Recap: The Simpsons S 15 E 13 Smart And Smarter

When Maggie does better than Lisa on an IQ test, Lisa becomes so despondent over no longer being the smart one that she tries to change her identity.

Tropes:

  • Always Someone Better: Maggie to Lisa. Later subverted when it turns out Maggie only appeared smarter because of clues and hints Lisa was giving her. Double subverted when Maggie starts playing the saxophone.
    Marge: All of my children are smart. Some are just smarter than the others.
    Bart smiles ominously and puts his hand on Lisa's shoulder.
    Bart: Welcome to the others!
    Lisa screams.
  • Shout-Out: Lisa has a Whatever Happened To Baby Jane inspired nightmare with her and Maggie in the characters' roles
  • Zany Scheme: Parodied. Moe and Barney apparently have a Zany Scheme going that involves Moe pretending to be the Simpsons' butler and Barney pretending to be their maid. What this is meant to accomplish, we're never told; they just beg the Simpson family to play along and promise to explain everything later.