Although considered by many
a peripheral character, Milhouse Van Houten is
the heart and soul of The Simpsons.
He is the everyman. Bullied
by oafs, rejected by women, a victim of a broken
home - Milhouse still manages to look for the
bright places. His feet may be wet, but his cuffs
are bone dry. Everything's coming up Milhouse!
It is a wearying task to
sketch the turmoil and heartache of this tortured
hero; this being said, his situation in life is
no better described than in his own poignant
words during a potentially violent confrontation
with a Shelbyville boy.
Milhouse: Is this the
untimely end of Milhouse?
Boy: [pause] But Milhouse is my name!
Milhouse: But I thought I was the only one!
Boy: [shakes head] A pain I know all too well.
Milhouse: So this is what it feels like...when