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Recap: The Simpsons S 3 E 18 Separate Vocations
Episode 8F15
First Aired 2/27/92

When the results of Bart's vocational survey suggest he'd make a great cop and Lisa learns her dreams of becoming a professional sax player are doomed by genetics (she has stubby fingers, which would make saxophone playing impossible), their roles at Springfield Elementary are reversed.


This episode contains examples of:

  • Break the Cutie: Learning that the only thing she is worthy of is being a housewife and being rejected from becoming a professional saxophone player due to her stubby fingers broke Lisa down to the point of becoming a rebellious student.
    Lisa: Dear log: This will be my last entry, for you were a journal of my hopes and dreams. And now, I have none.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Lisa points out that Bart used to appreciate the value of a prank, Bart responds, "Yeah, but even I had my limits."
    • Even Lisa realized she's gone to far, but done it anyway, and cries.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Career Aptitude Normalizing Test (CANT)
  • Informed Flaw: Lisa's stubby fingers will supposedly prevent her from being a professional saxophone player, but she's never expressed any difficulty with her fingering before or since.
  • Inept Aptitude Test: According to the CANT, Bart is best suited to be a policeman, while Lisa will be a homemaker. The machine that analyzes the tests is seen malfunctioning when it gets to the Simpsons.
  • The Lancer: Bart becomes one to Principal Skinner.
  • Personality Swap: After the test results, Bart becomes hall monitor while Lisa fills the role of rebellious prankster vacated by Bart.
  • Shout-Out: When Skinner asks Lisa what she's rebelling against, she says "Whadda you got?", the same response as Marlon Brando's character in The Wild One.
  • Special Guest: Steve Allen as Bart's altered voice.
  • Yellow Sash of Power. As hall monitor, Bart rules with ruthless efficiency.
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