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Lisa the Iconoclast 

Lisa may figure out what to do when she discovers that Springfield's founding father was actually a murderous thief while researching for an essay.

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Episode cast overview:
... Man in Film #2 / Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / George Washington / Long John Silver's Representative / Barney Gumble / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
... Marge Simpson (voice)
... Bart Simpson / Boy in Film / Kearney (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Man in Film #3 / Chief Wiggum / Copy Shop Clerk / Comic Book Guy / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Moe Szyslak (voice)
... Film Narrator / Man in Film #1 / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Jebediah Springfield / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
... Troy McClure (voice)
... Hollis Hurlbut (voice)
... Edna Krabappel (voice)
... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Others (voice)
... Woman in Film / Betsy Ross / Mrs. Glick (voice)
... Miss Hoover / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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Whilst researching a history project,Lisa discovers that Jebediah Springfield,the town's founder,was actually a pirate who stole public funds to make a silver tongue for himself. Her findings are not popular with the township and so she asks that Springfield's body be exhumed for proof. The tongue is nowhere to be found but museum curator Hollis Hurlbut admits to Lisa that he stole it. So as not to disillusion the town's people Lisa and Hollis agree to keep this secret so that Jebediah will always be fondly remembered. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy

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18 February 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The name of the character Hollis Hurlbut, voiced by Donald Sutherland, is a compound of the names of two freshman dorms at Harvard University: Hollis Hall and Hurlbut Hall. Writer Jonathan Collier attended Harvard, as did his brother and father. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: I hope you know you're sponsoring a celebration for a murderous pirate.
Long John Silver's Representative: A pirate? Well, that's hardly the image we want for Long John Silver's!
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References The Day of the Locust (1975) See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night
(uncredited)
aka "De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Hank Azaria
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Donald Sutherland -- the other Homer Simpson
11 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a dandy example of one of the better Simpsons episodes. I give it a ten.

Lisa takes the fore in this one, doing some Nancy Drew style detective work looking for clues to the history of Springfield.

A bit of trivia: Donald Sutherland, guest star of this episode, once portrayed a character named Homer Simpson. That Homer Simpson was a frustrated and doomed everyman in the film, The Day of the Locust (1975) based on the 1939 Nathaniel West novel of the same name.

No apparent relation to our cartoon dimwit, though only Matt Groening would know for sure. The Day of the Locust is considered a seminal American novel. According to Wikipedia, Groening says in a 1990 interview he got the name for his Homer from that book/film. But then again, Matt's own father was named "Homer" too.


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