The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 10

Lisa's First Word

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

As the family gathers around Maggie and tries to encourage her to say her first word, Marge reminisces and tells the story of Lisa's first word.

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  • A superb episode of the Simpsons

    As the family gathers around Maggie and tries to encourage her to say her first word, Marge reminisces and tells the story of Lisa's first word. I thought this was a superb episode of the Simpsons. It is one of the few old episodes I've seen from this show. The rest of the episodes from this show I had watched are the newer one. Anyway, I saw this episode on April 3, 2011 as a rerun on FOX. It featured Elizabeth Taylor doing the voice of Maggie's brief dialog at the end (which was daddy). My score is lower because this episode was kinda boring in a couple parts. The family telling the story of Lisa's first word was great. Most of the parts in the flashback were amazing. It was actually funny that Lisa's first word turn out to be Bart. I did the liked the very ending when Maggie said Daddy. Overall, a superb classic Simpsons episode. 9/10moreless
  • The Simpsons are gathered in the living room trying to get Maggie to say her first words, but meet with no success. Marge soon begins telling the story of the time Lisa first spoke.moreless

    The late Elizabeth Taylor makes the first of two appearances on The Simpsons. Despite the fact that Taylor says only one word, it's an appearance worth remembering. This episode works on just about every level. The story, the dialogue and clever sight gags all work well to create one of season four's best. The story of Homer and Marge looking for a new home for their expanding family is another high point. Seeing Bart go through the terrible twos will have you laughing just as much. The episode ends with one of Homer's best lines and a great closing scene.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons its a flashback ep and it show how lisa was first born and how bart was jealious of lisa when they were younger because he was not the baby anymore and lisa was and they paid more attention to her he sofens up towards lisa when he hears her first words bart and they become good brother and sister and then later in the night there tring to get maggie to say something thing is no one hears her and she says daddy this was a good and emotinal ep that the writters of the simpsons mademoreless
  • Daddy

    The family tries to get Maggie to talk, so in flashbacks, we see Bart's first word was "Ay carumba!" when seeing Marge and Homer snuggling, and we are told in a long flashback that Lisa's first word was none other then Bart. Homer wanted it to be Daddy but it wasn't. After the flashbacks Homer puts Maggie to bed, saying how it is OK she doesn't talk yet. When he walks out she says "Daddy".

    A very good episode, full of hilarious scenes and the end is one of my all-time favorites, very emotional way to end the episode, it didn't feel tacked on emotion but genuine emotionmoreless
  • Very emotional to be a Simpsons episode; all fathers and children should see this very touching and heart-warming episode...

    While trying to get Maggie to say her first words, Marge tells Bart and Lisa about what they were like as babies. In flashback, we see that Bart's first words were "aye carumba." When Lisa was born, Homer hoped that her first word would be "daddy," but instead she said "Bart," which always secretly broke Homer's heart. Back in the present, as Homer puts Maggie to bed, he tells her that it's okay that she doesn't speak yet. Just then, she looks up at him and says the word he's been waiting to hear, "Daddy." A very touching episode to say the least all Father's and Children should see this very emotional Simpsons episode...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

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Maggie Simpson

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Ned Flanders is spotted wearing a "I Love Webster" t-shirt.

    • The headline in the newspaper from Lisa's birth ("Mondale to Hart: Where's the Beef?") indicates that she was born on March 12, 1984, the day after the infamous comment was made during a primary debate.

    • Dr. Hibbert gave Bart a Rubella innoculation.

    • The Spanish title for this episode is "Maggie's First Word" instead of "Lisa's First Word".

    • An actual note from the Fox Censors regarding this episode: "In Act Three, when Marge worries that Bart may become jealous of newborn Lisa, Homer's previously unscripted line 'Bart can kiss my hairy yellow butt' is not acceptable; we believe this crude phrase plays as especially coarse since it is directed at a two-year-old child."

    • On the scene where Homer is making a bed for Bart it shows Homer hammering down the nails and sawing the wood. That scene was also used on "Homer at the Bat".

    • "Ay carumba" was Bart's first spoken word as he saw Homer and Marge making love.

