Lisa enters a contest and wins a trip to Washington D.C. for the whole family. While there, she discovers corruption and decides to expose the corrupt official.


(as Wes Archer)


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Troy McClure / Passenger / Barney Gumble / Man #2 at Lincoln Memorial / Thomas Jefferson / Brad Fletcher / Texan / FBI Agent #1 / House Speaker (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Savings & Loans Clerk / Queens Boy / Captain / Man in Lift / Money Print Employee / Bob Arnold / First Man at Lincoln Memorial / Bellhop / Senator / FBI Agent #2 / African Statesman (voice)
Montgomery Burns / Lenny / Waylon Smithers / TV Announcer / Jasper / Disgruntled Father / Steward / IRS Employee / Tour Guide / Jerry / Singer / Representative / George H.W. Bush (voice)
Minnesota Girl / Maria Dominguez / Paper Boy (voice) (as Joann Harris)
Bob Arnold's Secretary / Woman #1 at Lincoln Memorial (voice)
Alabama Boy (voice)
Judge / Faith Crowley / Barbara Bush / Woman #2 at Lincoln Memorial (voice)
Lona Williams ...
Truong Van Dinh (voice)


Lisa enters a contest and wins a trip to Washington D.C. for the whole family. While there, she discovers corruption and decides to expose the corrupt official.

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Animation | Comedy


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26 September 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bob Arnold tells Lisa that there are "quite a few women senators", but Lisa responds that there are only two. At the time of this episode's airing there were indeed only two female senators, Nancy Kassebaum and Barbara Mikulski. See more »


A sign seen upon the family's arrival via airplane states that Dulles International Airport is in Washington, DC. Although Dulles is the primary airport used by people going into and out of Washington, DC, the airport itself is actually located in the State of Virginia. See more »


[Pres. Bush has received the bill to expel a corrupt congressman]
George H.W. Bush: Okay, this should make my bosses very happy.
Foreign Diplomat: *Your* bosses?
George H.W. Bush: [signs the bill] Yep, all 250 million of them.
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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »


The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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Interesting Political Satire!
6 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode of the third season of the Simpsons and it's a rather interesting episode. This is one of the more political-heavy satires by the Simpsons that outlines political corruption which is obviously prevalent in our government. But it's funny most of the time and based off the title, it reminds me of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

This episode, "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," has Lisa winning an essay contest that talked about the greatness of the United States and as a winner, she and her family travels to Washington D.C. But Lisa uncovers a scandal in which some senators were planning on taking bribes to demolish the Springfield forest.

Overall, this is a solid episode and one that should open your eyes to political corruption such as bribery and whatnot. But this is a funny episode as well and another solid entry in the storied Simpsons. I rate this episode 9/10.

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