While searching for an admirable ancestor for a class project, Lisa discovers the story of a relative named Eliza Simpson, who may or may not have helped a slave escape to freedom.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Grampa Simpson / Hiram Simpson / Patrolman #1 / Krusty (voice)
Marge Simpson / Mabel Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson / Eliza Simpson (voice)
Patrolman #2 / Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Virgil (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Milford Van Houten / Martha's Girlfriend (voice)
Martha the Librarian (voice)
Miss Hoover (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Interviewer (voice)


Whilst researching for her family tree Lisa uncovers the 1860 diary of little Eliza Simpson,who helped Colonel Burns' slave Virgil escape to Canada but the diary ends abruptly and at the school project Milhouse informs her that Eliza in fact helped put Burns on Virgil's trail. Fortunately Grampa knows the true ending to the story,which accounts for why the Simpsons have Negro blood in them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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21 February 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Footnote in Mabel Simpson's cookbook: "After the patrollers left, the circus clown made the following comment, which suggests an unusual aptitude for predicting twenty-first century currency values: 'Why do I always ask for a nickel? That's like twenty bucks in 2010 money.' It may have been intended as humorous, although my daughter didn't mention anyone laughing. This clown seemed to say many things that were humorous to him, but not to those around him, nor to me. But since my daughter repeated them all, I thought I would record them here. Enjoy them, people of the future!" See more »


In 1860 Canada was still a British colony. It didn't become an independent country until 1867. And the Canadian maple leaf flag wasn't adopted until 1965. See more »


Ralph Wiggum: Martin Luther King had a dream. Dreams are where Elmo and Toy Story had a party and I was invited. Yay! My turn is over!
Principal Skinner: One of your best, Ralphie.
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References The Color Purple (1985) See more »


O Canada
Music by Calixa Lavallée
Lyrics by Adolphe-Basile Routhier
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Great Episode with More Simpsons Family History Revealed,
7 May 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Color Yellow is a brlliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes.I liked seeing this episode develop the Simpsons family history even more,it touched on a period of the past that I never thought they would show and I really liked that,as we see more old fashioned versions of the family.I really liked the characters of both Eliza Simpson and Virgil,they were both very likable and,although I doubt it will happen,I would like to see another episode show us their future.The episode also had a pretty unexpected twist that I thought was clever and really appreciated it.The Color Yellow is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

While searching for an interesting part of her family's history for a school project,Lisa discovers the diary of Eliza Simpson,who helps a slave named Virgil escape to freedom.

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