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The Simpsons: Lisa's Substitute

When Lisa's teacher Miss Hoover gets Lyme Disease, Mr. Bergstrom takes over the class. Lisa finds Mr. Bergstrom's teaching methods incredibly inspiring and discovers an entirely new love for learning, but when Mr. Bergstrom leaves, Lisa doubts that anyone else in her life (including her own father) can be the man that Mr. Bergstrom was. Meanwhile, Bart runs against Martin Prince for class president.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x19
Production Number: 7F19
Airdate: Thursday April 25th, 1991

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: Jon Vitti

Special Guest Stars
Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman
voiced Mr. Bergstrom (as Sam Etic)

Guest Stars
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Miss Hoover
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag:

Couch Gag:
Repeat of the couch gag from Itchy & Scratchy & Marge.
The Simpsons run in and the couch is gone.

After an early appearance in the very first episode this episode properly introduces the character

Ralph Wiggum

Episode Quotes
(Bart shows the whole classroom the tape for his project called, "How Kittens Are Born: The Ugly Truth")
Bart: …and here comes Snowball II. This is the one we kept.
All: EWW!!
Bart: We were gonna keep the gray one, but the mother ate her.
Martin: Mrs. Krabappel, he's traumatizing the children!
Mrs. Krabappel: As usual, I agree with you, Martin. Bart, shut that off and take your seat immediately!
Bart: Oh, look! This is really cool. When I hit reverse, I can make 'em go back in.
(The whole classroom screams)

Homer: Oh, oh, Marge, I'd love to, but I was planning on... (thinks to himself) Sleeping? Eating a big sandwich? Watching TV? Spending time with the boy! (speaks up) Spending time with the boy! The boy needs attention, Marge.
Marge: Homer, I've been talking to Lisa, and I'm concerned about your relationship with her.
Bart: Me too, Mom. I think you're drifting apart.
Homer: Shut up, boy.
Marge: Homer, please.
Homer: Marge, you don't understand. I can't do it because... (thinking to himself) You're trapped. If you were smarter, you might think of something. But you're not, so you just might as well... (speaks up) All right, all right, I'll take her.

Homer: What do you mean by "suggested donation"?
Clerk: Pay any amount you wish, sir.
Homer: And uh, what if I wish to pay... zero?
Clerk: That is up to you.
Homer: Ooh, so it's up to me, is it?
Clerk: Yes.
Homer: I see. And you think that people are going to pay you $4.50 even though they don't have to? Just out of the goodness of their... (laughs) Well, anything you say! Good luck, lady, you're gonna need it!

Ralph: What's Lyme Disease?
Principal Skinner: I'll field that one. Lyme disease is spread by small parasites called ticks. When a diseased tick attaches itself to you, it begins sucking your blood. Malignant spirochetes infect your bloodstream, eventually spreading to your spinal fluid and on into the brain.
Miss Hoover: The Brain? Oh dear god!

Episode Goofs
When Homer enters Lisa's room her closet door is bare but seconds later, there's an "End Apartheid Now" poster on it.

Lisa has three things taped to her mirror...

... but Homer stands in front of them in the reflection suggesting they are behind him on the wall.

They are once again taped to the mirror when he goes to fix Lisa's dollhouse as his reflection is behind them.

Cultural References
A Streetcar Named Desire

Lisa yelling at the window outside of Mr. Bergstrom's apartment is a reference to the 1951 Marlon Brando film.

Dewey vs. Truman Presidential Election

When Martin is elected class president, he poses for the school newspaper with a headline that says "Simpson Defeats Prince." This is a parody of the Chicago Daily Tribune's mistaken 1948 headline predicting Thomas E. Dewey would defeat the incumbent Harry S. Truman. Truman held up the headline at one of his press conferences for the New York Times to print and the picture became famous.

The Graduate

Mr. Bergstrum's line, Mrs Krabappel, you're trying to seduce me is a direct reference to Dustin Hoffman's 1967 movie The Graduate. The line in the film is Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me.

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