The Simpsons

Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade

Season 14, Ep 3, Aired 11/17/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Tired of "suckling on the six network teat," with their endless array of "reality shows," the Simpson family gets a satellite dish. Homer and Bart spend hours surfing all of the available channels. While Lisa studies for the school's upcoming achievement test; Bart doesn't, as he engrossed in Japanese Friends amongst and other lame satellite TV programming. Bart zones out during the test and daydreams about everything he's been watching lately. At a school assembly the next day, Principal Skinner announces that because of Lisa's high test score, she is being promoted to the 3rd grade. When Bart makes a comment about Lisa, Principal Skinner responds by also announcing that because of his low test score, Bart is being demoted to the 3rd grade. They'll be in class together, much to each other's horror. Lisa has a hard time adapting to the 3rd grade, as Bart is coming off as a much better student than he actually is. They go on a field trip to Capital City and Bart and Lisa are put together via the buddy system. Their teacher, Mrs. McConnell, decides that the students are going to help the state design a new flag. When Bart overhears Lisa breaking bad on him, he redesigns their entry. Lisa's anger with Bart causes them to fight and miss their bus back home. Bart and Lisa attempt to get home on their own, meanwhile Principal Skinner reports their disappearance to Homer and Marge, who subsequently journey to Capital City to try to find them. Bart and Lisa encounter a family of mountain folk, who take them back to the big city to reunite them with their family. Realizing that the "status quo" is best all-around, Principal Skinner returns Bart and Lisa's academic careers to normal.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • this i like

    By futuramarama, May 14, 2012

  • Another one of my favorite episodes

    By dragondude4, Oct 12, 2009

  • Bart and Lisa in the same grade.

    By Hornets3, Aug 17, 2009

  • A very nice episode.

    By KiwiSan, Jan 25, 2008

  • This episode proves that 99.9% of episodes from seasons 10-18 are hilarious as ever!!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Sep 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (32)

    • (Bart watches the Clock Channel, it shows a big clock ticking on the screen.) Announcer: Coming up on the clock channel: Six o'clock! Bart: Wait, I already saw this one.

    • Mrs. McConnell: Saying your buddy's name out loud is a security risk!

    • Lisa: Bart, the test is in two hours, and you haven't slept in a fortnight! Bart: What's a fortnight? Lisa: You should know, it's on the test!

    • Bart: I'm sorry I sabotaged your flag. Lisa: Well, I'm sorry for getting us lost out here. Bart: I'm sorry about the time I sawed the heads off your Malibu Stacies. You go. Lisa: I don't think I have any more. Bart: That's okay, I'll go again. Remember the time your bike was mangled by Gypsies? Lisa: Yes . . . Bart: Funny story. I was bored one day, and Dad had left his steamroller idling in the driveway . . .

    • Homer: Oh, it's red wire to red wire. What idiot dreamed that up?

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode marks Marcia Wallace's 100th appearance!

    • Whatever state Springfield is in, the state bird is the pot-bellied sparrow and the state pasta is bowtie.

    • The family shops for a satellite dish at a store called The Boob Tubery.

    • Bart says that when he gets through with Lisa's flag, "it's gonna be a Bart-mangled banner." "Bart-Mangled Banner" will eventually be the title of episode 334.

    • The DVS narrator is different in this episode only.

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    Trivia (7)

    • In Bart's daydream, Pikachu from Pok√©mon and Bender from Futurama can be seen.

    • When Bart and Lisa tumble into the creek, you can tell its pretty deep from the underwater shot of them choking each other. But when they resurface they're able to stand and the water's only waist deep.

    • On the field trip memorial wall when Willie has to enter Bart and Lisa's names, you'll notice 2 particular names. El Jefe (Hefe) and Fat Mike - horns/guitar/backup vocals and bass/lead vocals/founding member (respectively) of the punk band NOFX.

    • Bart's fanny pack says "Lisa's Brother" and Lisa's says "Bart's Sister."

    • After Lisa is given her paper, you can clearly see that there is a B+ on top of the stack of the papers the teacher is holding. But a moment later, she gives Bart an A!

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    Allusions (6)

    • Star Spangled Banner Bart says he will make Lisa's flag a "Bart Mangled Banner," a play on the US National Anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner". That name would become the title of a later episode.

    • Friends Bart watches a show titled Japanese Friends; a parody of the popular sitcom Friends.

    • On the bus to Capitol City, Lisa is reading a book called Love In The Time Of Coloring Books. This is a parody of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel Love In The Time Of Cholera.

    • Marge: Get back, honky cat. This is a line from the Elton John song "Honky Cat."

    • Principal Skinner: Let's give it up for MC Safety and the Caution Crew! MC Safety was likely named after MC Hammer.

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