Smart and Smarter

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • (Lisa holds up a card that reads "octogenarian". Maggie points at Grampa.) Lisa: No, that's wrong. (Maggie points at the dog.) Lisa: That's right, this says 'dog'.

  • Homer: We've all learned something today. Never be something you're not, namely food.

  • (Lisa is dressed as a goth.) Milhouse: What are you now Lisa? An Oakland Raiders fan?

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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).