The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 21

Girly Edition

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 1998 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart becomes a star on the new kids' news segment on Krusty's show by modeling himself after Kent Brockman and sticking to human interest stories. However, Lisa sees through Bart's phoniness and sets out to expose him.

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  • superb

    what i liked- Pray. For. Mojo. Lisa rescuing Bart from Willie, the ending with Kidz Newz being canceled, pretty much every scene with homer and mojo, lisa being jealous of bart's success on the news show, amongst other things.

    decent outing from season 9. is it perfect? no. is it a fun episode? of course. so overall my final grade is going to be a B+ or so, i think is fair for this episodemoreless
  • Well produced.

    Lisa becomes anchor for a new news program for kids, with help from Bart, Nelson and Milhouse. Bart's on camera presence gets him upgraded to co-anchor. After he overhears his sister calling him stupid, Bart seeks some advice from Kent Brockman on how to be an anchor. He follows Brockman's advice and begins covering human interest stories that make him popular and Lisa jealous. Bart pretends to be emotional about people's problems. Meanwhile, Homer gets a helper monkey named Mojo. Marge and the monkey do not see eye-to-eye. The monkey gets lazy and fat after hanging out with Homer. Marge demands that Homer give him back before he dies. Meanwhile, Lisa devises a plan to expose Bart for being a phony. Bart ends up at a junkyard, where Willie attempts to kill him for earlier destroying his home. Lisa saves the day by using the same phony rhetoric that makes Bart so popular. Just a well written episode all together. The Homer story was a little bit funnier than the Bart and Lisa story, but the episode was enjoybale nonetheless. A must see for any fan!moreless
  • The O' Simpsons factor

    This ending part to the Simpsons' ninth season has been plagued by many strange and crazy storylines and now with this episode we get to get a little bit more real. Lisa and Bart have always been against each other adn this episode is not an exception. Things are not as funny though, this time. Not as many good jokes as in the previous Bart Vs. Lisa story which I really liked a lot. As for Willie when did he become evil? As far as I know, he was very grumpy that's all. But in this episode they make him look like a crazy, angry maniac.moreless
  • Hilarious episode... Best part was with Mojo the helper monkey althoug the Bart and Lisa story was very good too...

    Lisa becomes the anchorwoman for a children's news program. Bart is also hired for the show and launches a series of trite human-interest stories that attract a lot attention and overshadow Lisa's more serious work. Meanwhile, Homer claims he's handicapped so he can adopt a trained monkey named Mojo, who will wait on him hand and foot. As Bart's star is on the rise, Lisa devises a plot to destroy his career by having him do a segment on Groundskeeper Willie, who hates Bart for destroying his shack. Lisa gets more than she bargained for when Willie tries to kill Bart. She saves Bart's life using the same soft, human-interest speak that her brother pioneered in his segments. Back at home, Mojo has become fat and lazy after emulating Homer's ways. Homer returns Mojo to the animal shelter and learns to fetch his own beer again.moreless
  • One of the best Bart/Lisa episodes to air.

    This episode had a very good story with a bizarre B story. Bart destroys Willy's shack and Lisa becomes anchor for Kid's News. Bart is promoted to co-anchor and it makes Lisa upset. To make things worse for Lisa, Bart tells 'people' stories with phony emotional rhetoric. Lisa tries to make a fool out of Bart but things go wrong when Willy tries to kill him in revenge. Lisa saves Bart with the same phony emotion Bart used and Willy stops his murderous furor. The best parts were Homer and his monkey just laying around the house doing nothing and the crazy cat lady's first appearance. This episode also had a good ending where Bart and Lisa get along and forget their differences.

    Grade: A-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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Bart mispronouces Kearney's name on air (instead of saying "kur-nee", he pronounces it the way it's spelled), suggesting that he is reading from cue cards and that the news brodcast is live and open to errors.

    • Syndication shortens the scene where Nelson makes flatulent sounds with his armpit on camera, then switches cameras to continue making the sounds.

