The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 14

Lisa the Greek

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 1992 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Homer discovers that Lisa has the uncanny ability of correctly picking the winners of pro football games 100% of the time and uses this knowledge to make some money by placing wagers on the games.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Urgh.... Hate this ep

    It proves lisa is acting about 3 or 4 in this ep she's a spoiled brat in this ep like Angelica Pickles from Rugrats they both have simarlarities they both call their dad daddy and they both are brats spoiled ones.

    She is exactly like Angelica Pickles even when she is mad they both look the same

    lisa is acting about 2 in this ep.

    and tuck in her blanket. it proves that lisa is actually not 8 she's just a pathetic 4 year old who swears.moreless
  • perfect

    Homer discovers that Lisa has the uncanny ability of correctly picking the winners of pro football games 100% of the time and uses this knowledge to make some money by placing wagers on the games.

    Overall, a ten out of ten

  • perfect

    This was a really good episode. On top of jokes, it was a good episode that shows Homer and Lisa's relationship. Homer finds out Lisa is good at betting on who will win football games and uses this to make some extra money and treat Lisa better. But when he wants her to make a bet on the superbowl game, she feels hurt because she realizes Homer only wanted to be around her because she was always right. How will Homer make this up to Lisa and prove he really does love her? Watch this humorous and sweet father/daughter episode of The Simpsons and find out.

    This was pretty good. I can't remember a lot of laughs but I do know that the plot is good and the execution of it is even better.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons homer is watching a football game and lisa pickes the winner of the game and homer starts to realize that she can pick the winners correctly and then askes her opion on each time they watch a game and he starts to use lisa to bet on the games by using moe the bookie and homer starts to doubt that lisa loves him and then homer makes a bet on the superbowl after a typical half time show he realizes lisas pick is on the money and that she really loves him this was a good epmoreless
  • Go football one of my favorites of the whole season

    Ignored by Homer when she tries to show him a shoebox apartment she made for her Malibu Stacy dolls while he is watching football, Lisa complains to Marge, who suggests spending some "quality time" with Homer by taking up his interests. Lisa decides to join her father on the couch, and an annoyed Homer reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, Homer loses his bet on Denver.

    After being ripped off by 1-900 betting advice hotlines, a desperate Homer turns to Lisa to pick a winner, and she picks the Miami Dolphins, prompting Homer to call Moe's Tavern to place his $50 wager, in spite of Lisa's moral concerns. In the end, the Dolphins win, and Homer and Lisa celebrate. Meanwhile, Marge has taken Bart shopping for new (dorky) clothes, but the bullies taunt him.

    Lisa becomes very adept at choosing winners of football games, and Homer declares every Sunday "Daddy-Daughter Day." With his new money, he starts buying expensive presents for the family and treating them to fine dining. Marge eventually wants to know where Homer's extra income is coming from and gets the truth, but Homer says it is not really a big deal. Eventually, Lisa realizes all Homer wanted was to exploit her prognostic abilities to help him gamble. Completely heartbroken, Lisa then gives up all the Malibu Stacy toys that Homer bought for her.

    Homer realizes he needs to make amends with Lisa, but she is too hurt to even talk with him. In fact, she makes a cryptic prediction as to the winner of the game: If she still loves Homer, Washington will win; if she does not, Buffalo. Homer becomes even more anxious over his relationship with Lisa as Super Bowl Sunday approaches.

    Homer mopes throughout the game as he watches it at Moe's Tavern, especially after Buffalo gets a 14-7 halftime lead. In the end, Washington rallies in the second half and scores at the last second to win the game. Homer becomes happy and Bart proudly says to Lisa that she still loves Homer, in which she agrees. Homer cancels his bowling date with Barney and – on the Sunday after the Super Bowl – makes good on his promise to go hiking up Mount Springfield with Lisa.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Lisa: Dad, you must have bought me every Malibu Stacy accessory there is!
      Homer: Not quite. They were out of Malibu Stacy lunar rovers.

    • Homer: You see, Lisa, your mother has this crazy idea that gambling is wrong. Even though they say it's okay in the Bible.
      Lisa: Really? Where?
      Homer: Uh, somewhere in the back.

    • Marge: Homer, those were very thoughtful presents, but you have to tell me where you got the money from.
      Homer: All right, Marge, I'll tell you, but first you have to promise you will not get mad.
      Marge: I promise I will get mad, because I always do when you make me promise I won't.
      Homer: All right, if you must know. Lisa and I have been gambling on pro football.
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: You promised you wouldn't get mad!
      Marge: I did not! She's an eight year old girl!
      Homer: Marge, she never loses. Aren't parents supposed to encourage their kids whenever they show talent?
      Marge: But gambling is illegal.
      Homer: Oh, only in 48 states. Besides, it's a victim less crime. The only victim is Moe!

    • Lisa: How's the game going?
      Bart: "You hate dad" is up by a touchdown.

    • Larry: What you got riding on this?
      Homer: My daughter.
      Larry: What a gambler!

    • Adult Lisa: Listen mister, I've been gambling since I was eight and I've been hocking jewelry since I was twelve!

