The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 17

Lisa the Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 1998 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Lisa struggles with solving a simple brain teaser and fears that she has succumbed the dreaded "Simpson" gene that renders members of the Simpson clan a little less than intelligent.

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  • At school, Lisa is presented with a brain teaser, which she is unable to solve (despite the relative ease with which her peers, even Ralph, are able to do it). Following this incident, Lisa is unable to perfrom simple tasks. at the end she's smartmoreless

    The episode is amazing definately in my top ten because it has everything a simpsons episode should have heart witch lisa's plot provides and the episode should be funny witch the b plot with apu provides i think it has heart because homer sees lisa's difficulty and try's to help her and lisa's story is something that a lot of people go through where they think that there loosing it thank god at the end lisa figures out that the guy side of the family is only dumb and the girl side is actually smart and its funny because apu makes the kwik-E-Mart in a weird funny store called thge Freak-E-Martmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show lisa is having a problem she thinks she is losing her intellgence when she cant solve a puzzle on the back of food prodoct. and everyone around her sovled it. and so she goes home and askes marge and asks grampa and they both said they were smart at one time marge was really good at math and grampa shows barts and homer scores in school and they both were really good . and how it went down hill. thing is homer gathers everyone that is around from the simpsons family and she learns that the men are not really smart they lose there intelligence and that the women in the simpsons family tree are the smart one like doctors and other jobs. this was a good and funny epmoreless
  • Lisa the Simpson

    Lisa fears she is losing her intelligence, and learns from Grampa that eventually all Simpsons lose their intelligence. So, throughout the episode, Lisa struggles to accept this. In the end however, we learn that this Simpsons gene only affects men, making the Simpson men of the family stupid, not females. So now Lisa is happy because she knows she will grow up to be an intelligent lady.

    A good episode, but I don't like it as much as some other fans. I find some of it boring. My overall grade for this episode would be about a B- or somoreless
  • Lisa the genetic racist

    it is one again that time of the year in which we have a episode of the Simpsons based on their most intelligent subject, Lisa Simpson. As you all now, I am not a fan of storylines that revolve around her and this one is not the exception. We all know she wants to always be the smartest person around and has showed us this in many different ways and episodes. I suppose this story contradicts a previous espiode in which Homer's brother is a millionaire. As for the episode iteself, it is enterteinaing just like most of the outings this season. This one isn't very funny though.moreless
  • Another episode centered around Lisa, but it was very funny and good

    When Lisa is unable to figure out a simple brain teaser, she begins to fear that she is losing her gift of intelligence. Soon, she is noticing tons of clues that suggest her intellectual decline. Listening to Lisa's complaints, Grandpa explains to her that all Simpsons--himself, Homer, and others--started out smart and gradually experienced a "dumbening" that left them thick as bricks. Lisa decides to give over to the dumbening, emulating Homer and Bart and their brainless ways. But this makes Lisa unhappy, so to cheer her up, Homer gathers all the Simpson relatives he can find and tries to show her that they're not all idiots. Sadly, Lisa realizes that a lot of them are, in fact, stupid. But when she meets some of her female relatives, she is pleased to discover that many of them are doctors and businesswomen. With renewed confidence in her own intelligence, Lisa looks at the brain teaser again and figures it out immediately.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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

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 (9)

    • The music that plays during "When Building Collapse" is appropriately the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.

    • Before Lisa talks on TV, Kent Brockman's suit is red, but after Lisa is done talking, it's brown.

    • Grandpa Simpson glasses disapeares when he pops back up to the attic.

    • Scene cut-The Flanders are at the Freak-E-Mart reading the most offensive baseball cap. Rod and Tod are reading it-"Show me your t-" and then Ned covers their eyes then they run off.

    • The music playing at the "Freak-E-Mart" is the same carnival-type music Homer hears in episode 118 "Homie The Clown" when everyone he sees turns into a clown.

    • Just before Lisa replies to the editorial on the news, Kent Brockman is shown with white hair, a blue tie, a tan shirt and a red jacket. When they cut back to him after the report, he has grey hair, a red tie, a white shirt and a brown jacket.

    • At the end of the episode, Bart takes a black pot off his head but when he puts it back on, it's gray.

    • When Lisa is walking down the stairs, and Homer and Bart are watching "Nonstop FOX" They are in the Family Room, not the TV Room, but when Lisa enters, they are in the TV Room.

    • Once again Lisa is pictured in Maggie's room at the end. Hers is at the back of the house next to Barts.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Homer desperately tries to find a successful person among his large gathering of Simpsons)
      Homer: What about you?
      Man #1: Well sir, I step in front of cars and sue the drivers.
      Man #2: I beg celebrities for money.
      Man #3: I'm a prison snitch.
      Man #4: Jug band manager.
      Man #5: My legs hurt.

    • (Talking about Lisa)
      Bart: She insulted us, Mom. She thinks she is so great. I'll dance
      on her grave.
      Marge: Bart!
      Bart: (clueless) What? Oh, napkin, right.

