The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 25

Summer of 4 Ft. 2

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 19, 1996 on FOX
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It is the last day of school and Lisa has no one to sign her yearbook; Bart on the other hand is quite popular. Flanders offers Homer his Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport beach house for a few days, since he has jury duty and won't be able to use it. Lisa worries about not having a friend to bring. Bart brings Milhouse, making Lisa feel depressed. Lisa decides not to bring any of her dorky things so that she can redefine her identity. She gets new clothes and searches for kids with whom to play. She finds a bunch of local kids that seem to like her for whom she is. To make her feel even more special, they reject Bart in favor of her, making Bart jealous. Meanwhile, Homer sets out to buy illegal fireworks. Lisa is acting exactly like Bart when she hangs out, infuriating Bart and he decides to sabotage her friendships. He shows them a yearbook, revealing her as a nerd. She is humiliated and angry with him. He feels bad, so he tries to win back her friends. Even though they've found out she is a nerd, it turns out that they don't mind and they all sign her yearbook.moreless

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  • Best Episode

    10
    I absolutely love this episode its so funny and I love for once Lisa is regarded as the "cool one". Homer yelling at the end always gets me in a fit of giggles! Best Episode! :D
  • Lisa.. has no friends.. is not popular.. oh the 90's! how cliched.

    4.1
    Let's see... This episode has funny bits like Homer hitting stuff and Bart and his usual manners, but the thing about this episode that bothered me the most was that it was so cliched. OMG I wanna be cool!! (Typical 90's teen stuff) be You're self!! (Preachy and unoriginal) and Bart actually caring if people notice him? From my understanding Bart never really cared that much about what other people said about him. WTH?? and in this episode suddenly Bart feels down because people don't find him cool? He was never really found cool back in Springfield anyway, he always hangs out with Milhouse, Why does he now cares about what people think? They took him out of character to use Lisa as a mechanism for preachment. The episode was a full preach box. 4.5/10 because some scenes were funnymoreless
  • One of my all-time favourites and the definitive example demonstrating how Lisa can be one of the best characters of the series if you give her a heart.

    10
    You can put down Summer of 4 Ft. 2 as a top ten episode of the Simpsons in my books. This season 7 finale provides for an excellent 22 minutes of television with a dead-on encapsulation of summer ideals, characterizations that perhaps have never been better, and an understated sense of humour that permeates through the story as opposed to filling in the gaps.



    Probably the biggest criticism I see being stated about this episode is its basic premise. The idea of a character wanting to reinvent themselves as they enter new territory is something that has been seen before. That being said, I happen to think that if you can use familiar concepts and pull them off with expertise, which I feel Summer of 4 Ft. 2 does, that is more of an asset than a liability.



    Particularly effective elements within the episode include the great secondary support of Milhouse as the jealous Bart's pathetic but lovable sidekick, and the comic relief of Homer's escapade with...wait for it...dynamite. Lisa is of course the star of the show here and along with a few other strong episodes of hers, this exemplifies how can she can be utilized as an intelligent but human character who does not always have to be embittered (I'm looking you seasons 20/21 writers).



    Finally, we have the ending which, while maybe not quite as tear-inducing as, say, Lisa's First Word or And Maggie Makes Three, is the perfect choice here and an effective close to a consistently effective episode. Speaking of which, it's about time for me to end this review and I think the best way to do it is with a nod to this very episode...



    See ya! (I write the way people talk, too.)moreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons show for the season 7 final its the last day of school and lisa has no one to sign her yearbook and everyone is like siging barts . thing is homer and the family are invited to a summer home from the flanders and bart brings a friend and lisa brings no one and lisa decides to change her look and she meets these new kids and they like her and bart feels jelious because they think he is a nerd and bart gets angre and shows them her year book and they find out the truth thing is they dont care and they sign her yearbook anyway this was good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Summer of 4 Ft. 2

    10
    Lisa realizes she has no friends, and so when the family goes on a vacation to watch Flanders' beach home, she tries to make friends by changing her image. It works. But when Bart sees how she is acting like him, he gets even- making her friends turn on her. Later on, Lisa never forgives Bart- until it is revealed that her friends do like the brainy Lisa. Lisa and Bart makeup and the family heads home.



    Overall, a nice episode. Some people did not like the message but I thought it was good. My overall grade would be A+moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

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

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

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Erin

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Lisa: (to herself) Okay, okay calm down, just a bird, you don't control the birds, you will someday, but not today.

    • Marge: (about the town they're going to) It's known as America's Scrod Basket.
      Bart: I thought Springfield was America's Scrod Basket.
      Marge: No, Springfield is America's Crud Bucket. At least according to Newsweek.

    • Marge: Isn't this fun, Lisa?
      Lisa: It must be exciting to make a whole different set of beds.
      Marge: I know you're joking, but it is!

