Recap / The Simpsons S 13 E 20 Little Girl In The Big Ten

Lisa poses as a college student after befriending college girls who can pass for elementary school students because of their height. Meanwhile, a Chinese mosquito infects Bart and Bart must live in a plastic bubble.

Tropes:

  • Art Shift: Several shots during the first act have shading in them, which stand out compared to the rest of the episode.
  • Audible Sharpness: Done with the gym coach's pen.
  • Broken Pedestal: Lisa after the college kids, Springfield Elementary kids and her parents find out for entering a college. It's eventually mended with the Springfield Elementary kids after Lisa uses Bart's bubble.
  • Idea Bulb: One episode of Itchy and Scratchy features the titular characters as Amish. Itchy has an idea and a lit candle appears.
  • Honor Before Reason / Alpha Bitch: Lisa's friends, when they discover she's not a college student, don't want anything to do with her for being an 8-year old even if they connected so well with her.
  • Humiliation Conga: After being exposed as a kid in college, Lisa is scolded by her parents and taunted by the kids in Springfield Elementary.
  • Jerkass: Milhouse. He followed Lisa and ruined her happiness simply because he was being a nosy brat.
    • Lugash also qualifies for yelling at a little girl, calling her a "failure child".
  • Kick the Dog: At first, Willie comforts Lisa but then goes in Jerk Ass mode by calling her "college girl".
  • Older Than They Look: The college girls who believed Lisa to be one of them.
  • Seamless Spontaneous Lie: As Lisa starts becoming friends with Tina and Carrie, they ask her what dorm she lives in. Lisa tells them she lives off-campus. So, they take her home, where they find Homer singing (or, trying to sing) "Tubthumping" and hurling a keg out a window.
  • Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Homer tries to sing "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba.
    Homer: (singing) I get knocked down, I get knocked down again! You're never gonna bring me down!

    Homer: (singing) I take a whiskey drink, I take a chocolate drink, and when I have to pee, I use the kitchen sink! I sing the song that reminds of the urinating guy!
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