The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 14

Lisa the Greek (23 Jan. 1992)

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Homer uses Lisa (and her prognostic skills) to help him bet on football games.

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Homer Simpson / NFL Preview Host / Krusty the Clown / Barney Gumble / Hugolin / Duff Commercial Announcer (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak / Professor Frink / Security Man #1 / Football Player / Speaking Toy / Casino Clerk / Jerry Lewis / Barfly / Man in Church (voice)
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Brett Gunsilman / Coach / Security Man #2 / Marco / Cesar / Announcer / Man in Martian Costume / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
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Lisa wants to spend some quality time with her father on a Sunday afternoon, but Homer is only annoyed since he is watching football (and losing money from his poorly placed bets). When a 1-900 football hotline and other resources don't work out, a desperate Homer asks Lisa for whom she thinks will win the next game. Lisa's pick turns out to be right, and Homer invites her to spend time with her on the next Sunday. Lisa's prognostic skills help Homer win a fortune from Moe in a clandestine betting pool (which Moe runs under Chief Wiggum's nose), but soon "Daddy-Daughter Day" may come to an end with Super Bowl Sunday, especially when Homer thoughtlessly plans a bowling outing with Barney on the Sunday after the Super Bowl. Lisa is crushed (and Marge outraged) to learn that Homer only created "Daddy-Daughter Day" to help him gamble, and a remorseful Homer tries to beg Lisa for forgiveness any way he can. Lisa makes the prediction that if Washington were to win the Super Bowl, she'd ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_527323@yahoo.com>

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Lisa, angry at Homer for tricking her into helping him gamble on football, makes a bet that if she loves him the winner of the Super Bowl will be the Washington Redskins and if she doesn't the Buffalo Bills would come out on top (Washington won). Actually when this episode premiered just before the Super Bowl those two teams were actually squaring off in Superbowl XXVI and Washington came out on top 37-24. Over the next three years Fox made it a tradition to air this episode just before the Super Bowl and change the dialog so that the teams would include whatever teams were playing that year. According to the DVD commentary Lisa accurately picked the winning team every single year. See more »

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When Lisa gives her speech at school, Miss Hoover has only one leg. See more »

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Ralph: [giving report] ... and when the Doctor told me I didn't have worms anymore, that was the happiest day of my life.
Miss Hoover: Thank you, Ralph, very graphic.
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Good episode? You can bet on it.
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Lisa the Greek is the season 3 attempt at a Lisa episode, in the tradition of season 1's Moaning Lisa and season 2's Lisa's Substitute. It's an attempt to be funny and emotional at the same time, with a sophisticated character (Lisa) who often feels things deeply. Lisa the Greek works as a comedy, but as a drama it's not up there with Lisa's Substitute. Then again, not every episode has to be like Lisa's Substitute.

Lisa doesn't like how Homer never takes an interest in her and Marge suggests Lisa should instead take an interest in Homer's activities. They watch football together, and Homer realizes Lisa has a gift for picking the team that's likeliest to win. He gambles with her help and wins a lot of money, giving gifts to Marge who's perplexed as to where the money's coming from. When she learns the truth she's upset that Lisa, as a child, is getting involved in gambling. Things turn ugly when, with the football season coming to a close, Homer is no longer interested in spending time with Lisa.

The way this episode ends- Lisa says the outcome of the Superbowl will reveal whether she loves or hates Homer- doesn't actually involve Homer making up for his selfishness. Still, the fact that they go climbing together is sweet. What's interesting about this episode is seeing Homer and Lisa bond after the two seemed so distant in Lisa's Substitute. This episode starts out the same way, with Homer not wanting to sit close to Lisa when they first started watching football- something which, as noted in the DVD commentary, is harsh. But sometimes harsh is funny. It's not the best of the Lisa episodes, but it's a solid effort.


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