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Recap / The Simpsons S 10 E 1 Lard Of The Dance

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On the first day back to school from summer break, Lisa meets a girl her age who acts twice her age and wants Lisa and her friends to do the same. Meanwhile, Homer recruits Bart to help him make money off recycling grease.

This episode aired as the Lead In for the premiere of That '70s Show.

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  • Actor Allusion: A twofer. When Lisa introduces herself to Alex, Alex says "You name's Lisa? Shut up, I love that name!". Alex is voiced by Lisa Kudrow. And in another scene, Alex "Don't be such a Phoebe.". Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay on Friends. Another possible one is when Alex meets Sherri and Terri - she asks which is the Evil Twin. Kudrow also played Phoebe's much nastier twin sister Ursula.
  • An Aesop: Don't be in a such a rush to grow up and enjoy your childhood while you still can.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Invoked as An Aesop. Alex, a new student and popular girl, convince Lisa and other schoolgirls to imitating pop culture icons and wearing age-inappropriate clothing.
  • Air Vent Escape: Homer and Bart to get in and out of the school's kitchen.
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  • Broken Aesop: Considering that Lisa has both the intellect and attitude of a college student and constantly shames the other children for being children and ignoring greater world issues, it's not really a subject she has an authority on.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Since Marge is the one who buys the food he takes the grease from, Homer doesn't consider the money spent to get it despite being pointed out he is the one who provides her with the money.
  • Continuity Nod: Alison from "Lisa's Rival" is among the girls Alex and Lisa hang with.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Millhouse takes off his glasses when he sees Lisa but ends up crashing into a shop display.
  • Eye Scream: Homer has an unfortunate incident with a vacuum.
  • Fiction Isn't Fair: Nelson talks about the proper way to prepare huckleberries-until Skinner walks past, when he starts telling stories about people he beat up.
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  • I Am One of Those, Too: Homer inadvertently keeps digging himself deeper because Willie is every one of the things he claims he is.
    Homer: Uh, buh, buh, we're new foreign exchange students from ... uh, um ... Scotland!
    Willie: Saints be praised, I'm from Scotland! Where do ya hail from?
    Homer: Uh ... North ... Kilttown.
    Willie: No foolin'! I'm from North Kilttown! Do you know Angus McLeod?
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Lisa when Alex tries to improve her look.
    Lisa: [coming out of a changing room annoyed and holding a Little Black Dress] I am not wearing this.
    Alex: Oh, come on, Lisa. It's totally you. Just, you know, add some accessories, lip gloss, maybe drop five pounds ...
    Lisa: Aren't we a little young for make-up, and ... what do you mean five pounds!?
  • Jerkass: Homer, as per usual for this era, takes it Up to Eleven with being not-so Innocently Insensitive. He pulls Bart out of school so he can be included in his own Zany Scheme (althrough Bart doesn't mind skipping school), flat-out tells Lisa that since Alex is more popular than she is to start acting exactly like she is to catch up and as Bart asks if Marge would be mad that her car's interior is being ruined by the grease piled inside, his only reply is that she should have done a better job of hiding her car keys.
  • Little Black Dress: Lisa dons one to get a date for the dance.
  • Long Bus Trip: Alison, who last appeared in season six, reappears here.
  • Not So Above It All: Turns out Alex isn't totally above having a greaseball fight for fun.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Homer forces Bart to skip school to help him with his grease recycling business and nobody does anything about it.
  • Verbal Tic: Lisa gets frustrated pretty quickly with Alex's constant use of "He-LOO!"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The men from the Acne Grease Corporation get set up as a pair of villains when they steal the grease Homer takes from Krusty Burger. But they're never seen again after that.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Alex, or so she thinks.


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