The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 15

I Love Lisa

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 1993 on FOX
8.9
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I Love Lisa
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On Valentine's Day Lisa takes pity on Ralph and gives him a valentine when she sees that he hasn't received any. But Ralph looks too much into Lisa's gesture and, much to Lisa's dismay, relentlessly pursues her.

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  • Perfect

    10
    In this episode, Ralph Wiggium is sad because no one is going to give him a valentine on valentine's day again. Lisa, feeling sorry for him, gives him a valentine. He then begins to like Lisa, and approaches her the only way he can: foolishly. Later, they are assigned to play as husband and wife in the school play. Then, Chief Wiggium gets tickets to Krusty the clown's anniversery show, but while there Lisa breaks Ralph's heart. Will they be able to act in the play differences aside? This episode was great, I really felt for Ralph as Lisa broke his heart, but it was also very funny throughout (it stars Ralph Wiggium after all.) 10/10 A+moreless
  • Ralph's Heart

    9.0
    It's a risk making a mere secondary character the main character but it worked for this episode, and this was one of the best and only times the spotlight was on Ralph.



    It's true that Ralph isn't the brightest bulb much like Steve Carell's character in "Dinner for Schmucks" but he does have feelings which make him a human being, and why he shouldn't be underestimated. I'll admit even though he isn't a main character on the show I actually felt sympathetic to him thoughout the whole episode, probably because there are some aspects of what happens to that character I can emphasize with.



    The fact that he has no friends and on valentines day he didn't get one card, that is just harsh it actually made my heart sink a little. And even though Ralph misunderstood the reason Lisa gave him the valentine, I did like the fact that he was being romantic and gentlemen if not smooth. And of course his heart did get broken by Lisa, Lisa for once is in the wrong yeah I know your suppose to let people down gently but what she did on the Crusty show that was just plain mean and a low blow, Lisa of course felt bad about doing that, good.



    But in the end he really does show bright colors as he gives out a great performance in that school play, it shows that Ralph does have a gift/strength when in the right field. And of course it was sweet when Lisa apoligized and both became friends, which is fine by me it's better that being alone.



    But of course this episode has some memorable comidy moments. Like Chief Wigum who uses his firearm in the most irresponsible way and when one walnut doesn't break he then shoots it and says something really absurd, "Let that be a lesson to all of the rest of you nuts."; And seeing Bart play the John Wilkes Booth role both Comic Bronze.



    Though my favorate one was seeing that flashback from Principal Skinner on Vietnam which I thought was blackly funny, I know that shouldn't be funny but it is and I loved that line he gave after it, "Johnny, Johnny, JOHNNYYYYY!" Comic Sliver.



    The heart sometimes is stronger that the head.moreless
  • I Love This Episode

    10
    Ralph is so good in this one, I love it. I really feel for him when nobody gives him Valentine's. I think at my old school, if we didn't HAVE to get Valentine's, I probably wouldn't have gotten many, if any. So the scene with him crying about it was well-done, and I liked Lisa giving him one. Him becoming obsessed with it was pretty good too and good character development. And him acting at the end in the play was good.



    This episode is all around good, I think, very good and one I can sorta relate too. Perfectmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons its valentines day and the kids are passing out cards and lisa feels bad that ralf got none and so then after reciving the card from lisa he devlopes a huge crush on lisa and wants to go out with her and she does not feel that way and when ralf gives her a present with two tickets to the krusty show party and she final tells ralf how she feels and the chife wigums gets angrey and wants reveng on homer and the two decide to become friends in the end of the show. this was a good epmoreless
  • This episode truly sets "The Simpsons" apart from all the other animated comedies out there.

    9.8
    "I Love Lisa" is the perfect example of what sets The Simpsons apart from every other animated show out there. This episode shows that the show can truly have heart, and not just joke upon joke upon joke. "I Love Lisa" tells the story of Valentine's Day in Springfield Elementary's second grade class. Ralph Wiggum, a bit of an outcast, proudly gives each and every student in the class a valentine. In return for his selflessness, though, he receives not even one valentine. In this moment, the writers make the viewer truly feel for Ralph, a feat which can be difficult to do in a two-dimensional cartoon show. Lisa, feeling sorry for Ralph, decides to give him an "I Choo-Choo-Choose You" valentine, an act of selflessness that truly makes the viewer like Lisa as a character even more. This act of kindness leads Ralph to be smitten with Lisa, and he invites her to go to the Krusty 29th anniversary special with him. There, he professes his love for her during the audience questioning session, to which Lisa screams: "I don't like you! I never liked you!". This act breaks poor little Ralph's heart. Unfortunately, Ralph and Lisa are still set to play George and Martha Washington, respectively, in the school's play together. On stage, Ralph gives an absolutely brilliant performance, and the two end up being good friends.



