The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 10

Little Big Mom

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 09, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Little Big Mom
Marge tries to get rid of the junk in the attic but Homer won't let her; especially the skis he hasn't used in years. The family goes skiing and Marge manages to break her leg while the rest of the family is out on the slopes. Marge has to stay in the hospital, so Lisa volunteers to take over Marge's duties of the house. She finds that it is quite a challenge when Homer and Bart don't do anything to help. After working hard at it, she finds out what a thankless job it is. Marge is having a good time in the hospital, because they are pampering her. Lisa is starting to get fed up with Homer and Bart, so she makes them think that they have leprosy. Leprosy comes from unclean living conditions, so Lisa thinks her trick will get them to clean the house. They don't; instead they go to Flanders for help. Flanders sends them to a leper colony in Hawaii. There they get carved up by needles and sanders. When they figure out that they don't have leprosy, they go on pretending that they do. Why, because… hey, it's Hawaii!moreless

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  • Second least favorite of the series for some reason

    In this episode, the Simpsons go skiing, and a clock falls on Marge's leg, breaking it. So now she has to stay in the hospital, and Lisa takes over her role. Sounds funny, but Homer and Bart are way too unlikeable for me.

    So Lisa teaches them what happens when you mess with Lisa Simpsons: she puts green dots all over their bodies and convinces them they have leprosy. So they are sent to Hawaii to a hospital by Flanders. There they know they don't have leprosy but intend on staying there for free.

    A really horrible episode with about one, maybe two laughs. I'm sorry, but Bart and Homer were way too unlikeable. That was the point but that doesn't make it OK, I don't think. Second worst of the series for me {doesn't help that Lisa is my least favorite out of the main characters}.moreless
  • Marge breaks her leg and Lisa tricks Homer and Bart into thinking they have leporisy.

    I think that this episode had some moments of brillience for example when Homer is going down the slope on skies, when Bart and Homer are playing Marco Polo, or when Homer is screaming at the painful treatments. It was good to see Lisa get back at them for being such jerks to them. Then when Bart and Homer invaded the Flander's house, I couldnt stop laughing. There were just some great gags in this episode. We really got to see the brillance of the writers as they masterfully executed this wonderful plot and turned this episode into a memorable one even if it is not a series classic.moreless
  • Hilarious episode... Loved it

    When Marge breaks her leg in a skiing accident, it's up to Lisa to run the Simpson household in her mother's absence. Lisa thinks she can handle the responsibility by implementing a structured plan and using fun management techniques like a "chore hat" from which her father and brother can randomly select a chore. Of course, Homer and Bart ignore Lisa's system and the house turns into a pig sty. Meanwhile, Marge is discovering the wonders of shiatsu massage as she receives foot, leg and hair rub-downs in the hospital. Lisa is so angry at Homer and Bart's lack of consideration that she decides to play a trick on them. With a little inspiration from the spirit of Lucille Ball, Lisa comes up with a way to trick Homer and Bart into thinking they have leprosy. Her trick works so well that Homer and Bart get sent to a leper colony in Hawaii courtesy of Ned Flanders. When Marge gets out of the hospital, she and Lisa track Homer and Bart down at the leper colony but discover that they don't want to leave.moreless
  • lisa strikes back

    this is one of those rare lisa episodes where she is devious enough to get back at homer and bart.

    the episode starts off with the simpson family at a ski resort everyone is having fun but marge and when the family comes back to the cabin marges leg is bashed by a 15 pound clock and has to be in the hospital for a week.

    marge has put lisa in charge of the housekeeping but she gets exetremely upset when the two do as they please but now lisa has a plan by making the two thik they have lepracy a new lisa is in the works.moreless
  • Little leprosy, Little mom

    A real laughter all the way. We got see a lengthy “Itchy and Scratchy show” which emphasizes on the beginning of cloning. The skiing scene was excellent, bringing back old memories of the Simpsons magic especially Flanders ‘revealing’ suit. Never realized Homer has a crush on Flanders deep inside. Lisa does a great job portraying as the mom and using Burn’s ‘excellent’. The whole leprosy scene is good until it stretched to Hawaii. The scene in Ned’s house was great and we get to see him without his mustache for the second time. Marge’s leg hair grown in the cast was a gag, Moe conversation with Lisa was a great gag. Although not entirely focused on Lisa, it was better than the previous episode and I think going to Hawaii wasn’t necessary.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Elwood Edwards

Elwood Edwards

Virtual Doctor

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Marcia Mitzman-Gaven

Marcia Mitzman-Gaven

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, and Miss Hoover

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Orderly: You'll have a great view of the whole beach… from the electric needle room.
      Homer: Really? The whole beach?
      Orderly: Yes… from the electric needle room.
      Homer: Electric needle room?!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Good lord, you're wasting thousands of dollars worth of Interferon!
      Homer: And you're "interferon" with our good time! Hehehehe!

