The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 2

The Girl Who Slept Too Little

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 2005 on FOX
8.0
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The Girl Who Slept Too Little
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The noise of early morning construction next door is keeping the family awake; there is a new stamp museum under construction. The family successfully leads a protest that gets the stamp museum moved to the site of the old graveyard; the old graveyard in turn is relocated next to the Simpson home. The site of the graveyard outside her window makes Lisa uncomfortable and scared late one night she runs to her parent’s bed for comfort. They try to get her back into her own bed, by showing her that they can sleep in her bed. When that doesn’t work, they resort to the help of a psychiatrist and she offers them some costly advice. Meanwhile Lisa, who has always had to fend for her self, decides to spend the night in the cemetery and conquer her fears. Lisa gets knocked unconscious and has a hallucination helps her to deal with fear.moreless

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  • Very funny, but the ending is sort of a downer its ok to be scared... A little to much like the Wiggles or something like that.

    9.1
    The family are awoken by loud construction noises next door, where a new stamp museum is under construction. The family lead a protest to stop the production of the museum in their residential area, and instead the stamp museum is moved to the site of the Springfield Cemetery. The cemetery is relocated next to the Simpsons home instead. Lisa's room has a view overlooking the graveyard which leads her to sleepless nights, running to Homer and Marge's bed for comfort. They try to show her there's nothing to be afraid of by spending the night in her room but they're also scared back to their own room. When a psychiatrist offers them some costly advice which they avoid, Lisa decides to spend the night in the cemetery to conquer her fears. She is knocked unconscious and suffers a hallucination where some storybook characters help her deal with her fear.moreless
  • We see a different side of Lisa

    9.0
    This episode is a very well developed one because we are able to see that even smart girls like Lisa are able to be scared by graveyards being built across the street.



    The stamp museum protest was a hilarious start to the episode and I found that it got even funnier as it continued with great gags like the construction guys making the graveyard creepy by adding crows, a squeaky gate and cracked tombstones and other cliches and Lisa's overactive imagination.



    Chief Wiggum is my favourite character after Homer and this is the only appearance I didn't enjoy because he seemed too ridiculous but that is one of the only things wrong with the episode as I can honestly say that entertainment doesn't get much better than this.moreless
  • Very funny parts

    9.6
    The noise of early morning construction next door is keeping the family awake; there is a new stamp museum under construction. The family successfully leads a protest that gets the stamp museum moved to the site of the old graveyard; the old graveyard in turn is relocated next to the Simpson home. The site of the graveyard outside her window makes Lisa uncomfortable and scared late one night she runs to her parent’s bed for comfort. They try to get her back into her own bed, by showing her that they can sleep in her bed. When that doesn’t work, they resort to the help of a psychiatrist and she offers them some costly advice. Meanwhile Lisa, who has always had to fend for her self, decides to spend the night in the cemetery and conquer her fears. Lisa gets knocked unconscious and has a hallucination helps her to deal with fear.moreless
  • It doesn't feel like the Simpsons we all are familiar with. It feels more like a parody movie like "Airplane" or "Scary Movie," because it just sort of bends reality for the sake of a joke. It does this again, and again, and again.moreless

    5.0
    Examples: Homer kicking a microwave, a blender, and a grinder out of bed; Bart's racecar bed with the "shot brakes"; and Bart being drilled into the ground by construction equipment. Almost every joke tries too hard, from Homer's remote control helicopter, to Homer swearing (what is this, "Family Guy"?), to Bart drinking from Lenny's hose. It's almost like, if each joke was a nail, then they used a 50 lb sledgehammer to drive each one in, when only a small hammer was needed. And they punched so hard with each joke, that the plot and characters felt out of sorts as a result. All in all, I'm very glad the Simpsons provides the world with the beautiful work they do. But I say, leave the plot-killing, continuity-smearing, out-of-character jokes to lesser cartoons.moreless
  • Cemetery

    8.0
    The Simpsons protest a stamp museum from opening by them, so instead the stamp museum is built in a different location and a cemetery is made by the Simpsons home. This frightens Lisa, especially since her room is right by it. So she begins to sleep with Marge and Homer. Realizing she can not keep doing that she conquers her fear by spending a night in the cemetery. She is no longer scared and the episode ends.



    A good episode, I kind of thought the moral {not being afraid of the dark} was a little kid oriented, but the rest was fine. Overall Grade- B+moreless
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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Signs at the protest of the stamp museum:

      Cancel the Stamp Museum
      Make War Not Stamps
      Springfield Docent Like Museums

    • When the Simpson family goes to the stamp museum, Alexander Graham Bell holds up a medal with patent number 174,465, the actual number to his "Telegraphy" patent.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lisa: Groundskeeper Willie?
      Gravedigger Billy: No, I'm his cousin, Gravedigger Billy. I've been digging graves for thirty years and I've never buried anyone alive. If I did they'd ring this bell. (bell rings) Oh, that's just the wind. (hand comes out of ground) That's just a tree branch... with a nice watch on it! (takes the watch and beats the hand with his shovel)

    • Homer: We're back in the only safe bedroom in the house.
      Lisa: What about Bart's room?
      Homer: You know that racecar bed I made him?
      Lisa: Yeah.
      Homer: The brakes are shot!

    • (Bart's racecar bed crashes through the wall)
      Homer: Learn to drive, boy!

    • Marge: (to Lisa) Tonight I want you to really try to sleep in your own bed, because it… (Homer is flying a remote control helicopter around Marge's head) Homer, stop that!
      Homer: There's a little plastic man in your hair, and I'm trying to rescue him. (salutes) No soldier left behind.