    "I Love Lisa" is certainly full of heart and an episode worth watching for that reason alone; it does, however, have its funny moments, especially with Chief Wiggum. One such moment is when he is trying to crack nuts on the table, and one will not budge; he proceeds to shoot it with his handgun, and says to the bowl of nuts, "Let that be a lesson to the rest of you nuts!". Another funny part comes when Homer is pulled over by Chief Wiggum, who then proceeds to hit Homer's taillight. Homer tells Chief Wiggum that one day, the citizens of Springfield are going to stand up to him and the rest of the cops, to which Chief Wiggum replies: "Oh no! Have they set a date?". Clearly, The Simpsons do not lose their humor when they make an episode filled with plenty of heart. This episode is truly great for its balance of heart and humor, and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of The Simpsons, or just a fan of good television.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Michael Carrington

Michael Carrington

Rex and Announcer

Guest Star

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Lisa: Ralph thinks I like him but I only gave him a valentine because I felt sorry for him.
      Homer: Ah, sweet pity. Where would my love life have been without it?

    • (Watching The Krusty Show)
      Bart: I'd give anything to go to that show!
      Homer: I'd sell my first-born son!
      Bart: Hey!
      Homer: You'll do as you're told!

    • Ned: If you think I'm cuddly and you want my company, come on wifey let me know!

    • Homer: Six simple words, I'm not gay, but I'll learn.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: I didn't cry when me own father was hung for stealing a pig, but I'll cry now.

    • Principal Skinner: Good evening, everyone, and welcome to a wonderful evening of theater and picking up after yourselves.

    • Homer: You know, one day honest citizens are going to stand up to you crooked cops.
      Chief Wiggum: They are!? Oh no! Ha-have they set a date?

    • Bart: Oh it isn't fair. I'm ten times the Krusty fan you are. I even have the Krusty home pregnancy test!

    • Ralph: The doctor said I wouldnt have so many nosebleeds if I kept my finger outta there.

    • Ralph: Uh... so... do you like..... stuff?

    • Guy: Where do you want these beef hearts?
      Lunchlady Doris: On the floor.
      Guy: It doesnt look very clean.
      Lunchlady Doris: Just do your job, heart boy.

    • Miss Hoover: You may now exchange Valentines.
      Ralph: Miss Hoover, I glued my head to my shoulder.

    • Ralph: My parents won't let me use scissors.
      Miss Hoover: The children have a right to laugh at you, Ralph. These things couldn't cut butter. Now, take out your red crayons.
      Ralph: Miss Hoover. I don't have a red crayon.
      Miss Hoover: Why not?
      Ralph: I ate it.

    • Moe: (Reads his valentine) "To Moe. From your secret admirer."
      Barney: Yoo Hooooo!
      Moe: Oh God, no!
      (Barney blows a kiss and belches)

    • Grampa: Bah, this is just another Hallmark holiday cooked up to sell cards.
      Jasper: Aww... a Valentine from my daughter!
      Abe: Can I have the envelope?

    • Bart: Cool, I broke his brain.

    • Homer: I've heard 'em all. I like you as a friend... I think we should see other people... I no speak English...
      Lisa: I get the idea.
      Homer: I'm married to the sea... I don't want to kill you, but I will.

    • Ralph: I Choo-Choo-Choose you.

    • Mediocre Presidents Song
      Kids: We are the mediocre presidents.
      You won't find our faces on dollars or on cents!
      There's Taylor, there's Tyler, there's Fillmore and there's Hayes.
      There's William Henry Harrison,
      Harrison: I died in thirty days!
      Kids: We... are... the... adequate, forgettable, occasionally regrettable, caretaker presidents of the U-S-A!

    • Bart: I'll go, disguised as you.
      Lisa: What if he wants to hold hands?
      Bart: I'm prepared to make that sacrifice.
      Lisa: What if he wants a kiss?
      Bart: I'm prepared to make that sacrifice.
      Lisa: What if he…
      Bart: You don't want to know how far I'll go.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not squeak chalk (followed by squeaking noises).
      Couch Gag: An alien is on the couch. When he sees the family coming in, he pulls a lever, opening a trap door and hops in. The family sit down as if nothing happened.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Rod Stewart
      The song Ned sings to Maude is a parody of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart. Ned has cleaned up the lyrics a little.

    • Robert Frost
      American poet Robert Frost appears on Krusty's show reading his poem "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening." He is less than amused when Krusty dumps snow on him.

    • Song: Monster Mash
      The song during closing credits is "The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The disc jockey on KBBL also plays the song at the beginning of the show in honor of Valentine's Day. He tries to explain what's romantic about it, but the other DJ just says, "You played the wrong song, didn't you?"

    • Apocalypse Now
      The scene of Principal Skinner's memory of Vietnam is reminiscent of the movie Apocalypse Now. The characters on the boat all resemble characters from that movie. Also, there is a picture of a soldier where Skinner was sitting. This was the picture of the person they were trying to find in the movie.

    • Krusty: You try to run, try to hide, break on through to the other side!
      Aided by a psychedelic background and flower child clothes, Krusty sings a rendition of The Doors' song "Break On Through".

    • Homer: You know, one day, honest citizens are gonna stand up to you crooked cops!
      A quick and funny reference to the 1973 movie Walking Tall..

    • Krusty: Why do they call this the Pee Monkey?
      At one point on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson there was some manner of small mammal brought from the San Diego Zoo. It then proceeded to be put on him and then it urinated on his head.

    • Bart: Hasta la vista, Abey!
      While Bart was trying to do an impression of The Terminator, he and Milhouse slightly recreate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

    • I Love Lucy
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1951-1957 CBS series I Love Lucy.

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