Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 14 Lisa Vs Malibu Stacy

Episode - 1F12
First Aired - 2/17/1994

Offended by the female stereotypes embodied in the new talking Malibu Stacy doll ("Don't ask me, I'm just a girl!", "Thinking too much gives you wrinkles!"), Lisa tries to introduce a progressive alternative. Meanwhile, Grampa Simpson takes a job at Krusty Burger in order to feel young and hip.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV examples here):

  • Anti-Climax: In-universe for Lisa. Upon taking the new Talking Malibu Stacy home with her, she roleplays a public speech for the doll, narrating, "A hush falls over the general assembly as Stacy approaches the podium to deliver what will no doubt be a stirring and memorable address." She then pulls the doll's string. Instead of something inspiring, however, Stacy gives the utterly vapid statement, "I wish they taught shopping in school! Let's bake some cookies for the boys!"
  • Bottled Cool: Parodied whe Abe sees a Buzz Cola commercial where a group of old people take a drink of the soda and start acting young and hip, ending with the slogan, "There's a little boogie in every bottle." Abe falls for it and starts chugging a can of Buzz Cola that Homer happens to have... only to start crying out for water.
    Abe: The bubbles are burning my tongue!
  • Brick Joke: Homer dancing on the giant keyboard at the toy store.
    • Homer tries to sway Maggie (who's spelling her name on an Etch-a-Sketch) into playing with a dangerous fort playset that shocks him, cuts him, and launches a missile into his mouth. Later, in the car, we find out that Bart bought the toy (though we never see Bart with it after that point...)
    • Stacy LaVelle claims that she was kicked out of her own company because the board of directors claimed her dolls were simply not "cost-effective", to which Lisa takes sympathy believing it to be typical corporate doublespeak and the overall sexist nature of the male-dominated business world. When the new Lisa Lionheart doll is released, only one little girl chooses it. Lisa concludes that her efforts were worthwhile and Lovell mutters to herself "as long as that girl spends $46,000 on that doll".
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Fox owns a chemical weapons plant in Syria.
  • Burger Fool: Grampa gets a job at Krusty Burger in order to regain his lost youth, only to learn that the good Lord has made people old so they can find fault with everything on Earth.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Homer does this to Abe:
    Homer: Dad, I love you, but... you're a weird, sore-headed old crank and nobody likes you!
    Abe: Consarn it, I guess I am an old crank. But what am I going to do about it?
  • The Collector: Waylon Smithers is revealed in this episode to have the world's largest Malibu Stacy collection.
  • Lady Drunk: Stacy LaVelle, initially.
  • Les Collaborateurs: It's suggested that the real reason why Stacy LaVelle was forced out of the Malibu Stacy Company was because she was funneling profits to support the Viet Cong.
  • Noodle Incident: Lisa once tossed red paint at the executives of the Keebler company. All we know is that Marge also knows about it and the executives were upset over...whatever they did to deserve that (if they did anything at all).
  • Shout-Out: One of the talking Malibu Stacy dolls apparently has a voice box that was supposed to go inside a Spider-Man doll ("My spidey sense is tingling. Anybody call for a webslinger?"). This is a reference to an underground group that switched the voice boxes to some talking Barbie dolls and talking G.I. Joe action figures to make a point about sexism in toys.
    • Homer on the giant keyboard refers to the Signature Scene from Big, only instead of Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia playing the floor keyboard together as a symbol that there's nothing wrong with adults getting in touch with their inner child, it's Homer performing a Hollywood Tone-Deaf version of "Rock Around the Clock" (and, at the end of the episode, a perfect version of The Simpsons theme) and breaking the keyboard.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Lisa. Deconstructed when Lisa's campaign for the Lisa Lionheart doll goes bust (but reconstructed slightly when a girl [who looks like one of Lisa's nameless friends in the early episodes, back when she had a small circle of friends instead of being a friendless nerd] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire just one person) and discussed when Marge points out that she's been protesting against social injustice an awful lot, from making her family march in a gay rights parade to boycotting FOX because the company owns chemical weapon plants in Syria.
  • Special Guest: Kathleen Turner as Stacy LaVelle.
  • Take This Job And Shove It: After Abe has his epiphany at the end of his plotline, he turns to his boss and says, "Mr. Peterson, you can take this job and...fill it! And one more thing, I never once washed my hands. That's your policy, not mine!"
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Malibu Stacy is an obvious parody of Barbie.