The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 19

Lisa's Substitute (25 Apr. 1991)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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Lisa has a crush on her substitute teacher, who seemingly represents everything that Homer is not. Meanwhile, Bart decides to run for class president, and becomes the overwhelming favorite.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Station Announcer / Guard (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chuck / Woman at Apartment (voice) (as Jo Anne Harris)
Miss Hoover / Donations Lady (voice)
Martin Prince / Wendell / Sherri / Terri / Adrian (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Mr. Bergstrom (voice) (as Sam Etic)


Lisa's teacher, Miss Hoover, is stricken with Lyme disease, and Mr. Bergstrom, a cool, witty, substitute teacher takes her place. Lisa is smitten with the smart, sensitive man, who contrasts so favorable; it seems, with her own father. Meanwhile, Bart decides to run for class president where he is expected to easily triumph over class brain Martin Prince. Written by Tiff Banks

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Animation | Comedy


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25 April 1991 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Mr. Bergstrom's (Dustin Hoffman) "seduction" by Mrs. Krabappel spoofs the poster of Hoffman's breakthrough film The Graduate (1967). See more »


About 19 minutes in when Marge speaks to Homer at the diner table, the outline of her mouth over her neck when her lips are moving shows the neck line in the lips. See more »


Bart: [on Lisa] I knew someone was gonna say it, but I can't believe it was her.
Homer: Did you hear that, Marge? She called me a baboon. The stupidest, ugliest, smelliest ape of them all!
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References The Thing from Another World (1951) See more »


Home on the Range
Written by Daniel E. Kelley and Brewster M. Higley
Performed by Dustin Hoffman
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Finally, A Well-Done Lisa Episode!
29 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the nineteenth episode of the second season of the Simpsons and I must impress that this is my favorite Lisa episode so far. I'm not saying she is bad, but she's my least favorite Simpson. That being said, I felt emotionally connected with Lisa this time around. I had some of the same issues as she did when growing up, so this is a very repeatable episode.

In this episode, "Lisa's Substitute," Lisa's teacher Miss Hoover goes on sick leave and she is replaced with Mr. Bergstrom. Lisa instantly falls for him and she finds him to be the father figure Homer isn't. Meanwhile, Bart is nominated for Class President along with the class brain, Martin Prince.

Overall, this is a very memorable and touching episode. It's one of the best ones this season. It even boasts a great guest voice in Dustin Hoffman. This has several funny jokes, but I connected more on the emotional side. I rate this episode 10/10.

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