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The Simpsons: Lisa's Pony

Homer makes up for his latest example of fatherly ineptitude (failing to get Lisa a saxophone reed in time for the school talent show) by buying Lisa the one thing she's always wanted: a pony. But keeping the animal ends up costing the family money and Homer takes a second job at the Kwik-E-Mart to make Lisa happy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x8
Production Number: 8F06
Airdate: Thursday November 07th, 1991

Director: Carlos Baeza
Writer: Al Jean, Mike Reiss

Guest Stars
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Princess
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
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, 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:
"Bart Bucks" are not legal tender.

Couch Gag:
Homer arrives ahead of the others and lies down. The others then rush in and sit down on Homer, who flails his arms.

Episode Quotes
Jerry: Clarinet?
Homer: No.
Jerry: Oboe?
Homer: No.
Jerry: Saxophone?
Homer: No. Wait a minute, what was that last one again?
Jerry: Saxophone.
Homer: (Recalling) Lisa, stop playing that stupid...saxophone! Yes, that's it!
Jerry: Alto or tenor?
Homer: D'oh!

Lisa: (on the phone) Dad, I broke my last saxophone reed, and I need you to get me a new one.
Homer: Uh, isn't this the kind of thing your mother's better at?
Lisa: I called her, she's not home. I also tried Mr. Flanders, Aunt Patty, Aunt Selma, Dr. Hibbert, Reverend Lovejoy, and that nice man who caught the snake in our basement.
Homer: Wow, and after them, out of all the people in the world, you chose me.

Pet Salesman: Oh my, what is that smell? Oh it's you.
Homer: 'Scuse me, do you sell ponies?
Pet Salesman: Uh…sure pal, right here.
Homer: Deer Hound...hey this is a dog!

Homer: I'll buy her that pony she's always bugging me for.
Marge: We can't afford to buy a pony.
Homer: Marge, with today's gasoline prices, we can't afford not to buy a pony.

Homer: Look, I let you down, and I apologize, I know that doesn't make it right, but I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
Lisa: I forgive you.
Homer: D'oh! You didn't mean that!

Episode Goofs
Homer tosses the trainee shirt to Apu and tells him to take the job & restaff it, but the shirt has vanished a second later as he leaves the store with Lisa.

At one point in the episode, Homer is talking on the phone with someone at his work station. When you first see him, the wire is coming out of the left side of him and when he turns to his right, the wire is coming from the right side of him.

At first glance nothing seems wrong with Homer's calendar but looking closer, presuming it starts on Sunday, everything seems fine until the last week on Sunday the 21st.
Since Friday & Saturday are obscured by his note, the 21st should be on Saturday not Sunday.

Ned is seen wearing his standard green sweater but he was seen quickly earlier in the crowd wearing a sleeveless green sweater vest.

The money Ned places on the counter has vanished when Apu wakes Homer.

Ralph Wiggum says "but what man will tame her", but says it in the wrong voice.

Cultural References
The Godfather

When Homer first gets Lisa the horse he puts it in her bed, when she wakes up she opens the covers to the sight of the horse's head and screams just like the movie director's scene in the 1972 film.

Fantasy Island

The show Homer is watching, while Lisa makes her first steps, is Fantasy Island.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The scene with early man learning about fire & the wheel and "Homer" looking up at the obelisk is a reference to the opening scene of the 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Millicent is modeled after actress Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003)

All Creatures Great & Small

The pet shop is a spoof on the book title by the British veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, under the pseudonym James Herriot

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