The Simpsons

Season 6 Episode 2

Lisa's Rival

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 11, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa's Rival
Lisa wants to practice her saxophone because she is auditioning for first chair in the school band. A new student named Allison enters her class. Allison was skipped ahead a grade by Principal Skinner. Lisa is really jealous of her and is horrified to learn that Allison is going for first chair saxophone, too. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart find an overturned truck full of sugar. Homer fills up his car with it. Lisa loses her quest for first chair and Allison becomes the new smart girl at school, making Lisa feel terrible. When Lisa tries to befriend her, it does not work. Bart helps her think of a way to beat Allison at an upcoming diorama contest. Homer guards his sugar pile in the backyard and he is completely paranoid about an Englishman trying to steal it to put it into his tea. Instead bees find his stash. Beekeepers come to get them back. When it rains, Homer's sugar pile melts into the ground. Bart and Lisa manage to sabotage Allison's project, but Lisa can't go through with it. Neither of them wins the contest anyway; first place goes to Ralph Wiggum. The three smart kids, Lisa, Allison, and Ralph, walk home together.moreless

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  • perfect

    what i liked- "I bent my wookie", lisa not being able to come up with an anagram to the person Allison's dad gave her, and he gives her a red ball, "my cat's breath smells like cat food", "my cat's name is mittens" (ralph must love that cat), homer complaining/yelling about the bees, lisa and allison becoming friends at the end, amongst other things.

    good episode. it was nice to see lisa be outshined by someone and it was handled in a pretty realistic way, i would say. overall grade going to be an A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show a new student joins lisas class and she quickly becomes a rival to lisa simpson both intellgents and musical. and it starts to heat up between the two and lias gets so desprate she wants bart to come and sabtage one of her projects. meanwhile also in this ep homer gets 100 pounds of suger to go and make something with it untill the rain comes and washes it all away this was a very good ep i though showing us another side alisa that we never seen before and that is why i gave it a 8moreless
  • Lisa meets her Rival

    In this episode Lisa meets a girl that is smart that she skip a grade and Lisa wants to know why she can't then Homer steals tons of sugar and refuses to leave it so he tries to sell it. Then Lisa tries to get 1st seat in the schools band but her Rival gets the seat so Lisa tries to win the school's diorama fair. Then Bart swicthes it then Lisa feels bad and puts the real one back but it doesn't win and lisa's diorama didn't win entier the freakin' Ralph won and he didn't have a diorama he had Star Wars action figures at are still in they're boxes.moreless
  • Very good episode...

    Golden child Lisa Simpson finds she's starting to tarnish just a little when a new girl, Allison Taylor, moves to Springfield. Allison is smart, pretty, a great saxophone player and a crack diorama builder. Lisa tries to befriend her new rival, but she's consumed with envy and competitiveness, especially as Dioramarama, the annual diorama competition, approaches.

    Turning to Bart for help, Lisa devises a way to humiliate Allison by replacing her expertly crafted diorama of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart with an actual, rotting cow's heart. Lisa feels pangs of regret at the last minute and backs out of the prank, only to see Allison lose the contest to Ralph Wiggum, who simply displayed Star Wars action figures in their original boxes. Guest star: Winona Ryder as Allison Taylor.moreless
  • Someone is smarter than Lisa...

    So basically this girl comes along and she is smarter than Lisa. She is smarter in school, and in playing the saxaphone. Lisa describes that she beats her in everything that makes her special. So she trys to sabatoge her diaorama project and ends up feeling guilty and telling the truth. But in the end neither she or Allison win the prize and Ralph does. While this is happening Homer gets a lot of sugar and trys to make a buisness out of it but fails miserably. This episode was above average and a great episode. This is my review.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

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

Allison Taylor

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Marge falls into a daydream while reading the book "Love in the Time of Scurvy" and imagines herself at the wheel of a pirate ship with the captain)
      Marge: My, these seas are certainly heaving.
      Pirate: Well, no more than your bountiful bosom, m'lady.
      Marge: (Chuckles) Does that earring mean you're a pirate?
      Pirate: Kinda.

    • Ralph: My cat's breath smells like cat food!

    • Marge: But the grocery store sells sugar for 35 cents a pound.
      Lisa: And it doesn't have nails and broken glass in it.
      Homer: Those are prizes. (Homer eats some of his food and pulls a black object out of his mouth) Ooh, a blasting cap.

    • Ralph: I bent my Wookie.

    • Homer: I've learned my lesson. A mountain of sugar is too much for one man. It's clear now why God portions it out in those tiny little packets, and why he lives on a plantation in Hawaii.

    • Bart: Tomorrow morning, when Allison comes out of her house, we spray her with the hose, soaking her from head to toe, leaving us relatively dry.
      Lisa: Relatively?
      Bart: Well, there's bound to be some splash back.
      Lisa: Bart, her being wet won't help me to win the competition.
      Bart: We could just sabotage her diorama, humiliating her in front of the students and faculty.
      Lisa: Perfect!
      Bart: Leaving her primed for the most traumatic hose-soaking of her life!
      Lisa: Enough with the hose!

