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Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington 

After winning a political essay contest, Lisa is invited to Washington, D.C., but she soon becomes upset after discovering how policy-making really works.


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Troy McClure / Passenger / Barney Gumble / Man #2 at Lincoln Memorial / Thomas Jefferson / Brad Fletcher / Texan / FBI Agent #1 / House Speaker (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Savings & Loans Clerk / Queens Boy / Captain / Man in Lift / Money Print Employee / Bob Arnold / First Man at Lincoln Memorial / Bellhop / Senator / FBI Agent #2 / African Statesman (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Lenny / Waylon Smithers / TV Announcer / Jasper / Disgruntled Father / Steward / IRS Employee / Tour Guide / Jerry / Singer / Representative / George H.W. Bush (voice)
Jo Ann Harris ... Minnesota Girl / Maria Dominguez / Paper Boy (voice) (as Joann Harris)
Pamela Hayden ... Bob Arnold's Secretary / Woman #1 at Lincoln Memorial (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Alabama Boy (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Judge / Faith Crowley / Barbara Bush / Woman #2 at Lincoln Memorial (voice)
Lona Williams Lona Williams ... Truong Van Dinh (voice)


Lisa wins the local competition of an essay contest, earning the family a trip to Washington, D.C. for the finals. Lisa sees Bob Arnold (her own representative) taking a bribe. Disgusted, she changes her previous uplifting essay into a cynical one denouncing corruption in government in general and Bob Arnold in particular.

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


The banner that reads "Brevity is... wit" is a reference to a line in Hamlet where Polonius says: "brevity is the soul of wit". The joke is that the banner is applying greater wit by increasing the brevity of the original Shakespeare line. Even funnier, as noted in the banner, the event is sponsored by "Reading Digest", an allusion to Reader's Digest, which abridges popular books for its readers. See more »


George Bush is shown in the Oval Office sitting at the Resolute desk. Bush never used this desk, and instead used the C&O desk, a walnut desk without a front panel. See more »


Faith Crowley: Lisa, I'm Faith Crowley, Patriotism editor of Reading Digest.
Homer: Oh I love your magazine. My favorite section is "How to increase your word power." That thing is really, really, really... good.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) See more »


The Deficit Rag
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Interesting Political Satire!
6 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the second episode of the third season of the Simpsons and it's a rather interesting episode. This is one of the more political-heavy satires by the Simpsons that outlines political corruption which is obviously prevalent in our government. But it's funny most of the time and based off the title, it reminds me of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

This episode, "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," has Lisa winning an essay contest that talked about the greatness of the United States and as a winner, she and her family travels to Washington D.C. But Lisa uncovers a scandal in which some senators were planning on taking bribes to demolish the Springfield forest.

Overall, this is a solid episode and one that should open your eyes to political corruption such as bribery and whatnot. But this is a funny episode as well and another solid entry in the storied Simpsons. I rate this episode 9/10.

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Release Date:

26 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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