The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 25

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 18, 1997 on FOX
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The Secret War of Lisa Simpson
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Bart's class goes to the police station on a field trip and while he is there, he just can't resist pulling a prank; meanwhile, Lisa's class is not challenging for her at all. Chief Wiggum meets with the Homer and Marge and recommends military school for Bart. Homer and Marge tell Bart they are going to Disneyland, but trick him and take him to military school. Bart does not want to be there from the get-go, but Lisa sees the discipline the cadets receive and decides to stay there with Bart. She is the first female ever to join the academy, so she gets a hard time from the other cadets. Bart starts to fit in after a while, and tries to keep the fact that he cares about her a secret. A final challenge awaits Bart and Lisa; they must pass a physical test called "The Eliminator". Bart helps Lisa to train in secret and when they both pass, they go home.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

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

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

Military School Commander

Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Animation Goof: When Lisa goes on the Eliminator to train with the rope that held her, it isn't shown on Lisa until she falls, and Bart pulls her to safety.

    • Goof: When Homer takes Bart to military school, his car is purple. But when Homer and Marge are about to drive off, the car is orange.

    • When it's Lisa's turn on the "Eliminator" rope test, you can hear the call of a crow -- evoking the same desperation as the usual Springfield Nuclear Power Plant exterior establishing shot.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Instructor: Since you've already attended public school, we're assuming you've already had experience with small arms. So, we're gonna give you something... a little more advanced. (Hands Bart a mini-rocket launcher)
      Bart: Wow.
      (Bart begins firing away at his targets, destroying four. The last rocket flies off into the distance)
      Instructor: Four out of five, Simpson. Impressive. But you missed your last target.
      Bart: (Slyly) Did I?
      (Cut to Springfield Elementary. Principal Skinner is standing next to the smoldering crater that was his car.)
      Nelson: (From school window) Ha ha!

    • Marge: It certainly was nice of you to accept Bart in the middle of the semester.
      Commandant: Fortunately, we've had a couple of recent "freak-outs," so that freed up a couple of bunks.
      Bart: Freak-outs?

    • (After conquering "The Eliminator.")
      Lisa: You thought I couldn't do it but I could, I did, and I could do it again! Let's do it again!

    • Bart: Cleaning graffiti off a statue makes a mockery of everything I believe in!

    • Cadet: What's the matter? Don't girls like doing push-ups in the mud?
      Lisa: Is there any answer I can give that won't result in more push-ups?
      (The cadets talk amongst themselves)
      Cadet: Uh, no.

    • Bart: But if you quit, it would be like an expert knot-tyer quitting a knot-tying contest right in the middle of tying a knot!
      Lisa: Why did you say that?
      Bart: I don't know. I was just looking at my shoelaces. But the point is, you're gonna make it, Lise, and I'll stick by you.
      Lisa: Don't do that. Why should we both be outcasts?
      Bart: Then I'll stick by you in secret. Like a sock maker secretly working on a top secret sock that . . .
      Lisa: Will you stop looking at your feet!

    • Commandant: LIGHTS OUT! (The lights go out and a thump is heard) Commandant: Ow! Damn it! Lights on! Lights on!

    • Instructor: Well done, Bart. Although that was more cursing than I like to hear from a cadet in peacetime.

    • Lisa: (On eliminator) If only I was back in Springfield, all my friends would be cheering me on! Oh, God, I'm delirious.

    • Commandant: Gentlemen, we now have a girl cadet among our ranks, so there are going to be a few changes. First of all, Franklin, you are no longer the girliest cadet here.
      Franklin: (In a very effeminate voice) Well, we'll see about that.
      Commandant: Second of all, this is now the girls' barracks, so pack your things, you're moving in with Company L.
      Cadet: Company L? But they smell!
      Commandant: Yes, we've all heard the chant...Now fall out!

    • Marge: Lisa, if you ever want to quit and come home, I'll be here in half a jif.
      Bart: I want to quit and come home! (Pause) I want to quit and come home!
      Marge: (Kissing him goodbye) Oh, honey, I heard you the first time.

    • Instructor: (To Lisa, after she loses control of her gun.) Why don't you just learn to use this. (Hands her a whistle) If there's a war, just blow on it, and I'll come help you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The room is upside-down. The family runs in on the ceiling and sit down on the couch, until they fall to the "real" ground.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Marlboro Cigarettes
      The military school commander says to the boys at The Eliminator, "Welcome to Flavor Country," the slogan for Marlboro Cigarettes.

    • This episode's title is a play on the 1968 film "The Secret War of Harry Frigg."

      ^--It also refers to The Private War of Major Benson, which also served as the inspiration for the Damon Wayans movie Major Payne. Major Payne was about an ex-marine leading an ROTC troop at a private school, similar to the situation that Bart finds himself in.

    • The poem being discussed in the cadets' English class is "Ode On A Grecian Urn" by John Keats.

    • Erwin Rommel
      The military school is called Rommelwood. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was a German military officer in World War II. Dubbed the "Desert Fox", he is well known for commanding the Deutsche Afrika Korps from 1941 to 1943.

    • Bart: "Did I"
      The scene where the weapons instructor tells Bart "very good, but your last shot missed" and Bart replies "Did I?" is a reference to the 1979 James Bond film "Moonraker."

    • :
      Springfield's finest(?) chasing Bart driving a lawn mower parodies the famous O.J. Simpson police chase.

    • The Citadel
      Lisa becoming the first female student to enroll at Rommelwood is a takeoff of Shannon Faulkner becoming the first female cadet at The Citadel. Unlike Ms. Faulkner, who withdrew days after becoming a student at the previously all-male academy, Lisa sticks out the rigorous basic training regiment.

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