Recap / The Simpsons S 14 E 8 The Dad Who Knew Too Little

Homer hires a private investigator to learn more about Lisa, until the P.I. frames dad and daughter for a crime they didn't commit.


  • Bait and Switch: The sign Bridge Out...standing
  • Chekhov's Gun: To compensate for the inability to get a security diary for her, Bart gets Lisa a laser pointer for her birthday. At the climax of the episode, Lisa uses it indirectly against Dexter Colt.
  • Clear My Name: Homer and Lisa have to clear their names when a detective steals animals from a lab and frames them.
  • Credits Gag: Bart steals Lisa's new diary, which shocks unauthorized users who try to open it, and tricks Homer into an attempt to read it as a bedtime story.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bart complains that Lisa makes him come off as a Jerk... while reading her diary.
  • Irony: Invoked. Homer tries to make an ironic comment about Dexter Colt getting blinded by Lisa's laser pointer.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Not a physical injury but Carl casually mentions he has severe schizophrenia.
  • Mega Meal Challenge: The P.I.'s bill includes 40 dollars for a steak. The detective explains that it'd be free if he managed to eat it all.
  • Nobody's That Dumb: When Lisa is framed for a crime she didn't commit and the cops sees her and Homer flees when they arrive to arrest her, Chief Wiggum said something that even his own son, Ralph, knew the answer to:
    Chief Wiggum: (to Marge) Would an innocent person flee?
    Chief Wiggum: No, really. Tell me. I honestly don't know.
    Lou: Chief, no.
    Ralph: Even I knew that.
    Chief Wiggum: Yeah, yeah, I'm not... I'm not good.
  • Noodle Incident: Homer chopping up Bart's skateboard with an axe for the insurance money.
  • Running Gag: Homer covering himself with shoe polish.
  • Shout-Out: When Lisa dyes her hair with shoe polish, she comments that she looks just like a Powerpuff Girl. She even has Buttercup's hairline.
  • Taking the Bullet: Or more accurately taking the human cannonball.