The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 14

Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 1994 on FOX
8.5
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Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
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Lisa challenges the makers of the Malibu Stacy doll to create a less sexist and pro-feminist doll. When they won't listen, Lisa enlists the help of Mr. Smithers to find the original creator of Malibu Stacy, Stacy Lovell. Together Lisa and Miss Lovell create Lisa Lionheart in an effort to positively influence young girls.moreless

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  • perfect

    10
    what i liked- homer playing the foot keyboard and annoying everyone else there, the end of act 1 with the kid getting his frisbee and then losing it again, bart's suggestions for names for the doll, "you all have hideous hair!", the ending with the foot keyboard, smither's appearance with burns on his keyboard, grampa's scenes, amongst other things.

    funny episode. good plot. A+
  • this was a good ep

    8.0
    in this ep of the simpsons show lisa gets upset when a new batch of mablu stacy dolls comes out and she has a problem with the new doll it displays sexism and show she is angrey about that and she goes to smithers to see if he can help since he has a huge collection of the doll and he helps her track her down and they talk about the new doll that came out and so the creater makes a new doll that moddles lisa the smart and caring person thing is that is not a seller to the public and they dont like it . this was a good epmoreless
  • Decent episode: Homer vs Piano Keyboard

    8.1
    After years of loving her Malibu Stacy doll, it begins to dawn on Lisa that her favorite toy sets a bad example for little girls. Lisa tracks down Stacy Lovell, the original creator of the Malibu Stacy doll, and together they design and market a positive, pro-girl doll named Lisa Lionheart. The toy is almost a breakout success, but the sneaky corporate henchmen and women behind Malibu Stacy quickly create a new Malibu Stacy that knocks Lisa Lionheart out of commission. Guest Star: Kathleen Turner as Stacy Lovell.

    Decent episode, but the Homer vs the keyboard bit was priceless, and will be remembered as one of Homer's best moments! Ok maybe I'm getting a little too crazy..moreless
  • A good episode... but not perfect.

    7.5
    Season 5 was probably the best season of The Simpsons(with season 8). I liked this episode but I didn't love it. It was just in my opinion one of those filler episodes to make the season complete. It had some good, funny parts, but it was ultimately a bit of a drag. It just features Lisa trying to show other Malibu-Stacy fanatics that they are wasting their parent's money on a politically incorrect talking doll. Lisa tries to persuade the inventor of Malibu-Stacy that Malibu-Stacy is a bad influence on little girls, and wins her interest. Lisa markets the new, positive Lisa Lionheart doll but fails to succeed, but learns to enjoy her toys. So anyways, it was an okay, modestly funny episode but could have been better. At least it better than the much newer Simpsons episodes.moreless
  • This is the episode where Lisa complains about how the Talking Malibu Stacy is made. Pretty good to watch.

    9.7
    This is the episode of "The Simpsons" where Lisa buys a Talking Malibu Stacy with her own money. When she tries it out for the first time, she is outraged, because the doll talks like a sexist. Things the doll says include "Don't ask me; I'm just a girl. (giggles)" and "My name is Stacy, but you can call me (wolf whistle)." She goes on a tour around the factory and decides to see the creator of Malibu Stacy dolls with the help of Waylon Smithers. Lisa then decides to create her own talking doll named Lisa Lionheart, which doesn't sell well because of a new kind of Malibu Stacy that gets the girls' (and Smithers') attention. A really good episode to watch.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

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

Stacy Lovell

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (33)

    • (At the toy store)
      Lisa: I'm warning you, Mom, I may get a little crazy.
      Marge: I understand. When I was your age--
      Lisa: (attacking another girl) Hey, horseface, get your ugly paws off that summer fun set!

    • Lisa: You know, if we get through to just that one little girl, it'll all be worth it!
      Stacy Lavelle: Yes. Particularly if that little girl happens to pay $46,000 for that doll.
      Lisa: What?
      Stacy Lavelle: Oh, nothing.

