The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 17

My Sister, My Sitter

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa is interested in babysitting. Ned Flanders offers her a job to watch his boys, and gives her a glowing review. Homer and Marge are impressed, and ask her to baby sit Bart while they're at the Squidport gala. To make Lisa look like a bad babysitter, Bart feeds Maggie coffee ice cream and embarks on a series of pranks that unnerve Lisa. When he refuses to go to bed, Lisa lunges at him, causing him to fall down the stairs and break his arm. Bart bangs his head against a door to make the injury more serious, and passes out in the process. Lisa panics and takes him to Dr. Nick's clinic in a wheelbarrow. Bart falls out down a hill on the way, stopping yards from the gala. The townspeople are mortified, but Lisa still receives more babysitting offers the next day.moreless

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  • Is Lisa 8 or 18?

    I love this show. I adore Lisa. I am a Lisa Simpson. However, episodes like this take me out of the reality of the show. Lisa is in second grade. Second graders can't tell time or count change. They can't write in cursive. Some can't tie their own shoes. Granted, I know Lisa is super-smart, but not THAT smart. I think sometimes the writers forget how young she is. I'm willing to give them some leeway--I suspend disbelief most of the time and just go with the story they're telling me, but this is too much even for me. She's still a small child. A second grader home alone can warrant a call to child services, never mind leaving her in charge of other people's kids.

    This is one of my all time favorite series, and aside from this whopper, the rest of the episode is cleverly plotted (the brother/sister dynamic between Bart and Lisa is dead accurate), and the other characterizations are very well done (Maggie jumping around after eating coffee ice cream? Awesome!). I'd just like to see the show getting back to the basics--episodes like "Lisa's Substitute" where she's a real little girl are by far the best!moreless
  • I'm sorry, I just hated this episode

    I'm sorry for the people who liked this episode, or considered it a classic, but I just hated it. It had a decent premise with Lisa being a babysitter and moving up the ranks of babysitting and stuff, however it downhill once it became about Bart trying his best to piss off Lisa just because she was in charge. It just seemed like they ran out of good ideas. I liked the storyline with Homer and Marge, even if it was way too brief it was this episode's redemption. Overall, An original episode that falls short of expectatins. 5.5/10 Fmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show lisa decides to do some baby sitting and she goes and people start to hire her and they think she is doing a really good job around the town and so marge and homer think they should put lisa incharge when they are going out for the night thing is bart mad because he is the older one and so he starts to give her a really hard time and things get out of hand when he goes down the stairs and gets hurt and she transports him in a wheelbarrle. this was a good ep ithought.moreless
  • My Sister, My Sitter

    Lisa proves to be very responsible when she starts babysitting various kids in Springfield- including one night babysitting Bart. Outraged, Bart fully intends to make the night a living Hell. But Lisa unintentionally makes him fall down the stairs, busting him up. She tries to get him to a doctor, in a wheelbarrow, and various adults see, thinking she was planning to drown Bart and Maggie in mud. So now the babysitting thing is done. Or is it...?

    A good episode, sometimes a little boring, but not too much by any means. My Overall grade would be about a B+/A-moreless
  • Lisa babysits Bart.

    Lisa expresses an interest in babysitting. Flanders offers Lisa a job taking care of his boys, and gives her a glowing review. Homer and Marge are so impressed that they ask her to babysit Bart while they attend the Squidport gala. Bart is outraged but is prepared to make the night hell for Lisa. He feeds Maggie coffee ice cream and embarks on a series of pranks that unnerve Lisa. He refuses to go to bed, so Lisa lunges at him, knocking him down the stairs and breaking his arm. Bart bangs his head against a door to make the injury more serious. He passes out, Lisa panics and takes him to Dr. Nick's clinic in a wheelbarrow. Bart falls out down a hill on the way, stopping yards from the gala. The townspeople are mortified, but Lisa still receives babysitting offers the next day. A decently good episode. Really no complaints from me. This was just a typical Bart vs Lisa episode. Nothing really spectatcular.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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lisa babysits Bart in this episode, even though she is younger than him. Normally, people babysit children who are younger than them.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Lisa goes into the kitchen and finds Bart eating slices of bread from a loaf...)
      Lisa: I thought I told you to go to bed!
      Bart: Yeah right, bread. You said, "Go to bread."
      Lisa: I said "Go to bed."
      Bart: Yeah! "Go to BREAD."
      Lisa: B-E-D! BED!!!
      Bart: Ohhh, bed! Oh, well anything you say, sis!

