The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 15

Smoke on the Daughter

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2008 on FOX
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Smoke on the Daughter
Lisa enrolls in a ballet class and develops an addiction to secondhand smoke after being exposed to it by her smoking ballet classmates. Meanwhile, Homer lets Bart in on his secret beef jerky manufacturing operation.

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  • After Marge's failed attempt to realize her dream of becoming a ballerina, Lisa tries her hand at ballet. Lisa does well, but develops an addiction to second hand smoke from her fellow ballerina's cigarettes. Meanwhile, Homer reveals a secret to Bart.moreless

    Again, we see the recycled premise of Homer trying a new business venture (As if Springshield, Mr. Plow and countless others weren't enough). And Marge trying her hand unsuccessfully at something new (yawn). Yet, despite this flaw, this episode is one of the funniest of the season so far. The terrific parodies (Especially the spoof of CSI: Miami, which was damn near perfect.), very clever dialogue and very funny jokes makes this episode work on all levels. The scenes at the ballet academy are very well done. The climactic performance of Sleeping Beauty was a good ending to this episode.moreless
  • Lisa Smokes

    In this episode, Marge wants to be a ballet dancer. But the instructor is too big a jerk to let her. When Lisa tries to change his mind he instead makes her a dancer, with a few older teens. During a break, they all go outside, and all the girls smoke, telling Lisa how it is how they all stay focused to dance. They pressure her into smoking and she becomes addicted to second hand smoke.

    In the sub plot Homer's beef keeps getting stolen, by a family of raccoons resembling none other then the Simpsons.

    This is basically an anti-smoking episode, like many shows have don before. First act is the best then it goes downmoreless
  • i liked it

    Queueing up for the latest Angelica Button book, the simpsons then go home and watch TV. Marge wants to be a dancer once again, so takes up dancing lessons. Homer and Bart start making special Meat, to find Racoons stealing them. They become their friends. Marge is sent out of the dancing class and Lisa takes her place. Lisa is not good, so she takes up smoking to help. Homer tries to get her to quit, but Lisa gives in. Homer, Bart and the racoons steal all the cigarettes, making the dancers go crazy. To be honest, i actually enjoyed it.moreless
  • Lisa becomes a dancer again, and Homer bonds with a random species of animal again.

    Homer shines in this episode, whether he's blaming Flanders for stealing his jerky, shooting a cigarette with a gun arsenal and wondering about how easy it is to get cigarettes, pointing out his alcoholism is hardly a secret, somehow teaching a raccoon to steal smokes (and money), having a suspicious conversation with a "wrong number" or being the bad parent and giving the kids a 3am bedtime.

    While Lisa becoming addicted to second hand smoke isn't the strongest plot, and she's had dancing classes before, it was still relatively funny, but the best plot of the episode is definitely Homer and Bart's with great scenes with Apu, Flanders and a raccoon family. This is certainly not the best episode or storyline of the Simpsons but it's funny the whole way through and that definitely makes it worth watching.moreless
  • Homer has a bright idea, Marge is the overattentive mum, Bart gets into trouble, Lisa tries to please. Just another day in Springfield.

    I saw this last night after it aired for the first time in Australia. The beeef jerky story line was pure Homer but the smoking story line with Lisa was awful. Who gets addicted to second hand smoke? Seriously, if they wanted to make a statement about the connection between slimming and smoking then this missed by a country mile. And why were they picking on ballerinas? Dancers are extremely fit, they can't smoke and perform their art. Proving Marge has learned nothing over time, she turns into a regular stage mum. Also, we know that Lisa can't dance (see the episode Last tap dance in Springfield)moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

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

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Homer is first seen in his Lord Evilton snake costume (the very beginning when he sneaks into Bart's room), the costume has a snake mask that covers Homer's entire head. But afterward, when the family is going to the book release, Homer's snake costume just has a hood that shows his face through the snake's neck.

    • A sign on the window of the Ballet Academy reads, "No Fat Chicks," while a sign on the window of the Opera Academy next door reads, "No Thin Chicks."

    • Music From This Episode
      "The End" by The doors (heard when Bart is spying on Lisa during the Apocalypse Now parody).
      "On Broadway" instrumental version, originally by George Benson.

    • Homer and Bart's beef jerky Power Point presentation to Apu:
      Just the product you need
      Excellent value
      Retailer's dream
      Kiss your cash flow problems goodbye
      Your business will prosper

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (upon seeing the raccoons that stole the jerky are remarkably similar to his own family)
      Homer: Awww, they even share my views on parenting.
      (Camera pans to 'Raccoon Homer' strangling 'Raccoon Bart')

    • Apu: (after Homer and Bart do not have jerky to back-up their claims)
      I do not 'thank you', and I will not 'come again'!

