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The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 15

Blame it on Lisa

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2002 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The family receives a $400 phone bill for a phone call to Brazil. Marge and Homer go down to the phone office to get this error corrected, they didn't make the call. Their visit results in their phone service getting cut off. Homer tries to steal phone service, but gets electrocuted for his trouble. Lisa confesses to making the call and tells them of the donations she'd made for an orphan boy named Renaldo in Brazil, with whom she'd lost contact with. The family decides to make a trip to Brazil to find him. The family flies down to Rio, as Maggie takes care of herself, under the watchful eyes of Patty and Selma. They split up with Lisa and Marge looking on one side of town and Homer and Bart on the other. Homer gets kidnapped when he gets into an unlicensed taxi. The kidnappers take Homer up the Amazon. Marge reports the kidnapping to an uncaring police department and Homer tries to raise the $50,000 on his own. Lisa finds Renaldo working for the kids show that Bart has watched with great sexual interest since arriving in Rio. Renaldo is now wealthy, thanks to the new dancing shoes Lisa's donation purchased for him, so he gives Lisa the $50,000 that will let them get Homer from the kidnappers. The transfer is made and Homer is returned, but as we leave our friends in Rio, Bart is celebrating Carnival in the belly of a snake.moreless

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  • Amongst the best Simpson's

    Hard to believe the lukewarm reviews here. I have watched The Simpson's since they were on Tracy Ullman and this is a top ten episode. Any time they leave the country they pride themselves on being obnoxious Americans - hence Fox has had to apologize to Canada,Brazil and Australia.
  • The Simpsons (minus Maggie) head to Brazil to search for an orphan boy that Lisa had been supporting through charitable donations.

    This episode is not one of the most memorable of the series. However I am giving it a high score because I laughed quite a few times during the course of the episode. It was pretty obvious that Homer would be rescued and that Renaldo would be found safe. What makes up for the predictable outcome is the many laughs. Hank Azaria reminded all of us of his hysterial performace in "The Bircage" with his appearance in this episode as the dance instructor. Homer's "ordeal" at the hands of his captors was very funny up until the end. Funny episode.moreless
  • Blame it on the Simpsons!

    This episode only has one word, dismal! This is almost as similar as Bart vs. Australia. And they could've extended the Brazilian stuff a little better. And Riotour should lighten up! Walt Disney took some of his writers and sent them to Rio and they caricatured a Brazilian and called him Jose Carioca. Now, Jose is more popular there and is a best known Disney character next to Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. This is the reason why I stopped watching the Simpsons. They're recycling their old shows and thinking that nobody will notice. Well, at least the smart ones do!moreless
  • The Simpsons go to Brazil in search of a lost orphan.

    This episode was just hilarious. It was great to see the Simpsons still have its magic when it comes to them traveling to a different place. The whole idea of Homer being kidnapped was just amazing, and Homer on the beach in a speedo was just gross but hilarious. Also, the idea that Brazilian's are obssessed with soccer was just priceless, I was almost rolling on the floor in laughter. It makes you wonder when you see episodes like this how people say this great show has gone downhill. Watch this episode especially if you are of the Brazilian culture!moreless
  • I loved it!!!!

    Marge is on a campaign to bring down the phone company because she's convinced they are billing them for calls the family didn't make. When Lisa sheepishly admits that she's been calling Brazil to check up on an orphan she's been sponsoring, the whole family decides to head down to Rio de Janeiro for a visit. Upon arrival, Homer is promptly kidnapped and forces the family to come up with ransom money. Not able to raise the proper capital, Homer begrudgingly calls Mr. Burns for the money and gets deeper into debt with his demonic boss. The family is finally reunited and the orphan it turns out is doing quite well and has a job performing at Carnivalè.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Mr. Moviefone

Mr. Moviefone


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Homer: I have a bladder the size of a brazilnut!
      Kidnapper: Around here we just call them nuts.

      Actually, Brazilians call them by a name that specifies that they come from the State of Pará.

    • When Marge reads the "Who Wants To Be A Brazillionaire?" book when they get off the plane, the front cover is different than when Lisa was reading it.

    • "Ronaldo" has the same voice and body of Pepi in "Brother from the Same Planet," which aired almost ten years before "Blame It on Lisa."

    • Bart listens to a spanish tape while on the plane to Brazil, but Marge warns him that they speak Portuguese. Portuguese is actually closely related to Spanish.

    • Once in Brazil, a banner reads "Welcome to Brazil". But Brazilians spell the country "Brasil".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Taxi Driver: My American friend, I'm afraid this is a kidnapping.
      Homer: So that means I don't have to pay the fare.
      Taxi Driver: I suppose.
      Homer: Woo hoo!
      Taxi Driver: I'm afraid you don't appreciate the seriousness of the situation.
      Homer: Fine. Take me but let the boy go.
      Taxi Driver: I'm afraid he has already gone.

    • Pilot: This is your captain speaking. The local temperature in Rio de Janeiro is hot hot hot! With 100% chance of passion!
      Co-Pilot: You make that joke every time!
      Pilot: It was that joke that made you fall in love with me!

    • Homer: Wait, wait, wait, so in August it's cold?
      Lisa: That's right.
      Homer: And in February, it's hot?
      Lisa: Mm-hm.
      Homer: So it's opposite land! Crooks chase cops, cats have puppies!
      Lisa: No, Dad, it's just the weather.
      Homer: So hot snow falls up?