    • Goof: In the 1983 flashback, Homer is coming home from work and is singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," by Cyndi Lauper, but the song didn't exist until 1984.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Homer: Can you say Daddy?
      Baby Lisa: Homer.
      Homer: No, sweetie. Daddy.
      Baby Lisa: (pause) Homer.
      Homer: D'oh!
      (Bart and baby Lisa laugh)

    • Homer: Dad, I have a problem.
      Grampa: Why did you come to me? I don't know nothin'. I used to get by on my looks. Now they're gone... withered away like an old piece of fruit. (Sobs)
      Homer: Are you done?
      Grampa: No, not yet! I was voted the handsomest boy in Albany, New York!
      Homer: Dad, I don't need advice! I need 15,000 dollars to buy a home!
      Grampa: Oh, well. All I own is this house, that I built with my own two hands!
      Homer: You didn't build this house! You won it on a crooked 50's game show!
      Grampa: I ratted on everybody and got off scott free!

    • Flanders: (holding baby Lisa) Hi-dee-ho, Simpson. Your son shoved this through our doggy door. And since we're returning your second-born, do you think you could see your way to returning my TV tr-- (Homer takes Lisa and slams the door in Flanders' face)

      Homer: Boy! You get over to the corner and you...(Already there)...Yeah.

    • Marge: According to Fretful Mother magazine, if Maggie doesn't talk by age one, we should consider a corrective tongue-extender.

    • (Homer watches Krusty the Clown on TV)
      Homer: I think he's a clown. He he he he.

    • Bart: Homer!
      Homer: Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh! Homer's what grownups call me. Call me Daddy.
      Bart: Homer.
      Homer: Daddy.
      Bart: Homer.
      Homer: (becoming angry) Daddy.
      Bart: Da... da... da...
      Homer: Yes...?
      Bart: Domer! (laughs)
      Homer: Why you little...! (chokes Bart)

    • Homer: You know Maggie, the sooner kids talk, the sooner they talk back. (tucks Maggie in her crib) I hope you never say a word.
      (leaves the room)
      Maggie: (removes her pacifier) Daddy.

    • Bart: I was sitting there!
      Lisa: I don't see your name on it!
      Bart: It's right there!
      Marge: Bart, don't write on the rug.

    • Rod/Todd: I've got some joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. (Where?) Down in my heart to stay! And if the devil doesn't like it, he can sit on a tack. (Ouch!) Sit on a tack. (Ouch!)

    • Bart: Can't sleep, clown'll eat me!

    • Homer: Alright, I know how to handle this, just use a little reverse psychology. Let's go Marge. Leave the baby with his little crib............. AAAAAARGHHH!

    • Bart: I am so great! I am so great! Everybody loves me, I am so great!
      Marge: Honey, honey, honey, honey, honey. Could you please be quiet?
      Bart: Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quie --
      Marge: Bart, get out!

    • Ned: If you need anything just give a whistle.
      Homer: I could use a TV tray.
      Ned: Well, gee...
      Homer: What?
      Ned: Uh, I just this minute bought it at the hardware...
      Homer: You said "anything".
      Ned: Heh, sure, you can borrow it for...a little while.
      Homer: And that little while is now eight years and counting.

    • Bart: Hey Homer ,this house sucks!
      Homer: Bart, I told you not to use that word. Call me daddy!

    • Selma: Hey Bart, want a dollar? Uh uh uh, you know what I wanna hear.
      Bart: I'm a little teapot short and stout, this is my handle this is my spout. The incy wincy spider went up the water spout...
      Selma: Oh yeah! Love that spout medley.

    • Homer: I've got it all figured out. The baby can have Bart's crib and Bart'll sleep with us until he's 21.
      Marge: Won't that warp him?
      Homer: My cousin Frank did it.
      Marge: You don't have a cousin Frank.
      Homer: He became Francine back in '76. Then he joined that cult. I think his name is Mother Shabubu now.

    • Marge: There's going to be twice as much love in this house as there is now!
      Homer: We're going to start doing it in the morning?!

