The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 4

Lisa the Tree Hugger

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2000 on FOX
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Lisa the Tree Hugger
Bart wants the new Gamestation 256, so he tries to get a job to earn the money, but his job as a menu boy causes a great deal of paper litter to be strewn about the city making Lisa lament the plight of the trees. Then Lisa falls for a meat protester, which inspires her to join their environmental protection group. Later, when an old redwood tree is danger of being cut down, she begins living in the tree, but her desire to return home becomes to great and she leaves for just a little while. However it's too late because when she returns the next morning the tree has come down. During the night the tree was struck by lightning and the city thinks that Lisa is dead.moreless

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  • Good Episode.

    Bart wants to buy the new Gamestation 256, so he gets a job putting Thia Food menus on doorknobs. When he gets a lot of money, he treats the family to a dinner at Krusty Burger. On the roof, there are protestors called Dirt First saying that Krusty Burger is killing cattle. The leader, Jesse, is sent to prison, and lisa visits him. She soon joins Dirt First, and is chosen to sit on top of a giant tree that is going to be cut down. One night, she misses home and goes back home. The tree is struck by lightning, and everyone thinks Lisa is dead, and The family takes advantage of it.

    Overall Grade:80%/Bmoreless
  • Normalcy.

    A normal episode, for the most part. I mean it gets a little wacky every now and then, by the wackiness does not detract from the good this episode has, and it has a lot of good.

    I liked Bart's sub plot, but it quickly turned into Lisa trying to impress Jesse, which is OK I guess.

    The ending was really weird and dumb. The song was humorous though, so in a way, to me, it makes up for it.

    So, a good episode. Although I wish Bart had a bigger role, but you can't have everything you would like. A good offeringmoreless
  • Lisa becomes a tree hugger.

    Eager to join "Dirt First" after witnessing their pro-vegetarianism demonstration atop the local Krusty Burger franchise, Lisa attempts to prove her worth by camping out in a giant redwood destined for logging. Meanwhile, Bart joins the workforce in order to buy a new game console advertised on television. This was just another episode were the plot was well-executed. I really enjoyed this episode, and I found it to be funny from start to finish. Many people should not be surprised by this plot as we all knew that Lisa would do this someday. Anyway, this episode is not as bad as people say.moreless
  • Lisa becomes a tee huger, but the question is is anyone surprised?? Good episode

    Lisa joins up with a militant environmental group called Dirt First and wages war on corporate polluters. Finally, Lisa has a found a cause worth fighting for. Also, Jesse, the leader of Dirt First, is a totally cute non-threatening teenage boy. Feeling challenged by Jesse's intense beliefs and cute hair, Lisa decides to camp out in an ancient redwood tree to stop deforestation. Lisa prevents the loggers from destroying the tree. But when she sneaks down for one night, the tree is struck by lightning, making Lisa a martyr for Dirt First. Lisa has to decide what's more important: being a symbol for the environmental movement or being honest.moreless
  • 1.2
    Let's face it, any medium can and will be used to express the creator's point of view. Not being much into the religion thing I find myself offended more often than not when the Simpsons veer into that territory. When they talk about the environment, it's something we all need to be concerned about, so I take some of the lesson with me ... and if it's presented in an entertaining package, so much the better. The catalyst for all these deep thoughts on this show? Lisa, the brains and moral conscious of the Simpsons. The bad part is of course the fact that the women Simpsons are notoriuiosly unfunny. The bad part about this episode specifically is the fact that not only is it not very funny, but the environmental lesson they're trying to teach you is one of extremism. No simple things like recycling, but extremism like Eco-terrorism. This episode is a pass.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

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Jesse Grass

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Lisa says there is a great view from the top of the tree, she's not kidding.

      From closest to furthest you see: Shelbyville, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Hollywood Sign, the Eiffel Tower, mountains that look like Mount Fuji and the Statue of Liberty (with the twin towers of the World Trade Center next to it) are all out on the horizon.