    • Bart: When the hell are we going to get to . . . where the hell are we going?

    • Apu look-alike: I'm sorry, sir, but the sale of fireworks is prohibited in this state under penalty of--(he sees a man leave) Follow me. (walks in the back of the store) Any red-blooded flag-fearing American would love... the M320. Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it!

    • Homer: Sweet merciful crap! My car!

    • Lisa: Ah, A gift from my favorite crustacean.
      Boy: Um ... did you learn that word from a teacher or something?
      Lisa: No! Noooo ... I heard it on Baywatch.
      Erin: Oh, Baywatch, cool. David Hasselhoff, man.

    • Milhouse: How did it go? Are we down with them?
      Bart: No. They must have seen you!

    • Milhouse: Hey, Bart. Lisa's skateboarding with some cool kids. And she looks like Blossom.
      Bart: Lisa... with people!? If they're impressed by her, I'm going to Bart their world. Okay, Milhouse, you know the drill.
      Milhouse: Right, you go over and wow them, I'll hide in the shrubs!

    • Marge: (reading Ned's note on the fridge) "Put food in me."
      Homer: I'll take that!

    • ( reading the note Flanders left)
      Homer: "Well-diddly-elcome Simpsons." Oh, I can't believe this. He actually wrote "diddly."

    • Marge: Wave bye bye to our house, Maggie, bye bye tree.
      Homer: Bye bye job!
      Bart: Bye bye toothbrush!
      Lisa: Bye bye Lisa Simpson.

    • Homer: (Picking up Lisa's empty suitcase.) Hmm, somebody's traveling light!
      Lisa: Meh, maybe you're getting stronger.
      Homer: Well, I have been eating more!

    • Marge: Well, it sounds great. Bart, you can invite Milhouse. Lisa, you can bring a friend too.
      Lisa: Hey, great a friend! Hmmmm, a companion. I dunno, stuffed animal.

    • (Bart sits at a table while a line forms for him to sign autographs in school yearbooks.)
      Milhouse: This is Becky, she's in the second grade.
      Bart: Hi, Becky, thanks for coming out.
      Becky: "See ya!" He writes the way people talk!

    • (bell rings)
      Milhouse: School's out! Up yours, Krabappel!
      (Milhouse runs out of the room. Nobody else moves.)
      Ms. Krabappel: Well, I'm glad the rest of you remembered that summer vacation starts at the end of the day, not the beginning.

    • Erin: You like hanging out too?
      Lisa: Well, it beats doing stuff.
      Erin: Yeah. Stuff sucks.

    • (Bart is signing yearbooks.)
      Bart: Wait, your daughter is named Seymour?
      Prinipal Skinner: Well...(chuckles)...I lied, it's for me.

    • (Marge, Homer, Bart and Milhouse play the board game "Mystery Date.")
      Marge: (To Bart) You got the dud!
      Homer: (To Milhouse) He looks just like you poindexter!

    • Lisa: Friends? These are my only friends. Grown-up nerds like Gore Vidal, and even he's kissed more boys than I ever will!
      Marge: Girls, Lisa! Boys kiss girls!

    • Miss Hoover: And so, as Abraham Lincoln sat in Ford's theatre that night, John Wilkes Booth entered, drew his gun, and ... (the bell rings) Well, that's it. Have a nice summer, everyone.
      (everyone leaves except for Chuck and Ralph)
      Chuck: But what happened in Ford's theatre?
      Ralph: Was President Lincoln okay?
      Miss Hoover: He was fine. (Chuck leaves) Go home, Ralph.

    • (The family playing "Mystery Date")
      Marge: Come on, Homer. Open the door for your mystery date.
      Homer: Ooh, captain of the football team. He's a dream boat. Don't wait up Marge.

    • Homer: Let me have one of those porno magazines, large box of condoms, a bottle of Old Harper, a couple of those panty shields, and some illegal fireworks, and one of those disposable enemas ... eh, make it two.

    • Boy: So he's all, like, pffhhhtt.
      Erin: Pft, I can totally hear him going that.
      Lisa: Only kids are that incoherent!

    • Bart: This is the worst Fourth of July ever. I hate America.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • All Things Considered
      This popular NPR show is reference when Lisa passed a bookstore titled "Gull Thing Considered" on her way to the library.

    • Homer: I'll have a Three Musketeers, a pen, comb, one of those porno mags, some illegal fireworks, pint of Old Harper, and some of those portable enemas.
      In the 1973 film American Graffiti, Terry the Toad tries to get some booze by buying alot of other stuff, Homer copies this when trying to procure some illegal fireworks. Also, the song that plays during the end credits is "All Summer Long" by the Beach Boys. The same song used at the end of American Grafitti.

    • Summer of '42
      This title spoofs the 1971 film Summer of '42.

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