The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 5

Lisa the Vegetarian

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 1995 on FOX
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Lisa the Vegetarian
After a trip to a petting zoo, Lisa finds herself unable to eat lamb exposing her to ridicule and resentment from her father and friends. But with help from Apu and Paul and Linda McCartney, she makes an effort to stick to her new vegetarian view.

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  • I am Lisa Simpson

    A few years ago, I had a Lisa Simpson experience straight out of this episode at my (former) job. We were having an optional meeting about how healthcare reform was going to affect our company. I was already skeptical. They started out with a political cartoon. They speculated on things that hadn't been confirmed. (This was They called it socialism. They literally said, "why should you have to pay for the sick and the old?" Everyone was gasping and eating it up. (People who hadn't paid attention to the issue at all were parroting exactly what was being said. I interrupted, saying the information was biased, that they weren't telling the whole story. It was just like the incident with the pro-meat film the students watch. I felt just like Lisa Simpson in this episode! I think that's why this episode is so popular. We've all had Lisa Simpson moments, when you have to stand up for your unpopular beliefs and the whole world seems to have gone mad. Some reviews have pegged this episode as anti-meat, but really it's about holding on to your beliefs and standing up for them when everyone is against you.moreless
  • Lisa becomes a vegetarian, in this series classic.

    One of Lisa's most known character traits is introduced in this episode, as she becomes a vegetarian.Lisa being a vegetarian as stuck throughout the whole series. When I first saw this episode I wasn't very impressed but after watching it again and again, I find it to be an awesome installment by The Simpsons. And one of the most loved guest satrs and that did a heck of a job in this episode, Paul and Linda McCartney. A lot of memorable moments as we see a flying pig, the cutest lamb you ever did see, and a sweet moment between Lisa and Homer. Another one of those Lisa episodes where she stands up for what she believes in.

    This episode also includes my favorite film with Troy McClure on why you should eat meat. Great quote "If a cow had a chance, Jimmy. He'd eat you too" or something along those lines.

    Great episode! Hope you enjoy the review!moreless
  • I could write a Much better story then this! :idea:

    I don't know why so many people like this episode, all it shows is Lisa giving up the life of being able to eat real food and becoming even preachier and having a more holier-than-thou attitude than she did before. The only Good thing about this episode is that Paul McCartney appears in it, and even He's over-rated! This is by far Not the Best Simpsons episode ever made! There are tons of episodes better than this, but then again, nearly every episode that doesn't revolve around Lisa Simpson is better than this. My advice, watch "Camp Lazlo" on Cartoon Network, it's much better than this show! :idea: Enough said!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons lisa goes on trip to the pedding zoo and she seems that she does not want to eat meat afte what she seen has happen to the animals and she start to protest in school and the princeabl gets mad and so he show them a movie with troy maclor in it about meat and homer and his friends are having a barque with a pig roast and so lisa ruins it and lisa goes to see apu and turns out that he is a vegitarn and that apu has a garden up stairs above the kwik mart with linda and paul . this was a good ep i thought.moreless
  • is eating meat wrong?

    This episode shows Lisa questioning eating meat. She thinks it is wrong, so several people {mostly at school} try to prove it is OK to eat meat. But she still doesn't think so. So, Homer throws a barbecue, and she steals a pig that everyone was going to eat. Homer and Lisa have a fight and she runs to the Quik-E-Mart, where she meets Linda and Paul MacCartney. They tell her that it is OK that she is a vegetarian. So, Lisa stays one.

    This is a very funny episode with a good lesson, and a {somewhat} big change for Lisamoreless
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

Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney


Guest Star

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney


Guest Star

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Homer looks through the field glasses, he's far from the trash can, but he's suddenly close to it when he throws the glasses away.

    • The meat film that Skinner shows the class has '3F03' at the bottom of the title screen - which is the production code of this episode.

  • QUOTES (42)

    • Lisa: Dad! Can't you have some other type of party, one where you don't serve meat?
      Homer: But all normal people love meat! If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say 'Yo Goober! Where's the meat?!' I'm trying to impress people here, Lisa. You don't win friends with salad.
      Bart: (singing) You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad!
      (Homer joins in, forming a conga line with Bart)
      Bart, Homer: You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad!
      (Marge joins in)
      Bart, Homer, Marge: You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad! You don't win friends with salad!
      Lisa: Mom!!
      Marge: I don't mean to take sides, I just got caught up in the rhythm.