    • After the video of the tree auction, they call it a sequoia tree, rather than a redwood tree.

    • Lisa can see the large arch at St. Louis fairly close and the Hollywood sign behind it in the distance from the tree, which greatly limits the number of states Springfield is in to anything east of Missouri with a logical sight line.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • (Lisa's tree falls and destroys two trucks carrying lumber)
      Jesse: Nice work, tree. Now, return to me.
      Dirt First Members: What?
      Jesse: Oh right, I don't have superpowers...just yet.

    • Jesse: I loved Lisa Simpson. Loved her like a shrub.

    • Jesse: I'm a level five vegan. I won't eat anything that casts a shadow.

    • Quimby: What am I bid for the logging rights to Springfield's oldest redwood tree?
      Man: $30,000 to make cages for animal experimentations.
      Another Man: 50,000 for Thai menu's. Daughter on wait list at Bennington.
      Tex: 100,000 simoleans to make the world's first drive-through humidor.
      Quimby: Uh, sold to the rich Texan!

    • (This is when Jesse is in jail)
      Jesse: I'm still fighting for the earth. I even got 'em to install a solar-powered electric chair.
      Snake: (in the solar electric chair) Dude, we've been here all morning! Could you at least remoisten my head sponge?

    • Lisa (on tape): Dear Moe, if anything should ever happen to me, I want you to tear up my dad's tab and pour cocktail onions -- Dad, I can't!
      Homer (on tape): Read it!
      Lisa (on tape): … pour cocktail onions down your pants.
      Moe: Well, I ain't never said no to a dead girl yet. (Moe pours the cocktail onions down his pants)

    • Homer: Have a good time at your hippie club.
      Lisa: You're welcome to come, too.
      Homer: No, I like to save the environment my own way. (drives in circles) Mmm ... donuts.

    • Bart: (singing) Lisa and Jesse sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
      Lisa: Shut up!
      Homer: First comes love, then comes... um... dammit, I know this!

    • Wiggum: Alright, cow-boy, I'll see you in moo-nicipal court. (handcuffs him)
      Lou: Ha! Good one, Chief.
      Wiggum: What? What'd I say?

    • Cow: You can't silence the truth with bean bags. (gets knocked off the roof with a barrage of bean bags and lands on a pile on the ground)
      Wiggum (to Lou): That's nice work with the bag-zooka.
      Lou: Gotta love what you do, Chief.

    • Marge: Oh, how cute! Kids, look who's on the roof! (people dressed as cows)
      Homer: I knew this day would come. The cows are taking back what's theirs!
      Lisa: No, I think they're protesters.

    • Jake: Nice day's work, kid. This is for you. (hands Bart an envelope)
      Bart: (opens the envelope, which is full of hair) You're paying me in hair? Are you insane?
      (Jake nods and laughs, Bart backs out)

    • Krusty: Five, four, three, two, one. Well, that's all the time we have. So long kids!
      Announcer: Krusty the Clown is brought to you by the new Gamestation 256: It's slightly the max!
      Bart: 256. (groan) And I'm stuck with this useless 252? (he drop-kicks the system into the fireplace, where it slowly melts)
      Gamestation 252: Don't destroy me! I can still make you the max!

    • Marge: When you get a penny from a chum, don't just buy some bubble-gum.
      Put it in your cap, put it in your cap.

      When you find a nickel in the snow,
      Don't just blow it on a picture show.
      Put it in your cap, put it in your cap.

      When you spy a quarter in a pie...

    • Marge: Bart, it's so sweet of you to take the family out to Krusty Burger.
      Bart: (holding a money clip) Hey, some people in this family are do-ers (looking at Lisa) and some are don't-ers.
      Lisa: (pointing her finger at Bart) Don't you call me a-- (Bart quickly hangs a menu on her fingers.) Unh!
      Homer: (to Lisa) Take that, Lisa's beliefs.
      (The family laughs, except for Lisa.)

