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The Simpsons: Lard of the Dance

Lisa befriends a new student named Alex Whitney, whose mature attitude convinces Lisa's friends to be just like her. Meanwhile, Homer convinces Bart to drop out of school for what he thinks to be a more promising pursuit: selling grease.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 10x1
Production Number: 5F20
Airdate: Sunday August 23rd, 1998

Director: Dominic Polcino
Writer: Jane O'Brien

Guest Stars
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Miss Hoover
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse
Russi TaylorRussi Taylor
voiced Martin, Sherri, Terri
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow
voiced Alex Whitney
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
Couch Gag: Repeat of the couch gag from "Bart Carny" where Nelson Muntz pulls the couch out from under the family just as they are about to sit.

This is the first episode in which Nelson speaks of his obsession with huckleberries.

Episode Quotes
Homer: All right, son, we're about to embark on our most difficult mission. Let's bow our heads in prayer.
(Homer and Bart fold their hands and bow their heads.)
Homer: Dear Lord, I know You're busy, seeing as how You can watch women changing clothes and all that, but if you help us steal this grease tonight, I promise we'll donate half the profits to charity.
Bart: Dad, He's not stupid.
Homer: All right, screw it! Let's roll!

Lisa: So there I am, being nice to Alex, and she takes all of my friends and ditches me!
Marge: I'm sure they didn't ditch you, honey. Maybe they went off to plan a surprise party for you.
Bart: (Laughs) Yeah! (Laughs) Good one, Mom!
Lisa: They only like her because she acts so grown up with her perfume and her cell phone and--Oh! Get this, Mom! She drinks iced tea.
Homer: Lisa, I can't imagine anyone being more likable than you. But apparently, this new girl is. So my advice would be to start copying her in every way.
Lisa: But Dad--
Homer: Uh-uh! Think, "Is that what Alex would say?"

Homer: Oh, I can't believe those goons muscled me out of my grease business. I've been muscled out of everything I've ever done. Including my muscle-for-hire business.
Marge: My poor Homie. Couldn't you try some other far-out money-making scheme?
Homer: Aww, what's the point?
Marge: (Encouragingly) You could raise some emus.
Homer: Emus? Really? Ooh, that's pretty crazy. Nah, I'd only fail, just like I fail at everything.
Bart: Hey, Dad, I've been thinking. What if instead of givin' up on grease, we go for one last big score?
Homer: Wait a minute. The boy's right! I can't quit now! (Hugs Bart) Aww, you always know just what to say to cheer me up. (to Marge) Emu farm? (Laughs) You're priceless, Marge!

(Some goons from steal Homer's grease.)
Homer: Hey, hey! You're taking our grease!
Goon #1: It's our grease now.
(He takes Homer's shovel and hits him in the head with it.)
Goon #2: We run the grease racket in this town.
(The goons start to walk away.)
Homer: Hey, that's my shovel!
Goon #1: We also run the shovel racket.

Cultural References
Lord of The Dance

The title of this episode is a reference to the stage show.

Episode References
This episode shares a similar premise with season six's Lisa's Rival:

1) The A-story involves Lisa making friends with a new girl who is guest-voiced by a famous actress (in "Lisa's Rival", Alison Taylor was originally voiced by Winona Ryder; in this episode, Alex Whitney is voiced by Lisa Kudrow [from the NBC sitcom Friends).

2) The B-story involves Homer selling a food staple for cheap (Homer selling sugar from Hans' Moleman's truck/Homer selling grease)

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