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Recap: The Simpsons S 4 E 10 Lisas First Word
Episode - 9F08
First Aired - 12/3/1992

While waiting for Maggie to say her first word, Homer and Marge tell the story of their life after Bart was born (where they lived in an apartment in a neighborhood that looks like it was from the early 20th century rather than the mid-1980s), how Homer, Marge, and Bart moved into their current house, the early days of Bart and Lisa bonding, and Homer winning Krusty Burger's 1984 Olympics promotion due to a technicality.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Modern audiences (at least the ones who weren't around when it really happened) might not realize that the Krusty Burger Olympic promotion and the subsequent backfiring due to the Soviet boycotting of the Games was based on a real McDonald's promotion that had the same results.
  • Bottle Episode: Of the "Flashback Episode" variety. Aside from the flashbacks, the episode takes place in the Simpsons house with the main family.
  • The Eighties: The setting of the flashbacks. It was a time when, as Marge tells her kids, "Ms. Pacman struck a blow for women's rights, a young Joe Piscopo taught us how to laugh..." As the flashback begins, Marge is talking with Irish and Italian housewives about the last episode of M*A*S*H, and Homer sings "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" as he comes home from work. Later, the 1984 Summer Olympics provide a B-plot.
  • The Ghost: Homer has a cousin named Frank who became Francine in 1976, then joined a cult and now goes by the name of "Mother Shabubu" — all because he slept with his parents (not sexually) until he was 21.
  • Madness Mantra: "Can't sleep, clown will eat me. Can't sleep, clown will eat me. Can't sleep, clown will eat me..."
  • Monster Clown: The headboard of Bart's new bed, thanks to Homer's poor work (though compared to the other crap he's built, the monster clown headboard actually looks good), looks like one to the viewer, and even more so to the poor toddler.
    • "If you should die before you wake...AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
  • Overly-Long Gag: "From now on, the baby sleeps in the crib." "Iron helps us play!" "AHAHAHAHAHAHA!" "Hello, Joe!"
    • Note that it's actually played twice in a naked attempt to pad the episode out.
  • Primal Scene: Played for Laughs — Bart saw his parents have sex when he was still in diapers, which led to his first words, "Ay caramba!"
  • The Scapegoat: Bart was initially okay with the idea of having a baby sibling because he thought said potential sibling could've been used as a prop or someone to pass blame on when he misbehaved.
  • Stunt Casting: In perhaps the biggest example of this in Simpsons history, Elizabeth Taylor as the voice of Maggie. (Taylor returns at the end of Season 4 as herself in "Krusty Gets Kancelled", and gets two lines in that episode.) The writers soon regretted this as they spent hours trying to get Taylor to say, "Daddy" like a one-year-old child and not a 20-to-30 year old seductress.
    • The Other Darrin: When the ending of the episode was put into the clip show episode "Gump Roast", Liz Taylor's "Daddy" line was replaced with the same line as done by series regular Nancy Cartwright (who usually does vocal effects for Maggie, such as crying, cooing, and laughing).

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