The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 12

I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The kids are getting ready to go back to school. On the first day, Principal Skinner holds an all school Spelling Bee, which Lisa easily wins, allowing her to go to the state spelling finals. If she wins there, she can then go Spellympics. Meanwhile, Homer has been trying Krustyburger's new "Ribwich" and enjoying it immensely. At the state Spelling Bee Lisa wins, but is disappointed with Homer who tells her that "very serious Daddy business" is going to keep him away from her celebration. Homer's daddy business consists of getting more Ribwiches. He is disappointed when the Ribwich is no longer available. Another Ribwich fan (and member of Ribwich Nation) informs Homer that the sandwich is going to be tested in other markets and he shows him the tour schedule. For a moment, Homer considers joining them on their bus tour. For her spelling efforts, Lisa is rewarded with a double-wide locker and she prepares for the Spellympics. At the Spellympics, Lisa makes it to the finals. Homer regrets that he won't be able to attend the finals, as he will be in San Francisco for the last day of the Ribwich. George Plimpton talks to Lisa about getting her to throw the spelling bee so that a more popular competitor can help keep spelling a viable sport. For throwing the bee, Lisa is offered a full scholarship to one of the seven sister's college of her choice. Lisa wrestles with her conscience. In San Francisco, Krusty stops by and tells the crowd they will no longer be making the Ribwich and he tosses them the last one. Homer catches it, and offers are made to him for the last one. He realizes that he's forsaken his daughter's big day for a sandwich and he trades it for a car, which he drives off to Lisa's big event. At the Spellympics, Homer arrives just in time for Lisa to do her final word. With her dad present, she blows the lid off of the rigged contest, but then misspells her word in the process. She loses the contest, but back home in Springfield she is celebrated as "the biggest winner this town has ever had." They even have her likeness carved into the side of a mountain.moreless

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  • Lisa enters the Spellyimpics

    This happens to be another one of my favorite episodes from the whole series. The idea of Lisa enterting a huge spelling bee was great, and the idea of Lisa having to throw the spelling bee was even better. This episode was purely just hilarious. My favorite two lines from the episode have to be:

    Judge: Alex, your word is rigged. Alex Can you use it in a sentence, please?

    Judge: Certainly. This competition is rigged. Judge: Your word is weather. Little Girl: Can you use it in a sentence, please?

    Judge: Certainly, I dont know wether or not the weather will improve today. This is a must see episode definately give this episode a watch.moreless
  • An episode worthy of a good review!

    This was an awesome episode maybe even one of the best! It was very well weitten with many hilarious jokes. As the children go back to school, Principal Skinner has a Spelling bee which Lisa of course wins. She then is asked to compete in the Spelling olympics which she accepts. Meanwhile Homer get addicted to the new Krusty Ribwitch, A new Sandwhich that is only out for a limited time, in Springfield. Homer then chases it from town to town. Elsewhere at the Spelling Olympics Lisa is asked to take a dive and lose the Spelling bee to a little boy named Alex. Will Homer give up his obsession of the ribwitch and see Lisa's spelling bee, and will Lisa win the Spelling bee. Watch the episode and find out.moreless
  • a good episode

    this episode marks the beginning of barney slipping back into alcoholism (though it\'s not the main story) as you can see him in the gutter while lisa is practicing spelling. this is as educational as the rest of the episode, showing how hard it is to stay off the wagon. homer and the ribwich was a great B story and opened up a whole gate for jokes about the ribwich such as the animal having many more legs than 4 and the willingness of ribwich-addicts to trade cars for the last burger ever made. lisa speelling (the main story) was good too but not as good as homer\'s B story.moreless
  • Lisa enters a spelling competition against of bunch of other smart kids.

    I had my eyes on the TV fr the whole episode, serously, because I did think it was quite a good episode. Too bad Lisa didn't win the competition, but at least she got her head on Mount Springfield. (WOW!) But she did do well in the conest and I was excited if she would win or not. It's quite an educational episode too, as it teaches you to spell. Now the other thing I loved about this episode was Homer and the rib-wich. It was halirious how he couldn't stop eating them and kept following them from town to town. That's another classic Homer scheme and that's what really made me laugh in this episode. Krusty's speech about the creature that rub-wich's were made from becoming extinct was disgusting, but otherwise that was still funny. And Homer did a good deed in giving someone the last Rib-Wich for a guy's car to see the big event. Very good episode with many funny scenes and a great story!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

George Plimpton

George Plimpton


Special Guest Star

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)

    • When Lisa won a trophy in the spelling bee, Bart claims that it was the first trophy the Simpsons won that has nothing to do with bowling. But Bart won a trophy in soapbox racing in "Saturdays of Thunder", he and Marge also won trophies in tennis in "Tennis the Menace", Homer won a Grammy in "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" and everybody except Homer won an award in the Springfield Pride Awards in "The Mansion Family".

