The Simpsons

My Sister, My Sitter

Season 8, Ep 17, Aired 3/2/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa is interested in babysitting. Ned Flanders offers her a job to watch his boys, and gives her a glowing review. Homer and Marge are impressed, and ask her to baby sit Bart while they're at the Squidport gala. To make Lisa look like a bad babysitter, Bart feeds Maggie coffee ice cream and embarks on a series of pranks that unnerve Lisa. When he refuses to go to bed, Lisa lunges at him, causing him to fall down the stairs and break his arm. Bart bangs his head against a door to make the injury more serious, and passes out in the process. Lisa panics and takes him to Dr. Nick's clinic in a wheelbarrow. Bart falls out down a hill on the way, stopping yards from the gala. The townspeople are mortified, but Lisa still receives more babysitting offers the next 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 (12)
  • Is Lisa 8 or 18?

    By jaded531, Mar 09, 2009

  • I'm sorry, I just hated this episode

    By Southparkfa, Jul 13, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 23, 2010

  • My Sister, My Sitter

    By futuramarama, Jan 21, 2010

  • Lisa babysits Bart.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Lisa: Bart, if you don't want to have a baby-sitter, maybe you should stop being such a baby. Bart: Oh, I'm a baby? Fine, then I'll act like one! (eats ice cream sloppily) Goo goo ga ga! Lisa: Even babies know how to open and close their mouths! You need a bib.

    • Lisa: Where are the dice? Todd: Daddy says dice are wicked. Rod: We just move one space at a time. It's less fun that way.

    • Marge: Ooh that sounds fabulous, Homer. Stores throw the best parties. Homer: You like parties, huh? Well, I just remembered they're having a big one down at the waterfront this weekend. Marge: You didn't remember that. You just saw it on TV. Homer: The important thing is I didn't imagine it.

    • Lisa: Go to bed! Bart: Whatever you say, sis. (Lisa goes upstairs and sees Bart jumping on their parents' bed) Bart: You didn't say which bed! Lisa: Go to your bed!

    • (Bart won't go to bed, so Lisa tries to drag him out of the room.) Lisa: Why do you have to make this so difficult? Bart: I'm using nonviolent resistance. Lisa: Ugh, the idea that you would compare yourself to Mahatma Gandhi... Bart: Who?

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    Notes (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The couch, on an open deck of a ship, is sliding along the pitching deck. The family members, dressed in yellow rain gear, sit on the couch. Homer smiles, and a huge wave hits them, sinking everything--except the TV, which floats to the surface of the water.

    • In this episode, Bart refers to himself as 'two years and thirty-eight days' older than Lisa.

    Trivia (1)

    • Lisa babysits Bart in this episode, even though she is younger than him. Normally, people babysit children who are younger than them.

    Allusions (6)

    • Ned Flanders: I've got a Fozzie of a bear of a problem. This is an allusion to the Muppet Fozzie Bear.

    • It's a Wonderful Life When Homer and Marge walking past all the shops at the new Squidport, one of the shops is called It's a Wonderful Knife which alludes to the movie It's a Wonderful Life.

    • Much Ado About Nothing When Homer and Marge walking past all the shops at the new Squidport, one of the shops is called Much Ado About Muffins, which alludes to the play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

    • :
      "Planet Hype" is Springfield's version of Planet Hollywood, complete with ringed planet logo.

    • :
      Much of the plot in the latter part of the episode - i.e., Bart generally being a pain in the butt to Lisa and a major accident (Bart getting injured after a fall and then intentionally hurting himself further) which forces Lisa to frantically look for her parents - spoofs the 1987 film "Adventures in Babysitting."

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