Synopsis by Mark Deming
Former second-string movie star and current demi-celebrity for hire Troy McClure (voice of Phil Hartman) is making his way home one night when he's pulled over for driving without his glasses. McClure needs to retake his vision test before his license will be restored, but since he's too vain to wear his specs in public, the results are not especially good. However, Selma Bouvier (voice of Julie Kavner) is charmed by McClure and agrees to give him a passing grade in exchange for a date. After dinner, a photographer spots McClure and snaps his picture with Selma; the picture is published in the "Springfield Shopper," and turns out to be one of the first bits of positive publicity Troy has received since widespread allegation of his bizarre sexual attraction to fish tarnished his career years before. McClure's agent, MacArthur Parker (voice of Jeff Goldblum), informs his client that he might be able to get him work again if he's seen with human females on a regular basis, and Troy soon asks for Selma's hand in marriage. However, the night before the wedding, Troy confesses to his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta), that he's only marrying Selma to kick start his career. When word of this gets back to Selma's sisters, Marge and Patty (both voiced by Julie Kavner), they both urge her to get out of her sham marriage before it's too late. However, Selma has come to enjoy the life of semi-fame, and is willing to go along with the charade until Troy mentions his agent's latest advice for putting his career back on the fast track -- having a baby. "A Fish Called Selma" was first aired on March 24, 1996.