|"Hey we have another important black character with a course voice|
that we need to cast." "Should we find a guest star or wh-"
"GET ME KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON RIGHT NOW!"
Marge and Homer are having marital difficulties, again. They attempt to patch things up at the nuclear plant, an attempts which is going well. Its witnessed by Mr. Burns and a wealthy friend of his, Nigel. The two are at odds at whether "true love" exists, with Nigel claiming that the "true love" they're witnessing on the security camera isn't real. He bets $5 million that he can break Homer and Marge up, which Burns accepts.
That afternoon, Nigel forces Homer to go drinking with him under the veiled threat of punishment. At the bar, Nigel notices that Moe is attracted to Marge and decides to use this to his advantage by hiring Moe to head his new classy bar. Homer doesn't get home until late, and Marge refuses to hear his side of the story, putting their marriage on the brink (again).
Nigel invites the Simpson couple to the new bar (Moho House), and the two immediately go their separate ways once inside. Moe catches up with Marge, who is more than open to even his advances. Still, at the end Moe is unwilling to go all the way and sheepishly retreats. Nigel, eyeing a victory, sweetens the bet: his own fortune to Burns, or Burns forfeits Smithers. Realizing his peril, Smithers attempts to force Homer to reconcile by giving him a gift to give Marge, but Marge realizes the ploy right away and runs off in tears.
Moe, realizing his part in this story, invites Marge and Homer separately to Moho House and gets the two to reconcile at his own sacrifice. This, coupled with Homer's last-second callback to nostalgia, and Marge decides to forgive Homer (again). Burns wins his bet (though Smithers gets his revenge by tricking Burns into believing Nigel was never there, thus saving Nigel's fortune), and all is back to what it was.
Its a marriage episode whose final act was a sloppy mess. That said, many of the gags in this episode worked in its favor despite the retreaded theme, leaving it as (sadly) one of the stronger episodes of the season.
Final Score: 7.3