    • Marge: Then the prince and the princess... (yawns) married and lived happily ever after.
      Bart: Then what happened?
      Marge: Uh... they had thirty sons and thirty daughters.
      Bart: What were their names?
      Marge: Hmm... Dennis... Brad... Mavis... Brad... (falls asleep)

    • Homer: When the working day is done, girls just wanna have fu-hun. That's all we really waaaant.

    • Lisa: It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.
      Homer's Brain: What does that mean? Better say something or they'll think you're stupid.
      Homer: Takes one to know one.
      Homer's Brain: Swish!

    • Homer: Maggie, can you say daddy? Daddy?

      Marge: Kitty. Kitty.

      Lisa: Be-bop. Be-bop.

      Bart: Shove it. Shove it.

      Maggie removes her pacifier...and burps.

      Homer: Did you hear that? She said burlap!

    • Marge: Maggie, can you say ba-ba? Can you say mama?
      Bart: Can you say get bent?
      Marge: Bart!
      Bart: Mr. Rogers says it all the time.
      Marge: He does not!

    • Ned: Suppertime, boys!
      Rod: Oh boy! Liver!
      Todd: Iron helps us play!

    • Homer: Wow. A baby and a free burger. Could this be the best day of my life?
      TV Announcer: Next up, an hour-long episode of "Mama's Family."
      Homer: Yes!

    • Krusty: You people are pigs! I personally am going to spit in every fiftieth burger!
      Homer: I like those odds.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "100 Yard Gash"
      The scene is at an Olympic games. A fanfare is heard, and then the theme for Chariots of Fire begins playing. Scratchy is participating in the 100-Yard Dash event. Itchy nails Scratchy's skin to the floor. Scratchy takes off skinless and wins the race. Later, his skeleton is shown on a Wheaties box.

    • Although Elizabeth Taylor does Maggie's voice in this episode, Nancy Cartwright usually does Maggie's voice in other episodes.

    • When the Simpsons first appeared as a television series, Whoopi Goldberg. made it known that she wanted to do Maggie's voice when she got one; however that honor went to her friend Elizabeth Taylor.

    • Blackboard Joke: Teacher is not a leper.
      Couch Gag: The family joins a chorus line and the sequence ends up as a huge circus-like extravaganza, with dancing elephants, jugglers, etc.


    • Wizard of Oz: The song that the Flanders' sing when welcoming the Simpsons to the neighborhood is based on the song the Munchkins sing when welcoming Dorothy to Munchkinland.

    • Where's the Beef: The newspaper from Lisa's birth references Walter Mondale's attack on Gary Hart during the 1984 presidential primary. The phrase was taken from a famous Wendy's commercial that featured an old lady screaming "Where's the beef?" when looking at the burgers made by rival fast food chains.

    • Dr. Hibbert: (examining Lisa) She has the reflexes of a young Mary Lou Retton.
      American gymnast Mary Lou Retton won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 (the year this episode takes place). Although Dr. Hibbert couldn't have known this at the time, Lisa actually has a gift for gymnastics too, as we learn in the episode "Little Girl In The Big Ten."

    • Kent Brockman: . . . Korean gymnast Kim Kwan, who made a perfect landing on what was later revealed to be a broken leg.
      In the 1976 Summer Olympics, Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto made a perfect dismount from the rings even though he had broken his knee during the earlier floor exercise. He didn't finish the rest of the events, but the rest of his team performed well and won the gold medal.

    • Homer: I've already started you a college fund at Lincoln Savings and Loan.
      Unfortunately, Lincoln Savings and Loan would later fail and the man in charge, Charles Keating, would be sent to prison for fraud.

    • Itchy and Scratchy: Music
      In the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "100 Yard Gash," music is taken from Chariots of Fire and the Vangelis soundtrack.

    • Marge: This story begins in the unforgettable spring of 1983. Ms. Pac-Man struck a blow for women's rights and a young Joe Piscopo taught us how to laugh.
      Two quick references to the video game Ms. Pac-Man, and comedian Joe Piscopo from when he first started on Saturday Night Live.

    • Krusty: You people are pigs!
      This is a reference to a McDonald's promotion that was tied to the 1984 Olympics. The same thing happened, the Europeans boycotted, the USA won just about everything and McDonald's took a financial bath.