    • Lisa: Bart, if you don't want to have a baby-sitter, maybe you should stop being such a baby.
      Bart: Oh, I'm a baby? Fine, then I'll act like one! (eats ice cream sloppily) Goo goo ga ga!
      Lisa: Even babies know how to open and close their mouths! You need a bib.

    • Lisa: Where are the dice?
      Todd: Daddy says dice are wicked.
      Rod: We just move one space at a time. It's less fun that way.

    • Marge: Ooh that sounds fabulous, Homer. Stores throw the best parties.
      Homer: You like parties, huh? Well, I just remembered they're having a big one down at the waterfront this weekend.
      Marge: You didn't remember that. You just saw it on TV.
      Homer: The important thing is I didn't imagine it.

    • Lisa: Go to bed!
      Bart: Whatever you say, sis.
      (Lisa goes upstairs and sees Bart jumping on their parents' bed)
      Bart: You didn't say which bed!
      Lisa: Go to your bed!

    • (Bart won't go to bed, so Lisa tries to drag him out of the room.)
      Lisa: Why do you have to make this so difficult?
      Bart: I'm using nonviolent resistance.
      Lisa: Ugh, the idea that you would compare yourself to Mahatma Gandhi...
      Bart: Who?

    • (Lisa calls 911 after Bart is injured.)
      Lisa: Hello, this is Lisa Simpson and--
      911 Operator: Simpson? Listen, we've already been out there tonight for a sisterectomy, a case of severe butt-rot, and a leprechaun fight! How dumb do you think we are? (Hangs up)

    • Air Force Officer: We got a report that a Lisa Simpson spotted a UFO.
      Lisa: I didn't see any UFO!
      Air Force Officer: That's right, miss. You didn't.

    • Krusty the Clown: Well, I'm not leaving 'til I get paid. I get five hundred just for "Hey hey!"

    • Rod & Todd: (as a white moth flies from the game lid) Moth! Moth! Moth! Moth! Moth! Moth! (the boys run in horror as the moth chases them)
      Lisa: Don't worry. A moth is no more harmful than a ladybug.
      Rod & Todd: A ladybug?! AHHHH!!! (run upstairs)
      Lisa: (sets the moth free out a window) Hmm. (sarcastic) They're going to get eaten alive in middle school.

    • Ned Flanders: Well, what do you say, Homer? Can Lisa babysit my kids?
      Lisa: Please, please, please!
      Homer: Eh, I'll have to ask her.

    • Comic Book Guy: Oooh, loneliness and cheeseburgers are a dangerous mix.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch, on an open deck of a ship, is sliding along the pitching deck. The family members, dressed in yellow rain gear, sit on the couch. Homer smiles, and a huge wave hits them, sinking everything--except the TV, which floats to the surface of the water.

    • In this episode, Bart refers to himself as 'two years and thirty-eight days' older than Lisa.


    • Ned Flanders: I've got a Fozzie of a bear of a problem.
      This is an allusion to the Muppet Fozzie Bear.

    • It's a Wonderful Life
      When Homer and Marge walking past all the shops at the new Squidport, one of the shops is called It's a Wonderful Knife which alludes to the movie It's a Wonderful Life.

    • Much Ado About Nothing
      When Homer and Marge walking past all the shops at the new Squidport, one of the shops is called Much Ado About Muffins, which alludes to the play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

    • :
      "Planet Hype" is Springfield's version of Planet Hollywood, complete with ringed planet logo.

    • :
      Much of the plot in the latter part of the episode - i.e., Bart generally being a pain in the butt to Lisa and a major accident (Bart getting injured after a fall and then intentionally hurting himself further) which forces Lisa to frantically look for her parents - spoofs the 1987 film "Adventures in Babysitting."

    • :
      The books that Janey and Lisa are reading ("The President's Baby is Missing") refers to The Baby-Sitters Club series of books for pre-teen and junior high-age girls. The cover of the Baby Sitter Twins books have a similar appearance as well.

      The Baby-Sitters Club series depict a group of young teen-age girls (often stereotypical - e.g., beautiful with perky personalities and trendy clothing) who frequently take baby-sitting jobs. Each book details a different misadventure that befalls one of the girls or their charges.