The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 11

On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 06, 2005 on FOX
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On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister
The students of Springfield Elementary are on a field trip to Springfield's Glacier, but when they get there, the glacier is a shadow of its former self, a huge pond with a hardly noticeable block of ice. Lisa (of course) blames global warming. While Lisa is calling for action to save the glacier, her brother is taking every opportunity to torment her. Meanwhile, back in town Homer and Marge have gone to Sprawl Mart to do some shopping. When Grampa (Sprawl Mart's greeter) isn't capable of doing his job, Homer takes over and does such a great job it gets him a full time position with no chance for advancement. Lisa has vengeance on Bart by getting a restraining order against him, he must stay at least 20 feet away from her at all times, or go to jail. Chief Wiggum shows the family a videotape hosted by Gary Busey on how to live with a restraining order. For his part Homer constructs a 20 foot pole that Lisa can use to help keep them apart. It impacts Bart's life at home and school. At family court, after Bart points out some obvious flaws in her character, Judge Harm increases the distance to 200 feet. Having to live at the edge of their property, Bart decides to embrace living the natural way. Homer finds out from his fellow employees how to survive working at Sprawl Mart. And mistakenly feeling that Bart might have changed, Lisa decides to forgive him and burn up the restraining order.moreless

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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

Gary Busey

Gary Busey


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Judge Constance Harm

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Chief Wiggum: Hey, I don't make the laws, I just . . . something . . . with them.

    • Edna Krabappel: Seymour, I've moved on. Our romance is in the history books and there's nothing worth highlighting.

    • (looking at the glacier which is a big lump of slush)
      Lisa: What happened to the glacier? It's nearly melted. (gasps) This must be due to global warming!
      Park Ranger: Young lady, the federal government's position on global warming is that it does not exist. This glacier's doing just fine.
      Lisa: No, it isn't. It's a lump of slush; look at it!
      Park Ranger: Heh. I have a little girl just like you at home. (threateningly) And that's where she stays…at home!

    • Grandpa: Welcome to Sprawl Mart! Can I get you a cart or a basket?
      Marge: Grandpa! You're a greet grater! Oh, I mean a great greeter… now look who's senile.

    • (after Grandpa has been buried under a pile of garden gnomes)
      Homer: Oh dad! How I'll miss your cap… your walking stick… your plaster base.
      Grandpa: I'm down here you idiot!
      Homer: Dad! Where's your base?

    • Manager: How would you like to be a full-time Sprawl Mart greeter?
      Homer: Is there a chance for advancement?
      Manager: No.
      Homer: Woo Hoo! No pressure!

    • (over the radio Bart has been making fart noises with)
      Chief Wiggum: Hey, whoever's doing that, get off the frequency. We're combing the woods; there's a killer loose out here.
      Lou: Aw, Let him do it, Chief. It lightens the mood. (looks up as blood drops on his cheek)!!! That used to be a face!

    • (Lisa falls into the slush that is meant to be a glacier)
      Lisa: Help! I'm sinking in the lake!
      Park Ranger: You mean you're walking on the glacier!
      Lisa: Whatever!

    • Marge: Please lift this restraining order Judge Harm. It's poking our family apart!
      Judge Harm: Bart do you have anything to say?
      Bart: My sister has no sense of humor. I'm sure you understand… It's why you became a judge instead of finding a husband.
      Judge Harm: I have a husband!
      Bart: What is he, blind and deaf?
      Judge Harm: From now on the restraining order is set at 200 feet!

    • Marge: Bart! Lisa went over to Janies… quick, run inside and go potty.
      Bart: (runs partway to the house then stops) Why should I go inside? The world is my toilet now.

    • Bart: Just let me be. Look in your heart... I'm begging you; look in your heart!
      Lisa: Bart, don't worry. I'm relinquishing the poke pole.
      Bart: What does that mean? You're sharpening it? Look in your heart, I'm begging you… look in your heart!

    • (carrying flame torches)
      Jimbo: Yo, Bart! We're ready to torch the Wicker Witch of the West.
      Kearney: Jimbo… the real one's here…
      Jimbo: Aw man… this is every effigists worst nightmare.

    • (after pulling out his brain implant)
      Homer: I did it and there was no brain damage-amage-amage-amage-amage.

    • Lisa: Oh, Bart, I miss your lies.

    • Wiggum: So, you see what happenens when you don't obey your restraining order?
      Bart: (In jail cell) Yes Chief Wiggum.
      Wiggum: (Walks to Snake in next cell) And Snake, do you see what happens when you kidnap the President?
      Snake: (Sighs) Yes Chief Wiggum.
      Wiggum: (Walks to Lou in next cell) And Lou, do you see what happens when my coffee comes back cold?
      Lou: Chief, you ordered an iced coffee.
      Wiggum: No, I said a nice coffee. NICE.

    • Marge: Lisa, don't you think your brother's suffered enough?
      Lisa: Mom, I don't mean to be mean. But every time I think about forgiving him I remember all the bad things he's done to me.
      Marge: He's done good things for you, too.
      Lisa: Name three.
      Marge: He brought home your homework when you were sick.
      Lisa: Yes, but he thought that was a bad thing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: Beer in a milk carton is not milk.
      Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch as normal and then the camera turns and tracks upwards through the ceiling, into the atmosphere and out into space with a view of the Earth, which is shown in its place in the solar system. The solar system becomes part of the galaxy, which in turns becomes part of the universe. The galaxies in the universe become parts of an atom, which in turn are part of a DNA molecule, which in turn makes a part of Homer's head. "Cool."

    • Banners above Sprawl-Mart's entrance: We're not a parody of Wal-Mart, Don't see next week's 60 Minutes, If you worked here, you'd be poor by now.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Bart: Look in your heart. I'm begging you. Look in your heart!

      Bart says the line in the woods, just like John Turturro in the Coen Brothers' film Miller's Crossing.

    • Jimbo: We're here to burn the wicker witch of the west.

      This is an allusion to the character the Wicked Witch of the West from the book/film "The Wizard of Oz".

    • (The children are dragging the school bus up an icy road.)
      Uter: I feel like I'm in Fitzcarraldo.
      Nelson: That movie was flawed.

      Werner Herzog's 1982 film "Fitzcarraldo" was about an eccentric entrepreneur who uses jungle natives to drag a riverboat over a hill to circumvent un-navigable rapids.

    • Random Music

      Some of the music that can be heard in scenes with Bart are pieces like the first movement of "Spring" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and a "Simpsonized" version of the song "Born Free."

    • Song: Don't Stand So Close To Me.
      The song you hear while Lisa is poking Bart with the stick through town is "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by The Police.

    • n/a: Psycho
      The music playing while Joe is writing the words "Marry Me" in the bathroom is a parody of the track heard int he film Psycho.

    • Video: Get Out Of My Dreams And Also Get Out Of My Car
      The title for the videotape about the restraining order parodies the title to the Billy Ocean. song "Get Out Of My Dreams And Into My Car."

    • Episode Title: On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister
      The episode title is a reference to the film On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.

    • n/a: Sprawl Mart
      Wal-Mart may dispute it, but the Sprawl Mart (where Homer gets a job as a greeter in the subplot) is a parody of the world's largest retailer. The subplot also satirizes criticism of Wal-Mart (e.g., unpaid overtime, management style, etc.).

    • n/a: Tijuana Taxi
      The song that Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie play at the end of Act 2 and over the closing credits is none other than the Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass instrumental, "Tijuana Taxi."