The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 18

Separate Vocations

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 27, 1992 on FOX

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  • Perfect


    After taking career aptitude tests, Lisa discovers that the occupation she's best suited for is homemaker, while Bart is pegged as a future police officer. Each takes the opportunity to explore their options as Lisa spends the day doing chores at home with Marge and Bart goes on a ride along with the police. Lisa hates her role and rebels by becoming a troublemaker at school, but police life fits Bart like a glove and he becomes a hall monitor.

    Overall, this is a great episode, that gets a 10 out of 10

  • perfect


    what i liked- act one ending in a 'to be continued' sign, bart going in the police car and the neighbor thinking he was being arrested, lisa going bad, bart taking the rep for lisa at the end of the episode, bart becoming the 'good guy' at the school, amongst other things.

    classic episode. it has good laughs and both lisa and bart's plots are really fun to watch. what more could you want? definitely worthy of an A+ in my book. never tire of this episode

  • this was a good ep of the simpsons

    in this ep of the simpsons bart and lisa have to take apitude test bart learns he could be a really good cop meanwhile lisa feels really sad becomes it told her she would not be the saxphone player she always wanted. and bart becomes a hall moniter and lisa starts pulling pranks on the teachers and it gest lisa introuble but bart decides to take the rap for lisa instead of her getting introuble . this was a great ep of the simpsons the pranks were funny and the simpsons 3rd season was great and this ep shows how great and funny it really was
  • Season three keep it going!!! WHOOOOOOOO BO YAHHHHH

    It is softball season in Springfield and many of the workers at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant are reluctant to sign up for the Power Plant team due to their previous unsuccessful year. Homer reveals that he has a secret weapon, a homemade bat named "Wonder Bat" and his co-workers eagerly join the team. Thanks in large part to Homer, the team goes through its season undefeated and earns the right to play in the championship game against the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant.

    Mr. Burns makes a million dollar bet with Aristotle Amadopoulos, owner of the Shelbyville plant, that his team will win. To secure victory in the game, Mr. Burns decides to hire major league stars and assembles a team that includes Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, Mordecai Brown, and a right fielder who has been dead for 130 years. Smithers informs Mr. Burns that the players he picked are all dead and thus Mr. Burns orders Smithers to find some current superstar players. He hires nine Major League Baseball players - Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia - and gives them token jobs at the plant so that they can play on the team, much to the dismay of the plant workers who got the team to the championship game in the first place.

    However, before the game can be played, eight of the nine players are involved in unrelated incidents: Roger Clemens acts like a chicken due to a bad hypontist; Wade Boggs is knocked unconscious by Barney; Ken Griffey Jr. overdoses on a nerve tonic, resulting in an extreme case of Gigantism; Steve Sax is arrested for all of New York's unsolved murders; Ozzie Smith disappears in the "Springfield mystery spot"; José Canseco misses the game while rescuing a woman from a fire; Don Mattingly is kicked off the team due to his "sideburns"; and Mike Scioscia is hospitalized due to radiation poisoning contracted from working at the Plant. Darryl Strawberry is the only star who can play and Mr. Burns is forced to use eight of his actual employees, excepting only Homer who remains on the bench because Strawberry plays his position. During the game Strawberry hits nine home runs, but Shelbyville is able to counter the star right fielder's offensive prowess. With the score tied and bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Burns elects to field a right-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher and pinch hits Homer for Strawberry. The very first pitch hits Homer in the head, rendering him unconscious, but forcing in the winning run. Homer, still unconscious, is paraded as a hero
  • Another very good episode.

    The school takes career aptitude tests, and Lisa is said she'll be a home wrecker, while Bart is a police officer. Lisa, so disgusted with that idea, decides to act like Bart. Meanwhile, Bart turns into a hall monitor, in a sense, taking Lisa's spot in the family. Teacher's editions books are stolen in the school and found in Lisa's locker. Instead of letting her take the blame, Bart does, and everything goes back to normal.

    "Separate Vocations" is a very good episode. The whole bit with Bart in the cop car is probably the funniest part, but the episode is still super well written.
  • Great!

    This episode is really cool, Bart discovers that his perfect carrier will be to be a cop, while Lisa discovers that none of her intelligence applies as she is going to be a house wife. As a result, Bart begins to transform into to the security guard of the school, while Lisa begins to transform into the worst rebel that ever was, when she steals all the answers book on the school, Bart and Skinner begin searching for them, and when Bart finds out it was Lisa he takes the blame instead. It was cool episode!
  • Bart becomes hall moniter and Lisa becomes a bad student.

    Lisa is heartbroken when her career test reveals her ideal future occupation-"homemaker." Bart's test shows that he should be a policeman. Lisa is determined to prove her test wrong. She goes to a music teacher to get his opinion. He informs her that she has inherited Homer's stubby fingers and she is never going to be able to be a good saxaphone player. Bart rids along with Police Officers Lou and Eddie to see what being a cop is like. During the ride, he assists in apprehending a suspect. Her dreams shattered, Lisa loses intrest in being a good student. When Principal Skinner discover Bart's new intrest in the law, he makes Bart hall moniter. Soon, Bart has restored order to the school. After being punished for sassing Miss. Hoover, Lisa steals the teachers' editions of the schoolbooks. Bart tracks down the thief, locker by locker. When he discovers it was Lisa that stole them, he takes the rap for her. He is stripped of his hall moniter sash and given 600 days detention. Thankful to her brother, Lisa plays her saxaphone outside while Bart serves his time.
  • Bart and Lisa switch roles.

    The career aptitude test is supposed to encourage people to aim for their goals. It is supposed to help kids figure out what they want to be when they grow up. It is supposed to be good not bad. Not in this case. Lisa's test told her best job, suitable for her, was homemaker. Bart is best suited for Police Officer. This changes Lisa and Bart in different ways. Lisa starts her own personal rebellion against everything and everyone who crosses her path. Bart becomes the hall monitor and enforces the law and follows it well. This is so funny to see opposites clash.
  • Lisa - Bad Bart - Good

    After getting their aptitude tests back Lisa and Bart find out that they are set for careers they never even imagined.

    Lisa gets a homemaker which shocks her. When she find out that she has stubby fingers and she may never be a great jazz musician she is completely discouraged, so she quits the band and starts to get into a lot of trouble.

    Meanwhile Bart gets police officer and after a thrilling ride in a back of a police car he becomes a hall monitor.

    Then their stories connect when Lisa steals all the teachers manuals. Bart finds out she did it and takes the rap - therefore giving his sister a second chance.

    It is a topsy turvy episode. The selfless act by Bart at the end was a great touch.
  • "bart simpson on the side of law and order? has the world gone topsy turvy?" actual skinner quote that sums up this episode well

    bart and lisa swap places after an aptitude test shows that lisa would be a homemaker and bart would be a cop. lisa hates the idea of being a homemaker, much to the dissapointment of marge, and gives up on life, becoming rebellious and stealing the teacher edition textbooks and bart becoming a hall monitor. this was a very funny episode with a sweet ending, bart taking the blame for lisa's wrongdoings and getting many days of detention because of it. this episode is one of the first to explore the bart-lisa relationship and how even though they fight, deep deep deep deep deep deep deep deep deep down they really care for each other