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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:

  • 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.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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.
  • 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; Tracey Ullman as the Katherine Hepburn-esque stable manager/horse saleswoman.
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