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Bye Bye Nerdy 

Problems with a bully lead Lisa to examine just what makes bullies aggressive. Meanwhile, Homer gets into the baby-proofing business.


Lauren MacMullan


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Itchy / Willie / Scientist #2 / 'Let's not listen' (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Database (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... PDS Man / Apu / Drederick Tatum / Professor Frink / Scientist #1 / Francine's Dad (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Announcer / Scratchy / Otto / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Hibbert / Owner / Dr. Koop (voice)
Kathy Griffin ... Francine (voice)
Jan Hooks ... Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Janey Powell (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dolph / Boy / Mom / Boy with braces / Francine's Mom / Baby-proofer / 'Men' (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Wendell / Sherri / Terri (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... I'm afraid (voice)


Whilst Homer goes into business marketing ultra-safe baby toys and making enemies amongst other manufacturers, Lisa experiences bullying from violent new classmate Francine. Working out the scientific reason for Francine's actions Lisa discovers that she is reacting to poindextrose, a pheromone given off by the body, and that, by masking its smell with salad cream, she can render the bully harmless. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1930s to 2020s | 2d animation | See All (2) »


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

11 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The family enters the living room in bumper cars. Marge and Maggie bump Homer, then Bart and Lisa slam Homer repeatedly against the wall. See more »


There is a mistake when Lisa is in the school's a/v room reviewing footage from the security cameras. When the camera is aimed directly at the video monitor (i.e. from Lisa's point of view), Lisa and Francine are shown wearing nose clips. When the camera is at an angle to the video monitor (i.e. you can see both the monitor and Lisa), the nose clips are gone. When the camera switches back, they are back again. See more »


Groundskeeper Willie: Ach Wendel. Tis a mighty puddle of puke.
Wendell: I'm sorry.
Groundskeeper Willie: That's all right lad. You reminded me of why I got into this work in the first place.
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References Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) See more »


Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Almost completely good...until the end
17 January 2020 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Lisa becomes the victim of a bully in this episode, that has a good first two acts, and then completely goes over the edge in the third to create a middling finale.

The 12th series of the show has been very inconsistent, and this episode is a prime example of that.

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