    • (The family enjoys an animatronic display at a children's petting zoo.)
      Wolf: Come out, come out, or I'll blooow your house in.
      Three Little Pigs: Not by the hairs of our chinny chin chin.
      Bart: What a load of crappy crap crap.
      Homer: Quiet, boy. I have a feeling some bad stuff is going to go down.
      Marge: (to Maggie) This is where the wolf blows down the pigs' house.
      Bart: (Sarcastically) He blows all right, he blows big time.
      Marge: That's it honey, get into the spirit.

    • (Upon discovering the barbecue Ned Flanders is hosting in his backyard, which involves the entire Flanders family.)
      Homer: Hey Flanders--
      Everybody: Hi-diddly-ho, neighborino!
      Homer: Shut up!
      Everybody: Okily-dokily!

    • (Homer and Bart chase after the roasted pig Lisa pushes with the lawnmower, and it goes through a bush.)
      Homer: It's just a little dirty. It's still good, it's still good…
      (The pig goes across a road, hits a wall, and flies off the rotisserie grill and into the river.)
      Homer: It's just a little slimy. It's still good, it's still good…
      (The pig goes down river into a dam where it gets stuck. Water builds up and sends it propelling into the air.)
      Homer: It's just a little airborne. It's still good, it's still good…
      Bart: It's gone.
      Homer: I know.

    • Lisa: When will those fools learn they can be perfectly happy eating fruits, breads, grains, and cheese?
      Apu: Ooh, cheese!?
      Lisa: You don't eat cheese, Apu?
      Apu: No. I don't eat any food that comes from an animal.
      Lisa: Oh. Then you must think I'm a monster.
      Apu: Yes, indeed I do think that.

    • Homer: Okay, everybody! It's the moment you've all been waiting for: the Pig De Resistance! (reveals a roasted pig on a rotisserie)
      Everybody: Oooo… Aaahh…
      Chief Wiggum: (laughs) Look at his nose!

    • Chief Wiggum: Hey, Homer. Wing me another one of them burgers, would ya? I can't quite seem to stand up under my own power anymore.
      Homer: One Whopper for the copper.

    • Jimmy: Uh, Mr. McClure, I have a crazy friend who says it's wrong to eat meat. Is he crazy?
      Troy McClure: No, just ignorant.

    • Homer: I can't believe you didn't invite me! Even after I painted those cool stripes all over your car… (gets an idea) I know! I'll throw my own barbecue! It'll be the best barbeque anyone ever had, and I'll only invite who I want! That'll show you!
      Ned: Can I come, too?
      Homer: (walks away) Sure… D'oh!

    • Homer: This barbeque will be hard, thankless work, but I'm sure you're up to it, Marge.
      Marge: Well, it could be a good chance to get to know our neighbors outside of a courtroom setting.
      Homer: You know what you should serve, Marge? More of these lamb chops; these are the best ever!
      Marge: Why, thank you, Homie! You might say the secret ingredient is salt.

    • Homer: (to a goat at the petting zoo) Come on, eat the can! Come on!
      Marge: You're supposed to feed them pellets from the machine over there.

    • Homer: Lisa! Lisa! Come back before everyone finds out what a horrible father I am.
      Lisa: Hi, Dad. Looking for me?
      Homer: I don't know. You looking for me?
      Lisa: I don't know.

    • Sheri and Terri: Look at Misses Potato Head! She has a head made out of lettuce.
      Ralph: I can't believe I used to go out with you.
      Janie: Are you going to marry a carrot, Lisa?
      Lisa: (Rolling her eyes) Yes, I'm going to marry a carrot.
      Sherri and Terri: Ohh! She admitted it. She's going to marry a carrot!

    • Troy McClure: Come on, Jimmy. Let's take a peek at the killing floor.
      (Jimmy gasps in horror.)
      Troy McClure: Don't let the name throw you, Jimmy. It's not really a floor; it's more of a steel grating that allows material to sluice through so it can be collected and exported.

    • Homer: Flanders, you're having a family reunion and you didn't invite me?

    • Jose Flanders: Buenos ding dong diddly dias, Senor!

    • Paul McCartney: Before you go, would you like to hear a song?
      Lisa: Wow! That would be great.
      Paul McCartney: Okay, take it Apu.
      Apu: I'm Seargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Man, I'm hoping you'll enjoy my show!

