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"Homer Alone" is the fifteenth episode of ''The Simpsons''
The episode was written by David M. Stern and directed by Mark Kirkland. Stern had noticed that most of the writers were pitching stories about Bart and Homer, and he thought a "deeper vein of comedy" could be reached by having Marge suffer from a nervous breakdown.〔 Originally, Marge's trip was to a distressed mother's institute rather than a spa. However, the plot was not well received at the table read for the episode and much of it was re-written. The episode's title references the film ''Home Alone'' which starred David Stern's brother Daniel.
"Homer Alone" contains references to the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons, ''Thelma and Louise'', ''MacGyver'', and the song "Baby Come Back" by Player. The episode has received generally positive reviews from critics. During its original airing on the Fox network during February sweeps, it acquired a 14.2 Nielsen rating. The episode aired two days before the opening ceremony of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
One day, Marge becomes stressed from all of the chores she does for her family. The day is particularly stressful as she must run several errands. While driving over a bridge, she listens to the radio and hears the DJs make a cruel prank call to a man. She suddenly snaps after Maggie accidentally bursts open her bottle and floods the car with milk and parks her car in the middle of the bridge, blocking traffic. The police try to convince her to move her car, to no avail. Finally, Homer arrives and convinces her to get out of the car, and she is promptly arrested by the police. Many women sympathize with Marge's plight, and Mayor Quimby, hoping to gain popularity, orders her release.
That night, Marge decides to unwind by taking a vacation to a spa called Rancho Relaxo and tells Homer about it. He is against the idea claiming that each time they go on a vacation, the kids act like backseat drivers and the family wind up staying home because of it. She convinces Homer that she needs to go alone, putting Bart and Lisa into the care of her sisters Patty and Selma and leaving Maggie at home with Homer. Marge enjoys her much-needed rest while the rest of the family have difficulty adapting to life without her. Homer finds that he is lonely, and not adept at taking care of Maggie. Bart and Lisa have a hard time adjusting to life with their aunts to the point that they hide each time Patty and Selma suggest they do activities that suit their needs.
Maggie, upset about her mother's absence, makes her way out of the house looking for Marge and goes missing. After a long search by Homer and Barney, Homer calls a baby search hotline. Meanwhile, Marge has done everything she wanted to do in her vacation and calls Homer to tell him she is coming back and he should pick her up at the train station. Maggie is found on the edge of the top of an ice-cream shop and is returned to Homer, who duct-tapes her and the car seat to avoid her trying to run away from him again. He makes a side trip to Patty and Selma's apartment to pick up Bart and Lisa just in time Marge's arrival. That night, Marge tells Homer and the kids, who are all sleeping next to her, that she would like more help around the house; they assure her she has nothing to worry about.
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