The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 17

My Sister, My Sitter

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



  • Trivia

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

  • Quotes

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.