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    Pin Pal msbotz's Avatar
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    Rate and Review: The We We Was

    Review this episode

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    3 years late, but meh! simplysimpsons's Avatar
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    Great episode, a true classic. Artie Ziff had a memorable first appearance, and fit the bill perfectly. Homer trying to get through school and joining Marge's class was hilarious, as was Patty and Selma's impressions of Homer. I haven't seen this one for a while, but I really should - A+

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    streets ahead Paul's Avatar
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    First of all, where's the poll? Second of all, it is called "The Way We Was". Third of all, this is a truly classic episode with some great moments - one of the best flashbacks. 5/5.

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    classic. a defining episode. A

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    A+ Could not of been any better

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    and now i have slapped a king Mike Scully's Avatar
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    Bar none, the most emotionally touching episode for me.

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    Crotis Jivefunk

    Just watched it last week and it gets better everytime I see it. First off, when I watch an episode I've not seen in years, I look at the direction and camera angles, which usually helps me enjoy it more. Artie Ziff was an amazing character, who luckily got fleshed out a bit later on. Tied for best flashback episode with Homer's Barbershop Quartet.

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    Sorry to dissapoint Dr Zaius's Avatar
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    I prefer And Maggie Makes Three out of the two, but it's alright.

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    Easily one of the best episodes. Not the funniest, but the best.

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    He's undeniably real George Cauldron's Avatar
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    This is a good episode, containing a good plot, laced with some good jokes, some good emotional moments, some good use of music! Animation's not perfect, and I'm not very used to seeing Marge with her hair down, but for the season, the animation was good. Homer saying how he'll hug and kiss Marge and never let her go is a definite "awwww..." moment. In fact, I think you'll quite agree, this is a good episode.

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    yeh homer is cool when he is young voice is funny HEY BARNEY GUESS WHO GOT A DATE FOR THE PROM

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    I think that this episode is slightly overrated, I think that it is slightly below average for a flashback episode, I much prefered I Married Marge, Lisa's First Word, Homer's Barbarshop Quartet, Lisa's Sax and the The Way We Weren't. That being said, it is still a very good episode filled with humor and emotion. B+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Jay
    I think that it is slightly below average for a flashback episode, I much prefered I Married Marge, Lisa's First Word, Homer's Barbarshop Quartet, Lisa's Sax and the The Way We Weren't.
    I like I Married Marge better than this episode, simply because it's much funnier, without sacrificing anything that made The Way We Was great, and because it packs in three origin stories (Marge and Homer's wedding, Homer's SNPP job, Bart's birth) without giving up any story flow, detail, or coherent mood. It's still only a slight degree of difference between A+ episodes.
    Season rankings: 4, 7, 2, 3, 6, 5, 8, 15, 1, 16, 9, 14, 13, 17, 12, 10, 11

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    Good ep; before they had Jon Lovitz for Artie's voice - which would have made it better.
    Homer: "I call the big one Bitey."

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    I just saw this episode again. It's so great it gives me goosebumps...

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    Well, I haven't seen it very recently, but I remember it being a very good episode, especially for season 2. I really enjoy flashback episodes, and this was always one that I liked. For now, I give it a 4/5, although my grade may change once I see it again.
    Season 18 Grades
    The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer: C+
    Jazzy and the Pussycats: D-
    Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em...: F
    Treehouse of Horror XVII: C-
    G.I. D'oh: B-
    Moe 'N' A Lisa: B
    Ice Cream of Margie (With the Light Blue Hair): B
    The Haw-Hawed Couple: B
    Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2: C
    The Wife Aquatic: N/A
    Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times: C
    Little Big Girl: A-
    Springfield Up: A-
    Yokel Chords: B
    Rome-old and Juli-eh: C-
    Homerazzi: B
    Marge Gamer: B-
    The Boys of Bummer: B
    Crook and Ladder: C-
    Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot!: C-
    24 Minutes: A-
    You Kent Always Say What You Want: C

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    Come back, Zinc!! Sniper Squirrel's Avatar
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    Great episode, I love seeing Homer and Barney in High School and Lovitz as Artie Ziff, I like seeing Homer be sweet and touching while at the same time being clueless
    I'm just like Krusty!
    I'm Krusty, who are you? by

    Backdoor Sluts 9 makes Crotch Capers 3 look like Naughty Nurses 2

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    The second playing of "Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?" is my favorite romantic moment in all of the movie/entertainment industry.

    Nuff said. A+

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    A+. You just gotta love that ending.

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    A place

    Not my favourite flashback episode, but still good. 3/5
    Top 25 episodes:
    1. Treehouse Of Horror V
    2. Homer The Heretic
    3. Bart After Dark
    4. Homer Badman
    5. Homer's Enemy
    6. Cape Feare
    7. Rosebud
    8. Bart On The Road
    9. Bart's Friend Falls In Love
    10. Marge Be Not Proud
    11. Round Springfield
    12. My Fair Laddy
    13. Last Exit To Springfield
    14. The Joy Of Sect
    15. Hurracaine Neddy
    16. Simple Simpsons
    17. Lisa's Substitue
    18. Simpsoncalifragilisticexpialad'ohcious
    19. Mother Simpson
    20. Old Money
    21. In Marge We Trust
    22. Trilogy Of Error
    23. New Kid On The Block
    24. Hungry, Hungry Homer
    25. Brother From the Same Planet

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    but i'm a vampire General Jack D. Ripper's Avatar
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    Its a flashback. The first. Its gotta be good.

