The Simpsons: Season 13, Episode 15

Blame It on Lisa (31 Mar. 2002)

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Lisa sponsors an orphan in Brazil, and when he goes missing she convinces the family to go to Brazil to find him. While there, Homer is kidnapped.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Itchy / Telemarketer / Co-Pilot / Waiter / Police Chief / Shooting Victim / Man on Fire (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moon / Mr. MovieFone / Captain / Bag Boy / Lifeguard / Samba Teacher / Kidnapper #1 / Moe Szyslak / Man in Bird Costume (voice)
Scratchy / Lenny / Kidnapper #2 / Montgomery Burns / Ned Flanders (voice)
Bartender (voice)
Robot / Lindsey Neagle / Ronaldo / Nun / Women on Beach / Kids TV Hostess (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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Lisa is worried because Ronaldo, the little orphan boy she has been sponsoring in Rio De Janeiro, seems to have gone missing so the Simpsons travel to Brazil to locate him. However, shortly after they arrive, Homer is kidnapped. They find Ronaldo, now a child star because the shoes Lisa gave him have made him a very good dancer. He pays off the ransom and Homer is returned but then Bart gets eaten by an anaconda. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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31 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The satirical take on Rio de Janeiro in "Blame It on Lisa", in which the streets of the city are teeming with monkeys, rats, thieving orphans, kidnapping cabbies and oversexed children's show hosts dancing suggestively on Carnival floats, provoked a threatened lawsuit by the Rio board of tourism against the producers of the show. In response, executive producer James L. Brooks released a statement saying "we apologize to the lovely city and people of Rio de Janeiro," but added, "If that doesn't settle the issue, Homer Simpson offers to take on the President of Brazil on Fox Celebrity Boxing." Rio tourism board president Jose Eduardo Guinle proceeded with exploring legal action, but eventually got over it. The show's writers, however, did not. After board spokesman Sergio Cavalcanti told Reuters that Guinle was most offended by "the idea of the monkeys, the image that Rio de Janeiro was a jungle", the writers made a running gag of it. In addition to Homer's reference to "the monkey problem getting worse" in Rio in "The Regina Monologues", Krusty the Klown also reveals in "Mr Spritz Goes to Washington" that immigration officials are constantly hounding him because his monkey sidekick, Mr. Teeny, is from Brazil, adding, "His uncle was the Head Monkey on the Bureau of Tourism." See more »


A Brazilian character says "si" for yes. "Si" is Spanish, not Portuguese. See more »


Bart Simpson: Time for Brazil's favorite kids' show, Teleboobies.
[turns on TV]
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References Teletubbies (1997) See more »


Aquarela Do Brasil
by Ary Barroso
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