The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 17

Lisa the Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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."

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