    • "Smooth" Jimmy Apollo: Well, when you're right 52% of the time, you're wrong 48% of the time.
      Homer: (yelling at the television set) Why didn't you say that before?!

    • Lovejoy: Well, I'm glad some people could resist the lure of the big game.
      Guy: Oh my god, I forgot the game!

    • Moe: I'm sorry Homer, you can't take any more of my money, I'm out of the bookie business.
      Barney: But Moe, you've been taking bets all…
      Moe: Hey Barney, how bout a free beer!
      Barney: Wow!
      Homer: Don't worry, Moe, I'm not betting.
      Moe: What!? Gimmie that.
      Barney: Ooow!

    • Homer: Boy, I know you're gonna like your present.
      Bart's Present: Shuddup, shuddup, kiss my butt, shuddup, go to hell, go to hell!
      Bart: Dad, I promise I'll never get tired of this.

    • Waiter: Hello, I'm Marco, and I'll be your waiter.
      Homer: Hello, I'm Homer and I'll be your customer!
      Waiter: Hmm…haven't heard that one before.

    • Lisa: Uh, mom, could you loosen my blanket a little? Dad tucked me in too tight and it's cutting off the circulation in my arms and legs.

    • Homer: Oh, well, you like ice cream don't you?
      Lisa: Uh-huh.
      Homer: Don't you like ice cream better when it's covered in hot fudge?... and mounds of whipped cream?... choc nuts, and those crumpled up cookie things they put on top! Mmmm…crumpled up cookie things.

    • TV - Coach: You want some of this don't you?
      Homer: Yeah!
      TV - Coach: Well, you need to know the winner, and I know the winner! So call me now…whoah. (speaking faster) Five dollars for the first minute, two dollars for each additional minute!
      (Homer calls)
      Phone Message: You.... have reached... the... coaches... hot...
      Homer: Line...
      Phone Message: Line...
      Homer: Yeah, lay it on me, coach!
      Phone Message: In the game of....
      Homer: Mmmhmm.
      Phone Message: Versus Cin..
      Homer: Cincinnati...
      Phone Message: Cin...
      Homer: Cincinnati...
      Phone Message: nat..
      Homer: Cincinnati...
      Phone Message: ti...
      Homer: Come on, come on, don't you realize this is costing me money!!
      Phone Message: We must consider... many... things.... The wind...
      Homer: D'oh, not the wind!
      Phone Message: Is blowing out of the....west.
      Homer: Oow...
      Phone Message: At five...
      Homer: Miles per hour!!!
      Phone Message: miles...
      Homer: D'oh, this is ridiculous!

    • Marge: Well, do you ever take an interest in anything he does?
      Lisa: Well, we used to have burping contests but I outgrew it.

    • Lisa: Dad, I'm making the Chiefs my 5 star silver bullet special. And with your blessing, I'd like to tie it to the Cowboys, plus 5 in Chicago.
      Homer: Good, Good. You Call Moe.
      Lisa: (Dials phone) Hello, Moe? It's L.S. calling for H.S--
      Moe: Just give me the numbers Lisa.

    • Lisa: Wouldn't it be fun if we watched the game together?
      Homer: Eeeeeh.....okay, just don't say anything and sit down over there...... Over.... over.... over.....over....
      Lisa: (sighs)
      Homer: Lisa! Please! I can't hear the announcers!
      Lisa: He said Denver just fumbled.
      Homer: D'oh!

    • (Show and tell)
      Ralph: And when the doctor said I didn't have worms anymore, that was the happiest day of my life!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode premiered three days before Super Bowl XXVI which was, just as it is in the episode, between the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. Lisa's prediction that Washington would come out the victors turned out to be correct, they won 37 to 24.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Homer accidentally sits on Santa's Little Helper.

    • In 1992, Yeardley Smith won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for this episode.


    • The Bud Bowl
      The commercial in which helmeted beer bottles play in "The Duff Bowl" is a reference to a series of ads that were popular in the early 90's in which computer animated bottles of Budweiser and Bud Lite played in a bowl game called "The Bud Bowl".

    • Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder
      Smooth Jimmy Apollo looks just like Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, which is also who this episode is named after.

    • Homer: I used to hate the smell of your sweaty feet. Now it's the smell of victory.
      This is a take-off of a line from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, in which Kilgore (Robert Duvall) says, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like victory."

    • Barbie
      Lisa's Malibu Stacy dolls are a parody of Barbie dolls.

    • Title: A take on the famous oddsmaker "Jimmy the Greek."

    • Brent Musburger
      Inside Football Today host Brent Gunsilman parodies sportscaster Brent Musburger.

    • Movie: Waugh! Sorry, Mrs. Glavel."
      A tip of the hat to the comedic side of early Jerry Lewis comedy films, many of them in which he played a clumsy oaf opposite Dean Martin.

    • Troy McClure: My new show is called "Handle with Care." I play Jack Handle, a retired cop who shares an apartment with a retired criminal. We're the original Odd Couple!
      These are two obvious references to the shows Switch and The Odd Couple.