The Simpsons

Lisa the Simpson

Season 9, Ep 17, Aired 3/8/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa struggles with solving a simple brain teaser and fears that she has succumbed the dreaded "Simpson" gene that renders members of the Simpson clan a little less than intelligent.

  • 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)
  • At school, Lisa is presented with a brain teaser, which she is unable to solve (despite the relative ease with which her peers, even Ralph, are able to do it). Following this incident, Lisa is unable to perfrom simple tasks. at the end she's smart

    By jonah52, Nov 03, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 24, 2010

  • Lisa the Simpson

    By futuramarama, Jan 24, 2010

  • Lisa the genetic racist

    By twilightboy, May 18, 2008

  • Another episode centered around Lisa, but it was very funny and good

    By Iverson82094, Jan 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • (Homer desperately tries to find a successful person among his large gathering of Simpsons)
      Homer: What about you?
      Man #1: Well sir, I step in front of cars and sue the drivers.
      Man #2: I beg celebrities for money.
      Man #3: I'm a prison snitch.
      Man #4: Jug band manager.
      Man #5: My legs hurt.

    • (Talking about Lisa) Bart: She insulted us, Mom. She thinks she is so great. I'll dance on her grave. Marge: Bart! Bart: (clueless) What? Oh, napkin, right.

    • Marge: Lisa, Lisa honey wake up. Lisa: Why bother? Marge: Because your father has a big surprise for you. Lisa: I'm adopted? Marge: Better, come look.

    • Homer: Marge, give me your address book, four beers, and my conversation hat.

    • (Up in the attic, Grampa shows Lisa a picture of Homer after he won his first-grade spelling bee.) Lisa: Wow. Dad was a good speller? Grampa: Oh, your dad used to be as smart as a monkey, then his mind started gettin' lazy and now he's as dumb as a chimp. Lisa: Grampa! Grampa: Hey, I am too. And your brother's coming along nicely. Look at Bart's homework. Back when he was your age, he was as smart as a chimp. (Grampa opens up a box labeled "Bart". On top of a stack of homework is a paper of Bart's from the second grade. It has a smiley face on it with the comment, "Great Work!") Lisa: This is just two years ago! Grampa: That's right. Then the Simpson genes kick in! (Grampa leafs through the paper like an animator's flip book and the smiley faces on the corners of the papers gradually turn into frowns and eventually to a skull and crossbones.)

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not mess the opening credits. Couch Gag: Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie rush in, only to find that the living room has been replaced with a classroom. At the blackboard, Bart repeats writing "I will not mess with the opening credits" over and over again.

    Trivia (9)

    • The music that plays during "When Building Collapse" is appropriately the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.

    • Before Lisa talks on TV, Kent Brockman's suit is red, but after Lisa is done talking, it's brown.

    • Grandpa Simpson glasses disapeares when he pops back up to the attic.

    • Scene cut-The Flanders are at the Freak-E-Mart reading the most offensive baseball cap. Rod and Tod are reading it-"Show me your t-" and then Ned covers their eyes then they run off.

    • The music playing at the "Freak-E-Mart" is the same carnival-type music Homer hears in episode 118 "Homie The Clown" when everyone he sees turns into a clown.

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    Allusions (5)

    • The Twilight Zone Homer and Bart are watching When Buildings Collapse and Lisa comes down to watch it with them. Homer pats the couch and says "Room for one more." This whole scene, including the quote, is an allusion to The Twilight Zone episode "Twenty Two."

    • Life in Hell When Lisa is in class and forgets she has a project due, she quickly puts together a pink eraser with tacks to make it look like a pig. This is a quote from a joke from Matt Groening's book Life in Hell.

    • When Homer, Bart and Lisa watch "When Buildings Collapse," one of the buildings has a sign in front of it that says "The House Of Usher." "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It involves a brother and sister, Roderick and Madeline, who are suffering from strange illnesses and living in a decaying mansion. Madeline dies, then comes back from the grave and kills Roderick, and then the mansion collapses.

    • Lisa recommends reading Yertle The Turtle, which she considers "possibly the finest book ever written on the subject of turtle stacking." This is a Dr. Suess book about Yertle the turtle (obviously), who wants to see farther away so he climbs up on another turtle. Then he climbs on top of two turtles, and so on. Eventually the huge stack of turtles collapses and Yertle realizes how foolish he was.

    • (Lisa tries to solve the picto-puzzle) Lisa: Hmm, it's not Egyptian, it's not Prince's names . . . Musician Prince had a string of hits in the 1980s like "Little Red Corvette" and "1999." In the early 1990s, he changed his name to a strange symbol. Nobody was sure how to pronounce it, so they called him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince." He later changed his name to simply "The Artist."

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