The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 1

Lard of the Dance

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 23, 1998 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Lisa is placed in charge of showing a new girl around school, who quickly fits in and becomes popular as the new school's trend setter. Meanwhile, Homer enlists Bart's help in scheming to find ways to collect grease to sell back to the grease recycling plant.

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  • The tenth season begins with Lisa's popularity being usurped by a new student named Alex. Elsewhere Homer tries to start a grease recycling business.

    Season ten does start off on a positive note, but this season opener is not one of the series' best. The biggest problem is that the episode borrows heavily from the season six episode "Lisa's Rival". So much in fact that the character of Alison Taylor makes an appearance in it(!). Most of the laughs come from Homer and his attempts to start a grease recycling business. However that has its problems too. Who among us did not know from the beginning that Homer's business venture would fail. That plot device is getting old. No, wait it IS old. Lisa Kudrow does well in her guest appearance which helps this episode to a certain degree. There are quite a few problems with this episode, but it is not too bad.moreless
  • Very good episode.

    I thought this was a very funny episode with great jokes and gags throughout. I espicially enjoyed Bart and Homer's plot more, with collecting the grease.

    I thought this was a great opening to a great season. I loved how all the losers at school had girlfriends, when Lisa tried to get a boyfriend. I also liked Nelson's quick conversation switch to "So then I kicked this guys...".

    Homer's grease subplot was very funny too. I loved when Willie came into the picture and started choking Homer with the grease tube.

    Overall this was a great, funny episode.

    B+++++/85%. Woo hoo! Go Simpsonsmoreless
  • Good

    I don't get why people blatantly say this episode ripped off Lisa's Rival. This and that episode do kind of have a similar premise but it isn't exactly the same.

    Homer and Bart's plot was pretty good, but kind of boring, especially near the end.

    Season 10 is controversial for many fans of this show. As for me, I think it was alright, and this is of course the premiere. I think it was handled alright. My overall grade for this episode is a B+ or so. Good but not quite worthy of an "A", I do not think at leastmoreless
  • A new girl comes to Springfield Elementary, and she acts older. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart begin to collect grease for a living.

    This was a great season opener for a great season of the Simpsons. First off, this episode was chalk full of great gags and things that made me laugh. Also, this was a very well executed plot which just added to the great quality of the episode. I love the sequence when Homer says he and Bart are exchange students from north kilttown, Scotland. The only thing I didnt like in this episode would have to be the "a" or lisa story because it really didnt make me laugh as much as the "b" story did. However, it was still an entertaining episode.moreless
  • Lisa meets a new girl who acts a lot older, Homer and Bart go into the grease business.

    Perfect way to start out one of my favorite seasons, both plots I thought were strong, but the main Lisa plot was a bit better. Thought this one was filled with jokes, that really did work. It had some jokes, but it had some emotion as Lisa was not fitting in. It was cool how they brought in Groundskeeper Willie to fight Homer for the grease.

    Marge saying "Every Simpson Dance Now" was pretty hilarious, and we see Bart miss school. Who would've thought? Ralph Wiggum's one line and the ending were very crisp. I always like when the two plots tie together, thats how I think every A plot Bplot episode should be.

    Great! Hope you enjoy the review!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

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow

Alex Whitney

Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (at the dance, with Homer and Bart's stolen grease falling down on them as it's cut by a fan)
      Ralph: This snowflake tastes like fish sticks!

    • (Alex meets Sherri and Terri.)
      Alex: Ooh, twins. Which one of you is the evil one?

    • (Some goons steal Homer's grease.)
      Homer: Hey, hey! You're taking our grease!
      Goon #1: It's our grease now.
      (He takes Homer's shovel and hits him in the head with it.)
      Goon #2: We run the grease racket in this town.
      (The goons start to walk away.)
      Homer: Hey, that's my shovel!
      Goon #1: We also run the shovel racket.

    • Principal Skinner: Lisa! I have to run home. I need you to keep an eye on the dance.
      Lisa: Oh, I don't want to go in there with all the happy dancing couples.
      Principal Skinner: Normally I wouldn't ask, but, uh, it's an emergency. Mother has a june bug cornered in the basement and she needs me to finish it off.

    • Homer: All right, son, we're about to embark on our most difficult mission. Let's bow our heads in prayer.
      (Homer and Bart fold their hands and bow their heads.)
      Homer: Dear Lord, I know You're busy, seeing as how You can watch women changing clothes and all that, but if you help us steal this grease tonight, I promise we'll donate half the profits to charity.
      Bart: Dad, He's not stupid.
      Homer: All right, screw it! Let's roll!

    • (Nelson captivates a small audience in the school playground.)
      Nelson: The thing about huckleberries is, once you've had fresh, you'll never go back to canned.
      (Principal Skinner approaches and listens.)
      Nelson: Nuh, um, uh, so anyway, I kicked the guy's ass!
      (Principal Skinner nods and and walks away.)
      Nelson: Now, if the berries are too tart, I just dust them with confectioner's sugar.
      (Audience mumbles in amazement.)

