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* PokeThePoodle: The people behind Malibu Stacy, feeling threatened by Lisa Lionheart, call in a favour from the President, who vows to deal with the issue personally. The next scene has him drive by the Simpsons house, throw a brick at their door, and drive on.

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* PokeThePoodle: The people behind Malibu Stacy, feeling threatened by Lisa Lionheart, call in a favour from the President, a Senator, who vows to deal with the issue personally. The next scene has him drive by the Simpsons house, throw a brick at their door, and drive on.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: One of Stacy's previous husbands she mentions to Lisa is a "Dr. Colossus". He would later show up in Part 2 of "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns Who Shot Mr. Burns?]]" where he would help provide the TropeNamer for CartoonishSupervillainy.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: Bart complains that Lisa’s over-the-top liberal activism has forced the family into such indignities as marching in a gay pride parade. These days, participating in Pride would hardly be considered on the extreme end of progressivism. Indeed, episodes in the 2000s show the family (including Bart) happily attending uncontroversial Pride events along with the rest of Springfield.

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* BittersweetEnding: More bitter than sweet, unfortunately: Lisa takes solace than a single girl purchased the Lisa Lionheart doll and will probably be enlightened by it, but Big Corporation won and Lovell mentions that she lost almost fifty thousand dollars investing on the darn thing.


* AnimationBump: The scenes with Homer getting injured from the playset and Lisa throwing the Malibu Stacy out the window are better animated than the rest of the episode.

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* AnimationBump: The scenes with Homer getting injured from the playset and [[https://frinkiac.com/video/S05E14/SRP31P9aej-ax-_rIRjtauFUtck=.gif Lisa throwing the Malibu Stacy out the window window]] are better animated than the rest of the episode.


* StrawFeminist: The whole plot happens because Lisa goes ''completely on the warpath'' about the fact that Malibu Stacy, rather than a smart activist like she has always imagined her, is instead a DumbBlonde. When Bart points out she's overreacting (and is the first member of her family to do so), Lisa gives him an angry rant about how this doll is going to ruin the minds of America's girls and convince them to become idiot GoldDigger socialites that literally pushes Bart against the wall. Though given that one of her lines is literally "Don't ask me, I'm just a girl! <giggle>", Lisa's ire is pretty well-deserved.

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* StrawFeminist: The whole plot happens because Lisa goes ''completely on the warpath'' about the fact that Malibu Stacy, rather than a smart activist like she has always imagined her, is instead a DumbBlonde. When Bart points out she's overreacting (and is the first member of her family to do so), Lisa gives him an angry rant about how this doll is going to ruin the minds of America's girls and convince them to become idiot GoldDigger socialites that literally pushes Bart against the wall. Though given that one of her Stacy's lines is literally "Don't "[[https://youtu.be/Ej0iUcgNCpg Don't ask me, I'm just a girl! <giggle>", <giggle>]]", Lisa's ire is pretty well-deserved.


* StrawFeminist: The whole plot happens because Lisa goes ''completely on the warpath'' about the fact that Malibu Stacy, rather than a smart activist like she has always imagined her, is instead a DumbBlonde. When Bart points out she's overreacting (and is the first member of her family to do so), Lisa gives him an angry rant about how this doll is going to ruin the minds of America's girls and convince them to become idiot GoldDigger socialites that literally pushes Bart against the wall.

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* StrawFeminist: The whole plot happens because Lisa goes ''completely on the warpath'' about the fact that Malibu Stacy, rather than a smart activist like she has always imagined her, is instead a DumbBlonde. When Bart points out she's overreacting (and is the first member of her family to do so), Lisa gives him an angry rant about how this doll is going to ruin the minds of America's girls and convince them to become idiot GoldDigger socialites that literally pushes Bart against the wall. Though given that one of her lines is literally "Don't ask me, I'm just a girl! <giggle>", Lisa's ire is pretty well-deserved.


* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person... and zigzagged back when Lovdell mutters that it was still a $46.000 loss of what may be her own money) 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 to tossing red paint at the Keebler people for some unmentioned reason.

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* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person... and zigzagged back when Lovdell Lovell mutters that it was still a $46.000 $46,000 loss of what may be her own money) 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 to tossing red paint at the Keebler people for some unmentioned reason.


* AllForNothing: Zig-zagged. Lisa decides to call it a victory when a single girl buys the Lisa Lionheart doll but Stacy Lovell then mutters that she lost almost fifty thousand dollars investing in its creation.



* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person... and zigzagged back when Lobdell mutters that it was still a $46.000 loss of what may be her own money) 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 to tossing red paint at the Keebler people for some unmentioned reason.

