The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 7

Lisa Gets an "A"

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 1998 on FOX
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Lisa Gets an "A"
Lisa becomes uncharacteristically lazy after being sick from school for a couple of days, and has to resort to cheating to pass a test. Meanwhile, Homer purchases a small lobster in the hopes of growing it into a large lobster so that he can "eat the profits." But problems arise when Homer becomes attached to his new pet.moreless

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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

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (Homer and Marge are preparing to cook Pinchy the lobster...)
      Marge: Oh, so plump and juicy! Mmm, he's gonna boil up nicely! (smacks lips)
      Homer: (to Pinchy) Well, I guess this is it, old pal. This is your big day.
      Marge: The water's boiling. Quick, chuck him in! (Homer stalls) C'mon, chuck him in!
      Homer: (hesitant) OK...
      Marge: Let's GO. In the pot, in the pot!
      (Homer looks at Pinchy and sees him as a cute cartoonish lobster with big eyes and a happy smile!)
      Homer: But Marge, look at the little guy! (holds Pinchy up to Marge)
      Marge: (sees Pinchy as an ugly hyper-realistic lobster) He looks like an ordinary...OW!!! (Pinchy pinches her nose with his pincer) Son of a...
      Homer: Feel that, Marge? He LIKES you!

    • (The Simpsons family leaves the grant ceremony after Lisa's confession, but Bart stays behind and barricades the door...)
      Bart: Okay, Lisa's gone!
      Skinner: Places, people!
      (As the audience takes their seats again, the "State Comptroller" on stage peels off a rubber mask to reveal...)
      Otto: Man, acting is tough! I'll be in my trailer. (leaves)
      Skinner: Ah, good old predictable Lisa. I knew her conscience was a ticking time bomb.
      Edna Krabappel: (peeks out door) Heads up! Here comes the REAL comptroller.

    • Homer: (looking through the ice cream freezer) Cherry Garcia? Honey Bono? Desmond Tutti-Frutti? Lisa, help Daddy find some normal flavors. (lifts her to the top shelf)
      Lisa: Candy Warhol, Xavier Nougat--
      Homer: Naw, nothin' made of dead guys. What's in the back? (pushes Lisa all the way in, making her shiver) Hurry up! My hands are getting cold!
      (Lisa sneezes)
      Marge: Oh my goodness! Homer, get her out of there!
      Homer: Aww. (pulls her out of the freezer, and she hands him some ice cream)
      Homer: Eh, Sherbert Hoover.

    • Lisa: (Sneezes, moans, and blows her nose)
      Marge: Mmmm, how you feelin', sweetie?
      Lisa: Much better. (sneezes loudly)
      Marge: Oh my, you're burning up. I'm going to tell the school you're staying home. (picks up phone)
      Lisa: (pressing down on the receiver) I'm afraid I can't allow that.
      Marge: Lisa! (dials again)
      Lisa: Mom, no, wait, we can make a deal.
      Marge: You don't have anything I want!

    • Bart: Oh, I'm starving! Mom, can we go Catholic, so we can get communion wafers and booze?
      Marge: No, no one's going Catholic! Three children is enough, thank you.

    • Lisa: (Reading her test) "Mr. Blank needs a blank in order to blank his blank blank." Ugh, I am in deep blank.

    • (Marge explains to Lisa how she found her A+++ test)
      Marge: Aw, it just turned up in the course of my daily rummaging. By the way, I oiled the hinge on your diary.

    • (Church service is slowly coming to a close)
      Reverend Lovejoy: And, may we burn in painful and foul-smelling fire. Aaaa--Mennonite minister will be giving a guest sermon next Sunday, go in peace. Aaaa--(coughs)
      Homer: Don't make me come up there!
      Reverend Lovejoy: --men.

    • Principal Skinner: Your devotion to scholarship is a shining beacon to all who--
      Lisa: Stop it! I cheated on that test. I cheated! Cheated cheated cheated cheated cheated!
      Principal Skinner: What are you trying to say, Lisa?
      Lisa: I cheated!

    • Ralph: I'm learnding!

    • Gil: Now, lets talk rustproofing. These Colecos will rust up on ya like that...uh--Shut up Gil! Close the deal. Close the deal.

    • (Principal Skinner explains, to Lisa, the benefits of keeping the grant money.)
      Principal Skinner: We can buy real periodic tables, instead of these novelty ones from Oscar Meyer.
      Mrs. Krabappel: Now who can tell me the atomic weight of "balonium"?
      Martin: Ooh! Delicious?
      Mrs. Krabappel: Correct. I would have also accepted Snack-tacular.

    • Homer: I tell you, I'm a financial genius. I buy an $8 lobster, fatten him up to an $80 lobster, and eat the profits!

    • Ralph: I got a "B"!
      Miss Hoover: No, Ralph. That's an "F". I must have spilled some Kahlua.

    • Miss Hoover: You earned your A+++, Lisa!
      Lisa: Actually there are four plusses.
      Miss Hoover: No, that's Drambuie.

    • Ralph: Hi, Lisa! Hi, Principal Skinner! Hi, Super Nintendo Chalmers!

    • (When Bart and Lisa approach the boys' room)
      Lisa: Hey, I can't go in there!
      Bart: Relax, there's nothing here you didn't see when Dad boycotted pants.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not scream for ice cream.
      Couch Gag: The family get fitted with salon-style hair-dryers that switch their trademark styles. Maggie (who has Marge's hair) falls off the couch.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Karl Wiedergott. He will become a semi-regular by year eleven.

    • The title for this episode is the complete opposite of "Bart Gets an F," with the two siblings names changed and their grades ranging from one extreme to the other.


    • The Little Rascals/Alpha-Bits
      In the beginning, one of the cereals is named Alfalfa-bits, which is an allusion to The Little Rascals character Alfalfa and the actual cereal Alpha-Bits.

    • Ben and Jerry's
      The Ken and Harry's ice cream flavors Lisa helps Homer search for (Milli Vanilla, Cherry Garcia, Honey Bono, Desmond Tutti-Frutti, Candy Warhol, Xavier Nougat, and Sherbert Hoover) are spoofs of celebrity names and named in the same vein as the ice cream products produced by Ben and Jerry's.

    • Nelson: Well la-dee-da, Lady Cheaterly.
      A reference to the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.

    • Crash Bandicoot
      The video game Lisa gets addicted to is called Dash Dingo, a parody of the popular video game, Crash Bandicoot