    • Kidnapper #1: We should make our transfers in a safer place.
      Kidnapper #2: It was Homer's idea. (Pulls out photo album with Homer's picture showing.) How can you say "No" to a face like that?

    • Homer: That's what I call a moon-shot!
      Bart: Dad, that line was just in the cartoon.
      Homer: Nah, I'm pretty sure it wasn't.

    • Bart: Dad, we better keep looking for Ronaldo.
      Woman: (Gasps) Ronaldo?
      Homer: Do you know him?
      Woman: No. I was just distracting you while my children rob you.

    • Homer: The Simpsons are goin' to Brazil.
      Bart: Then I'll have been on every continent.
      Marge: Except Antarctica.
      Homer: The Simpsons are goin' to Antarctica … next year. This year Brazil.

    • Lisa: Why must you fight with every utility?
      Homer: I told you, I have too much time on my hands!

    • Homer: Why did you make a prank call to Brazil, boy?
      Bart: But I didn't!
      Homer: (Yelling) Choke on your lies!
      (Homer strangles Bart)

    • Kidnapper #1: (Looking at the ransom money) Look at all this pink and purple!
      Kidnapper #2: Our money sure is gay, huh?

    • (Watching Teleboobies)
      Marge: At least Bert and Ernie left it to your imagination.

    • Ronaldo: I make as much money as Malcolm in the Middle, and because I am an orphan, my earnings remain unstolen.

    • Marge: I guess planning a vacation around a missing kid is not the way to have fun.

    • Samba Instructor: This is where we invented the Lambada and the Macarena. We are now developing our most powerful dance, the Penetrada! It makes sex look like a church.

    • Nun: We nuns cannot fly.
      Homer: Oh, too much junk in the trunk, eh?

    • Homer: (In a conga line) My hands are on a guy's ass. Boy, this dude must work out!

    • Telemarketer: Ma'am, would you be interested in changing your long distance service? What the... she hung up on me! What did I do?

    • Homer: Can we stop? I have to go to the bathroom.
      Kidnapper: You just went five minutes ago!
      Homer: I have a bladder the size of a brazilnut!
      Kidnapper: Around here we just call them nuts.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • 'Simpsons' Producer Brooks Apologizes to Rio

      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Don't Blame it on Rio -- James Brooks, executive producer of TV comedy "The Simpsons," apologized to Rio de Janeiro this week for a recent episode of the long-running animated show in which the city was depicted with rats and monkeys teeming on its streets.

      "We apologize to the lovely city and people of Rio de Janeiro," Brooks said in a statement on Friday.

      "If that doesn't settle the issue, Homer Simpson offers to take on the President of Brazil on Fox Celebrity Boxing," he added, clearly unable to resist having a little fun.

      "The Simpsons" is a satirical look at a modern American family. It airs on the Fox network, which has a reputation for pushing the envelope in programming, and "Celebrity Boxing" is one of its more recent shows to do so.

      A recent episode had stars of 1970s TV sitcoms "The Partridge Family" and "The Brady Bunch" battling each other in the ring.

      But the people of Rio de Janeiro weren't laughing at "The Simpsons" episode, titled "Blame it on Lisa," a play on the title of a 1984 movie, "Blame it on Rio."

      Rio's tourist board said on Monday it was considering legal action against "The Simpsons" producers for undermining its $18 million tourism campaign.

      In the episode, bumbling family head Homer Simpson is robbed by street kids and kidnapped by an unlicensed taxi driver after his family ventures to Rio to find a missing orphan that daughter Lisa sponsored.

      The family runs across rats and monkeys while looking for the orphan. When they find him, he has grown rich working on a television show and pays for Homer's release in gratitude for shoes Lisa had bought him to escape monkeys at the orphanage.

      Rio tourism board president Jose Eduardo Guinle asked the board's legal team to look into what action could be taken.

      "He understands it is a satire," tourism board spokesman Sergio Cavalcanti said at the time. "What really hurt was the idea of the monkeys, the image that Rio de Janeiro was a jungle. ... It's a completely unreal image of the city."


    • Renaldo: I make as much money as Malcolm in the Middle.
      Renaldo refers to Frankie Muniz (and his paycheck as child-star), who played Malcolm in the FOX series: Malcolm in the Middle. The series debuted in January 2000 and stopped in May 2006.

    • Book: Who Wants to be a Brazillionaire?

      The name of the book is a parody of the quiz show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

    • Homer's kidnapping in this episode borrows from the 2000 film "Proof of Life" starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. In that film we learn that it is a common practice in South America to kidnap American businessmen since ransom is paid almost automatically by insurance companies.

    • Homer: Don't you know the boys from Brazil are little Hitlers?
      The rest of Homer's quote is "I saw it in a movie… whose name I can't remember." The reference is to the 1978 film, "The Boys From Brazil" starring Gregory Peck as Nazi war-criminal, Josef Mengele, and Laurence Olivier as a hunter of former Nazis. The film was based on a book by Ira Levin about a plot to clone Hitler, hence the "little Hitlers" comment.

    • n/a: Xuxa
      The TV show Bart is watching in the hotel room in Brazil is a take-off on a Brazilian kids' TV show from the 1990's starring a sexy blonde named Xuxa. The show had giant animal friends, a chorus line and other unusual – for a kids' show – features.

    • na: Blame It On Lisa
      The title is a play on the title of a 1984 film, "Blame It On Rio", starring Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper, Michelle Johnson and Demi Moore.

    • Marge: Bert and Ernie left it to imangination...
      This is a reference to an urban legend claiming that Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street are gay because they are both male and live in the same house.