The Simpsons

Moe 'N' a Lisa

Season 18, Ep 6, Aired 11/19/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa aides Moe in discovering his inner-poet and he gains swift popularity and recognition from a group of successful American authors, when Lisa helps to get his poetry published. However, Lisa is crushed, when Moe enjoys his newfound success with literary giants and fails to credit Lisa for her assistance in his poetry.

  • Cast & Crew
  • 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

  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Moe becomes a poet with Lisa's help.

    By Hornets3, Sep 04, 2009

  • Season 18 first non-suberb episode, but that doesn't mean that this episode is horrible.

    By Iverson82094, Dec 31, 2007

  • I think I liked this episode more than a lot of others.

    By titiembe, May 07, 2007

  • By orallukeaplacia, Jan 22, 2007

  • Works a lot better than it sounds

    By jimbo_001, Jan 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Lisa: You're a heartless jerk! Moe: Where did that come from? Oh, right, my actions.

    • Homer: This vibrating massage chair feels great. Moe: That ain't a massage chair, it's just full of cockroaches.

    • Marge (reading Moe's note): "Dear pus bag . . ." Homer: Whoa, Marge, who'd you piss off? Moe: It's for you, pus bag!

    • Grampa: (With his gold medal.) I've never been happier! ("The Star-Spangled Banner" plays) Grampa: Turn that hippie crap off!

    • Lisa: (gasps) It's Tom Wolfe! He uses more exclamation points than any other major American writer. Tom Wolfe: It's true!!!!!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was originally written for season 16.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The living room is the background image of a computer screen. Each of the family members is dragged and dropped onto the couch. Then the entire couch is dragged onto the Trash Can, which is then emptied.

    Trivia (6)

    • The guy whipping the grad students at the pond looked exactly like Homer's dean when he went back to college.

    • Maggie Simpson apparently has no problem reading. After Moe throws the brick through the Simpsons' house's window where he attaches a message, as Moe is "reading" it out loud, Maggie wipes away a tear with a pacifier. This would imply Maggie had no problem in reading, or at least no problem in understanding an unusually wide range of English vocabulary for a baby.

    • List of people who Lisa interviewed for her report on 'A Fascinating Springfielder': Milhouse's Dad, Comptroller Atkins, Gil, Very Tall Man, Squeaky Voiced Teen and of course Moe.

    • Thomas Pynchon makes a cameo in this episode. He is at the table when Tom Wolfe stakes his claim to any uneaten garlic mashed potatoes; this is just before Moe reads his latest poem, copied from an elevator inspection certificate. As in the episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", Pynchon is depicted with a paper bag over his head, holes cut out for eyes, and a question mark drawn on it. This is a nod to his reluctance to be photographed in real life.

    • While Groundskeeper Willie is trying to give Grandpa back his teeth, Grandpa is briefly shown with teeth in his mouth before he actually gets them back.

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    Allusions (5)

    • At the beginning, they show Homer has drawn 'Don't Forget' on his chest backwards so he can read it in the mirror, which is a reference to the 2000 drama/thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and directed by Christopher Nolan. In the movie, Guy Pearce plays Leonard, a man who has lost his short term memory (the ability to create new memories) when his wife is attacked and killed. Leonard tattoos notes that he needs to remember on his body backwards so he can read it in the mirror later and keeps notes as he searches for his wife's killer. The whole movie starts at the ending and ends with the beginning.

    • The "Wordloaf festival in Vermont" is based on the real Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference that has been held for the past 80+ years in Middlebury, VT.

    • The guy who reads "Moe's" poem talks, acts, and looks like J. Jonah Jameson from the "Spider-Man" movies. He even asks for poems about Spidey at the end and the person doing the voice is actually J.K. Simmons, who plays Jameson in the Spider-Man movies. An additional inside joke on this is that Michael Chabon, one of the guest stars in this episode, was a writer on Spider-Man 2. The line "What are you waitin' for? Chinese New Year?" was used in the recently released Spider-Man 3.

    • The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show The diving scene during the Senior Olympics was a spoof on the opening of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, a cartoon from the late 1950's and early 1960's.

    • The episode title is a pun on the famous painting "Mona Lisa." This is the second episode to spoof the portrait's name, the first being "Moaning Lisa" all the way back in Season 1.

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