The Simpsons

Separate Vocations

Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 2/27/92
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  • Episode Description
  • After taking career aptitude tests, Lisa discovers that the occupation she's best suited for is homemaker, while Bart is pegged as a future police officer. Each takes the opportunity to explore their options as Lisa spends the day doing chores at home with Marge and Bart goes on a ride along with the police. Lisa hates her role and rebels by becoming a troublemaker at school, but police life fits Bart like a glove and he becomes a hall monitor.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Meyer

  • Jeffrey Lynch

  • Jay Kogen

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Richard Sakai

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Perfect

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 19, 2011

  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 19, 2011

  • this was a good ep of the simpsons

    By cube2k8, May 15, 2010

  • Season three keep it going!!! WHOOOOOOOO BO YAHHHHH

    By Iverson82094, Jan 29, 2008

  • Another very good episode.

    By DaGamePhreak, Aug 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Lisa: Dear Log: This will be my last entry. For you were a journal of my hopes and dreams, and now I have none.

    • Dr. Pryor: Here's your scientifically selected career. Janey: Architect. Kid: Insurance salesman, Ralph: Salmon gutter? Milhouse: Military strongman. Martin: Systems analyst. Systems analyst. Dr. Pryor: Systems analyst. Martin: All right! Lisa: Homemaker? Dr. Pryor: Mm-hm. It's like a mommy. Bart: Police officer? Well, I'll be jiggered.

    • Principal Skinner: Some sick individual has stolen every "Teacher's Edition!" Teacher: What do we do? Mrs. Krabappel: Declare a snow day! Teacher #2: Does anyone know the multiplication table?

    • Miss Hoover: Now sprinkle your sparkles on your paste. Lisa, you're not sprinkling your sparkles. Lisa: Shove it.

    • Lisa: Bart, why did you take the blame? Bart: Because I didn't want you to wreck your life. You got the brains and the talent to go as far as you want. And when you do, I'll be right there to borrow money.

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    Notes (3)

    • According to the DVD commentary, it took nine takes to get guest star Steve Allen to pronounced "Aye, Carumba" correctly.

    • In 1992, Nancy Cartwright won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for this episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not barf unless I'm sick. Couch Gag: After everyone sits down, Bart leaps into everyone's lap.

    Trivia (10)

    • Dr. Pryor has pictures of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud on the wall behind his desk.

    • Goof: When Bart and Principal Skinner are closing in on Lisa's locker, several shots of them opening lockers are repeated.

    • When Bart is assigned detention, he has to write "I will not expose the ignorance of the faculty." on the blackboard over and over.

    • A tiny skull hangs on a chain from Snake's rearview mirror.

    • Career Aptitude Normalizing Test (CANT): Name of the test given to the students at Springfield Elementary.

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    Allusions (10)

    • First Blood: The scene, where Bart meets with the school counselor to determine his career choice, references the 1982 American film First Blood. The school counselor tells Bart that he believed Bart would become a drifter in his adult age. Bart then daydreams about himself as a drifter holding a green Army duffel bag who complains how the Sheriff drove him out of town, echoing the sequence in First Blood where John Rambo is ushered out of town by the sheriff for being a drifter.

    • Iowa Test of Basic Skills The "CANT" test that is given to the students of Springfield Elementary is flown to the Iowa non-international airport then trucked to the National Testing Center in Proctorville, Iowa. This is a poke at the "Iowa Test of Basic Skills" given to students up until the mid 1980's.

    • The Wild One Principal Skinner asking Lisa what she is rebelling against, and her reply is taken directly from a scene in the 1953 Marlon Brando film, The Wild One. Lisa even has a toothpick in her mouth, just like the movie.

    • Witness X: I'd be more than happy to!
      The blue dot on the face of Bart (being voiced by Steve Allen) is a parody of the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and how they hid the identity of the witness.

    • Batman The scene change when Bart and Skinner start searching lockers is a parody of the same style of scene change found in the campy 1960's Batman television series.

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