The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 8

The Dad Who Knew Too Little

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2003 on FOX
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The Dad Who Knew Too Little
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Homer fails to get the birthday present that Lisa wanted. The gift he gets her instead makes it obvious that he knows nothing about his daughter and that makes her disappointed in him. To win Lisa back, Homer hires a private detective to find out everything about her. The private detective comes through with information that restores Homer's relationship with Lisa. Homer refuses to pay the detective's $1000 expenses; to get even the detective arranges it so that Lisa is framed for a crime she didn't commit. When the police arrive outside the Simpson home, Homer takes Lisa on the run. While they are holed up in a cabin, Homer confesses what he did to learn more about Lisa. The police trace them there and Homer and Lisa's subsequent escape leads them to a circus, where they find evidence that will exonerate Lisa of the crime. Only first together they must deal with the crooked detective.moreless

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  • perfect

    10
    what i liked- Dexter getting information from Skinner, Nelson, and Ralph, homer remembering lisa has good hearing, "How ironic, now he's blind after a life of enjoying being able to see", homer's fake name being Lance Uppercut, homer's video for lisa, bart tricking homer into picking up the turbo diary to get shocked, amongst other things. good episode. it was a good homer/lisa episode with nice humor and an excellent plot. A+moreless
  • Homer hires a P.I. to learn more about Lisa.

    9.5
    With Lisa's birthday coming up, she asks for a turbo diary. Homer and Bart go shopping but when they discover it is sold out, he buys a personalized movie featuring Lisa. Watching the movie, she realizes her dad knows nothing about her. In order to closen their relationship, he hires a private detective named Dexter Colt to find out information about her. Dexter compiles a file which Homer uses, and sure enough makes Lisa love him again after he takes her to an Animal Rights Protest. Homer refuses to pay the $1000 dollar bill required for Dexter's services, but he gets his revenge by vandalizing the Animal Research Lab and making Lisa the #1 suspect. Homer and Lisa flee from the cops, and Homer tells her why she was framed. Dexter catches up with Homer and tries to kill him. Lisa finds them and uses a laser to blind him. This is one of my favorite episodes of the season. It is absolutely hilarious! Its a must see!moreless
  • Pretty good episode.....

    9.8
    With Lisa's birthday coming up, she asks for a turbo diary. Homer and Bart go shopping but when they discover it is sold out, he buys a personalized movie featuring Lisa. Watching the movie, she realizes her dad knows nothing about her. In order to closen their relationship, he hires a private detective named Dexter Colt to find out information about her. Dexter compiles a file which Homer uses, and sure enough makes Lisa love him again after he takes her to an Animal Rights Protest. Homer refuses to pay the $1000 dollar bill required for Dexter's services, but he gets his revenge by vandalizing the Animal Research Lab and making Lisa the #1 suspect. Homer and Lisa flee from the cops, and Homer tells her why she was framed. Dexter catches up with Homer and tries to kill him. Lisa finds them and uses a laser to blind him.moreless
  • This is a great Homer and Lisa episode.

    9.9
    This episode The Farther Who Knew Too Little is anouther fine example of how great the Simpsons still are and how great of a writer Matt Selman is.



    This episode is about Homer finding out very little he knows about Lisa. Lisa is upset by Homer knowing baily anything about her. Homer goes to a detective and this is where many funny scenes come into the show. The detetive frames everyone to get Homer info on Lisa which Nelsons love for a disney character, a frame on Willie, papers getting put in the wrong order, and Ralph keeps saying Lisa is a girl at my school. There where many really funny scenes where Homer goes into discise with fake hair, glasses, and angry eyebrows. Overall this is a really great Simpsons episode.moreless
  • The dad who knows too little sums it up i thnk hehe

    10
    My fav part is when Bart trys to distract Marg from thinking about homer and lisa who have gone on the run by throwing his bowl of spaghetti at the fan and its splats every where its well funny!!!!!(feel free to correct me if im wrong about it being spaghetti!) oh and when homer draws eye brows on and says you charge how much!!Danni.
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

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Himself

Special Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • According to this episode, Officer Lou's ex-wife's name is Amy.

    • When Bart and Homer are looking at the video kiosk in the mall, behind them is a kiosk labeled "Another Damn Candle Stand."

    • The title parodies that of the Alfred Hitchcock movie ''The Man Who Knew Too Much''. This was not the first such parody on ''The Simpsons'': one of season 5's episodes is entitled "The Boy Who Knew Too Much".

    • When Bart beams the laser at Principal Skinner, the red dot on his pants, when he pulls them down and Chief Wiggum stops in his car in front of him, how can the laser still be beaming on Skinner if Wiggum's car is blocking out the laser.

    • Bart appears to be reading Lisa's diary from back to front.

    • When Homer and Lisa pass by the "bridge out" sign we can see all the way to the bottom of the sign up to the letter U in out. When the sign is viewed after the branch is pulled back, we can see that the O and probably V in the word "overpass" should have been seen in the first place.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Homer: How ironic, now he's blind after a life of enjoying being able to see.

    • Homer: Stupid Flanders, you're a genius!

    • Homer: Oh, Lisa's still mad at me.
      Bart: I'm still mad at you for chopping up my skateboard with an axe!
      Homer: I told you! It was for the insurance money!

