The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 6

Moe 'N' a Lisa

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2006 on FOX
8.1
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Moe 'N' a Lisa
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Lisa aides Moe in discovering his inner-poet and he gains swift popularity and recognition from a group of successful American authors, when Lisa helps to get his poetry published. However, Lisa is crushed, when Moe enjoys his newfound success with literary giants and fails to credit Lisa for her assistance in his poetry.moreless

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  • Moe becomes a poet with Lisa's help.

    8.5
    When Homer forgets Moe's birthday, Moe's anger inspires Lisa to write about him for her school report. She finds a poetic side to Moe and helps him get published in "American Poetry Perspectives." However, when Moe is featured at a literary conference where he encounters celebrated authors Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Franzen (all guest-voicing as themselves), he takes all the credit despite Lisa's feelings This episode is not as bad as it sounds! Moe having a poetic talent was a great idea. I found the ending of this episode heart-warming and all in all the whole episode kept me laughing all the way through. Watch this episode!moreless
  • Season 18 first non-suberb episode, but that doesn't mean that this episode is horrible.

    8.1
    While doing a school report on Moe, Lisa discovers his dark poetic talent and helps get him published in "AMERICAN POETRY PERSPECTIVES". The poems earn him and the Simpson family an invitation to a literary conference in Vermont where rather than be considered a hack by his peers, Moe marginalizes Lisa's contributions. Moe is later unable to assemble a poem to recite and ends up saving face with Lisa by reciting a sentimental piece about their friendship that bombs his career. As I said before this episode was not the cream of the crop of season 18, but it is without a doubt not mediocre or horrible.moreless
  • I think I liked this episode more than a lot of others.

    8.9
    Well basically I thought this was really funny, and has great morals. Funny moments. Numerous. When Homer insults Moe for being a poet and then falls down and calls him gay I laughed really, really hard! It's one of the few Moe episodes I see, and it's really nice how Moe and Lisa have the interaction. How Moe gets so selfish and worried but in the end pulls out for Lisa. It was also nice to see Homer and Bart caring for Lisa when Moe insulted her- I think. I thought it was a really great episodes hope to see more like it I guess.moreless
  • 7.8
    This episode definitely had it's moments of humor, as most Simpsons episodes do, but again they're giving us the "We're smarter than you" episode. I mean, yeah, I guess you might as well try to educate the denizens of TV land, but I don't know who half these people are. Gore Vidal and Tom Wolfe I know by name only, I've read Maya Angelou and Anne Rice, and everyone else you might as well make up names because I have no idea who they are. They did this same thing before with the one where Homer became a artist, throwing out other names of modern artists who a lot of us might not know. So... it's funny, but you proabbly don't appreciate the jokes as much if you don't know who these people are.moreless
  • Works a lot better than it sounds

    8.5
    I was a little dubious when I heard this episode was about Moe becoming a poet, although the depressed suicidal person would be the obvious choice but he doesn't seem to be skilled enough to write poetry. Of course as the title shows, Lisa does most of the work with scraps lying around Moe's place and the friendship actually seems believable, even more so when Moe stabs her in the back to be popular.



    While this is neither the best Lisa oriented or Moe oriented episode, it is still quite entertaining with great scenes and jokes and shows a lot of heart.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

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal

Himself

Guest Star

Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon

Himself

Guest Star

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

Himself

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The guy whipping the grad students at the pond looked exactly like Homer's dean when he went back to college.

    • Maggie Simpson apparently has no problem reading. After Moe throws the brick through the Simpsons' house's window where he attaches a message, as Moe is "reading" it out loud, Maggie wipes away a tear with a pacifier. This would imply Maggie had no problem in reading, or at least no problem in understanding an unusually wide range of English vocabulary for a baby.

    • List of people who Lisa interviewed for her report on 'A Fascinating Springfielder': Milhouse's Dad, Comptroller Atkins, Gil, Very Tall Man, Squeaky Voiced Teen and of course Moe.

    • Thomas Pynchon makes a cameo in this episode. He is at the table when Tom Wolfe stakes his claim to any uneaten garlic mashed potatoes; this is just before Moe reads his latest poem, copied from an elevator inspection certificate. As in the episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", Pynchon is depicted with a paper bag over his head, holes cut out for eyes, and a question mark drawn on it. This is a nod to his reluctance to be photographed in real life.

    • While Groundskeeper Willie is trying to give Grandpa back his teeth, Grandpa is briefly shown with teeth in his mouth before he actually gets them back.

    • At the writing panel, Moe says the only book he ever read was Super Hounds: The Ultimate Greyhound Betting System. But in "Diatribe Of A Mad Housewife" he's seen in his bedroom reading Marge's book, The Harpooned Heart. (Coincidentally, that scene also took place on his birthday.)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Lisa: You're a heartless jerk!
      Moe: Where did that come from? Oh, right, my actions.

