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Lisa's Pony 

After ruining Lisa's performance at the school talent show, Homer tries to make it up by buying her a pony.


Carlos Baeza


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Tattoo / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Pet Store Clerk / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Jerry / Bleeding Gums Murphy / Phineas Q. Butterfat's Clerk / Mr. Roarke / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Johnny Carson (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Credit Union Clerk / Kid (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Singing Kid / Aristocrat (voice)
Frank Welker ... Monkeys / Princess (voice)


Lisa calls on Homer to buy her a replacement reed for her saxophone for a talent show at school. Homer, however, is unable to bring it to her on time, because he wasted time at Moe's Tavern. He decides the best way to make her forget her anger is to buy her a pony, which he must take a second job--working at the Kwik-E-Mart--to support. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

7 November 1991 (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?


Al Jean and Mike Reiss came up with idea for the episode while going through a list of Lisa's interests, and Jean told Reiss, "Lisa likes ponies; we [should] give her a pony." While writing down ideas for the story, they decided to explore the consequences of having a pony in a suburban house. See more »


Homer tries to cash a $10,000 ticket at the Kwik-E-Mart. However, many state lotteries have limits on how much a retailer can cash. Hoosier Lottery, for example, allows retailers to cash up to $500. Further, a convenience store like Kwik-E-Mart would likely refuse a $10,000 payout because they wouldn't have the cash on hand. See more »


Apu: I won't lie to you: on this job, you will be shot at.
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Alternate Versions

Homer's dream sequence was accompanied by a version of the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" when originally aired. A different song is featured in the syndicated version, although the original soundtrack plays on the Season 3 DVD set. See more »


Spoofs The Godfather (1972) See more »


Also sprach Zarathustra
Composed by Richard Strauss
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Rather Heartwarming Episode!
13 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the eighth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and it is funny and heartwarming. There is a sweet message about how love for one's child can make a parent do anything they can. I found it hilarious that towards the end, Homer was essentially acting like a zombie. There are a few sad moments here as well, but they go hand-in-hand with the heartwarming.

In this episode, "Lisa's Pony," Homer fails to bring Lisa a new sax reed in time for her talent show and she is upset. Homer buys her a pony to cheer her up, but now the family is running short of money. That makes Homer take a second job at the Kwik-E Mart in order to help pay things off.

Overall, this is an excellent episode. Not only because of the underlying themes, but because of the movie references. I loved the references to both 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Godfather. This is one of the best episodes this season. I rate this episode 9/10.

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