The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 13

Smart and Smarter

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2004 on FOX

Episode Fan Reviews (7)

out of 10
106 votes
  • Lisa becomes jealous when everyone thinks Maggie is smarter than her.

    The family attempts to enrol Maggie into a pre-nursery school but is rejected by the rude admissions clerk as she cannot yet talk. Lisa recognises her talent so they bring her back to the school for an IQ test. This time the admissions clerk labels her a genius, with an IQ of 167. With Maggie the smartest in the family, Lisa is jealous and tries to make herself a different person but her new identities fail. When she finds she is a little too bitter, she runs away from home and finds refuge in the Natural History Museum. The police track her down and bring the family there to find her. The family, minus Maggie, gets caught in a giant working model of the digestive system. With Maggie at the controls, she almost drowns her entire family until Lisa apologises and helps her push the right button. Ths school informs the family that all along Maggie was just relaying answers that Lisa subconsciously gave her, and not a genius after all. This was another well-executed plot from season 15. Overall I loved this episode. Maybe not the best of the season, but it was still pretty well put together. I also thought Simon Cowell fit in well as a guest star to the episode. Give it a watch.