The Simpsons

Lisa the Iconoclast

Season 7, Ep 16, Aired 2/18/96
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  • Episode Description
  • As Springfield's bicentennial celebration approaches, Lisa discovers the real truth behind town founder, Jebediah Springfield and finds herself at odds with a protective museum curator who wants to keep Jebediah's unattractive past a secret. Meanwhile, Homer becomes obsessed with being the official town crier for the bicentennial celebration.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jonathan Collier

  • Mike B. Anderson

  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Harry Shearer

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

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Perfect; Another Simpsons classic

    By Southparkfa, Aug 20, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 21, 2010

  • Lisa the Iconoclast

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • Lisa as usual going against the establishment.

    By twilightboy, Apr 12, 2008

  • A stupid ending, but a great plot none the less

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • (Lisa turns to a table with four businessmen who are sponsoring the bicentennial)
      Lisa: I hope you know you're sponsoring a celebration for a murderous pirate.
      Sponsor: A pirate?! Well that's hardly the image we want for Long John Silver's!

    • Lisa: Hi Apu! Can I put this poster in your window?
      Apu: Well of course you can, you little Pixy. You are just as sweet as the Stix which bear your name.
      (Apu notices Lisa's poster as she's putting up)
      Apu: (Gasp) No no, no no no! Take that down! As a semi-legal immigrant, your poster could land me in a predicament as Red Hot as the candies which bear that name.

    • (Jebediah Springfield's coffin has just been opened, everybody gasps) Chief Wiggum: Jebediah Springfield has been replaced with a skeleton! Hollis Hurlbut: No, that's the skeleton of Jebediah.

    • Homer: You su-diddely-uck, Flanders!….Hear ye, hear ye! Ye olde town crier proclaimed crappy by all! Chooseth Homer Simpson, and he shalt rock thy world! Chief Wiggum: Good God, he is fabulous. Principal Skinner: Yes, he's embiggened that role with his cromulent performance.

    • Lisa: How about town crier? You'd be great at that. Homer: You think so? Bart: Well, yeah, Dad, you're a big fat loudmouth and you can walk when you have to.

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    Notes (4)

    • The words "cromulent" and "embiggen" were both coined by the writers of this episode. Although completely made up, these words have since taken on a life of their own via the Internet and other media. "Cromulent" has also appeared in the Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English.

    • Ironically Donald Sutherland played the character Homer Simpson in the 1975 film "The Day of the Locust."

    • "Hollis" and "Hurlbut" are freshman dormitories at Harvard.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The screen is divided into squares with 9 squares featuring (in this order, starting with the top left) Lisa, Marge, Grandpa, Maggie, The Living Room, Bart, Snowball, Homer, Santa's Little Helper. It is very similar to The Brady Bunch opening. They look at each other also reminiscent of The Brady Bunch. They all run to the couch, leaving grandpa snoozing in his square. The episode ends with a special original song over the credits.

    Trivia (1)

    • The flag in Miss Hoover's classroom has 25 stars and 15 stripes.

    Allusions (2)

    • The Producers Lisa going into Moe's Tavern to tell the patrons that Jebediah Springfield was a fraud, and their reactions (mouths gaping open) is a direct allusion to the famous scene in the Mel Brooks' film The Producers showing an audience with the same reaction.

    • Chester A. Arthur Lisa jokingly claims she has "Chester A. Arthritis" in the historical society. This is a reference to the twenty first president of the United States: Chester A. Arthur.

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