Throughout her many years on the air, Marge Simpson has tackled just about every possible problem that can arise in the role of Mom, Wife, and Homemaker. There simply isn’t anything that she can’t do. However, her greatest role in the Simpson family and in the TV show is simply to serve the voice of reason.
How many times has Marge tried to get Homer to watch what he eats, tried keep Bart out of trouble, provided Lisa with a role model as well as much need advice, juggled baby Maggie, and kept a spotless house – all without messing up a single hair in her blue beehive? All too many. She is the glue that keeps the Simpson household together; she accomplishes it all by using simple common sense.
As together as Marge seems most of the time, there is a palpable anger just below the surface that explodes every now and then. There have been times when she followed in the steps of Thelma and Louise, stopped her car in the middle of traffic, ran off to spas, and more. In the end, in her absence, her family appreciates her all the more. They realize just how much they need her in their daily lives, just how much they love her.
As great as things are right after Marge returns from her breaks, it never lasts long. Inevitably, Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie take her for granted again. They go about their daily lives not realizing that she is what helps make them tick. It normally takes upsetting her feelings or pushing her to the limit for her to receive the recognition she deserves. For example, in the episode where she and Bart would go for a bike ride everyday in order to have tea, Bart soon realizes just what a Mama’s boy he has become. In usual Bart fashion, he rebels and hurts Marge’s feelings. In the end, Marge realizes that Bart might become too attached to her; instead, they find other activities to do together.
While this is the pattern for some episodes, others revolve around Marge’s relationship with Homer. Much to her chagrin, Homer embarrasses Marge to no end. He doesn’t necessarily intend to mortify her, but it happens. In one episode, Homer busts through a window during a ladies’ luncheon attended by Marge. Everyone at the country club realizes that he is her husband, and can’t understand why she is with him. As any long-time Simpsons fan will tell you, Marge’s reason goes out the window when it comes to her Homie. She loves him unconditionally.
That doesn’t mean, however, that she doesn’t try to instill some reason into Homer. She is simply unsuccessful time and time again. Her unconditional love for him and their children makes her tick. It is also the very thing that makes her keep trying to impose some sense and order into their daily lives. Without Marge’s voice of reason, the Simpsons would have been just another cartoon, nothing more.