    • Homer: I can't live the buttoned down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles! Sure, I might offend a few of the blue-noses with my cocky stride and musky odor - oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called 'City Fathers' who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about what's to be done with this Homer Simpson?

    • Lisa: I should be Allison's friend. I mean, she is a wonderful person.
      Bart: Way to go, Lis. Why compete with someone who's just gonna kick your butt anyway?
      Lisa: I prefer my phrasing.

    • Homer: And you didn't think I'd make any money. I found a dollar while I was waiting for the bus.
      Marge: While you were out 'earning' that dollar, you lost forty dollars by not going into work. The plant called and said if you don't come in tomorrow, don't bother coming in Monday.
      Homer: Woohoo! A four day weekend!

    • Bart: If you change your mind, here's my card.
      Lisa: I don't need a card, you live in the room next to me.
      Bart: Note to self: next year, order fewer cards.

    • Marge: Believe me honey, she's more scared of you than you are of her.
      Lisa: You're thinking of bears, Mom.

    • Bart: Dad, isn't this stealing?
      Homer: Read the town charter, boy: 'If foodstuff should touch the ground, said foodstuff shall be turned over to the village idiot.' Since I don't see him around, start shoveling!

    • Bart: Hurry up and finish eating!
      Homer: You're steering fine, boy! Hard to the left! Hard to the right! Cat! Deer! Old man!

    • Allison: Are you hyperventilating?
      Lisa: No, I just like to smell my lunch.

    • Marge: Lisa, stop blowing my sex! I mean stop blowing your sax, your sax, stop it.

    • Ralph: Lisa, what's the answer to number 7?
      Lisa: I can't tell you, Ralph. That would defeat the purpose of standardized testing as a means for student evaluations.
      Ralph: My cat's name is Mittens.

    • Beekeeper #1: To the Beemobile!
      Beekeeper #2: You mean your Chevy?
      Beekeeper #1: (Looks down in shame) Yes.

    • (while being stung by bees)
      Homer: Oww! They're defending themselves somehow.

    • Mr. Taylor: Hi, Lisa, I'm Alison's father, Professor Taylor. I've heard great things about you.
      Lisa: Oh, really? I--
      Mr. Taylor: Oh, don't be modest. I'm glad we have someone who can join us in our anagram game.
      Alison: We take proper names and rearrange the letters to form a description of that person.
      Mr. Taylor: Like, er...Oh, I don't know, uh...Alec Guinness.
      Alison: Genuine class.
      Mr. Taylor: Ho ho, very good. Alright, Lisa, um...Jeremy Irons.
      Lisa: Uh, Jeremy's...iron.
      Mr. Taylor: Mm hmm, well, that's...very good...for a first try. You know what? I have a ball. Perhaps you'd like to bounce it?

    • Homer: We hit the jackpot here … white gold … Texas tea … sweetener!

    • Marge: Does that earring mean you're a pirate?
      Man: Kinda…

    • Bart: Lisa, will you keep it down? I'm making a crank phone call to Principal Skinner.
      Principal Skinner: (on phone) Well, as a matter of fact, my refrigerator wasn't running. You've spared me quite a bit of spoilage: thank you, anonymous young man.
      Bart: D'oh!

    • Homer: Must protect sugar … thieves everywhere … the strong must protect the sweet … the sweeeeet.

    • Bart: What's wrong, Lisa? I hate to see you so upset, unless it's for a rubber spider down your dress. (turns on his tape recorder) Note for later, put rubber spider down Lisa's dress.

  • NOTES (2)

    • According to the DVD audio commentary for the episode, the Northridge earthquake occurred during the production of this episode. It also notes that Conan O'Brien, who by this time had left the show, suggested having an episode about a rival for Lisa (though it was only the basic concept and not the story line that came from O'Brien).

    • Blackboard Joke: No one is interested in my underpants.
      Couch Gag: The family swims to the couch.


    • The Fugitive
      Milhouse standing in a drain in a dam being pursued by the FBI is an allusion to the 1993 film The Fugitive.

    • Bruce Springsteen
      The song that "The Second Best Band" plays is called "Born to Runner-up," a reference to the popular Bruce Springsteen song, "Born to Run".

    • The Grapes of Wrath
      Nelson's diorama is The Grapes of Wrath. Despite Nelson's demonstration, John Steinbeck's novel is not about smashing fruit with a mallet. It's about migrant workers (aka "dust bowl refugees") during the Great Depression.

    • Beekeeper: To the beemobile!
      Reference to the Batmobile, as seen in Batman.

    • Homer: My sugar is melting, melting. Oh, what a world!
      In the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy throws a bucket of water to extinguish the Scarecrow, she gets the Wicked Witch of the West wet who then begins to melt crying out, "Look what you've done! I'm melting, melting. Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world!"

    • Homer: In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.
      Homer's observation is heavily inspired by Tony Montana's in the 1983 film Scarface.

    • Book Title: Love in the Time of Scurvy
      This book title is based on Love in the Time of Cholera, a famous book by Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.