    • (seeing his cigarette-free dancers performing badly in the second act)
      Chazz: I haven't seen crap like this since my Broadway show "Crap Like This". (beat) Ran for five years.

    • Marge: Lisa, have I ever shown you my shattered-dreams box?
      Lisa: No.
      Marge: It's upstairs, in my disappointments closet.

    • (kneeling with Lisa before a box labeled 'Shattered Dreams')
      Marge: (pulls out a stethoscope) The dream to be a doctor.
      (pulls out another stethoscope) A safe-cracker.
      (pulls out another stethoscope) A stethoscope salesmen...

    • Homer: This is my favorite family tradition, ice cream after a botched recital.

    • Homer: Stop saying things, Bart. That's the TV's job.

    • (Bart sees Lisa taking second-hand smoke and calls home.)
      Homer: Yello. She what?! Oh, my God! Well, I'm going to settle this once and for all! Meet me at that place we discussed. (Hangs up)
      Marge: Who was that?
      Homer: Wrong number.

    • Homer: I can't believe you were smoking. Do you know the "sturgeon" general said you're not supposed to?
      Lisa: A "sturgeon" is a fish.
      Homer: And a very wise fish he is!

    • Chazz Busby: I haven't seen crap like this since my Broadway show Crap Like This. Ran for five years.

    • Marge: Homie, I'm gonna be a dancer!
      Homer: Go-go or boring?
      Marge: Boring!
      (Homer moans)

    • (Chazz Busby's TV commercial.)
      Chazz Busby: See that? That's talent. Think you got it? You don't. 'Cause only I can teach it and I ain't taught you, so you don't. The Chazz Busby Ballet Academy is coming to Springfield. Auditions are Monday. Callbacks are Tuesday. Wednesday, you see I'm a heartless bastard. Thursday you realize you love me, damn it. Friday, we're closed.

    • (Homer and Lisa are excited about the latest Angelica Button book.)
      Lisa: The last book in the series goes on sale at midnight and we're gonna go stand in line.
      Bart: Wait in line for a book?! You tell 'em Bart says hey.
      Homer: Come on, boy. All the nerds are doing it.
      Bart: I'm not a nerd. I'm a jock who's too cool for sports.

    • Homer: Son, while your mother and little mother are out, I'm gonna let you in on a deep, dark family secret.
      Bart: You have a drinking problem?
      Homer: I said secret.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Angelica Button book series makes its second appearance in this episode, the first being "The Haw-Hawed Couple" from season 18.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote paints a fake couch on the wall of the living room and four of the family members run in and crash into the wall, getting flattened in the process. Afterward, Maggie comes in and acts as the Road Runner; she removes her pacifier, sticks out her tongue and emits the iconic "Beep, beep!" before zooming away. Once they're off the wall, the other Simpsons manage to sit on the painted couch, except Homer, who crashes through the wall and yells "D'oh!"


    • All That Jazz
      Chazz Busby's exit at the end of the episode, as well as his wardrobe and accompanying music, "On Broadway", is an homage to musical All That Jazz.

    • The Three Amigos
      Bart's Mexican wrestler nickname "El Guapo", means The Handsome One. It's the nickname of Bas Rutton, a Mixed Martial Arts Champion. In addition, El Guapo was also the name of the villain in The Three Amigos.

    • Hello Kitty
      The "Children's Nicotine Patches" that Lisa wears bear an uncanny similarity to the Hello Kitty trademark.

    • Bob Fosse
      The character of Chazz Busby is a reference to famed choreographer/director Bob Fosse, who inspired a new dance style with his signature black clothes and bowler hat.

    • Harry Potter
      The Angelica Button book series and Springfield's obsession with it parodies the Harry Potter series and its huge popularity with readers worldwide.

    • CSI: Miami
      The cop show that the family watches lampoons David Caruso's character, Horatio Caine, from the CBS series CSI: Miami.

    • Apocalypse Now
      Bart, with full camouflage face paint, slowly rising up out of the bin full of dirty leg warmers when spying on Lisa is a nod to the iconic image of Martin Sheen's character, Captain Willard, also covered in camouflage face paint, slowly rising up out of the water in the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now.

    • Deep Purple
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the Deep Purple song, "Smoke on the Water."