    • Marge: Lisa, Lisa honey wake up.
      Lisa: Why bother?
      Marge: Because your father has a big surprise for you.
      Lisa: I'm adopted?
      Marge: Better, come look.

    • Homer: Marge, give me your address book, four beers, and my conversation hat.

    • (Up in the attic, Grampa shows Lisa a picture of Homer after he won his first-grade spelling bee.)
      Lisa: Wow. Dad was a good speller?
      Grampa: Oh, your dad used to be as smart as a monkey, then his mind started gettin' lazy and now he's as dumb as a chimp.
      Lisa: Grampa!
      Grampa: Hey, I am too. And your brother's coming along nicely. Look at Bart's homework. Back when he was your age, he was as smart as a chimp.
      (Grampa opens up a box labeled "Bart". On top of a stack of homework is a paper of Bart's from the second grade. It has a smiley face on it with the comment, "Great Work!")
      Lisa: This is just two years ago!
      Grampa: That's right. Then the Simpson genes kick in!
      (Grampa leafs through the paper like an animator's flip book and the smiley faces on the corners of the papers gradually turn into frowns and eventually to a skull and crossbones.)

    • Lisa: I got it! WOO HOO! (pause) I mean, splendid.

    • Ralph: Do you need a hint?
      Lisa: NO! I do not need a hint.
      Ralph: But you're suffering!!!

    • Lisa: Isn't there any way to change my DNA, like sitting on the microwave?
      Dr. Hibbert: Not according to any movie I've ever seen.

    • Homer: (looking for a successful Simpson) Say, you look pretty successful.
      Well Dressed Simpson: Thanks, I play a millionaire at parties. Or at least I'd like to.

    • Guy: I'm sorry little girl, we just don't put people on TV, unless of course you're replying to an editorial.
      Lisa: Uh...I am! I'm strongly opposed to...proposition, ah, 3...0...5!
      Guy: You're against discount bus fares for war widows?
      Lisa: Uh, you bet I am!

    • Rod and Todd: (Reading the offensive baseball cap)!
      (Ned covers their eyes)
      Ned: It says show me your tie. It's cute. C'mon let's go!

    • Television: Man has always loved his buildings, but what happens when the buildings say, "No more."
      (Images of buildings collapsing appear on the screen, Bart and Homer cheer)
      Homer: I didn't think it was gonna fall over.
      Bart: The best part was when the buildings fell down!

    • Apu: Come one, come all, see the amazing frozen man! Also gaze at the Frito found in a bag of Doritos! Marvel at the floor that just won't come clean!

    • Lisa: Dear log, can it be true? Do all Simpsons go through a process of dumbening? Wait, that's not how you spell dumbening. Wait, dumbening isn't even a word ... hmm, I've got to find out more!

    • (Homer plays with a novelty pen.)
      Homer: Oh no, her clothes are coming off! Hehe, hey, y'know who would love this? Men!

    • Lisa: Maybe I can't concentrate because of all your cooties.
      Milhouse: It's called lice, and it's nothing to be ashamed of.

    • (Lisa cobbles together an "agricultural project")
      Lisa: There! It's a pig!
      Miss Hoover: It's an eraser with push-pins.
      Lisa: (Laughs nervously} And a spring for his curly tail. Oink, oink, oink!
      Miss Hoover: This is terrible at best.

    • Jasper: "Moon pies?" What a future we live in!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not mess the opening credits.
      Couch Gag: Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie rush in, only to find that the living room has been replaced with a classroom. At the blackboard, Bart repeats writing "I will not mess with the opening credits" over and over again.


    • The Twilight Zone
      Homer and Bart are watching When Buildings Collapse and Lisa comes down to watch it with them. Homer pats the couch and says "Room for one more." This whole scene, including the quote, is an allusion to The Twilight Zone episode "Twenty Two."

    • Life in Hell
      When Lisa is in class and forgets she has a project due, she quickly puts together a pink eraser with tacks to make it look like a pig. This is a quote from a joke from Matt Groening's book Life in Hell.

    • When Homer, Bart and Lisa watch "When Buildings Collapse," one of the buildings has a sign in front of it that says "The House Of Usher." "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It involves a brother and sister, Roderick and Madeline, who are suffering from strange illnesses and living in a decaying mansion. Madeline dies, then comes back from the grave and kills Roderick, and then the mansion collapses.

    • Lisa recommends reading Yertle The Turtle, which she considers "possibly the finest book ever written on the subject of turtle stacking." This is a Dr. Suess book about Yertle the turtle (obviously), who wants to see farther away so he climbs up on another turtle. Then he climbs on top of two turtles, and so on. Eventually the huge stack of turtles collapses and Yertle realizes how foolish he was.

    • (Lisa tries to solve the picto-puzzle)
      Lisa: Hmm, it's not Egyptian, it's not Prince's names . . .

      Musician Prince had a string of hits in the 1980s like "Little Red Corvette" and "1999." In the early 1990s, he changed his name to a strange symbol. Nobody was sure how to pronounce it, so they called him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince." He later changed his name to simply "The Artist."