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Recap: The Simpsons S 6 E 2 Lisas Rival
Episode - 1F17
First Aired - 9/11/1994

Allison Taylor, a new girl at school, proves to be better at Lisa in the classroom and on the saxophone. Meanwhile, Homer sells sugar found on the street after a truck crash.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Always Someone Better
  • Assumed Win: Lisa's saxophone duel with Allison Taylor (see below).
  • Beat Still, My Heart/Terrible Ticking: Lisa taking rival Allison's diorama of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and replacing it with an animal heart. Then, in a direct Homage to the poem, she imagines herself hearing the heart in the gym floorboards.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After missing one day of work to sell sugar, Homer was warned that, if he misses Friday, he's not to bother showing up on Monday. Homer was happy at the prospect of having a "four-day weekend".
  • Crack Defeat: Lisa reluctantly enlists Bart's aid in attempting to defeat Allison in a diorama competition. However, Ralph Wiggum's 'diorama', which is nothing but a bunch of Star Wars action figures in their original packaging, wins the competition, making this an example of both a Crack Defeat and a Dark Horse Victory.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Marge's romance novel daydream is interrupted by Lisa's saxophone, Marge says, "Lisa, stop blowing my sex- I mean, stop blowing your sax! Your sax, stop it!" "Sex" (in old literature and the more flowerily-written romance novels) has been used as a euphemism for genitalia (both male and female).
    • In Marge's pirate fantasy, she asks the pirate embracing her if the earring in his right ear means he's a pirate, and he answers with a "Kinda" that's comes off in a "Sure, why not" tone. Wearing an earring on the right side is (or once was) a sign that a man was gay, and one of many euphemisms/homophobic slurs for a gay man is "butt pirate."
  • Gonna Need More X: Homer attempts to fix Marge's camera using an electric drill in a somewhat unconventional manner: he uses it in lieu of a chisel, striking it with a hammer. When this fails, destroying the camera entirely, he remarks "I'm going to need a bigger drill."
  • Hyperventilation Bag: Lisa does this after meeting Allison who appears to be smarter than she is.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Parodied in a scene at an apiary after all the bees leave to steal Homer's sugar.
    Beekeeper 1: Well, sure is quiet in here today.
    Beekeeper 2: Yes, a little too quiet...if you know what I mean.
    Beekeeper 1: Hmm... I'm afraid I don't.
    Beekeeper 2: You see, bees usually make... a lot of noise. NO NOISE... suggests no bees.
  • Lesser Star: Parodied. Lisa takes solace in that there's nothing wrong being the second-best at anything. She then imagines a future in which she, Art Garfunkel, Jim Messina, and John Oates play their #2 song "Born To Be Runners Up". The concert is sponsored by (#2 car rental company) Avis. They get booed off the stage, and she wakes up lampshading the Fridge Logic of why people would show up to their concert just to boo them.
  • Noodle Incident: What did Bart do to get Milhouse in trouble with the FBI? All we (as viewers) have to go on is Bart once sent in Milhouse's picture to America's Most Wanted? And, according to Milhouse's "Oh, no, not again!", this isn't the first time that this has happened.
  • Properly Paranoid: Marge thinks Homer's worrying over nothing as he tries to guard his stolen sugar with a shotgun. And then Homer pulls out a neatly dressed, tea-drinking gentleman who calmly states he stole from Homer's pile and would do so again given the chance.
    • And it seems the guy never left Homer's backyard because when rain dissolves the sugar, he does a Spit Take.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: When Lisa considers her predicament.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Milhouse's sub-story is a reference to The Fugitive.
    • Homer's "In America" speech while guarding his sugar pile is a direct reference to one of Tony Montana's lines in Scarface (1983), and his line "Oh what a world!" when the sugar melts is the same line used by Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, when she melts.
    • The speech patterns of the beekeeper voiced by Hank Azaria are based on Adam West's portrayal of Batman.
      Beekeeper 2: To the BEEMOBILE!
      Beekeeper 1: You mean your Chevy?
      Beekeeper 2: ...yes.
  • Significant Anagram: One game Allison and her father play is making anagrams out of people's names, e.g. Alec Guinness = Genuine Class. When they ask Lisa to make an anagram out of Jeremy Irons, Lisa is stumped, answering "Jeremy's... Iron?". In response to this, Allison's father gives her a ball, saying "You know what? I have a ball. Maybe you'd like to bounce it?".
  • Special Guest: Winona Ryder as Allison Taylor
  • That Was Not A Dream: Played straight. While competing with Allison so hard to win first chair saxophone, Lisa passes out from lack of air. She wakes up to see Mr. Largo, Principal Skinner, and other students leaning over her.
    Mr. Largo: Well, that was a close one, Lisa. But you made it.
    Lisa: I won first chair?
    Mr. Largo: No, you regained consciousness. Allison won first chair.
    (Lisa screams... wakes up... and it happens again.)
    Mr. Largo: And believe me, this is not a dream!
    (She screams again.)
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Subverted; Lisa mentally prepares for this after she successfully ruins Allison's diorama and Skinner humiliates her in front of everybody, ridding Lisa with guilt, but gets a result she doesn't expect:
    Lisa (to herself): After the way I behaved, I don't deserve to win—
    Principal Skinner (passing without breaking stride): Well, this doesn't deserve to win.
    Lisa: What?
    (Principal Skinner selects Ralph's diorama — which is just pristine original Star Wars action figures — as the winner)
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