The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 15

Blame it on Lisa

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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."

  • Allusions

    • 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.