    • (Lisa turns on the tape of "Lisa Simpson, Girl Cowboy." In it, Lisa's disgusted face is crudely pasted on a cowgirl's body; the animation is really choppy.)
      Cowgirl
      : Howdy, pardners! My name is sheriff...
      Homer voiceover
      : Lisa Simpson!
      Cowgirl
      : I sure am hungry for my favorite food...
      Homer voiceover
      : McNuggets.
      Lisa: I don't like McNuggets! I'm a vegetarian!
      Homer
      : Still? Well then you're not gonna like your other present! (a wrapped-up turkey)
      (In the film a male cowboy rides up)

      Cowgirl
      : Why it's my best friend...
      Homer voiceover
      : Maggie!
      Lisa: (in reality) Huh?
      Prospector: (comes out of saloon) Bad news sheriff...
      Homer voiceover: Lisa Simpson!
      Prospector
      : Some Indians took all the...
      Homer voiceover
      : McNuggets! Mmmm McNuggets... haughughalughalugh!
      Cowgirl
      : I'll get those no good Indians, just as sure as my favorite book is...
      Homer voiceover
      : Magazines! (snores) zzzz...
      Bart voiceover: Wake up, Dad!
      Homer voiceover
      : Huh, wha?
      (Static fills the screen as Lisa shuts off the TV in anger.)

    • Activist: What do we want!?
      Crowd: The gradual phase-out of animal testing over the next three years?
      Activist: When do we want it!?
      Crowd: Over the next three years!

    • (The private detective looks in Lisa's locker)
      Willie: Hey, that's not your locker.
      Detective: You know, you're the spitting image of the Aberdeen Strangler.
      Willie: Moving on ...

    • Lisa: Just buy me the friggin' toy.

    • Marge (answering phone): Hello?
      Homer: Hello! This is a phone survey. If the election were held today, would you vote for: A. The cops are there or B. Your free to talk?
      Marge: Uh, A. And I'd like to add that proposition "Hug Lisa for Me" has my full support.
      Homer: No, Marge, you're not getting it. It's me, Homer. Simpson.
      (Marge hangs up and smiles nervously)

    • Lou: We got a location, Chief.
      Wiggum: Great. We'll leave right after dinner. (Wiggum, Lou, and Eddie all smile at Marge)

    • Flanders: (listing Rod's hobbies for the kiosk movie) Being quiet on trips, clapping along with songs, and diabetes!

    • Ralph: Lisa Simpson is a girl at my school.
      Detective: Yes, yes, you said that already. What else do you know?
      Ralph: I once picked my nose until it bleeded.
      Detective: (sighs) About Lisa!
      Ralph: Lisa Simpson is a girl at my school!
      Detective: Someone's already worked this guy over.

    • Bart (after stealing Lisa's electroshock diary with a pair of tongs): Hey dad, will you read me a bedtime story?
      Homer: Well, certainly son, just hand me that book you got there.
      Lisa's Diary: UNAUTHORIZED USER! ACCESS DENIED!
      (Electric shocks can be heard, Homer screams as Bart laughs)

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode won the 2004 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • For the first time ever, we see what Lisa's hairline looks like in this episode when she colors it black. (Not counting 'Lisa The Beauty Queen' because she gets different hairstyles.)

    • Fox announced that it had renewed the show until 2005 and its 16th season. This will make the series the longest running comedy series in US TV history save for "Saturday Night Live",and it will have beaten the previous record holder for longest-running prime-time animated series (The Flintstones) by a full 10 years.

    • Homer's e-mail address is actually writer Matt Selman's e-mail address. Matt used to write back to fans as Homer until about a month after this episode aired. Later, the address was disabled due to too many sent letters.

    • The Couch is Groening's version of the famous 1932 photograph "Lunch on a skyscraper"

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The "couch" was an I-beam hanging high above a construction site. The family was sitting on this eating sandwiches out of lunch pails. The TV sitting on another I-beam was lowered into the screen.

    • The FOX promo shows Homer saying "You have enough blame to be on Oz Jr.", then he said "Idea. Make a show called Oz Jr, but don't show it to ABC, they're IDIOTS!" The scene wasn't shown in the episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • P.T.E.T.A.:

      This refers to the real organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment to Animals).

    • The scene with Homer and Dexter Colt in the Hall of Mirrors is inspired by a similar scene from the 1947 film, "The Lady from Shanghai" starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.

    • Homer: Who's your favorite Travelling Wilbury? Is it Jeff Lynne?

      The Traveling Wilburys comprised of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbinson, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne, who was a member of the group ELO, but clearly the least famous of the 5. That is the joke, ja?

    • Lisa: I look just like a Powerpuff Girl!

      After coloring her hair black, Lisa remarks that she resembles one of the Powerpuff Girls. Although the whole on the lam/black hair dye thing may also refer to the opening credits of the 1993 film "The Fugitive."

    • :
      The TV show "Padz" is based on the MTV show "Cribs", where we see homes of well-known celebrities.

    • :
      The secret diary that slams shut and electroshocks the unauthorized person reading it is based on Girl Tech's Password Journal, where the journal only opens via a voice activated password recorded by the user.

    • The Man Who Knew Too Much
      The title of this episode, "The Dad Who Knew Too Little," is a play on the title of the classic 1934 (and remade in 1956) Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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