    • (Krusty the Clown gets out of his limo and several clowns follow)
      Krusty: Get back in. It's only funny with a small car.

    • Kent: It's Day 4 for Springfield's li'lest tree hugger. Hee-hee. Excuse me, that's littlest tree hugger. And whether you love or hate her politics, you've gotta go gawk at this crazy idiot.

    • Jesse: You can't silence the truth with beanbags.

    • Lisa: I'll write you letters... on rice paper... with a soy pencil!

    • Moe: Homer, uh, booze is on the house, seeing as how Lisa is, um... how do I put this... riding the midnight train to slab city.

    • Principal Skinner: So, Bart, our school policy is to give students in your situation...straight A's.
      Bart: Get out! What's the catch?
      Principal Skinner: The tragic loss of your sister.
      Bart: Oh, yes. Ghastly business, that.

    • Homer: (reading the paper) Sheesh! Look at these refugees. How 'bout a smile?
      Marge: They've undergone terrible hardships!
      Homer: Well, moping won't make it better.

    • (Bart spins a door hanger on his finger)
      Lisa: Bart, do you know how many trees died to make those menus?
      Bart: I 'unno. A million?
      Lisa: You're ruining the Earth!
      Bart: True, but I gots to get paid. Money equals funny, sister!

    • Mr. Thai: You quitta! Quitta boy! Quitta boy!
      Bart: I'm sorry.
      Mr. Thai: Now restaurant fail. Children go to state college. Serious students powerless against drunken jockocracy. Baseball hats everywhere.
      Bart: Hey, man. This job is too dangerous.
      Mr. Thai: Menu boy no be coward like shrimp! Menu boy be brave like prawn!

    • Homer: You want money? Get a job like your old man!
      Bart: Well, maybe I should.
      Homer: Oh, so now you're smarter than your old man, eh?
      Bart: I guess.
      Homer: I like your attitude. Take what you need.
      (Bart opens the wallet, but it is empty.)

    • Homer: Oh, no! Lisa's gone! And nothing will bring her back! (Stroking his chin) Unless...
      Lisa: Dad, I'm not dead!
      Homer: Oh, praise God! You're alive! (Stroking his chin again) Unless...

    • Lisa: (Reading letter from Bart) Dear Lisa. You rock! Mom is calling rescue agencies, dad is building a giant ladder but it is a poor quality. We miss you, Bart.

    • Lisa: I'm not dead - and neither is my sense of moral outrage!

    • Homer: This is all your fault, with your non-threatening Bobby Sherman-style good looks! No girl can resist your charm!
      Jesse: This was her choice Mr. Simpson.
      Homer: I'm sorry, I wasn't listening, I was lost in your eyes.

    • (The log crushes the hemp store as the tree-huggers look on)
      Rich Texan: Yee-haw! Score one for the bad guys!

    • Song: This Log is Your Log

      Singers: (sung to the tune of "This Land")
      This log is your log, This log is my log.
      When lightening struck it, it kicked the bucket.
      Moe: I poured some onions inside my trousers.
      Singers: This log, it used to be a tree.
      Now it spreads love to you and me.
      Hey, look, it's headed out to sea.

    • Homer: She's gonna narc on our stash.
      Marge: We don't have a stash.
      Homer: No ... of course not.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not the acting president.
      Couch Gag: Marge, Lisa, Homer and Bart enter the living room dressed as Teletubbies, Maggie applauds and laughs.


    • A news graphic showing Lisa has the caption "Lisa Simpson - Earth Angel." "Earth Angel" is also the title of a doo-wop song from the 1950s. It was recorded by a group called The Penguins.

    • Lisa's protest to save the redwood by living in it is a reference to Julia "Butterfly" Hill, who lived in a giant redwood in California from Dec. 10, 1997 to Dec. 18, 1999 to keep it from being cut down.

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