The Simpsons: Season 14, Episode 8

The Dad Who Knew Too Little (12 Jan. 2003)

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Homer hires a private detective to learn more about Lisa.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Turbo Diary / Salesman / Commander / Chief Wiggum / Prospector / Moe Szyslak / Carl / Dexter Colt / Protester / Lou / Motel Clerk / Flying Giuseppe / Cletus (voice)
Ad Announcer / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Film Narrator / Principal Skinner / Lenny / Kent Brockman / Radio Announcer (voice)
Himself (voice)
'Padz' Announcer / Girl / Kenny / Sheriff / Brandine (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Various (voice)


Homer realizes he doesn't know enough about Lisa, so he hires a private detective to learn more about her. This helps with the father-daughter relationship, as Homer knows what she would want to do. However, the detective, Dexter Colt, has charged him $1000, and few of the charges relate to his work (namely, a $40 steak, super-unleaded fuel and silver bullets [the idiot thought Lisa was a werewolf]). Homer, of course, refuses to pay the bill, so Colt breaks into the animal testing lab, and as Lisa is against animal testing, and some of Lisa's belongings are there, the police assume it was her who did it. Can Homer expose Colt and exonerate Lisa before she's jailed? Written by movieguy3

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Homer's e-mail address, as seen in the episode "The Dad Who Knew Too Little", was registered by writer-producer Matt Selman, who also replied to e-mails from fans testing it. See more »


Homer Simpson: How ironic. Now he's blind after a life of enjoying being able to see.
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There is an extra scene involving the diary during the end credits. See more »


References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »


Written by Brian Carman and Bob Spickard
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Homer and Lisa Episodes are Always Enjoyable,
11 August 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Dad Who Knew Too Little is a fantastic Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes.I love every scene with Homer and Lisa in this episode,particularity the scenes where he tries to prove to her that he knows her more than she thinks,I always enjoy episodes that team the two of then together,because they are the two members of the family that are the least like one another,and seeing these two different personalities work together is always a lot of fun.My favourite scene of the fourteenth season is in this episode,where Chief Wiggum finds out the whereabouts of Homer and Lisa and says he'll go search for them after dinner,then himself,Lou and Eddie smile at Marge,hinting at her,I find this part absolutely hilarious no matter how many times I've seen it,even when I know exactly whats coming.The Man Who Knew Too Little is a great Simpsons episode.

When Lisas birthday approaches,she wants Homer to buy her this new journal called "The Girl-Tech Diary",but when they're all sold out,Homer makes a video about Lisa instead,which makes her realise that Homer doesn't know anything about her.To try and prove her wrong,he hires a detective to follow Lisa and find out her hobbies and interests.

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