The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 8

Lisa's Pony

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1991 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Groundskeeper Willie: (While hearing Lisa's bad saxophone playing) Sounds like the gopher I caught in me lawnmower.

    • Marge: Homie, how long do you plan to do this?
      Homer: I don't know. How long do horses live?
      Marge: Thirty years.
      Homer: D'oh.

    • (Homer quits his job at the Kwik-E-Mart)
      Apu: He slept, he stole, he was rude to the customers. Still, there goes the best damned employee a convenience store ever had.

    • Homer: I work from midnight to eight, come home, sleep for five minutes, eat breakfast, sleep six more minutes, shower, then I have ten minutes to bask in Lisa's love, then I'm off to the power plant, fresh as a daisy.

    • Apu: Now, these hot dogs have been here for three years. They are strictly ornamental. There is only one bozo who comes in and buys them.
      Homer: But I eat...oh.

    • Marge: We're just going to have to cut down on luxuries.
      Homer: Well, you know, we're always buying Maggie vaccinations for diseases she doesn't even have!

    • Homer: I'll buy her that pony she's always bugging me for.
      Marge: We can't afford to buy a pony.
      Homer: Marge, with today's gasoline prices, we can't afford not to buy a pony.

    • Homer: Maybe I should just cut my losses, give up on Lisa, and make a fresh start with Maggie.

    • Lisa: (on the phone) Dad, I broke my last saxophone reed, and I need you to get me a new one.
      Homer: Uh, isn't this the kind of thing your mother's better at?
      Lisa: I called her, she's not home. I also tried Mr. Flanders, Aunt Patty, Aunt Selma, Dr. Hibbert, Reverend Lovejoy, and that nice man who caught the snake in our basement.
      Homer: Wow, and after them, out of all the people in the world, you chose me.

    • Homer: First you didn't want me to get the pony, now you want me to take it back, make up your mind!

    • Lisa: Wait, dad, I've got something for you! *kiss*
      Homer: Aw, I was hoping it would be money!

    • (Homer prepares to take out a loan from Mr. Burns.)
      Mr. Burns: Just sign this form and the money will be yours. (Laughs evilly) Sorry, I was just um...erm...thinking of something funny Smithers did today.
      Smithers: I didn't do anything funny today.
      Mr. Burns: Shut up!

    • Pet Salesman: Oh my, what is that smell? Oh it's you.
      Homer: 'Scuse me, do you sell ponies?
      Pet Salesman: Uh…sure pal, right here.
      Homer: Deer Hound...hey this is a dog!

    • Homer: Marge, if I spend any more time doing these girl things I'm know, go fruity.

    • Lisa: Dada...Dada.
      Marge: Did you hear that Homer?
      Homer: Marge, please, I'm busy!

    • Homer: Look, I let you down, and I apologise, I know that doesn't make it right, but I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
      Lisa: I forgive you.
      Homer: D'oh! You didn't mean that!

    • Homer: I ordered it for my little girl!
      Lisa: I'm done.
      Homer: Oooh that cost eighty eight dollars.

    • Mr. Burns: Are you acquainted with our state's stringent usury laws?
      Homer: (Unsure) U...sury?
      Mr. Burns: Silly me! I must have just made up a word that doesn't exist.

    • Jerry: Clarinet?
      Homer: No.
      Jerry: Oboe?
      Homer: No.
      Jerry: Saxophone?
      Homer: No. Wait a minute, what was that last one again?
      Jerry: Saxophone.
      Homer: (Recalling) Lisa, stop playing that stupid...saxophone! Yes, that's it!
      Jerry: Alto or tenor?
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Homer: Hurry, Moe, hurry! I've only got five minutes till the music store closes!
      Moe: Well, why don't you go there first?
      Homer: Hey, do I tell you how to do your job?!

  • Notes

    • The woman who sells the pony to Homer is based on Katharine Hepburn.

    • First Appearance: Lunchlady Doris

    • The song "My Ding-A-Ling" by Chuck Berry was one of the hardest songs to clear for the show. Mainly because it was one of Berry's greatest hits.

    • In 1992, Dan Castellaneta won an Emmy for, Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, for this episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: "Bart Bucks" are not legal tender.
      Couch Gag: Homer arrives ahead of the others and lies down. The others then rush in and sit down on Homer, who flails his arms.

  • Allusions

    • Fantasy Island
      The show Homer is watching, while Lisa makes her first steps, is none other than Fantasy Island.

    • Mel Blanc
      Bart's nickname, "The Boy of 1000 Voices," is a parody on voice actor Mel Blanc. He performed virtually all the voices of the Looney Tunes characters except for Elmer Fudd and a few others. He was called "The Man of 1000 Voices."

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
      In a sci-fi dream, an ape version of Homer takes a nap while perching on the monolith from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. While the other apes are discovering tools, Homer invents goofing off.

    • Little Nemo In Slumberland
      In a dream sequence, Homer enters Slumberland, drawn in the style of Winsor McCay's drawings, the cartoonist who drew Little Nemo in Slumberland in the early 1900s.

    • The Godfather
      When Homer first gets Lisa the horse he puts it in her bed, when she wakes up she opens the covers to the sight of the horse's head and screams just like the movie director's scene in the 1972 film, The Godfather.