    • Homer: Oh, I can't believe those goons muscled me out of my grease business. I've been muscled out of everything I've ever done. Including my muscle-for-hire business.
      Marge: My poor Homie. Couldn't you try some other far-out money-making scheme?
      Homer: Aww, what's the point?
      Marge: (Encouragingly) You could raise some emus.
      Homer: Emus? Really? Ooh, that's pretty crazy. Nah, I'd only fail, just like I fail at everything.
      Bart: Hey, Dad, I've been thinking. What if instead of givin' up on grease, we go for one last big score?
      Homer: Wait a minute. The boy's right! I can't quit now! (Hugs Bart) Aww, you always know just what to say to cheer me up. (to Marge) Emu farm? (Laughs) You're priceless, Marge!

    • (Homer uses Marge's car to haul grease from the Krusty Burger.)
      Bart: Mom's gonna kill you.
      Homer: If she didn't want her car ruined, she should've done a better job hiding her keys.

    • Bart: When you want grease, go to the source. Good ol' Krusty Burger.
      Homer: Oh, I'll say! Look at that red-headed kid. There must be twenty dollars worth of grease on his forehead alone.
      Bart: I was thinking more of the deep-fryer.
      Homer: All right, we'll try it your way.

    • Principal Skinner: Oh, Lisa, I was hoping I could count on you again to spearhead our annual school-wide apple pick.
      Lisa: Absolutely.
      Alex: Apple... pick?
      Lisa: Yeah, it's great! We have pony rides, sing-a-longs, apple bobbing, apple picking, apple everything!
      Principal Skinner: Ah, you forgot apple bobbing.
      Lisa: No, I didn't.

    • Lisa: So there I am, being nice to Alex, and she takes all of my friends and ditches me!
      Marge: I'm sure they didn't ditch you, honey. Maybe they went off to plan a surprise party for you.
      Bart: (Laughs) Yeah! (Laughs) Good one, Mom!
      Lisa: They only like her because she acts so grown up with her perfume and her cell phone and--Oh! Get this, Mom! She drinks iced tea.
      Homer: Lisa, I can't imagine anyone being more likable than you. But apparently, this new girl is. So my advice would be to start copying her in every way.
      Lisa: But Dad--
      Homer: Uh-uh! Think, "Is that what Alex would say?"

    • Milhouse: Oh, Lisa! I've got an extra seat, and you've got an extra lunch. (Chuckles) Catch my drift? (Chuckles)
      Principal Skinner: Milhouse! Lower those eyebrows!
      (Milhouse lowers one)
      Principal Skinner: And the other one!
      (Milhouse lowers the other one)

    • Alex: Your name's Lisa? Shut up, I love that name!
      Lisa: Did she just tell me to shut up?
      Principal Skinner: Take it outside.

    • Principal Skinner: (On P.A. system) Attention please, I need a volunteer for a thankless chore.
      (Lisa raises her hand.)
      Principal Skinner: Shall I assume the only hand in the air is Lisa Simpson? (Pause) Thank you, Lisa.

    • Homer: Marge, if you don't mind, I'm a little busy right now achieving financial independence.
      Marge: With cans of grease?
      Homer: (Sarcastically) No! Through savings and wise investment. Of course with grease!

    • (Homer and Bart return some grease to the grease recycling plant.)
      Homer: Okay, boy. This is where all the hard work, sacrifice and painful scaldings pay off.
      Clerk: Four pounds of grease. That comes to... sixty-three cents.
      Homer: Woo-hoo!
      Bart: Dad, all that bacon cost twenty-seven dollars.
      Homer: Yeah, but your mom paid for that.
      Bart: But, doesn't she get her money from you?
      Homer: And I get my money from grease. What's the problem?

    • Lisa: Am I the only one who just wants to play hopscotch and bake cookies and watch The McLauglin Group?

    • (Lisa shows Alex around the school.)
      Alex: Isn't that trophy case supposed to have trophies?
      Lisa: Um, they were all wiped out in the big trophy fire.
      (Principal Skinner walks by.)
      Principal Skinner: Ah, I see the trophies are still out for cleaning. Eh, Lisa?

    • (Homer purchases a hot dog at the Kwik-E-Mart after Apu has cleaned out the grease trap.)
      Homer: Without the grease, all you can taste is the hog anus.

    • Alex: Calm down, Lisa. DMY.
      Lisa: What's DMY?
      Alex: Don't mess yourself.
      Lisa: Eew.
      Alex: Yeah, that's why we changed it to DMY.

  • NOTES (2)

    • FOX aired this episode earlier than the rest of the season to promote the debut of That '70s Show. Thus, it aired before the official season premiere.

    • Blackboard Joke: None
      Couch Gag: The family runs in to sit on the couch, but as they sit down the couch is suddenly pulled backward and everyone falls to the floor. Nelson stands up from behind the couch points at the family and says, "Ha, ha!"


    • Krusty See-n-Say Toy: S is for "Shiksa!" S-H-I... uh, I think there's a T in there somewhere... ...ah, look it up!

      This is a parody of Mattel's classic "See-n-Say" toys that first came out in 1965 (and are still manufactured and sold today under Mattel's "Fisher Price" brand) known for playing an audio clip matching the picture or word the pointer is set to once the cord or lever is pulled. The Krusty See-n-Say is mainly based on the "The Bee Says" variant of the toy, involving a bee reading out similar phrases ("K is for kite") when set to the accompanying letter.

    • Alex: Don't be such a Phoebe!
      This line, along with a few other nods reference the show Friends which guest star Lisa Kudrow also stared in as Phoebe.

    • Lord of the Dance
      The title of this episode is a spin on the title of the stage show, Lord of the Dance.