The Simpsons

Season 22 Episode 5

Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Worried that she could end up like her mother, Lisa decides to devote her life to scholastics and avoid distractions. Bart becomes the school's new bully after putting Nelson in his place.

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  • Best episode of the season so far.

    Overall, a pretty decent episode, in my opinion. I think the major reason why I liked this episode was because it took on the structure of older episodes. No noticeable guest stars; no reliance on topical humour; no 'gimmicks'. There's also something about the pacing of the jokes in this episode that felt good. One of the things that I loved about some of the older Simpson's episodes is that the jokes were rapid pace; the next joke would often start right after the other. Some of the newer episodes seem to have a problem with jokes overstaying their welcome or having unwarranted emphasis placed upon them. The thing is, even if a joke falls flat, as long as the episode keeps going, the audience won't care. Although one might argue that not all of the jokes in this episode were gut busters, the pacing was good enough that the episode was still very enjoyable.

    Not to say that this episode wasn't very funny, because it was. One of my favourite moments came at the very end when it is revealed how Homer finally obtains the baby elf toy he set out to find in the beginning of the episode. Not only did the episode end on a strong note but the fact that it referenced something that occurred in the first act helped to add at least some cohesion between the oft disjointed first and subsequent thirds of many Simpsons episodes.

    So, I guess the reason why I liked this episode so much was had a lot to do with its structure rather than just its content. Almost every Simpsons episode has at least a couple good jokes in them but, although this may seems a little counterintuitive, good jokes by themselves do not a great episode make. You also need a well organized package in which to deliver them; something I think this episode had.moreless
  • Perfect episode of The Simpsons

    Worried that she could end up like her mother, Lisa decides to devote her life to scholastics and avoid distractions. Bart becomes the school's new bully after putting Nelson in his place. I thought this was a perfect episode. I don't think there weren't problems at all so my score would be a 10. I laughed at the beginning when the Simpsons wanted to buy an elves, You always yell at me sir." "There's no one else to yell at. Teachers have their union, students have their parents..." "What about willie?" "I like Willie!" ,the Itchy and Scratchy short ,Homer's line about eating wedding cake that marge had been saving for 10 years in the fridge, Moe's line about "not wanting to be seen with you. big difference, and a few more. Overall, perfect episode and I enjoyed the subplot a little more. 10/10moreless
  • Lisa discovers that Marge was an excellent student in high school, but that all changed after she met Homer. Determined not to end up like her mother, Lisa dedicates herself to her school work. Elsewhere Bart inadvertenly turns the tables on Nelson.moreless

    Another episdoe using a plot formula we have seen hundreds of times through out the twenty-plus season run of The Simpsons. Things change and at first everybody is happy with that change, but then they long for things to go back to the way they were. From the second Lisa set foot on the grounds of Cloister Academy, I knew her first day would be her last. The storyline concerning Bart's situation was a little better in that you were not exactly sure how it would turn out. I will concede that this episode did have a number of laughs.moreless
  • Great episode

    When Lisa sees that Marge's grades dropped when she met Homer, she lets nothing distract her so she wont end up like her. but then Lisa sees a bus for cloisters academy, and now she wants to go to school there.

    Meanwhile, Bart becomes the new bully, because he keeps acidentally beating Nelson up.

    This was a great episode. Season 22 has been great so far, with the exception of Treehouse of horror 21. I loved the gas station scene. Now that was funny. I also loved Ralph as a kangaroo, and a trophy. But Bart and Nelson's scenes were funny too.

    Overall Grade: 90%A-moreless
  • Lisa: The 7 of clubs? Homer: Huzzah!

    Soc Maggie wants an elf to complete her elf collection, but you only get one box aftedr buying 10 gallons of gas. Homer spends lots of cash buying gallons but none of the elves he gets are the one she's missing, so they decide to leave. They wind up on a town with no parodies and find Marge's childhood home. There Lisa finds out the Marge was like her, an A+++ student until she met Homer, so she decides that NOTHiNG will distract her.

    So after a while she realizes that she can't concentrate and at the bus she sees anohter ubs of a top elite school and begs MArge to get in. So Marge gets her in and Lisa wakes up one nihgt and finds out that she got in cause Marge volunteered to wash all uniforms, and decides to quit the school and return to Springfield Elementary. Homer comes in with the toy Maggie wanted.

    There was also this subplot were Bart accidentally beats up Nelson and everytime he came in to punch Bart he got hurt. Bart was annoyed by this and talked to Marge to try solve it (she kept thinking Milhouse was the bully). HE then compliments his punching skills and they befriend (again).

    Overall: Awesome episode. Best season 22 episode of 2010. It has plenty of jokes (Homer's cigar, the elf storyline, etc.) and only one joke I didn't like: Willie's back pains. But that aside, 10/10.moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Marge: (in the car) What's wrong, sweetie? You seem upset.
      Bart: I don't want to talk about it. A kid at school's gonna beat me up.
      Marge: Is it Milhouse?
      Bart: Milhouse couldn't beat me up.
      Marge: Are you sure? He's having a growth spurt.
      Bart: It's not Milhouse!
      Marge: Is it a girl?
      Bart: It's Nelson!
      Marge: I never figured him for the bully type.

    • Nelson: Whoa! Look at you, strutting around, like you're Toad of Toad Hall.
      Bart: Uh, I'm just whistling, man.
      Nelson: You think you're so smart, don't you , Simpson?
      Bart: We're both in the same reading group. I think you know how smart I am.
      Nelson: That's an insult to me and the rest of the inchworms!!

    • Homer: Sooner or later, everyone meets their Homer.

    • Lisa: Dad, can I talk to you for a second?
      Homer: What is troubling you, my son? I mean... my girl son?

    • Bart: Mom, I wanna go read books in the car.
      Marge: There are no books in the car.
      Bart: I just wanna go wait in the car!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: The three-eyed crow flying from left to right.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Chalkboard Gag: None.
      Couch Gag: When the family sits on the couch, they find themselves seated between a pair of ramps and then a stuntman dressed like Evel Knievel jumps over them on a motorcycle, then crashes outside. His helmet spills back into the house and Marge cover's Maggie's eyes to keep her from seeing the damage.