The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 9

Lisa the Drama Queen

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 2009 on FOX
6.2
out of 10
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Lisa and her new friend, Juliet, create a fantasy world named, "The Chronicles of Equailia" that gives them a break from reality.

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  • THE BEST EPISODE IN MANY YEARS!

    10
    I am surprised to see that practically everyone is giving this episode bad reviews (with a 6.4 rating here on TV.com, for example), which I don't get. I prefer episodes that are meaningful over those that just try to be funny, and I believe "The Simpsons", altogether, isn't really that much of a funny show, at least not anymore, along with every other comedy on FOX. Which is why this episode stood out among the others: it has a nicely built storyline, some depth, an interesting guest character (finally!), some nice jokes and quotes, and great references to "Heavenly Creatures" and "Bridge to Therabitia". It's really a remarkable episode, for me, anyway. I guess it's one of them "love-em-or-hate-em" shows, there's no middle term whatsoever.moreless
  • Huh?

    8.0
    Ok, I love Lisa, and I love Emily Blunt, but this wasn't a good idea for an episode of the simpsons, and it wasn't even original in that. This is the plot of the 1994 movie "Heavenly Creatures" starring Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey(Two and a Half Men) The movie was great, but this episode wasn't great. It wasn't bad. But seriously the only real diffrence between this and that movie is Lisa and Juliet didnt murder anyone!moreless
  • I hate Lisa, and this episode.

    1.5
    I'm so sick of them making shows about Lisa and all she does is whine about a whole bunch of crap. It almost seems like the producers are trying to promote some political crap. It's so annoying and how would this episode be any better? She creates some fantasy world with some friend of hers (she doesn't have any friends beside this girl) and they go and live in it cuz her life is soooo hard and everyone hates her (I wonder why?). Any way, as a loyal Simpsons fan, I think that they could've done alot better than this.moreless
  • Lisa makes a new friend and they end up creating a whole new world to escape to.

    9.0
    It's been a while since a new episode of The Simpsons showed up so I jumped at the sight of this one. I figured it would end up being another typical episode, but I was pleasantly surprised.



    Lisa ends up making this new friend called Juliet and both them decide to create this whole new world in which they can escape to and create imaginitive stories about their adventures in. It is an obvious spoof of Bridge to Terabithia, but not a sad ending like the book was.



    The humor was great and love this spoof they did, milking the greatness and feel of the original story for all that it is worth. The character Juliet was nicely voiced and would have been cool to see in future episode.



    The biggest disappointment about this episode was the special guest band Fall Out Boy. Being a big fan, I was disappointed that they didn't have an impact in the story. Though their verison of the The Simpsons Theme in the end was pretty cool.



    This is a great episode and probably is the season's best yet. A spoof, a good voice actress, some clever humor, and nice storyline make this one of the most rememberable episode I seen yet.moreless
  • I love how The Simpsons doesn't make episodes for those not-so-few douchebags here on TV.com. They make them for people-people, and you can feel that.

    9.5
    I love the attention to detail in this episode... the art design was, as its always been, fantastic, which is what everyone always forgets. While its not as crude, which gave earlier episodes their flair, the perfection and far-away places in newer episodes is just as interesting to look at. Granted there are a few lines that maybe slow down the episode, and those should be noted, but they shouldn't be everything you see about the ep: ex. the visual design!



    There were also just some great little jokes (drawing the circles... as always, the wordplay...), and one tastefully overused convention in recent Simpsons seasons, music montages. Its hard not to feel happy while they sing Josh Groban, those cute Grobanites (as opposed to maybe the easier, more neanderthal 'Grobanians', which another show would have used). Lisa is probably my favourite character, and its great to see new life in her in this Mypod era. (see, they aren't afraid to change things up just a bit more, as we saw when Homer's mother died last season). I always do a stream of consciousness for my reviews... anyway! Like I've had to say before, the Simpsons isn't stupid, you're just being sentimental, as always if you don't find something to like in modern Simpsons. The show is meaningless if it isn't human; and it isn't human if it isn't sometimes meaningless. If they did all the statistically 'appealing' things all the time, they'd paint themselves in a corner. I was really looking forward to this episode, and to me it was worth the wait. I hope The Simpsons never ends... I want to see it go into infinity. As long as they keep finding something fresh, and they're in an era where to me at least, they don't feel derivative. And this episode continues that trend. 9.5moreless
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

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

Juliet

Guest Star

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy

Themselves

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lisa: You can't keep Juliet and me apart! I'll... I'll disobey!
      Marge: I'm Bart Simpson's mother, do you think you've got any tricks I haven't seen. ((Leaves the room)
      ((Lisa climbs out the window and slides down the tree only to land in a laundry basket being held by Marge)
      Marge: Bart Simpson: Age 3. (Both go back inside)
      (Bart comes out of a hidden door in the tree dressed in black)
      Bart Simpson: Age 10. Mhwahahahaha!

    • Lisa: I need some candy for our first playdate, but I don't want to come on too strong.
      Bart: M&M's?
      Lisa: Well, if I pick plain she'll think I'm cheap, and if I pick peanut, she may have an allergy. You just killed her, Bart!
      Bart: How about Charleston Chew?
      Lisa: What is this, Brooklyn in the fifties? Don't just say stuff.
      Bart: You asked for my help, then you don't want it.
      Apu: Excuse me, but why not consider an Almond Joy? It looks like you only brought something for yourself, but then you just happen to have two pieces.
      Lisa: Finally, a real suggestion!
      Bart: If she doesn't like coconut, you're screwed!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the last episode of the series to be broadcast in Standard Definition.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not use permanent ink on the chalkboard.
      Couch Gag: The family sits down on the couch and the camera pans back to reveal that the scene is actually the family packaged as a bunch of figurines on a couch. The package is labeled "The Simpsons Couch Gag #429." Comic Book Guy slaps a $19.99 price sticker on it and declares, "Worst. Couch gag. Ever."

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode is spoofed from Heavenly Creatures, a movie with Kate Winslet, where two girls in an all girls school live in their own fantasy world, similar to that of Juliet and Lisa's.

    • The Chronicles Of Narnia
      The creatures, the castle, and the name The Chronicles Of Equailia is a parody name of the books by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia.

    • Wipeout
      When Juliet and Lisa are running through the folk art museum, the song played in the background is a version of the Beach Boys song "Wipeout." The real song starts out "Heheheheheheee wipe oooout!" In the museum scene the song starts with "Heheheheheheee, folk art!"

    • Heavenly Creatures
      The plot of this episode bears a strong resemblance to the 1994 Peter Jackson film Heavenly Creatures which focused on the true story about the unhealthy relationship between two young women living in their own fantasy world. This movie was inspired by the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme murder committed by two teenage girls.

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