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Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 5 Lisa The Vegetarian
Episode - 3F03
First Aired - 10/15/1995

Following a day trip to the petting zoo, Lisa begins to realize that the meat she called food was once an animal that was cute and cuddly, so she decides to become a vegetarian, which gets her ridiculed by her friends and family. Meanwhile, Homer sets up his own barbecue after not being invited to one at the Flanders' house (which was strictly a family reunion).


  • Are We There Yet?: Grampa Simpson asked that while they were on the way to the petting zoo. It was the episode's first line.
  • Assimilation Academy: Lisa twice sets off the school's "Independent Thought Alarm" for her talk about vegetarianism.
    Skinner: Uh-oh. Two independent thought alarms in one day. The students are overstimulated. Willie, remove all the colored chalk from the classrooms!
    Willie: I warned ya! Didn't I warn ya? That colored chalk was forged by Lucifer himself!
  • Bait and Switch: Paul McCartney asked Lisa if she'd like to hear a song. She accepted and Paul... asks Apu to play.
  • Brick Joke: Paul mentions that when "Maybe I'm Amazed" is played backwards, it contains a recipe for lentil soup. Sure enough, when the song plays over the credits, listeners will hear the recipe.
  • Broken Record: "You don't win friends with salad, you don't win friends with salad..."
  • Cue the Flying Pigs
    Mr. Burns: You know, Smithers, I think I'll donate a million dollars to the local orphanage...when pigs fly!
    [They laugh as the pig sails across the sky before them.]
    Smithers: Will you be donating that million dollars now, Sir?
    Burns: Nooo, I'd still prefer not.
  • Drive-In Theater: Apu can watch drive-in movies from the roof of the Kwik-E-Mart.
  • Edited for Syndication: The "You Don't Win Friends With Salad" part is cut in syndication to remove Marge joining in and Lisa protesting, with Marge stating that she was only in the conga line because the song was catchy, not to take sides.
  • False Reassurance: Troy McClure's film "Meat and You - Partners in Freedom"
    Troy: Come on, Jimmy! Let's take a peek at the killing floor.
    Jimmy: (gasp)
    Troy: Don't let the name throw you, Jimmy. It's not really a floor, it's more of a steel grating that allows material to sluice through so it can be collected and exported.
  • Free the Worms: Lisa refuses to dissect a worm at biology class.
  • Go to Your Room: Parodied. Homer says this twice to Lisa, once when she decides to go into her room, the second time after Lisa runs away. Homer also says it to Bart once.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Apu's rendition of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", although Paul and Linda don't mind.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Homer brings out the roast pig at his barbecue, Chief Wiggum giggles "Haha look at his nose!" For good measure, he leans in close as he says it, giving the viewers a side-by-side view of their respective noses.
  • Jerkass Realization: Lisa, after some words with Apu and the Mc Cartneys, realizes she was being a jerk and apologizes to Homer.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Trope Namer
  • Not Me This Time: See Wrong Name Outburst.
  • Not So Above It All: The episode revolves around Lisa causing a fuss over eating meat and creating a bitter conflict. Marge even has to correct herself when she blames Bart out of instinct.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Lisa was mad at Homer for serving meat, but she snaps when when Homer accidentally flips a burger into her face.
    Lisa: It's bad enough they're all eating meat. They don't have to rub it in my face. (burger lands on her face)
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Janie asks Lisa if she is going to marry a carrot, Lisa sarcastically says yes. Sherri and Terri thinks that is a confession.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few to The Beatles once the McCartneys show up. For instance, Linda tells Lisa "Whenever we're in Springfield, we like to hang out in Apu's garden in the shade.", referencing the song "Octopus' Garden". Paul had first met Apu while the Beatles were in India with the Maharishi in 1968, leading Apu to say "Back then, I was the fifth Beatle", pronouncing "Beatle" as "Be-At-Tull", just like the Eastern cult members from Help!.
    • Maybe I'm Amazed from McCartney's McCartney is played over the closing credits, with Apu reading a lentil soup recipe backwards and Paul saying: "Oh, by the way, I'm alive.", referencing the "Paul is dead" theory.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Don't push your beliefs on others just because you don't like their beliefs. Be tolerant of others.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Lisa starts gaining this ethic towards vegetarianism, leading Apu to give An Aesop concerning having ethics without badgering people over them.
  • Special Guest: Paul McCartney and his then-wife Linda, who (being incredibly Genre Savvy) only agreed to do appear if they were assured that the character change was a permanent one. Sure enough, Lisa has remained a vegetarian since.
  • Start My Own: Homer held his own barbecue because he wasn't invited to Flanders'. Flanders asked if he could go and Homer, out of instinct, answered "Yes" right before realizing he destroyed the whole reason he decided to hold a barbecue in the first place.
  • Subliminal Messaging: Paul claims that if his song "Maybe I'm Amazed" is played backwards, it reveals a recipe for a "really ripping" lentil soup. Indeed, as "Maybe I'm Amazed" plays over the credits, you can hear Paul speaking backwards.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: After Lisa ruined the barbecue, Homer and Lisa talk like that, but Homer soon gets confused about who he is/isn't talking to.
    Homer: Marge? Since I'm not talking to Lisa, would you please ask her to pass me the syrup?
    Marge: Dear, please pass your father the syrup, Lisa.
    Lisa: Bart, tell Dad I will only pass the syrup if it won't be used on any meat product.
    Bart: You dunkin' your sausages in that syrup, homeboy?
    Homer: Marge, tell Bart I just want to drink a nice glass of syrup like I do every morning.
    Marge: Tell him yourself, you're ignoring Lisa, not Bart.
    Homer: Bart, thank your mother for pointing that out.
    Marge: Homer, you're not not-talking to me, and secondly, I heard what you said.
    Homer: Lisa, tell your mother to get off my case!
    Bart: Uhhh, Dad. Lisa's the one you're not talking to.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: All the men in Ned Flanders' family reunion look like Ned (including a Mexican Ned and a stuffy British Ned).
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Marge, when it's Lisa who is doing something bad for a change.
    Marge: Bart, nooooo!
    Bart: What?
    Marge: Sorry, force of habit. Lisa, nooooo!
  • You Must Be This Tall To Ride: This short, in this case.
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