The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 16

Lisa the Iconoclast (18 Feb. 1996)

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Lisa discovers that her town's beloved founder Jebediah Springfield was in fact a vicious pirate.

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Man in Film #2 / Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / George Washington / Long John Silver's Representative / Barney Gumble / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Boy in Film / Kearney (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Man in Film #3 / Chief Wiggum / Copy Shop Clerk / Comic Book Guy / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Moe Szyslak (voice)
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Film Narrator / Man in Film #1 / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Jebediah Springfield / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
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Troy McClure (voice)
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Hollis Hurlbut (voice)
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Mrs. Krabappel (voice)
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Woman in Film / Betsy Ross / Mrs. Glick (voice)
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Whilst researching a history project,Lisa discovers that Jebediah Springfield,the town's founder,was actually a pirate who stole public funds to make a silver tongue for himself. Her findings are not popular with the township and so she asks that Springfield's body be exhumed for proof. The tongue is nowhere to be found but museum curator Hollis Hurlbut admits to Lisa that he stole it. So as not to disillusion the town's people Lisa and Hollis agree to keep this secret so that Jebediah will always be fondly remembered. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode introduced two new words to the English language, Embiggen and Cromulent. Embiggen was invented by Dan Greaney and Cromulent was invented by David X. Cohen. Since this episode aired, both have entered the English language as valid words: Embiggen is used in string theory, and Cromulent has entered actual dictionaries. See more »

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Mayor Quimby: Congratulations Ned, you are our new town crier. May your shrill, nasal voice ring throughout our streets and brains.
Ned Flanders: Thankily-dank, Mayor, I shan't disappoint. Har ye, har ye. I declare myself pinkled tink about Springfield's Bicen-cidilly-ti-ten-toodly-rin-tin-tennial Day.
Homer: You suck-diddily-uck, Flanders. Gimme that.
[Grabs the bell from him]
Homer: Hear ye. Hear ye. Ye olde town crier proclaimed crappy by all. Chooseth Homer Simpson, and he shalt rock thy world.
Chief Wiggum: Good God, he is fabulous.
Principal Skinner: He's ...
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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The Ballad of Jebediah Springfield
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Written by Jeff Martin
Performed by Rick Logan, Tommy Morgan, and Dick Wells
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Excellent Episode.
27 February 2006 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

This comment contains spoilers!!!!

"Lisa The Iconoclast" is an excellent episode. The plot is: The Jebediah Springfield memorial parade is coming up in town, and Lisa's class has to write an essay about him. Then Lisa goes to visit Hollis Hurlbut (voiced by a first-rate Donald Sutherland) who runs an shop about Jebediah. She figures out that Jebediah is a murderous pirate named Hans Sprungfeld. In the other subplot, Homer becomes the town crier and helps Lisa convince the town of her surprising find.

What's great about this episode is the fantastic chemistry between Lisa and Homer and the perfect mixture of hilarious comedy and drama. ("You suck-diddly-uk, Flanders!!" and "Where's The Fife, Gimme the Fife.") When nobody believes her, and Homer gets stripped of being Town Crier, you really feel for them. The ending is perfect and caps off a stand-out episode.

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