The Simpsons

Little Girl in the Big Ten

Season 13, Ep 20, Aired 5/12/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa is failing gym. So that she won't fail and lose the Springfield Elementary the only accreditation they have, Principal Skinner gets Lisa a private coach. After seeing a vision of President Kennedy, Lisa is inspired to give gymnastics her best shot. While Bart is spending time with Grandpa he gets bitten by a Chinese mosquito. Lisa finds out that her fellow gymnastics students are actually college age, and rather than be embarrassed by her real age, she lets them think she is college age as well. Bart is diagnosed with "Panda virus" which makes him contagious, so Dr. Hibbert puts him in a plastic bubble for a week. Meanwhile Lisa has started hanging out with college age students at a coffee house listening to Robert Pinsky read his poetry. Bart starts using his plastic bubble to rescue nerds from the bullies. Some of those nerds follow Lisa when they think she is up to something. They find her at college analyzing "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoons and Milhouse exposes her. Embarrassed she leaves and back at home, she gets in trouble for going to college (16 credit hours worth) and her fellow grade school students won't relate with her anymore. She gets advice from Bart on how to win them back, which she does by making a splash on the cake created for Seymour Skinner Day.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 (6)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Oct 10, 2010

  • Lisa pretends to be a teen and barts the bubble boy!

    By exterminator25, Sep 16, 2007

  • Lisa pretends to be in college and Bart is stuck in a bubble!

    By Hornets3, Aug 13, 2009

  • Good episode, but the "B" Plot made this episode so hilarious!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 18, 2008

  • Not bad at all. Give it a watch.

    By JohnnySeidz, Jul 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Lisa: (thinking) Wow, I'm actually passing as a college student! And they don't have a Blue's Clue! Whoa, gotta age it up a bit...

    • Marge: (About Bart) What's wrong with him, doctor? It can't be mange. I just had him dipped!

    • Homer: I was trying to throw Bart over the roof, and he got stuck in this tree. Marge, where's my pellet gun? Marge: In the tree!

    • Lisa: It was a bustling marketplace of ideas! Marge: Oh, and this kitchen isn't?

    • Lisa: I share a house with a couple of girls, a couple of guys. Tina: Guys, huh? Are they cute? Lisa: Well, Bart is kind of . . . NO!

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    Notes (3)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Moleman is 80 years old.

    • The Itchy and Scratchy episode's production code was DABF06 which is really the production code for an episode of The Simpons entitled "The Bart Wants What it Wants".

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: Two teenagers are making out on the couch when the family enters the room.

    Trivia (10)

    • According to this episode, Principal Skinner has been an intern principal for 20 years.

    • Continuity: The gym teacher says that Coach Lugash "defected into East Germany." But in the episode "Children of a Lesser Clod," Lugash is said to have escaped from East Germany by cartwheeling over the Berlin Wall.

    • In the part with the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon, you see Itchy pour the butter on the toast and Scratchy's eyes are no where to be seen but in the next shot, Itchy's takes a bite out of one of Scratchy's eyes.

    • When Homer is throwing the frisbee to get Bart out of the tree, we see the peices of wood nailed onto the tree for Bart's treehouse, but then moments later they are gone, so that Lisa can use her gymnastics to get to the top.

    • When Bart is eating (slurping) his soup in the bubble, Homer gets mad and fills Bart's bubble with water. When Homer picks up the bubble, the soup is no where to be seen.

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    Allusions (13)

    • Man in Cafe: Open your minds for the Coltrane of the quatrain. He was comparing Robert Pinsky to legendary jazz musician John Coltrane.

    • Lisa (to herself): I'm passing as a college student, and they don't have a Blue's clue. Oops, gotta age it up. A quick reference to the children's TV show "Blue's Clues" and its star Blue, the blueberry-spotted dog.

    • When Lisa begins her switch from elementary school goody-goody to a cool college girl after leaving the school grounds, the "Pink Panther" theme, by Henry Mancini, from the 1963 film (as well as the cartoon series from 1964 to 1980) can be heard playing. When the three boys sneak through the college, a slight imitation of the theme is heard then.

    • Lisa notices one of the other two girls at Lugash's gym is reading Gravity's Rainbow, which is a novel written by American author Thomas Pynchon. The novel is set in Europe at the end of WWII, and features the creation of the first military ballistic missiles as a main theme. It's also worth noting that Thomas Pynchon has later appeared as himself in a couple of other Simpsons' episodes.

    • Man In Cafe (testing the microphone) : April is the cruelest month, cruelest month. "April is the cruelest month" is a line from TS Eliot's poem "The Wasteland."

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