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 credited cast:
Homer Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Various (voice)
The Commandant (voice)
Various (voice)
Various (voice)
Various (voice)
Mrs. Krabappel (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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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 »


Before Lisa falls when her and Bart sneak out to prepare for the Eliminator, there is no rope around her waist, but when she falls and Bart saves her by pulling on the rope, the rope magically appears tied around her waist. See more »


[nearing the end of the year]
The Commandant: But these skills are nothing without courage and stamina. Traditionally, the academy tested these virtues by pitting you against each other in a two-day battle royale.
[the cadets gasp]
The Commandant: That was prior to 1957, thank you very much State Supreme Court...
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Spoofs Moonraker (1979) See more »


Composed by 'Daniel Butterfield (I)'
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Sweet but Serious Episode,
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 with plenty of really funny scenes.It is a really dramatic and at times depressing episode,we've seen episodes about Bart and Lisa's sibling rivalry before,but never quite as serious as this episode.While the start of the episode is really funny,once Bart and Lisa join the military school is when the episode gets serious,certainly the most serious episode of the eight season,but there kind of episodes don't occur on the Simpsons very often so it is nice when it they do make an episode like this.The episode is also a very sweet one towards the end.It may not be the funniest but the Secret War of Lisa Simpson is still a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

After Bart's antics have gone too far,Marge and Homer decide to send him to Military school to discipline him.After seeing the area,Lisa decides to join too as a challenge,a decision she soon regrets but won't give up on.

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