The Simpsons

Lisa the Vegetarian

Season 7, Ep 5, Aired 10/15/95
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  • Episode Description
  • After a trip to a petting zoo, Lisa finds herself unable to eat lamb exposing her to ridicule and resentment from her father and friends. But with help from Apu and Paul and Linda McCartney, she makes an effort to stick to her new vegetarian view.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Kirkland

  • David X. Cohen

  • Linda McCartney


  • Paul McCartney


  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • I am Lisa Simpson

    By sallyvillarre, Feb 07, 2013

  • Lisa becomes a vegetarian, in this series classic.

    By WBadger42, Jun 28, 2008

  • I could write a Much better story then this! :idea:

    By 4EverGreen, Feb 24, 2006

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 20, 2010

  • is eating meat wrong?

    By futuramarama, Nov 04, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (42)

    • Lisa: Dad! Can't you have some other type of party, one where you don't serve meat? Homer: But all normal people love meat! If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say 'Yo Goober! Where's the meat?!' I'm trying to impress people here, Lisa. You don't win friends with salad. Bart: (singing) You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! (Homer joins in, forming a conga line with Bart) Bart, Homer: You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! (Marge joins in) Bart, Homer, Marge: You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! Lisa: Mom!! Marge: I don't mean to take sides, I just got caught up in the rhythm.

    • (The family enjoys an animatronic display at a children's petting zoo.) Wolf: Come out, come out, or I'll blooow your house in. Three Little Pigs: Not by the hairs of our chinny chin chin. Bart: What a load of crappy crap crap. Homer: Quiet, boy. I have a feeling some bad stuff is going to go down. Marge: (to Maggie) This is where the wolf blows down the pigs' house. Bart: (Sarcastically) He blows all right, he blows big time. Marge: That's it honey, get into the spirit.

    • (Upon discovering the barbecue Ned Flanders is hosting in his backyard, which involves the entire Flanders family.) Homer: Hey Flanders-- Everybody: Hi-diddly-ho, neighborino! Homer: Shut up! Everybody: Okily-dokily!

    • (Homer and Bart chase after the roasted pig Lisa pushes with the lawnmower, and it goes through a bush.) Homer: It's just a little dirty. It's still good, it's still good… (The pig goes across a road, hits a wall, and flies off the rotisserie grill and into the river.) Homer: It's just a little slimy. It's still good, it's still good… (The pig goes down river into a dam where it gets stuck. Water builds up and sends it propelling into the air.) Homer: It's just a little airborne. It's still good, it's still good… Bart: It's gone. Homer: I know.

    • Lisa: When will those fools learn they can be perfectly happy eating fruits, breads, grains, and cheese? Apu: Ooh, cheese!? Lisa: You don't eat cheese, Apu? Apu: No. I don't eat any food that comes from an animal. Lisa: Oh. Then you must think I'm a monster. Apu: Yes, indeed I do think that.

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    Notes (8)

    • This episode won a 1996 EMA Award for TV Comedy.

    • While the end credits roll, an audio track of Paul McCartney reading a recipe for lentil soup can be heard playing backwards in the background behind his song, "Maybe I'm Amazed".

    • Itchy and Scratchy: "Esophagus Now" Scratchy is at a restaurant and Itchy is a waiter. He asks Scratchy what he wants he points to a lamb-chop. Itchy goes under the table shaves Scratchy's stomach and puts it on the plate. Then Itchy puts the plate on the table in front of Scratchy and he starts to eat it. But when he swallows something it comes back out. He eats the same piece 5x then Itchy comes and gives him a bill of $100 and Scratchy’s head explodes.

    • This is the first appearance of Apu's secret garden which will be seen again in later episodes.

    • Blackboard Joke: The boys room is not a water park. Couch Gag: The family comes in, but they are gray outlines. Robotic arms come in and detail them.

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    Trivia (2)

    • When Homer looks through the field glasses, he's far from the trash can, but he's suddenly close to it when he throws the glasses away.

    • The meat film that Skinner shows the class has '3F03' at the bottom of the title screen - which is the production code of this episode.

    Allusions (4)

    • She's Leaving Home

      When Apu informs the McCartneys that Lisa is running away, Paul says, "What? She's leaving home?". He says this as dialogue, but it is also the title of a Beatles song.

    • Sheri/Terri: Look at Mrs. Potato Head! Mrs. Potato Head, like her male counterpart: Mr. Potato Head, is a popular children's doll that is in the shape of a plastic potato produced by Hasbro. Children can put a variety of noses, hats, mustaches, and other features on the doll to decorate it.

    • Paul McCartney: If you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backwords... In the late 1960s there were rumors that Paul McCartney had died and if you played the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" backwards it said, "I buried Paul."

    • Homer: I've got the prescription for you, doctor. Another hot beef injection! "Hot beef injection" is a phrase from the 1985 Brat Pack movie The Breakfast Club. John Bender is trying to bug Claire and he asks her if Andrew slips her the "hot beef injection." Unlike Homer, he wasn't talking about the kind of wieners you eat at a barbecue.

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