    • Dolph: Woah! Phat five forty!
      Nelson: I'm getting agro on this kicker!
      Bart: Stomp that pickle revert!
      Otto: Excellent. Your lingo is progressing nicely.
      Bart: Can I go to the bathroom?
      Otto: Uh uh…say it in snowboard!
      Bart: Uum…I gotta blast a dookie?
      Otto: Dook on!

    • Ned: I guess we'll have an imagination Christmas this year..
      Rod & Todd: Yaaay! Imagination Christmas!

    • Lisa: Okay, now we're gonna draw jobs from the chore hat!
      Homer: Come on, bikini inspector! Scrub toilet? Okay, that was a practice! Practice…practice. Okay, here we go…feed fish.
      Bart: I'll supervise!
      Lisa: You know, the reason for the hat.
      Homer: Oh, it's a great hat. No one's questioning the hat.
      Lisa: Will you at least do the dishes?
      Homer: Lisa I'll do the dishes when I pick it out of the chore hat and it's not a practice..... See, there it is! But that was a practice. The system works!

    • Homer: Isn't that suit a bit revealing?
      Ned Flanders: It allows for maximum mobility. Feels like I'm wearing nothing at all!

    • Homer: (Reaching through Flanders' door) Brains! Brains! Use your brains to help us. Delicious brains!

    • Disco Stu: (Singing) Kids? Back away, not today, disco lady.

    • Lisa: What's in the box, Mom?
      Marge: This box? Oh, nothing.
      Bart: Are you sure? You sound nervous.
      Marge: Well, anyone would be nervous with all the economic turmoil you read about in the--Haaa!
      (She rushes outside)
      Homer: Get her! She's doing something!

    • Bart: Why would God punish a kid? I mean, an American kid.

    • Lisa: Here are your lunches, and no trading your fruit for firecrackers.
      Homer: Aw, but Lenny just got some bottle rockets.
      Lisa: You stay away from Lenny. And Bart, where's your sweater?
      Bart: It unravelled on a nail.
      Homer: That's not true, he left it on the bus!
      Bart: You're dead, squealer!
      Lisa: Those boys of mine.

    • Homer: Morning.
      Lisa: Dad, where are your clothes?
      Homer: I don't know.
      Lisa: Don't tell me Mom dresses you.
      Homer: I guess, or one of her friends.

    • Homer: We'll take the cure, bag a few lobsters, then watch some gay guys get married.

    • Homer: Ooh... the colostomizer!

    • Homer: Stupid sexy Flanders!

  • NOTES (4)

    • A ghost of Lucille Ball appears to Lisa in this episode. She presents herself as Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo Carmichael and she says there are some more. The ones left out are Carter, Barker and her real last name, Ball.

    • The Itchy and Scratchy episode was about cloning. At Scratchy's funeral, Itchy is sad. At his house, he builds a cloning machine, which he uses to invent Scratchys which he then kills. He makes a killing machine for quicker killing. This scene goes on for a few more seconds.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not create art from dung.
      Couch Gag: The family are crash-test dummies. They find their place on the couch, which is thrust forward into the television. The couch is then reeled slowly back to its original position. Homer's neck is apparently weakened by the trauma, and his head rolls off his shoulders.

    • This episode was rated TV-14 V.


    • The Virtual Doctor's voice and delivery is a parody of the famous American Online voice messages. The "You've got mail!" line is spoofed ("You've got... leprosy!") and the Virtual Doctor says "Goodbye!" in the same fashion. To make the reference more obvious, Elwood Edwards, the man that provided the AOL voice clips, voices the Virtual Doctor.

    • During the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon, Itchy looks at a newspaper headline that reads, "Scientist Clones Sheep." This refers to the first-ever cloned sheep, named Dolly. The first-ever cloned cat was named CC, which stands for either "Carbon Copy" or "Copy Cat," depending on who you ask. Rest assured, CC is still alive and did not come to a violent end like the cloned Scratchys.

    • The scene where Homer, Bart, and Lisa try to get their junk back from the Goodwill truck is similar to the next to last sequence of the 1995 film Toy Story in which Buzz Lightyear and Woody try to get to the moving truck.

    • The episode's title is a play on The Brady Bunch episode title, "Big Little Man." The Brady's plot, however, is quite different – there, Bobby becomes self-conscious because he has the smallest stature of the brothers and sisters.

    • Homer's fall off the ski jump bears a striking resemblance to the classic example of "the agony of defeat" shown in the opening credits to ABC's Wide World of Sports television show.

    • When Bart and Homer are trying to get into the Flanders house, crying, "Brains! Brains!," it is a reference to the 1985 zombie film Return of the Living Dead.