    • Executive: Our one effort to put a stop to this Lisa Lionheart thing has failed miserably. Gentlemen, we have to reinvent Malibu Stacy for the nineties. We'll stay here all night if need be!
      Man: Can we order Chinese food?
      Executive: (long pause) Yes.

    • Kent Brockman's Daughter: My new doll is much better than Malibu Stacy. Do a newscast about her.
      Kent Brockman: Ho ho, please, honey, Daddy's job is to bring people important news. Right now I'm busy preparing a report about the fortieth anniversary of Beetle Bailey.
      Kent Brockman's Daughter: Oh, Daddy, that is boring. Talk about the dolly!
      Kent Brockman: Well, you were right about the Berlin Wall.

    • Lisa: Make sure you get my mom's hair just right!
      Stacy Lavelle: Um, I think we'll use someone different for the hair.
      Lisa: How about me?
      Stacy Lavelle: Um, there's something not quite…
      Bart: How about me?
      Stacy Lavelle: Uh…
      Homer: How about me?
      Stacy Lavelle: (yelling)You all have hideous hair!
      (the family gasps) I mean, from a design point of view.

    • Lisa: Well I'm not going to accomplish anything just sitting here--
      Grampa: And griping. It's time for--
      Lisa: Action! I've got to talk to that woman who invented Malibu Stacy and see if I can get her to--
      Grampa: Come out of retirement. I'm gonna get me a job...a real Malibu...and see if Stacy...can help...invent...me...young...heeeelp!
      Lisa: You're getting a job.
      Grampa: Yes! I'm going where the action is.

    • Tour Guide: Welcome to "Enchantment Lane" where all the parts come together and Malibu Stacy is born. Some folks say there's a little touch of fairy dust in the air.
      (Scene changes to tough looking man assembling dolls)
      Man: Aw, crap. There's a clog in the torso chute!!! Leroy! Get your ass in gear.

    • Lisa: They cannot keep making dolls like this...something has to be done!
      Marge: Lisa, ordinarily I'd say you should stand up for what you believe in. But you've been doing that an awful lot lately!
      Bart: Yeah. You made us march in that gay rights parade!
      Homer: And we can't watch FOX because they own those chemical weapon plants in Syria.

    • Lisa: Thanks for buying us these toys, Grampa.
      Grampa: Ehh, why didn't you get something useful, like storm windows, or a nice pipe organ? I'm thirsty! Ew, what smells like mustard? There sure a lot of ugly people in your neighborhood. Oh! Look at that one.
      (Homer parks the car in the driveway; everyone jumps out except Grampa.) Grampa: Ow, my glaucoma just got worse. The president is a Demmycrat. (Everyone rushes into the house) Hello? I can't unbuckle my seat belt. Hello? (Honks horn repeatedly)

    • Girl #1: Look! Achy Breaky Stacy for a dollar ninety-nine!
      Girl #2: Live from the Improv Stacy's only eighty-nine cents!
      Girl #1 / #2: Ewwwww!

    • Grampa: Anyway, about my washtub...I just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a "walking bird". We'd always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: cranberries, Injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called "baseball."

    • Grampa: I leave these: a box of mint-condition 1918 liberty-head silver dollars. You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J. D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run out of the house with a big washtub and--Where are you going?
      Homer: Dad, we'd love to stay here and listen to your amusing antidote, but we have to take these coins to the mall and spend 'em!

    • Grampa: And to my son Homer--
      Homer: Woo-hoo!
      Grampa: --and his entire family--
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Jasper: What's eatin' you, Abe? For three weeks all you've been talking about is meeting Matlock. Now you've met him, swiped his pills… (reads label) "Take one every hour to prevent spastic heart convulsions" (An ambulance drives by with its siren blaring inside a doctor yells out "Clear!") but you ain't said a word.

    • Stacy Lavelle: We'll call her Lisa Lionheart.
      Bart: No, Loudmouth Lisa! Stupid Lisa Garbage Face! I can't take this anymore! Somebody pay attention to me! Look at me!

    • Grampa: I shouldn't be listening to complaints, I should be making them with you guys! The good Lord lets us grow old for a reason; to gain the wisdom to find fault with everything He's made.