    • Lisa: There's no such thing as zombies.
      Bart: I'm glad to hear you say that, because the one who doesn't believe in zombies is always the first to get feasted upon.

    • Homer: Oh, that is bulls**t, man!

    • Bart: If you're looking for Lisa, she said she was gonna spend the night in the boneyard out back.
      Marge: And you're just sitting here!?
      Bart: I figured the best thing I could do was monitor the news for any reports.
      Marge: You're watching cartoons!

    • Alexander Graham Bell: And I'm Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.
      Elisha Gray: You stole it from me, Elisha Gray.
      Alexander Graham Bell: Read the patent number, bitch!

    • Homer: That Dr. Hibbert was so boring! Homer we've got to get that lump checked out, Homer we must discuss your test results, Homer we've gotta find you a donor. Blah, blah, blah.

    • Lisa: Land of the Wild Beasts? That's the first book I read all the way through.
      Bart: You read a book all the way through? Why?

    • Marge: (searching the cemetery for Lisa) Lisa! Lisa! Don't worry, we're not evil spirits.
      Homer: Although if we were evil spirits, we'd probably assume the shape of your parents.
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: Marge, we owe her the truth.

    • (Jackhammering and nail hammering is heard. Marge covers her ears with a pillow while Homer seems to be sleep dancing to it.)
      Marge: Homer! Do something about the noise!
      (Homer stuffs a pillow in Marge's mouth and continues sleep dancing.)

    • Lisa: I can't keep sleeping in mom and dad's room.
      Bart: Yeah if dad rolls over you're dead.
      Lisa: Mom showed me how to make a retaining wall out of pillows.

    • Milhouse: (to Lisa) I don't know how I reproduce yet, but we'll have fun figuring out how.

    • Homer: I can't believe it took us forty minutes to get here. Why can't they build a stamp museum closer to our house?
      Lisa: Dad, you fought tooth and nail to get it away from our house.
      Homer: Lisa, when you have as many concussions as I have, consistency is … something, something … I love you Bart.

    • Marge: Hmmm, this is a little too spooky for me. I don't even like watching the Count on Sesame Street.
      Count von Count: (on TV that Maggie is watching) One coconut. Two coconuts. Three coconuts! (laughs)
      Marge: Go back to your own country!

    • Lisa: If Scooby Doo has taught me anything, it's that there's nothing to be afraid of except crooked real estate developers.

    • Lou: Yeah know, I actually got into law school...I just couldn't afford it.
      Eddie: Quiet; I hear something.
      Lou: Yeah, that's my life slipping away.

    • Marge: What if we show Lisa we can sleep in her room without being frightened?
      Homer: (suggestively) Ok, Marge. But don't be surprised if a Snuggle Monster shows up.
      Marge: Well, I hope he's accompanied by the How Was Your Day Monster, and the Footrub Monster, and the Let Me Just...
      Homer: (flatly) Don't worry, he's not showin' up.

    • Homer: Two! Four ! Six ! Eight! I hate stamps! They aren't great!
      (No reaction from the protesting people)
      Homer: Okay... How about this? Seven! Four! Three! One! Oh wait, that's my PIN number. Everyone forget that!

    • Marge: They can't just start building in our neighborhood without asking us! Whatever happened to please and thank you?
      Homer: I think they killed each other. You know, one of those murder suicide deals.

    • Homer: Flanders! I can't listen to your crap before my morning coffee!
      Flanders (giving him a cup of coffee): Okely-dokely, here's some French roast, now I'll go make toast!
      Homer: Stupid best friend Flanders!

    • Dr. Nick: Bye Lisa, and remember you have a checkup next Wednesday.
      Lisa: We don't go to you anymore, we got a better doctor.
      Dr. Nick: Oh, congratulations.

    • Homer: (while strangling a younger Bart) Why you very little...!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: Untitled
      Scratchy is walking down the street, and then he sees a theater marquee for "Cats." Scratchy says, "Finally, the show for me!" He goes in, and gives his ticket to Itchy, who works as a theater usher, and then Scratchy takes a seat. In the play, we see one of the actor cats saying, "Tim-Tom-Tabby is a curious cat. Went to see the queen in a velveteen hat," and he puts on a pink act. In the audience, Scratchy moans and says, "This is SO boring!" Then he commits suicide, by shooting himself in the head. The blood splatters over a wealthy dowager dog next to him, who says "Shhh."

    • Blackboard: None.

      Couch: In claymation-style there are a number of clay balls that roll into the living room and eventually wind up on the couch and render into the family members plus one. That plus one is Gumby (of Gumby and Pokey fame) and he waves at the family.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Scratchy: Oh, this is SO boring!
      Scratchy is attending a musical very similar to the Andrew Lloyd Webber production Cats.

    • The Hillside Strangler
      The restaurant name, The Hillside Wrangler Steakhouse, is a twisted take on The Hillside Strangler, which was actually two men who kidnapped and murdered several girls in the late 70's. They would leave their victims in the hills overlooking Los Angeles.

    • Kingdom Hearts Logo

      The fire puffs that the monsters make in Lisa's dream are similar to the heart logo of the Kingdom Hearts game.

    • Gumby:

      In the opening scene where the Simpsons start out as clay balls, Gumby makes his appearance. Gumby was actually Art Clokey's first clay animation that started in 1957.

    • Where the Wild Things Are
      The book The Land of the Wild Beasts is a very close take on Maurice Sendak's children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

    • The Man Who Knew Too Much
      The title of this episode a play on the title of the 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much starring James Stewart and Doris Day.

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