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After realizing how unpopular she is at school, a disillusioned Lisa sees the vacation to Ned Flanders' beach house that the family has planned as an opportunity to reinvent herself and make some friends.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Lou / Ben / Val-U-Mart Owner (voice)
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Erin (voice)
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Mrs. Krabappel (voice)
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Girl #1 / Dean / Rick (voice)
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Martin Prince / Beezee (voice)
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The end of the school year, and an empty yearbook causes Lisa to contemplate her lack of popularity. When Ned Flanders is summoned for jury duty and offers Homer a chance to stay at his beach house, Lisa sees this as the opportunity to reinvent herself as a slacker in the hope of gaining friends, which proves to be far more successful than she could possibly imagine --- but not if Bart has any say in the matter. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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19 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Title is a reference to the film "Summer of 42" which has a similar setting as the episode. See more »

Goofs

When Marge and Lisa are talking in the bedroom at the beach house, there is a picture over each of the beds of Ned and Maude. In a subsequent shot, one of the pictures changes to a portrait of Rod and Todd. See more »

Quotes

Marge: Say bye bye to our house, Maggie! Bye bye tree!
Homer Simpson: Bye bye, work!
Bart: Bye bye, toothbrush
Lisa: Bye bye, Lisa Simpson
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References Summer of '42 (1971) See more »

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All Summer Long
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Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Season 7: Wider plots but good use of the ensemble cast and generally very funny and clever
26 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This seventh season of the Simpsons sees the quality kept high. The plots this time are variable but are mostly good and even when fantastic, remain grounded in who the characters are an stay about them rather than the plot devices themselves. This isn't always the case as there are a few weaker episodes which are about the events (eg Homerpalooza) but they are in the minority. The majority of the episodes also use the ensemble cast really well, so while there may be one main plot, there are usually smaller ones involving others of the family and also plenty of good asides involving supporting cast.

The writing remains fresh and smart with only a very few pop cultural things which have fallen by the wayside in the passing years. Generally though by staying true to the characters the writing works well and also has plenty of funny dialogue, visual gags and throwaways all around. The voice cast delivery is as consistent as in previous seasons although my favorites remains the supporting voices from Azaria, Hartman and Shearer. Animation is great and the design and detail is easy to overlook because it is so well done that it looks easy.

Another really enjoyable, engaging and funny season of The Simpsons – perhaps not the heights of it at its best as a season, but still really setting a high bar.


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