    • Lisa: This is great. They're really going to sell our doll!
      Stacy Lavelle: Well, it wasn't difficult. I just told them who I was, and who you were, and they couldn't resist.
      Lisa: Really?
      Stacy Lavelle: Well, I didn't tell them who you were.

    • Lisa: I'd be mortified if someone ever made a lousy product with the Simpson name on it.

    • Mr. Peterson: We need some more secret sauce. Put this mayonnaise in the sun.

    • Lisa: Change what she says. It's your company.
      Stacy Lavelle: Not since I was forced out in 1974. They said my way of thinking just wasn't cost effective.
      Lisa: That's awful.
      Stacy Lavelle: Well, that, and I was funneling profits to the Viet Cong.

    • Lisa: It's awful being a kid. No one listens to you.
      Grampa: It's rotten being old. No one listens to you.
      Homer: I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are!

    • Lisa: Mom! We could go on the factory tour and I could complain in person!
      Marge: Honey, you're not going to throw red paint at the executives, are you? The Keebler people were very upset.

    • Grampa: Why are you people avoiding me? Does my withered face remind you of the grim specter of Death?
      Homer: Yes, but there's more. Dad, I love you, but...you're a weird, sore-headed old crank and nobody likes you!

    • Lisa: It's not funny, Bart. Millions of girls will grow up thinking that this is the right way to act; that they can never be more than vacuous ninnies whose only goal is to look pretty, land a rich husband, and spend all day on the phone with their equally vacuous friends talking about how damn terrific it is to look pretty and have a rich husband!
      Bart: Just what I was going to say.

    • Grampa: Looking at that tired old freak has made me realize I'm no spring chicken myself. I can feel death's clammy hand on my shoulder. Wait, that's my hand.

    • Lisa: Don't any of you notice something wrong with what Malibu Stacy says?
      Girl: There's something wrong with what my Malibu Stacy says... (pulls string)
      Malibu Stacy Doll: My spidey-sense is tingling - anyone call for a web slinger?

    • Malibu Stacy Doll: Don't ask me! I'm just a girl! Hee hee hee! Hee hee hee!

    • Marge: Now let's talk this over a nice big bowl of strawberry ice cream.
      (Lisa pulls the doll's string)
      Malibu Stacy Doll: Now let's talk this over with a nice big bowl of strawberry ice cream!
      Marge: Hmmmm....

    • (Smithers turns on his computer, a computerized Mr. Burns comes onto the screen)
      Mr. Burns: Hello...Smithers. You're quite good...at turning me on

    • Grampa: Do we sell... French... fries?

    • Dr. Hibbert: Without further ado, I give you the man who puts young people behind bars, where they belong, TV's 'Matlock'.

    • Kent Brockman: Good night. Oh, and the President was arrested for murder. More on that tomorrow night. Or you could turn to another channel … oh, do not turn to another channel.

    • Grampa: Mr. Peterson, you can take this job and...fill it! And one more thing...I never once washed my hands. That's your policy, not mine.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Bye Bye Birdie
      The "We Love You, Matlock" song parodies the "We Love You, Conrad" song from the 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie.

    • Pepsi
      The Buzz Cola commercial is reminiscent of an ad for Pepsi.

    • Billy Ray Cyrus
      The "Achy Breaky Stacy" doll that is on sale is a reference to the song "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus.

    • Ruth Handler / Barbie
      Stacy Lovelle, creater of Malibu Stacy, is a spoof of the late Ruth Handler, who was famous for the creation of the popular Barbie dolls in the 1950s.

    • Kent Brockman: I'm doing a report about the 40th anniversary of Beetle Bailey.
      Beetle Bailey is a long-running comic strip about the antics of soldiers at Camp Swampy.

    • Big
      The two scenes where Homer is on the giant keyboard are taken from the famous scene in the 1988 movie Big where Josh as an adult (Tom Hanks) and the FAO Schwarz manager dance on a walk-on keyboard. Big was also produced by ,The Simpsons producer, James L. Brooks.

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