    • Homer: Marge, since I'm not talking to Lisa, could you please ask her to pass me the syrup?
      Marge: (sighs) Please pass your father the syrup, Lisa.
      Lisa: Bart, tell Dad I'll only pass the syrup if it won't be used on any meat products…
      Bart: You dunking your sausages in that syrup, Homeboy?
      Homer: Marge, tell Bart I just want to drink a nice glass of syrup like I do every morning…
      Marge: Tell him yourself; you're ignoring Lisa, not Bart.
      Homer: Bart, thank your mother for pointing that out.
      Marge: Homer, you're not, not talking to me; and secondly, I heard what you said.
      Homer: Lisa, tell your mother to get off my case!
      Bart: Uh, Dad? Lisa's the one you're not talking to.
      Homer: Bart, go to your room!
      Lisa: Why don't you just eat him, Dad?
      Homer: I don't need any serving suggestions from YOU, you barbecue-wrecking, know-nothing know-it-all!
      Lisa: THAT'S IT!!! (points to Homer) I can't live in a house with this prehistoric carnivore! I AM OUT OF HERE!!!
      (Lisa leaves the room and slams the front door.)
      Homer: (to Lisa, even though she left) That's it! Go to your room!

    • (Lisa is seen pushing rotisserie grill that has the roasted pig with a lawnmower and everyone gasps.)
      Marge: Bart! Nooo!
      Bart: (Right next to Marge) What?
      Marge: (Glances at Bart) Sorry, force of habit. Lisa! Nooo!

    • Marge: See.. it was a good idea to come here after all.
      Announcer: Attention families, this is mother goose, the following cars have been broken into...

    • Grampa: Are we there yet?
      Homer: No.
      Grampa: Are we there yet?
      Homer: No.
      Grampa: Are we there yet?
      Homer: No.
      Grampa: Where are we going?
      Lisa: We're going to Storytown Village, Grampa. It's an amusement park for babies.
      Grampa: Ooh… Just leave me in the car with window open a crack.
      Homer: That's the plan!
      Marge: Well, I think it's nice that we're doing something for Maggie. Besides, Storytown Village might have something for all ages, from (points to Lisa) eight to… (points to Grampa) God only knows…

    • Papa Bear: Somebody's been sleeping in my bed.
      Mama Bear: (distorted) Fmmbdy's bnn fleepng in by bed.
      Baby Bear: Somebody's been sleeping in my bed.
      Grampa: (rolls over in bed) Well I'm sorry but it was 150 degrees in the car!

    • Apu: It's like Paul's song "Live and Let Live."
      Paul McCartney: Actually it was "Live and Let Die."
      Apu: Well, whatever, whatever. It had a good rhythm.

    • Lisa: What's the differance between this lamb and the one that kissed me?
      Bart: This one spent three hours in the broiler.

    • Homer: Wait wait wait a minute Lisa, honey, are you saying that you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
      Lisa: No!
      Homer: Ham?
      Lisa: No!
      Homer: Pork chops?
      Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal!
      Homer: Yeah right Lisa, a wonderful, "magical" animal.

    • Lisa: Wow, a secret staircase! But what do you do if someone wants non-alcoholic beer?
      Apu: You know, it's never come up.

    • (Barney arrives at the barbecue with a beer keg.)
      Barney: Hey, Homer.
      Homer: Wow, Barney! You brought a whole beer keg!
      Barney: Yeah. Where can I fill it up?

    • Principal Skinner: Good morning, class. A certain agitator - for privacy's sake, let's call her "Lisa S.". No, that's too obvious. Let's say, "L. Simpson"..

    • Principal Skinner: Uh-oh. Two "Independent Thought Alarms" in one day. The students are over-stimulated. Willie, remove all the colored chalk from the classrooms.
      Groundskeeper Willie: I warned yah'! Didn't I warn yah?! That colored chalk was forged by Lucifer himself!

    • Lisa: Um, excuse me? Isn't there anything here that doesn't have meat in it?
      Lunch Lady Doris: Possibly the meatloaf.
      Lisa: Well, I believe you're required to provide an vegetarian-alternative.
      [LLD drops a plain, empty hot dog bun on Lisa's lunch tray.]
      Lunch Lady Doris: Yum. It's rich in bun-ly goodness.
      Lisa: Do you remember when you lost your passion for this work?

    • Worm: (talking like a lamb) Lisa.. what did I ever do to yo-o-ou.?
      Lisa: Why does it talk like a lamb?

