First Aired - 11/7/1991After missing out on getting Lisa's saxophone reed to her before a talent show, Homer decides to make it up to his daughter by getting her the one thing she wants most: a pony, which puts the family in financial crisis yet again and drives Homer to take a second job as a Kwik-E-Mart clerk.
This episode contains examples of:
- Break the Haughty: The lady who runs the pony farm whose first 2 scenes were more or less her being snarky to Homer, is actually moved by Lisa's goodbye to Princess. Though she lampshades her lack of tone changing despite it.Pony Farm Owner: Although there is no change in my patrician facade my heart is breaking.
- Deadpan Snarker: The pet shop clerk and the lady who runs the pony farm.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: For unexplained reasons, Lisa's mentor, Bleeding Gums Murphy happens to be a judge at the school talent show just to add to the humiliation of her disastrous performance.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Bart's impression of Principal Skinner causes the real Skinner to give him 1000 days detention.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Ralph Wiggum appears watching Lisa ride her pony. Not only is his one line ("But what man can tame her?") very out of character with Ralph's better known characterization, but Ralph speaks in Nelson's voice.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:Kid: "My ding-a-ling! My ding-a-ling! I want to play with my ding-a-li—"
Principal Skinner: [pushes the kid off stage] THIS ACT IS OVER!!
- Heroic RROD: In one of his biggest moments of selflessness, Homer nearly works himself to death just so Lisa can keep her pony.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Moe suggested Homer to buy the reed before buying the beer (Moe's is next door to King Toot's Music Shop), Homer replied that he didn't tell Moe how to do his job. Later he told Moe how to hold the beer mug while filling it.
- Jerkass Realization: Viewing the home movie of Homer ignoring Lisa when she takes her first steps and says her first words gives Homer a nasty case of reality of how bad a father he's been to her in the past.
- Never My Fault: That's what Principal Skinner thought of Lisa when she said her music was bad because of a faulty saxophone reed.
- Noodle Incident: Moe apparently saved the owner of the music store and his wife from a burning car at some point.
- Special Guest: Frank Welker as the animal noises for Princess the pony and Santa's Little Helper; Tracey Ullman as the Katherine Hepburn-esque stable manager/horse saleswoman.