The Simpsons

Last Tap Dance in Springfield

Season 11, Ep 20, Aired 5/7/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa is inspired to learn dancing, so she begins taking classes. All the while, Bart and Milhouse pretend they are at camp, when they are actually staying overnight in the Springfield Mall. Police Chief Wiggum is conviced that giant rats have made their home in the mall, so he tries to exterminate them.

  • 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)
  • Hillarious!

    By kennyraider, Jan 24, 2012

  • Take a typical season 11 and downplay the wackiness by a large margin...

    By orchardpark, May 01, 2010

  • Decent

    By futuramarama, Nov 14, 2009

  • Lisa takes up Tap dancing and Bart and Milhouse camp out in the mall.

    By Hornets3, Aug 02, 2009

  • Didn't like the main story, but the "b" story was fantastic.

    By Iverson82094, Jan 30, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Vicky: I'm sorry, but giving everyone an equal part when they're not clearly equal is what again, class? Girls: Communism!

    • Ralph: Lisa's bad dancing makes my feet sad!

    • Lisa: What am I doing wrong? Vicki: Well, you're falling a lot. Maybe you should work on that.

    • Homer: Now, honey, what were you trying to say before we kept interrupting with our loving proudness? Marge: Yes, our tiny tapper, what was it you were going to say after "I wanted to be a dancer, but"? Lisa: But, I just... need more practice! See ya! (exits kitchen, her shoes tap) Homer: Oh, what's that awful sound? Marge: The furnace? Lisa: It's me! Homer/Marge: Aww....

    • Vicki: You've just got to turn that frown upside-down! (Lisa smiles.) Vicki: That's a smile, not an upside-down frown! Work on that, too!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2001 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not dance on anyone's grave. Couch Gag: The family is swinging on vines in Tarzan-style clothes. Homer swings past the couch and crashes off-screen.

    Trivia (3)

    • Where did Lisa's shopping bags go after the movie? Her and Marge both had two when they were looking at the title outside, and then when they come out, Lisa's are gone.

    • When Professor Frink claps the can moves but when he puts the microchip in Lisa's shoe it is off.

    • In the scene where the three bullies (Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney) kidnap a blind Homer and make him go to the liquor store to get Jack Daniels and cigarettes, Jimbo's hat is mustard yellow instead of the usual grape purple.

    Allusions (11)

    • Tommy Hilfiger The store that Marge and Lisa walk out of before going to the movies is called Tommy Hillclimber, an allusion to the clothing line Tommy Hilfiger.

    • The series Homer watches at the beginning features a robot similar to Robo Cop.

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      When Milhouse is scared by seeing the lion's on the other side of the plant they're hiding in, he is scared speechless and communicates only by pantomine and whimering and growling. That is a parody of "Scooby-Doo" when Scooby sees a monster near them and pantomines the monster.

    • :
      The MORG synthesizer featured at Stan's Keyboards (a store at the Springfield Mall) combines the Moog synthesizer and the Korg keyboard brand names.

    • :
      The main inspiration for the episode's climax – Lisa tap-dancing uncontrollably while wearing a pair of red slippers and unable to remove the Professor Frink-altered shoes – is found in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes" (wherein a ballerina wears a pair of cursed slippers that won't stop dancing). A similar plot was found in the Warner Bros. animated classic, "The Wearing of the Grin," where Porky Pig – accused by a pair of paranoid leprechauns of attempting to steal their gold – is sentenced to wear a pair of magic green shoes that cause him to continuously dance a jig.

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