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Sleeping with the Enemy 

Because she thinks her own children do not appreciate her anymore, Marge becomes a mother figure for Nelson.


Lauren MacMullan


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier / Jackie Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Maggie Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / TV Announcer / Mr. Muntz (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Janey / Girl in Store #1 (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Nelson's Mother / Agnes Skinner / Girl in Store #2 (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Others (voice)


Feeling that her own kids take her for granted,Marge takes pity on Nelson,whose dad has walked out on him and his loose-living mother,and lets him stay at her house. Bart is horrified as it means he gets bullied at home as well as at school. There is only one thing for it. Bart goes out and finds Nelson's father,bringing happy outcomes all round. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

21 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Nelson's father Eddie Muntz. See more »


When Bart first walks into his room, his bed sheets go all the way down to the ground. When Bart rolls under his bed they are only down a few inches. See more »


References George Lopez (2002) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Nancy Cartwright (as "Sherri Smells")
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Nice to see Nelson develop some More,
12 May 2015 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Sleeping with the Enemy is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and plenty of very funny scenes. We get to see Nelson's character develop significantly for the first time, the show had made several jokes and references relating to his family and living conditions in previous episodes, but in this we get to see some proper depth in his character and begin to look at the character beyond simply being a bully, I really like that. I think the episode definitely could have revolved around Nelson's parents a bit more, we could have learned more about his mother certainly, they are easily characters the show could go back to at some stage in the future, there is a story to tell there. I enjoyed Lisa's side story, it was a very different moment for this character but I think it was a necessary subject to tackle and they did it well, filled with humour but also realism that this is a problem facing many teenagers. Sleeping with the Enemy is a fun and very sweet Simpsons episode.

Nelson moves in with the Simpsons after he starts becoming close to Marge.

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