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The Old Man and the Lisa 

Burns loses his fortune and recruits Lisa to help him get it back.



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Episode cast overview:
... Homer Simpson / Abraham 'Grampa' Simpson / Krusty the Clown (voice)
... Marge Simpson / Jacqueline Bouvier / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Maggie Simpson (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy (voice)
... Lenny / Mr. Burns / Ned Flanders / Principal Skinner / Waylon Smithers / Kent Brockman (voice)
... Bret 'The Hitman' Hart (voice)
... Agnes Skinner / Mrs. Glick / Dolph / Various (voice)


When Burns is declared bankrupt,Lisa shows him how to make money out of recycling on condition that he becomes a full convert and renounces his grasping ways. The recycling plant is a success but he reneges on the deal to catch marine life to make 'Li'l Lisa Slurry'. Lisa refuses to take any of the profits and he sells the plant on. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

20 April 1997 (USA)  »

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| (seasons 3-19)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When discussing the value of Mr. Burns' shares, Smithers claims to be born 25 years after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. This means that Smithers (for the purpose of this story) was born in 1954 and is 43 years old. See more »


When Mr. Burns prepares to leave his house when the bank takes it, he and Smithers walk to the staircase on the second floor and stop on the left hand side of the staircase and are about to climb down. But when the next shot pans out to them as Bret Hart and the real estate agent talk, they are walking down the stairs on the right hand side. See more »


Homer Simpson: I hope you learned your lesson, Lisa; never help anyone.
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References The Simpsons: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two (1995) See more »


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Enjoyable Episode, albeit a Weaker moment for the Eight Season,
24 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Old Man and the Lisa is a great Simpsons episode with a well written storyline and plenty of very funny scenes. It's enjoyable, it was certainly nice to see one focusing on Lisa and Mr. Burns, something the show had never done until now, it's fun to have them interacting to each other, as they are very different characters with extremely different objectives, this is shown quite well and they made a great, unlikely duo. I felt the episode should have had Lenny taking control over the Power Plant as a side story, it is shown very briefly and mentioned throughout, but I would have liked to have seen Lenny ruling the Plant and going made with power, it would have really helped the episode to have another story that ties in to it. There are many funny moments, seeing Mr. Burns trying to live a life of an average elderly man had me in stitches, particularly the ketchup scene, and Homer's reaction at the end was certainly the highlight, terrific parts that we have all come to expect from this highly entertaining series. It may not be the highlight of the eight season, but the Old Man and Lisa is still a fun and enjoyable episode.

After Burns loses his entire fortune, he seeks Lisa's help in order to get it back, which she uses as an opportunity to help the environment.

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