The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 15

I Love Lisa (11 Feb. 1993)

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Feeling sorry for Ralph, Lisa sends him a Valentine card. Having developed a crush on her, Ralph invites Lisa to go see the Krusty the Clown show. She accepts but after Krusty asks them if ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Marty / Grampa / Barney Gumble / Johnny / Itchy / Krusty the Clown / Sideshow Mel / Homer's Conscience / Robert Frost / Bill Clinton / Groundskeeper Willie / 'William Henry Harrison' / Police Voice (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Heart Delivery Man / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Krusty the Clown 20th Anniversary Show Announcer (voice)
Sideshow Raheem (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Miss Hoover (voice)


Feeling sorry for Ralph, Lisa sends him a Valentine card. Having developed a crush on her, Ralph invites Lisa to go see the Krusty the Clown show. She accepts but after Krusty asks them if they are boyfriend and girlfriend, Lisa lets Ralph know that she just wants them to be friends. Written by wodder-1

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After the episode aired, the staff received a letter from a Vietnam veteran who was angry about the Vietnam flashback scene. Incidentally, Matt Groening's brother, himself a Vietnam veteran, loved the sequence. See more »


Lisa spills chocolate over her dress. In the next shot, when she denies being Ralph's girlfriend, the chocolate is completely gone. See more »


[showing Lisa his tape of the Krusty Anniversary Show, where Lisa rejected Ralph]
Bart: Watch this, Lis. You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half.
[he advances the tape in slow motion]
Bart: And... now!
[on the tape, Ralph gives a little whimper; Lisa groans]
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References Frosty the Snowman (1969) See more »


Polovetsian Dances
(from Prince Igor)
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
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18 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love I Love Lisa. This makes my top 5 favourite Simpsons episodes of all time, if not my top 3- though I can't decide which is the best episode of the fourth season, this or Last Exit to Springfield (which came only an episode later). I'm glad I'm not alone- in 2003 Entertainment Weekly put this episode in its top 25, writing that "Anyone who's suffered an unrequited crush will find this 30 minutes wonderfully squirmy." That's part of what's so fantastic about it- the subject is relatable, timeless and honest.

It's Valentine's Day and when the socially inept and intellectually challenged Ralph Wiggum gets no cards from his classmates, Lisa gives him a card in sympathy. Ralph consequently falls in love with her, but she's not interested in him. Still, they do go to a Krusty the Klown show- where Lisa breaks his heart on television. Ralph eventually lets go of his crush and the two kids decide to be friends.

I Love Lisa differs from those two other classic Lisa episodes, Lisa's Substitute and Lisa's Wedding, in that it won't make you cry- there is emotion, when Ralph's heart is broken and when Lisa feels bad about it, but it's not as touching as those other episodes. I Love Lisa works best as a comedy. Ralph is an appealing, funny character and this episode highlights his oddness while making him sympathetic. The icing on the cake is a President's Day play where the kids portray notable moments from US history as well as a song dedicated to the more obscure presidents- which should amuse any history buff.

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