    • Homer: This vibrating massage chair feels great.
      Moe: That ain't a massage chair, it's just full of cockroaches.

    • Marge (reading Moe's note): "Dear pus bag . . ."
      Homer: Whoa, Marge, who'd you piss off?
      Moe: It's for you, pus bag!

    • Grampa: (With his gold medal.) I've never been happier!
      ("The Star-Spangled Banner" plays)
      Grampa: Turn that hippie crap off!

    • Lisa: (gasps) It's Tom Wolfe! He uses more exclamation points than any other major American writer.
      Tom Wolfe: It's true!!!!!

    • Homer: (reading his poem)
      There once was a rapping tomato,
      That's right I said rapping tomato,
      He rapped all day from April to May,
      And also guess what, it was me.

    • Moe: Look at me, sitting here depressed when I'm surrounded by the happiest people in the world : writers.

    • Lisa: Moe marginalized my contributions!
      (Homer and Bart gasp. Lisa runs away sobbing.)
      Homer: No one makes my daughter sob and run!
      Bart: He ruined her first Wordloaf!

    • (Maggie spits out cereal letters that spell 'Don't forge')
      Homer: Don't forge? Don't forge what?
      (Maggie spits out a T)
      Homer: Ohhh, don't forget! Don't forget what??

    • Jameson: Stop the presses and send my wife some flowers and bring me an anvil! What do you mean you don't work for me, you're hired! Now that you're hired you're fired! Now that you don't work here we can be friends. Now that we're friends how come you never call, some friend you are! … I love this business!

    • Jameson: That's sweet, I hate sweet. I need photos, photos of Spider-man.
      Employee: This is a poetry journal.
      Jameson: Okay then I want poems about Spider-Man, and I want them finished before you start, and before you start I want a coffee. And the poems should have the fallowing rhyme scheme, a, b, b, a, a, b, b, a, c, e, d, e, d, d. What are you waiting for, Chinese New Year?

    • Homer: I love these covered bridges. It's like driving through cute little houses.
      Guy on Hood: That was my house, you moron!

    • Gore Vidal: I don't need your sycophantic laughter. I have some on tape.

    • Moe: That's a terrific title. It jumps out at you like a rat out of your underwear drawer.

    • Lisa: Go ahead, I don't think I'd be very good company.
      Homer: Thanks for the heads up, we'll see you when we see you!

    • (Moe sitting on Simpsons' doorstep upset)
      Moe: (singing) Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me. I feel so damn lonely, won't someone kill me?! cries in hands And many more!

    • Marge: Homer, don't drink and drive!
      Homer: Fine, I'll drive between sips.

    • Moe: (to Lisa) My brain goo's coming out all artistical, thanks to you.

    • Grampa: I can finally win a gold medal. I came close at the 1936 Olympics. I threw a javelin that barely missed Hitler. But I did hit an assassin who was trying to kill Hitler.
      Hitler (in 1936): What is this, Kill Hitler Day?
      Grampa: The next time I saw Hitler, we had dinner and laughed about it.

    • Homer: Is it our anniversary? No, we don't have one this year.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was originally written for season 16.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The living room is the background image of a computer screen. Each of the family members is dragged and dropped onto the couch. Then the entire couch is dragged onto the Trash Can, which is then emptied.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • At the beginning, they show Homer has drawn 'Don't Forget' on his chest backwards so he can read it in the mirror, which is a reference to the 2000 drama/thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and directed by Christopher Nolan. In the movie, Guy Pearce plays Leonard, a man who has lost his short term memory (the ability to create new memories) when his wife is attacked and killed. Leonard tattoos notes that he needs to remember on his body backwards so he can read it in the mirror later and keeps notes as he searches for his wife's killer. The whole movie starts at the ending and ends with the beginning.

    • The "Wordloaf festival in Vermont" is based on the real Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference that has been held for the past 80+ years in Middlebury, VT.

    • The guy who reads "Moe's" poem talks, acts, and looks like J. Jonah Jameson from the "Spider-Man" movies. He even asks for poems about Spidey at the end and the person doing the voice is actually J.K. Simmons, who plays Jameson in the Spider-Man movies. An additional inside joke on this is that Michael Chabon, one of the guest stars in this episode, was a writer on Spider-Man 2. The line "What are you waitin' for? Chinese New Year?" was used in the recently released Spider-Man 3.

    • The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
      The diving scene during the Senior Olympics was a spoof on the opening of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, a cartoon from the late 1950's and early 1960's.

    • The episode title is a pun on the famous painting "Mona Lisa." This is the second episode to spoof the portrait's name, the first being "Moaning Lisa" all the way back in Season 1.

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