    Not my favorite flashback, but it has good emotion and nostalgia. Its not a real jokey episode, but there are about 5-10 moments that just get me laughing every time. And the ending...great. I think Bart gagging was the cherry on top. 5/5

    "Hey Barney, guess who's got a date to the prom!"

    "Will you go to the prom with me?"
    "Good God, No!" (I love how that line is said)

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    Best flashback episode ever 5/5
    Top 20 Episodes
    20. Homer's Enemy 19. Homie the Clown 18.Trilogy of Error 17. Das Bus 16. RoseBud 15. Bart Sells His Soul14. Summer of 4'2 13. Marge vs. the Monorail 12. Cape Feare 11. Homer at the Bat 10. Mother Simpson 9. Treehouse of Horrer V 8. Homer the Heretic 7. Lisa's Substitute 6. Lisa the Vegetarian 5. Who Shot Mr. Burns? 4. Bart's Comet 3. Lemon of Troy 2. You Only Move Twice 1. Last Exit To Springfield
    Snubs: Duffless, Mountain of Madness, In Marge We Trust, Any Other season 3-9 episode.


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    He Wears Short Shorts tom cody's Avatar
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    5/5, a great story of telling how Marge and Homer got together.
    Kids, let me tell you about another so-called ``wicked'' guy. He had long hair and some wild ideas. He didn't always do what other people thought was right. And that man's name was...
    I forget. But the point is... I forget that, too. Marge, you know what I'm talking about. He used to drive that blue car?

    -- Homer's parable of the guy in the blue car, ``Homer the Heretic''

    Ralph: I Won! I Won!
    Principal Skinner: No Ralph this means you're failing English
    Ralph: Me fail English? That's unpossible.

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    NHC's Resident Smithers Tamaki Suoh's Avatar
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    A wonderful flashback episode...nostalgic, sweet, well-written, great plot, stellar characterization, touching, humorous, what more could you ask for?

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    The place promised in our early days

    it's really a great flashback episode and it explains a lot about the characters.

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    I always crack up when Marge tells Homer that she hates him, then only a couple seconds later he calls up Barney and says "Guess who's got a date for the prom!" Classic Homer, totally clueless and self-centered.

    The ending was sweet. "Once you leave this car, I'm gonna hug you, and kiss you, and then I'll never be able to let you go."

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    Where Stephen Harper precepts.

    Marge should wear her hair down occasionally.
    she didnt exactly read shrek the 3rd, which apparently exists as some sort of companion book for a pixar movie. no, this would probably take several minutes (perhaps 10), and would have ultimately depricated the shrek 3 cinematic experience

    she merely looked at the book

    she saw it, perhaps in the childrens section of a barnes & noble, registered it in her mind as being in existance, and filed it away for later as the subject for a post on BOOKS YOUVE READ. only she just looked at it. and it was shrek 3

    in a way its the saddest post ive ever read

    -toxic shock syndrome

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    NHC's Resident Lisa Kyoya Otori's Avatar
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    The Way We Was is just an excellent, sweet, unforgettable episode, that really set a bar for the future flashback episodes that could not be met. It had spot on characterizations, good references to the time period that made you feel like you were really living in that year, a nice wraparound of Homer and Marge telling the kids the story, and, finally, the great plot that gave us the story of how Homer and Marge met. In short, it's an amazing episode that just cannot be beat, and is one of season 2's best.

    5/5, A+
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    Electrified Fooling Machine Mindy Simmons's Avatar
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    in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane!

    If there is such thing as a perfect episode, this is definitely it. The first flashback show is also the best, although there would be other good flashbacks to come. It did create a limiting generational fence that the Simpsons has been forced to step out of over the years, but it's worth it. This is one of the episodes that I most strongly associate with the series, and I honestly cannot imagine never having this wonderful gem as part of its history. Actually, some of my most vivid memories of falling in love with this show involve season 2. I was only 7 or 8 when it first aired, but I still remember where I was (my bedroom with my black-and-white tv, while the rest of the family watched something else in the living room,) what I was doing (trying not to choke to death, as I had just wolfed down my dinner) and how I felt as it aired (genuine fascination with the back story, and surprise to learn that Marge's last name was Bouvier. It was actually a big topic of discussion at school the next day.) It may sound silly, but this is the type of affect the show had on people, young and old I'm sure. Every episode was an event.
    The Way We Was is an engaging, funny, and moving episode, even if Bart thinks otherwise. Marge and Homer, even through all their dysfunction, really are a sweet couple.

    An A+ for sure.
    Dramatization: May not have happened.

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