The Simpsons

Smart and Smarter

Season 15, Ep 13, Aired 2/22/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Apu and Manjula are signing up two of the octuplets for Miss Wickerbottom's Pre-Nursery School and after a verbal exchange with Dr. Hibbert, Homer decides they should do the same for Maggie. Because she can't talk, she doesn't pass the initial screening. Afterwards Lisa discovers that even though Maggie can't talk she does show signs of brilliance. Another screening at the pre-pre school shows of her talents and reveals that she has a higher IQ than Lisa. Maggie's new brilliance leaves Lisa searching for a new identity, since she no longer has her status as "the smart one." Lisa tries stand-up comedy, becoming a goth ‘Ravencrone Neversmiles,' cheerleader, rapper, soccer player, cowgirl; none of which workout for her. After she is discovered trying to sabotage her sister's education Lisa leaves home with 2¢ to her name. She decides to stay at the Natural History Museum, where her family is sure to never find her; however Springfield's "finest" do discover her location and they bring the family to help them find her. An accident gets Marge, Bart and Homer trapped in an exhibit and they look to Maggie to get them out, but Maggie's secret to her brilliance is nowhere to be found.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 (7)
  • Lisa becomes jealous when everyone thinks Maggie is smarter than her.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Maggie is smarter than Lisa... Has the impossible happened, Lisa is not the smartest Simpson anymore????? Maybe or maybe not this episode had a great trick ending and had hilarious humor...

    By Iverson82094, Nov 26, 2007

  • How the darker, more sinister Simpsons can be a good thing at times.

    By CraigDavidson, Dec 12, 2006

  • This episode is great. Two fantastic Simpsons episodes in a row.

    By JohnnySeidz, Jul 11, 2006

  • Maggie smarter than Lisa?

    By jimbo_001, Jan 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Lisa: I'm tired. I'm hungry. Red plastic sandals are not good running-away footwear.

    • Chief Wiggum: Somewhat satisfied? Well, maybe I'll just somewhat find your daughter.

    • Lisa: Stuffed cabbage? Can you beleive they found a way to make cabbage worse?

    • Phonics Frog: I agree with your mother. You are a disappointment to Huh-Oh-Muh-Eh-Ur.

    • Henry: Meet Maggie Simpson, IQ 167.

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    Notes (2)

    • During the end credits, you hear Simon making comments about various members of the production team.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: A dry-cleaning conveyor is suspended above the couch. The conveyor is filled with numerous garment bags. The conveyor begins moving and then stops, with each member of the family in a garment bag, hanging above their respective place on the couch.

    Trivia (2)

    • There's a few references to Lisa's Subsitute: -Marge gives Lisa the paper quoting "You are Lisa Simpson". Mr. Bergstrom gave her a similar paper. -The poster looking for Lisa that says "Free Beer: Now that I got your attention....", which is like the one where Bart's campaign poster says "Sex: Now that I got your attention...".

    • Lisa said her I.Q. is 159. In "Homer's Enemy", Homer states Lisa's I.Q. is 156.

    Allusions (5)

    • Simon Cowell: She's as common as an angry woman in an Ibsen play. Cowell's revelation that Maggie is only smart because she's watching Lisa is similar to the case of Clever Hans at the turn of the century. Hans was a horse reputed to be able to think. He would answer yes and no questions and add and subtract numbers, answering by tapping a hoof. Oskar Pfungst, a young German psychologist, proved the horse was responding to the nonverbal cues of the questioner--head nods, finger movements, eye twiches, and such--that they weren't aware they gave. So in short, horses can't think. Ibsen was an Icelandic playwright who invented the realistic drama and wrote Lady From the Sea, A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, which are stark tragedies with female protagonists.

    • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane The sequence with the older Lisa and Maggie is a parody of the 1962 film "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

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      Lisa staying in the Natural History Museum is a reference to the book "The Mixed Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler," in which kids ran away from home and lived in the local museum.

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      The song that is playing right after Lisa runs away is 'Moon River' from the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The scene also parodies a moment in the film where "Fred" is looking for Holly Golightly in New York City.

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      The title spoofs the title of the 1994 film "Dumb & Dumber" starring Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels (the title's self-explanatory).

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