Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 8 Lisas Pony
Episode - 8F06
First Aired - 11/7/1991

After 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:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Homer gets to King Toot's Music Store, with five minutes left before the store closes. And then he sees Moe's bar right next to it...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Marge says that Lisa is the only one who can decide whether to keep her pony:
    Lisa: All the years in which I have lobbied to be treated as an adult have blown up in my face.
  • Blatant Lies: As a bleary-eyed Homer staggers out the door to work his night job, he sleepily tells Bart that he's going for "an eight hour walk."
  • 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.
  • Call Back: During the montage where Homer tries to make up to Lisa, one scene has them in the bathroom with Homer using a hairdryer in her face, just like he did to Bart in a similar situation in "Bart the General". Even the animation of Lisa's face against the hairdryer is similar.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When explaining that she gave up her pony, Lisa says there's a "big dumb animal" she loves even more than it.
    Homer: Oh no, what is it? A hippopotamus?
    Lisa: I mean you, you dummy.
  • 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 in detention.
  • Disproportionate Restitution: After a Noodle Incident where Moe saved the owner of the neighbouring music store and his wife from a burning car, said owner begrudgingly opens his store a few minutes longer for Homer to call it even.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Burns appears disturbed over the thought of Homer buying a horse simply to eat it.
  • 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 R.R.O.D.: 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 suggests Homer buy the reed before buying the beer (Moe's is next door to King Toot's Music Shop), Homer replies that he doesn't tell Moe how to do his job. Then he tells Moe how to hold the beer mug while filling it.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • After Lisa asks where Homer is, Marge runs through the possibilities in her head.
      Marge: [Homer fixing a flat tire] Maybe. [Homer chased up a tree by a bear] No. [Homer abducted by aliens] That's a long shot. [Homer drinking at Moe's] Bingo.
    • An exhausted Homer drives home, imagining his car turning into a bed.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • When Marge points out how expensive a horse is, Homer claims that with the economy as it is, they can't afford not to buy a horse.
    • To say nothing of Homer's plan to manage his double-life between the Kwik-E-Mart and the power plant.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Burns turns up at the bank when Homer comes looking for a loan, telling him he openly enjoys the suffering of those who need 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.
  • Mood-Swinger: Bart feels sorry for a completely tired out Homer, but laughs his head when he learns he's working at the Kwik-E-Mart.
  • Never My Fault: That's what Principal Skinner thought of Lisa when she says her music was bad because of a faulty saxophone reed.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Tress MacNeille voices the Katharine Hepburn-esque stable manager.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Moe apparently saved the owner of the music store and his wife from a burning car at some point.
    • Also, Homer eats the Kwik-E-Mart hot dogs that are only for show.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Homer's attempts to make things up with Lisa all go badly wrong. Then he hits on the idea of buying a pony.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    [Homer returns home from the Kwik-E-Mart, lies in his bed with Marge already awake, the alarm goes up a second later, Homer gets up.]
    Marge: How long you plan to do this?
    Homer: I don't know. How long do horses live?
    Marge: 33 years.
    Homer: D'oh.
  • Reality Ensues: A horse is not cheap to buy, let alone care for. Homer is forced to take another job and work himself to exhaustion just for Lisa to keep Princess.
  • Stock Footage: The shot of Homer waking up and answering a phone at the beginning of the episode is reused later on.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Homer dreaming of being part of some prehistoric apes who worship a monolith references the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • Lisa discovering the pony in her bed references a famous scene in The Godfather.
  • Special Guest: Frank Welker as the animal noises for Princess the pony and Santa's Little Helper.
  • Stealth Pun: During Homer's Imagine Spot where his car turns into a bed, the orchestra plays a lullaby-style rendition of "Golden Slumbers" by The Beatles.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Moe allegedly once saved the lives of the owner of the music store and his family (see Noodle Incident). He feels quite put upon when Moe asks that he interrupt his beer to open his store a short while longer for Homer, insisting that calls it even.