    • Bart: Cartoons don't have messages, Lisa. They're just a bunch of hilarious stuff. You know, like people getting hurt and stuff, stuff like that.
      (gets slammed behind the door by Homer)

    • Lisa: They can't honestly expect us to swallow that tripe!
      Principal Skinner: Now as a special treat courtesy of our friends at the meat council, please help yourself to this tripe.

    • Lamb: Li-i-isa… I thought you lo-o-oved me! Lo-o-oved me-e-e-e!

    • Ralph: Ms. Hoover, my worm went in my mouth and then I ate it. Can I have a new one?
      Ms. Hoover: No, Ralph. There aren't any more. Just try to sleep while the other children are learning.
      Ralph: Oh boy! Sleep! That's when I'm a Viking!

    • Homer: Lisa, you ruined my barbeque! I demand you apologize this instant!
      Lisa: I'm never, ever apologizing for what I did because I was standing up for a death call, and you were wrong, wrong, WRONG! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to my room! (leaves Homer)
      Homer: That's it! Go to your room!

    • Mr. Burns: You know, Smithers, I think I'll donate a million dollars to the local orphanage… when pigs fly!
      (Mr. Burns and Smithers laugh until they see Homer's BBQ pig flying past the window)
      Smithers: Will you be donating that million dollars now, sir?
      Mr. Burns: No, I'd still prefer not...

    • Troy McClure: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such educational films as Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun and Firecrackers, the Silent Killer.

    • Homer: Lisa, this is lamb, not a lamb.

    • Ralph: When I grow up, I'm going to Bovine University.

    • Homer: Look, kids! I just got my party invitations back from the printers!
      Lisa: (reading invitation) "Come to Homer's BBBQ. The extra B is for BYOBB."
      Bart: What's that extra "B" for?
      Homer: That's a typo.

    • Troy McClure: Don't kid yourself, Jimmy. If that cow ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode won a 1996 EMA Award for TV Comedy.

    • While the end credits roll, an audio track of Paul McCartney reading a recipe for lentil soup can be heard playing backwards in the background behind his song, "Maybe I'm Amazed".

    • Itchy and Scratchy: "Esophagus Now"
      Scratchy is at a restaurant and Itchy is a waiter. He asks Scratchy what he wants he points to a lamb-chop. Itchy goes under the table shaves Scratchy's stomach and puts it on the plate. Then Itchy puts the plate on the table in front of Scratchy and he starts to eat it. But when he swallows something it comes back out. He eats the same piece 5x then Itchy comes and gives him a bill of $100 and Scratchy's head explodes.

    • This is the first appearance of Apu's secret garden which will be seen again in later episodes.

    • Blackboard Joke: The boys room is not a water park.
      Couch Gag: The family comes in, but they are gray outlines. Robotic arms come in and detail them.

    • This episode is a true milestone in the series. The Simpsons is the first and only sitcom since, John Lennon's death, that has guest starred the surviving three Beatles: Ringo Starr "Brush with Greatness", George Harrison "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", and now Paul McCartney.

    • Paul and Linda agreed to do this episode on the condition that Lisa would remain a vegetarian for the rest of the series.

    • Paul and Linda were not ecstatic about the original ending. In the aired episode, Lisa says that she will not judge others based on their personal ethical codes. In the original writing of the episode, Lisa basically said that vegetarian activists were fanatics. Either way, The Simpsons tried not to be confrontational towards the sponsors, which includes multiple fast food chains. In previous years, the show always had a moral statement in its episodes, but around this time it started to be less serious from a moral perspective.


    • She's Leaving Home

      When Apu informs the McCartneys that Lisa is running away, Paul says, "What? She's leaving home?". He says this as dialogue, but it is also the title of a Beatles song.

    • Sheri/Terri: Look at Mrs. Potato Head!
      Mrs. Potato Head, like her male counterpart: Mr. Potato Head, is a popular children's doll that is in the shape of a plastic potato produced by Hasbro. Children can put a variety of noses, hats, mustaches, and other features on the doll to decorate it.

    • Paul McCartney: If you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backwords...
      In the late 1960s there were rumors that Paul McCartney had died and if you played the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" backwards it said, "I buried Paul."

    • Homer: I've got the prescription for you, doctor. Another hot beef injection!
      "Hot beef injection" is a phrase from the 1985 Brat Pack movie The Breakfast Club. John Bender is trying to bug Claire and he asks her if Andrew slips her the "hot beef injection." Unlike Homer, he wasn't talking about the kind of wieners you eat at a barbecue.