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* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person... and zigzagged back when Lobdell Lovdell mutters that it was still a $46.000 loss of what may be her own money) 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 to tossing red paint at the Keebler people for some unmentioned reason.


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* StartMyOwn: Lisa decides that the solution to Malibu Stacy being a brainless beauty is to create a doll of her own with a character that fits her own tastes and sell it to other girls to hopefully enlighten them.


* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person... and zigzagged back when Lobdell mutters that it was still a $46.000 loss of what may be her own money) 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 to tossing red paint at the Keebler people.

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* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person... and zigzagged back when Lobdell mutters that it was still a $46.000 loss of what may be her own money) 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 to tossing red paint at the Keebler people.people for some unmentioned reason.


* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least 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.

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* SoapboxSadie: 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] buys her Lisa Lionheart doll and Lisa feels that it was all worth it to inspire at least one person) person... and zigzagged back when Lobdell mutters that it was still a $46.000 loss of what may be her own money) 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.Syria to tossing red paint at the Keebler people.


* DidNotDoTheResearch: Some people have pointed out that while the episode has good intentions it is actually quite sexist:
** All the sexism in the episode is extremely obvious to the viewer, when a great deal of real-life sexism is subtle and goes unnoticed by both men and women.
** All the men in the episode are portrayed as sexist, and all of the sexism is shown towards women.
** Most of the women in the episode are portrayed as weak and stupid, instantly falling for what are blatantly sexist messages coming from the doll. Strong, intelligent women seem to be the exception to the rule.
** The way the tour guide is beckoned in by the male businessman is actually sexual harassment in the workplace, rather than just sexism, but she is shown as enjoying it. This makes her look as if she is to blame - ie were she sexually attacked it would be her fault.
** Lisa's choice of wording for the soundbites - the joke "When I get married" versus "If I choose to get married" makes her look like an extremist, but this places a negative twist on the cause she believes in.
** When the new Malibu Stacy is released against Lisa Lionheart, the girls go straight for it, making them look weak and stupid once again.
** This makes Lisa's fight against sexism seem pointless, as rich corporations will always win - well, the ones run by men, anyway. Stacy Lovell didn't have a chance.
** Lisa believes that the one girl buying the Lisa Lionheart doll makes the whole thing worthwhile, which makes her seem childishly naive, despite the episode showing her fighting an adult cause.

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* DidNotDoTheResearch: Some people have pointed out that while the episode has good intentions it is actually quite sexist:
** All the sexism in the episode is extremely obvious to the viewer, when a great deal of real-life sexism is subtle and goes unnoticed by both men and women.
** All the men in the episode are portrayed as sexist, and all of the sexism is shown towards women.
** Most of the women in the episode are portrayed as weak and stupid, instantly falling for what are blatantly sexist messages coming from the doll. Strong, intelligent women seem to be the exception to the rule.
** The way the tour guide is beckoned in by the male businessman is actually sexual harassment in the workplace, rather than just sexism, but she is shown as enjoying it. This makes her look as if she is to blame - ie were she sexually attacked it would be her fault.
** Lisa's choice of wording for the soundbites - the joke "When I get married" versus "If I choose to get married" makes her look like an extremist, but this places a negative twist on the cause she believes in.
** When the new Malibu Stacy is released against Lisa Lionheart, the girls go straight for it, making them look weak and stupid once again.
** This makes Lisa's fight against sexism seem pointless, as rich corporations will always win - well, the ones run by men, anyway. Stacy Lovell didn't have a chance.
** Lisa believes that the one girl buying the Lisa Lionheart doll makes the whole thing worthwhile, which makes her seem childishly naive, despite the episode showing her fighting an adult cause.


* InstantlyProvenWrong: When Lisa tells the Malibu Stacy tour guide that she believes the doll's voice is an airhead because the company executives are sexist, the guide denies it... and one second right after, a meeting room door opens and one executive asks a SexySecretary to come in in a very sensual manner.
* LadyDrunk: Stacy Lovell, initially.

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* InstantlyProvenWrong: When Lisa tells the Malibu Stacy tour guide that she believes the doll's voice is an airhead because the company executives are sexist, the guide denies it... and one second right after, a meeting room door opens and one executive asks a SexySecretary the guide (a SexySecretary) to come in into the room in a very sensual manner.
manner. The guide does, giggling like a moron and giving a SexyWalk.
* LadyDrunk: Stacy Lovell, initially. She tosses her glass into her home's fireplace when she decides to help Lisa... [[MadeOfExplodium and a massive fireball erupts from the fireplace as a result]].

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