    • When Marge complains about Mojo's health, Homer says, "What do you want? His cholesterol's through the roof." The closed captioning keeps the latter, but replaces, "What do you want?" with "Give him a break, Marge".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bart: I just think our veterans deserve a little recognition.
      Lisa: That's what Veterans Day is for, Bart.
      Bart: But is that really enough to honor our brave soldiers?
      Lisa: They also have Memorial Day!
      Bart: Oh, Lisa, maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong, the important thing is that veterans deserve a day to honor them!
      Lisa: They have two!
      Bart: Well, maybe they should have three. I'm Bart Simpson.

    • Lisa: They call her the cat lady, people say she's crazy just because she has a few-dozen cats. But can anyone who loves animals that much really be crazy?
      (Lady gets out of house, sees Lisa, and starts throwing cats at her, and chasing her)
      Lisa: The old Union Pacific doesn't come by here much anymore.
      (Train comes past, displaying the words 'Union Pacific' on each of the 30 or so carriages, when the train fully gets past, the lady with the cats is there, still chasing her)

    • (A "Bart's People" segment)
      Bart: Joe Banks, 82 years young has come to this pond every day for the past 17 years, to feed the ducks. But last month, Joe made a discovery...the ducks...were gone! Some say the ducks went to Canada, others say Toronto. And some people think, that Joe used to sit down there, near those ducks. But it could be, that there is just no room in this modern world, for an old man...and his ducks.

    • Bart: I'll show Lisa who's dumb!
      (He picks up newspaper)
      Bart: Supreme Court reverses...uuuhh, I won't turn to the comics, I won't turn to the comics! All right, I'll read one comic just to get me rolling. Archie: Hey, Jughead, did you hear, the Supreme Court reversed...ooohh!

    • Marge: Why didn't you tell me you were bringing home a filthy monkey?
      Homer: This filthy monkey made the orange juice you're drinking!

    • Lindsay Neagle: Lisa, Bart's got something you can't learn in school...Zazz!
      Lisa: What is Zazz?
      Lindsay Neagle: Zing, Zork, Kapowza, call it what you want, in any language it spells Mazooma in the bank!
      Lisa: Zork!? What is Zork!?
      Lindsay Neagle: I didn't say Zork.

    • Bart: Anchorman, huh? Well, if I'm gonna be an anchorman, I'd better go bleach the crud off my teeth. I'll be in makeup.

    • Grampa: Ooh Son! This monkey's gonna change my life!
      Homer: Mind if I take him for a ride?
      Grampa: Sure, I'll just stand here.
      (Homer drives off like a maniac)
      Grampa: Mmmmm, I can't wait to eat that monkey!

    • Milhouse: Wow! Kent Brockman!
      Kent Brockman: Good luck, kids! (to chef) Where the hell's my grilled cheese!?

    • Principal Skinner: Lisa, Channel Six is launching a childrens news program, and they've asked me to select an outstanding student to be anchor child.
      Lisa (Gasps): Oh my god! Today's top story, little girl on cloud nine as dream comes true.
      Principal Skinner: Lisa, I've selected you to be that child anchor.
      Lisa: I know, I already jumped to that conclusion.
      Principal Skinner: Alright, if you're so smart, tell me who I selected to be lunch room monitor?
      Lisa: Me?
      Principal Skinner: Take your sash and go!

    • Groundskeeper Willie: Ack, me pile, it's been raped of its bonnieness.

    • Lisa: I'll pump them so full of sap, they'll be blowing their nose with a pancake!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Clips of Bart in an anchorman's chair taken from this episode were reused 4/2/06 during the original airing of the episode "Million Dollar Abie" to announce the upcoming film "The Simpsons Movie."

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch and a human hand reaches in and spins the picture. When it stops, the picture of the family sitting on the couch is skewed wildly.

    • First Appearance: Lindsey Neagle, The Crazy Cat Lady

    • Wherever Springfield is, it's within range of at least two radio stations which play bagpipe music.


    • The Glass Menagerie
      The title of the Itchy and Scratchy episode, "The Glass Moan-agerie," is a play on the title to the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie.

    • The title is a spoof of Early Edition, in which Kyle Chandler played a man who got the next day's newspaper in advance and tried to avert the crises he read about.

    • Mojo is the first name of the main villain from The Powerpuff Girls, who is also a monkey.