband would do! I reached out to some violent mobsters.

Full Transcript. From television episode, The Twisted World of Marge Simpson, original aired on Fox TV on January 19, 1997

Marge buys a pretzel franchise, fails to achieve her sales targets and violence ensues.

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