The new season of The Simpsons continues after a one week pause, and this Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, Fox aired “Lisa with an “S””, the 7th episode of Season 27, and the 581th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Lisa with an “S”
When Homer loses $5,000 at a poker game with Broadway legend Laney Fontaine, the only way he is able to settle the bet is if he loans Lisa to Laney for a month. Then, Laney turns Lisa into a show biz kid and Marge and Homer fear they made a mistake letting her go. So they head to New York to get her back.
Episode Details: ‘Lisa with an “S”‘ is the 7th episode of Season 27 as well as the 581th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on November 22, 2015 and was written by Stephanie Gillis and directed by Bob Anderson.
Homer, Moe, Lenny, Carl and Barney are preparing themselves for the poker night at Moe’s bar. On his way out, Homer promises Lisa that if he wins, he’d afford for her time at the best Band Camp on their side of the Mississippi. But Homer loses everything to the broadway legend Laney Fontaine, who is now dating Moe because of his liquor licence.
Trying to convince Laney to give his money back, he invites her to dinner, only to show her how miserable they are. Lisa asks her to sing a song while she plays the saxophone. That’s when Laney realizes that Lisa has a lot of talent and could become a famous show biz kid. She asks Marge to take Lisa for a month to perform on her shows.
Marge angrily refuses, but Lisa convinces her to let her go, with a little help from Grandpa, saying this might be the only opportunity to live her dreams. Laney takes Lisa to New York, where they met Chazz Busby, Lisa‘s former ballet teacher. She easily passes the audition and manages to enter in one of the broadway shows. Later, during a Skype conversation, Marge realizes that Lisa is not in a good place and decides to take the family to New York to get her back.
On their way to the Big Apple, the family encounters Ned‘s cousin, Jacob, and that Ned has brought shame to their family. At New York City, The Simpsons realize how happy Lisa is for making part of a broadway show, and they decide to go back to Springfield without her. That’s when Laney sees that Lisa could easily overshadow her at the shows and so, they could never share the same stage again. This makes Lisa sad and suddenly, she wants to go back home with her family.
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RECEPTION!: The episode was watched by 5.64 million viewers.
- The episode title could be a reference to the 1958 science fiction short story Spell My Name with an S or the 1972 concert film Liza with a Z.
- The couch gag is a parody of Star Trek.
- A cinema sign shows Candy Crush The Musical, a reference to Candy Crush Saga.
- An M&M Store is advertised on a billboard.
- Lafayette the Musical is a reference to Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.
- Hedwig and the Furious Foot is a parody of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
- The scene in Homer‘s brain during the poker game is a reference to the movie Inside Out.
- Chaz mentions a Broadway musical adaptation of Michael Bay‘s Transformers with Kristen Chenowith as Sam Witwicky’s mother.
- Laney Fontaine previously appeared in My Fare Lady.
- This is the second time where Lisa gets into the show business. (“All About Lisa“)
- The Simpson family from “The Tracey Ullman Show“ appears in the title screen.
- Marge and Bart uses Skype to call Lisa. (“Moms I’d Like to Forget“)
- A shop sign portraits Spider Pig. (“The Simpsons Movie“)
- A Laramie Cigarettes is shown, as well as Laramie Cigarettes being advertised on a billboard on a skyscrapper. (“Bart the Murderer“)
- A billboard advertises Buzz Cola. (“Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy“)
- The Donut Hut appears. (“Homerland“)
- A billboard references Jay-Z. (“Moonshine River“)
- A cinema sign shows Itchy & Scratchy The Revival, a possible sequel to Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie.
- Lisa gets lost again. (“Lost Our Lisa“)
- The puritans appears again. (“The Wettest Stories Ever Told“)
- The Simpsons family goes to New York City again. (“The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson“, “Moonshine River“)
- The theater’s sign was a peace sign with the Eiffel Tower (designed by Jean Jullien) in memory of the France terrorist attack on November 13, 2015.
- The scene in the subway shown in the Subway Issues sneak peek was edited in the episode.
- This is the last episode that Sam Simon is credited for as an executive producer after his death on March 8, 2015.
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That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.
Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!