Lisa's crush on an environmental activist inspires her to live in a tree threatened by loggers.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Krusty / Jake / Quimby / Sideshow Mel / Snake (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Thai man / Lou / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Announcer / Kent Brockman / Man (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Caleb (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herself (voice)
Jesse Grass (voice)


Smitten by charismatic environmentalist Joshua Grass,Lisa joins his campaign to save an ancient tree by camping out in it. However,whilst she has sneaked home to see how the family are the tree is destroyed by lightning. She is presumed dead and declared a posthumous heroine with a national park dedicated to her. She decides to let things ride for a while and bask in the glory... Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 November 2000 (USA)  »

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The episode is based on a story Matt Selman heard on the radio about Julia Butterfly Hill, an American activist and environmentalist who lived in an old California Redwood tree known as "Luna" for over two years, between 1997 and 1999 to prevent loggers from cutting it down. See more »


When the tree is sliding down Lombard Street, the TransAmerica pyramid is shown in the background, to the west. The pyramid is actually east of that block of Lombard Street.. See more »


Homer: [looking at a picture of refugees in a newspaper] Look at these refugees, Marge. Not even a smile.
Marge: They've undergone terrible hardships.
Homer: Well, moping won't help anything!
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References Teletubbies (1997) See more »


This Land is Your Land
by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Hank Azaria and Chorus as "This Log Is Your Log"
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One of my favorites
30 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode used to be one of my all-time favorites. I still love this episode a lot, but it does lack the endearing quality of those of the earlier seasons (which someone pointed out), so I give it a 9/10.

There are just so many great Simpsons moments in this episode, SO MANY, which is why i love it so much. The best for me was probably "Take that, Lisa's beliefs!" after Bart zings Lisa by stealthy placing a Thai door-hanger menu on her nose. Also, the "Lisa's Dead! ..Unless.." is hilarious as well as the Kentucky Fried Panda and "Daughter now goes to state college, baseball caps everywhere!", and of course the closing song with the Lisa Log going cross-country!!

Ahh so many classic Simpsons moments! All of these combined with a very entertaining, spontaneous (if not exactly coherent, but that's part of the charm!) plot makes "Lisa the Tree Hugger" one of my favorite episodes.

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