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Lisa the Skeptic 

Another day at Springfield Elementary School, another field trip - this time to an archaeological dig. During the dig, Lisa unearths what appears to be a fossilized human skeleton with wings.


Neil Affleck


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Sid / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby / Pope (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney / Ralph (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Lou / Snake / Sid's Partner / Moe Szyslak / Carl / Robot / Pope's Messenger (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Eddie / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Dr. Hibbert / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Lenny / Reverend Lovejoy / Kent Brockman / Judge Snyder (voice)
Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould ... Himself (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Lionel Hutz / Troy McClure (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Jimbo Jones / Dolph / Agnes Skinner (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)


When the school goes on an archaeological dig and unearths what appears to be the skeleton of an angel,Lisa courts controversy by doubting its authenticity,leading to a heated debate between skeptics and believers. When the angel is found to carry the words Prepare for the End,the townsfolk fear that their days are numbered but Lisa is exonerated when the whole exercise proves to be no more than an advertisement for a new shopping mall. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

23 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)| Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Special guest: Dr. Stephen Jay Gould (himself) See more »


When the mammoth tusk falls on Moe in the museum, he says, "I'm paralyzed! I just hope medical science can cure me." But his mouth doesn't come even close to matching what he's saying. See more »


Lisa: If you believe in angels then why not unicorns or leprechauns?
Kent Brockman: Oh Lisa everyone knows leprechauns are extinct.
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Spoofs America's Dumbest Criminals (1996) See more »


See the Angel
Written by George Frideric Handel (tune: "Messiah: Hallelujah")
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Season 9 part 2 Lisa the skeptic
23 September 2017 | by schneidertonyrSee all my reviews

Now it's time to look at the most frustrating episode of season 9 which is Lisa the skeptic. The whole angle v. skeleton thing is so stupid that it will lower your IQ by infinity points just thinking about it, and the ending about capitalism is more of a jump than fonzie jumping the shark. The town is also very mean spirited. So much so that they arrest Lisa, A SEVEN YEAR OLD for supposedly stealing the fossil, even though it was on a hill that they could easily see through the window. This is the second worst episode of season 9. This is the episode that rivals the splinter from spongebob. But this isn't the worst episode of season 9, but this piece of horse crap is definitely bottom ten material.

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