- "Ha Ha! Your mom's a jailbird!"
- ―Nelson Muntz
- "So's yours."
Marge in Chains is the twenty-first episode of season 4. It originally aired on May 6, 1993. The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, while Jim Reardon directed.
Marge gets busted for shoplifting at the Kwik-E-Mart and is sentenced to thirty days in prison. Bart concocts a brilliant scheme to break her out that involves a party dress, a wig and a crowbar. But what finally springs Marge is the rioting townspeople of Springfield, who desperately need the inmate's patented marshmallow squares for the Springfield Park Commission's annual bake sale.
After many of Springfield's residents purchase a 'Juice Loosener', which are shipped from Japan, the dreaded Osaka Flu hits the town. Many of the townspeople are affected by the illness. Due to tiredness from having to look after the rest of her ill family, Marge accidentally forgets to pay for Grampa's bottle of Bourbon when shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart. She is surrounded by an unusually high number of armed police which would make more sense if she was comminting armed robbery and then arrested for shoplifting. As usual the family hires Lionel Hutz to defend Marge at her trial and as usual, he loses the case. She is sentenced to 30 days imprisonment at Springfield Women's Prison. Apu who now belives that Marge is a hardened criminal believes that her being behind bars will cease all future problems for him, the scene cuts to Snake driving a truck with the entire Kwik-E-Mart loaded ono it heading for Mexico.
Marge's absence is felt at home as Homer struggles to cope without her, and the family home is in a dreadful state. The annual bake sale also suffers: Without Marge's marshmallow squares, the Springfield Park Commission fails to raise enough money to pay for a statue of Abraham Lincoln. They purchase one of Jimmy Carter instead, which disgusts the townspeople and leads to a riot; at one point the statue is used as a battering ram. To save his career Mayor Quimby releases Marge from jail (to win over the female voters), and the people of Springfield cheerfully welcome her back. They even unveil a statue for Marge, which is actually the statue of President Carter with Marge's hair stuck on top of it.