    • According to what Lisa says after the first round of the finals, this Spelling Bee takes place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    • A scene were Bart kisses a Hispanic girl on a bench was shown briefly in a preview but not in the actual show.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Kent Brockman: The Spellympics is being sued by the Olympics for use of the suffix 'lympics.' This has got to be the slowest news day ever!

    • Principal Skinner: Lisa, 'impugn.'
      Lisa: I-M-P . . .
      Bart: Hey, Lisa said . . .
      Nelson: Shut up, pee!

    • George Plimpton: Alex, your word is "rigged." As in, "This contest is rigged."

    • Marge: Lisa, honey, you spelled the word wrong but you did the right thing.
      Homer: Yeah, you're the number one speller in this car, or in that car, or in that car, or (realizes that the car he's about to point out has the spelling champion in it) uh, don't look in that car.

    • Lisa: Dad, this is my moment in the sun. How can you miss it to be with a sandwich?
      Homer: You don't understand. It's not just a sandwich… it's about brotherhood, it's about freedom, it's about three days since I've had one! I'm gettin' the shakes! And I'm gettin' the fries!

    • George Plimpton: Okay, your word is 'whether/weather'.
      Sun Moon: Um, which one? Could you use it in a sentence?
      George Plimpton: Certainly…'I don't know whether the weather will improve.'

    • Marge: Oh our little girl's got her own cheering section.
      Homer: Hey, who doesn't.
      Lenny: You tell her, Big H!
      Carl: You're the man!
      Moe: Ah you ain't so hot!

    • Lisa: Could you use it in a sentence?
      Chalmers: Nothing could ameliorate the ineptitude of Principal Skinner.
      Skinner: I wish he wouldn't use me in every example.

    • Skinner: Milhouse, your word is "choke."
      Milhouse: Oh, I know this one, it's so easy, "F".... oh man! (kids laugh)
      Skinner: Stop laughing! It will scar him for life! He-he-he, it is kinda infectious.

    • Bart: Come on, man, everyone knows the first day of school is a total wank.
      Principal Skinner: Well, if by wank you mean educational fun, then stand back, it's wanking time!

    • Homer: Wow, I can't wait to pack that in my colon!

    • Otto: Spell AC/DC.
      Lisa: A C D C.
      Otto: Nuh-uh! You forgot the lightning bolt!

    • Seven Sisters: Give in, Lisa. Get a free ride.
      George Plimpton: And a hotplate.
      Seven Sisters: Free ride. Free ride. Free ride.
      George Plimpton: And a hotplate.

    • Announcer in Ribwich Commercial: We take letter-graded meat, and process the hell out of it, until it's good enough for krusty.

    • Lisa: (Loudly) I'M QUEEN OF THE WORLD (whispers) of spelling (Loud) That's right, QUEEN OF THE WORLD (whispers) of spelling.

    • Lisa's cheering section: Diphthongs, cognates, Latin roots. Lisa clobbers all you fruits!

    • Cletus: Hey, spell scabies!
      Lisa: S-C-A-B-I-E-S!
      Cletus (holding up a baby): Rubella, you got yourself a middle name.

    • Homer: (arriving just in time for Lisa's spelling bee performance in Calgary) Daddy made it for your dance recital, honey!

    • Kent Brockman: In business news, 3M and M & M have merged to form, get this, Ultradyne Systems.

    • Spellympics Village Sign: A place for nerds.

    • Principal Skinner: Bart, your word is imply.
      Bart: Imply. I-M-P…
      Nelson: Bart said 'I am pee'. He's made of pee!
      (students all laugh)
      Bart: Well, I got my laugh. I'm outta here.
      Ralph: I made Bart in my pants.

    • Lisa: Well, I supposed I could just skip college and marry Milhouse.
      (imagining her wedding day)
      Milhouse in fantasy: I know this is a fantasy, but I'll take it!

  • NOTES (5)

    • When Lisa is in George Plimpton's office, you can see a powder-blue jersey with a big zero on it. This is a reference to Plimpton's brief stint as a third-string quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

    • The opening credits cited this as the 301st episode, even though we know (and they know) it wasn't.

    • As Lisa ran through the street practicing for her spelling bee (in "Rocky" fashion), Barney appeared as a drunk once again, drinking a Duff and asking her to spell "R-E-L-A-P-S-E." Whether or not this remains as continuity remains to be seen...

    • Bart and Lisa start yet another new school year in this episode, but it is unclear whether or not they are going to a new grade or not (probably not) since the episode never showed them actually going to class.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Via a "Etch a Sketch" the family is drawn sitting on the couch.