Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 14 Lisa The Greek

Episode - 8F12
First Aired - 1/23/1992

While reluctantly spending time with Lisa on a Sunday afternoon, Homer discovers that Lisa can predict the outcomes to football games and turns this into extra cash for the family, but Lisa is upset that Homer isn't taking their daddy-daughter time seriously.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Marge doesn't realize she embarrassed Bart.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Homer subverts this when Marge reproaches him for gambling on football games.
    Homer: But Marge, it's a victimless crime. The only victim is Moe, heheheheh...
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Bart and Marge go shopping for clothing and she does things such as suggest he try on some cute underwear when other kids are around, and opening the door to the changing room without warning while he's still getting dressed. It comes off as less of 'Marge is embarrassing' than 'Marge is a Cloudcuckoolander'.
  • Butt-Monkey: Moe, once Homer starts using Lisa's predictions to soak him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: "Smooth" Jimmy Apollo predicts that the Denver Broncos will beat the New England Patriots, and Homer bets on Denver. New England crushes Denver 55-10.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Two mall security guards go after a girl who is the same age as Bart, doing what appears to be shoplifting a pair of socks, with shotguns (Lock and Load Montage included).
  • Exact Words: Homer takes the advice of "Smooth" Jimmy Apollo, who's right 52% of the time. Unfortunately, Homer didn't realize that Jimmy was wrong 48% of the time.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: At first, the mall security guards consider going after Bart for insulting them with a "Get Bent" sign aimed at the surveilance camera, but then they notice a girl wearing socks different that the ones she came in, so they grab their rifles and head out.
  • The Gambling Addict: Lisa has a nightmare that she might end up becoming one after learning Homer only used her to help him gamble.
  • Holding the Floor: Homer calls a pay-per-minute hotline for gambling advice, only for the Motor Mouth in the commercial to talk very slowly about the game's minutiae.
  • Honor Before Reason: Lisa gives away all of her Malibu Stacy gear, everything she had ever wanted and Homer bought for her because she wanted it and he could finally afford to, because it was bought with money obtained from gambling—"dirty" money. She also decides to bet whether or not she will love her father for the rest of her life on a football game, because it may signify whether or not her gift was tainted by (subconscious) anger on the moment Homer asked her who would win.
  • Iconic Item: "Smooth" Jimmy Apollo uses a giant novelty lock as part of his "Lock Of The Week", a prediction that Jimmy's guarantees will turn out the way he says.
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: Maggie puts aside the stuffed elephant Homer bought her to play with the wrapping paper instead.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Homer after realizing he used Lisa.
  • Never Heard That One Before: At a fancy restaurant, the waiter introduces himself to the Simpsons and says he'll be their waiter. Homer replies by saying he's Homer and will be the waiter's customer. The waiter dryly says he never heard that one before.
  • ReCut: Some syndicated versions of this episode redub the names of the football teams to reflect which teams would be playing in the Super Bowl in real life. The DVD version of this episode (and the rerun on the cable channel FXX) has the original lines.
    • Some later airings of the episode on Fox had the line referring to their "new affiliate in Tel Aviv" redubbed to reference the CBS stations that left for Fox because of the NFL network switch (see Disaster Dominoes for more on that snafu).
      • The portion of the Super Bowl Pregame show that does make it into the episode previews Troy Mc Clure's new show which premieres after the game (see Take That! below).
  • Shout-Out/Expy: Both the episode's title and the character "Smooth" Jimmy Apollo are references to Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder.
    • The pregame show at the beginning of the episode is a clear parody of CBS's NFL pregame show, The NFL Today, as it was in the mid '80s, complete with the opening intro (a 3D football field against a black background; CBS Sports loved intros that had animation against a black background during this period; here's an example), and a screen behind the host's left shoulder, along with the obvious parodies of Brent Musburger and Jimmy the Greek.
  • Smelly Feet: Invoked in this exchange between Homer and Moe, in a Shout-Out to Apocalypse Now:
    Homer: Give me the usual, Moe...a beer, and a wad of bills!
    Moe: Eh, ya lucky moron...(takes off his boot and drops out Homer's gambling winnings, and hands them to Homer).
    Homer: (sniffing the money) I used to hate the smell of your sweaty feet, but now it's the smell of victory!
    Moe: Ah, shaddup.
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Smooth Jimmy Apollo and Troy McClure
  • Take That!: The episode takes jabs at the Super Bowl broadcasts of the 1980s, which consisted on rather bland family-friendly half-time shows built around a theme while the game would be followed by the premiere of a new TV show that would usually be cancelled after one season (The A-Team, which premiered after S.B. XVII being one of the few exceptions). This doubles with Unintentional Period Piece for both practices were abandoned a few years later: The half-time show would feature pop stars beginning in the following year (something in which Fox's In Living Color! special played an important part), and after NBC aired an special hour-long episode of Friends after Super Bowl 30, most post-game shows would be Super Bowl-themed episodes of already-established programs.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The subplot of Marge buying clothes for Bart ended with Bart stuck in the car as the bullies shake it, yelling, "You have to come out some time, Simpson." It's never mentioned again and the story just ends there. Though he did somehow get out of there.