The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 25

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (18 May 1997)

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After a prank destroys half the town, Bart is shipped away to military school. Lisa, seeking a challenge, decides to enroll with him, but is faced with discrimination as the school's only girl cadet.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Santa's Little Helper / Grampa Simpson / Cadet Anderson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chief Wiggum / 'The Moon of Earth' Narrator / Prof. Frink / English Teacher / Black-Haired Cadet / Firing Range Instructor (voice)
Sand Movie Narrator / Adlai Stevenson / Principal Skinner / Jasper (voice)
The Commandant (voice)
Mrs. Krabappel (voice)
Janey Powell (voice)
Brown-Haired Cadet / Orderly (voice)
Miss Hoover / Franklin (voice)


After a prank destroys half the town, Bart is shipped away to military school. Lisa, seeking a challenge, decides to enroll with him, but is faced with discrimination as the school's only girl cadet.

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Did You Know?


Lisa's experience is partly based on that of Shannon Faulkner, the first woman admitted to the Citadel military academy in South Carolina. See more »


There are fewer megaphones in Bart's daisy-chained line-up than were originally hanging on the wall. See more »


Lisa: Solitude never hurt anyone. Emily Dickinson lived alone, and she wrote some of the most beautiful poetry the world has ever known... then went crazy as a loon.
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References The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968) See more »


You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis
Performed by Julie Kavner
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A Very Pleasing Finale to the Eight Season,
27 May 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and plenty of really funny scenes. It's a very solid Lisa episode, many fans are usually not impressed with these, but this one is an exception, we sympathise with her more here than we have in any other episode, she is in a bad place, and we support her as she strives to succeed, there is also some very sweet parts between her and Bart, they are very different siblings who don't particularly get along, but it's moments like these that remind us that they're always there for each other. I think it had too many cut aways from the military school, we are shown a scene with Homer at home at one stage, and another lengthy scene where Lisa phones Grampa, this episode wanted to be dramatic, which is definitely succeeded at, but I think it would have helped the atmosphere if they didn't have any parts outside of the military school that were only there for the sake of a few laughs. Willem Dafoe is fantastic in this episode as the Commandment, his voice is completely unrecognizeable and he really owned his performance, certainly one of the most memorable once off characters. One of the most dramatic episodes of the entire series, the Secret War of Lisa Simpson is a very pleasing finale to the eight season.

Bart's antics have gone too far so Marge and Homer decide to send him to Military school, Lisa decides to join him because she dosen't feel academically challenged.

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