The Simpsons: Season 10, Episode 1

Lard of the Dance (23 Aug. 1998)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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A new girl arrives at Springfield Elementary and becomes instantly popular, with Lisa forced to organize a dance at her school, while Homer and Bart try to start their own grease business.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Apu / Acne Worker #2 / Luigi (voice)
Principal Skinner / Grease Recycling Worker / Acne Worker #1 (voice)
Alex Whitney (voice)
Lewis / Nurse (voice)
Sherri / Terri / Martin Prince (voice)


Homer and Bart decide to get rich by selling cooking lard. At the same time Lisa is perturbed when Alex Whitney, a sophisticated new class-mate arrives at the school and becomes instantly popular. Lisa is tasked with organizing a school dance but after the lard has found its way onto school premises both Alex and Lisa have fun by throwing it at each other. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 August 1998 (USA)  »

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At one point Alex says she loves the name Lisa. The character Alex was voiced by Lisa Kudrow See more »


Homer puts three barrels on each side of his car to funnel grease into, but during the interior shots of the car no barrels are visible outside the car. See more »


Janey: Didn't your old school have apple picks?
Alex Whitney: No, we weren't big on fruit. We more into, like, dances. You know, things that are fun.
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References Lord of the Dance (1993) See more »


I Can Love You Like That
Written by Maribeth Derry, Steve Diamond and Jennifer Kimball
Performed by All-4-One
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Wow, personal favorite, I don't care what people say!!
13 April 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this episode, it doesn't exploit Lisa in a bad way like people say, and we get to see a fully functional story and cast of characters lit up with great animation for the time being.

The plot launches introducing a new character "Alex Whitney" who completely steals the popularity left in Lisa by introducing hip and new style to the school, while Lisa tries to cope with these changes, Bart and Homer have joined the grease business to make money, with some hilarious consequences including a violent fight between grounds keeper Willy. Tensions flare when Lisa looses control over herself trying to find a date for a dance, when she doesn't, Principal Skinner assigns her to do the job of admissioning people into the dance. She finds out the news at the dance, that Alex's plans have gone totally wrong and everybody is repelling each other due to nervousness. The writers don't forget Homer and Bart, as they fall through the vent in the roof and come down to the dance floor followed by gallons of gooey grease. Lisa convinces Alex to live a little as a touching ending.

Overall, all the characters were in their pride, and all the jokes were top-notch. Well written by Jane O' Brien. That sums up my review.

I give this episode a 90% rating.

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