The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, March 6th, 2016, after a pause of a week, Fox aired “Lisa the Veterinarian”, the 15th episode of Season 27, and the 589th 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 the Veterinarian
After performing CPR on a tased raccoon, Lisa discovers her calling to be veterinarian and becomes an intern at the local office, but learns a tough lesson when her neglected class hamster dies. Meanwhile, Marge moonlights as a crime scene cleaner for a little extra money, and the trauma of the gory scenes make her increasingly dead inside.
Episode Details: ‘Lisa the Veterinarian’ is the 15th episode of Season 27 as well as the 589th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on March 6, 2016 and was written by Dan Vebber and directed by Steven Dean Moore.
The Simpsons are on an Indoor Water Park, but seeing that one of the main attractions had a very long line, Bart decided to pull a prank, announcing that the pools are infested with fishes that can “swim up people’s wieners”, and the only cure in case that happened was to roll naked on the snow. The prank caused huge panic, as all men rushed outside while Bart enjoyed the ride.
In the middle of the clutter, a raccoon entered the park, but one of the employees shot the animal with a taser gun. Lisa decided to help the animal by performing CPR on him, which worked. She was proclaimed as a local hero. As she proved to be responsible with animals, Miss Hoover gave her the responsibility to take care of Nibbles, the class pet, during spring break. Realizing that being a veterinarian is her new calling, she volunteered as an intern on Dr. Budgie’s clinic.
Later, Marge was stuck in traffic, as the clean up team was not able to reach a car accident scene (as the were stuck in traffic). Chief Wiggum convinced Marge to clean the street, and she did it remarkably well. Wiggum also invited Marge to make other crime scenes’ clean ups, as they can keep all the money and jewelry they find. Back home, Marge realizes that their ceiling fan is old and unsafe, so she decided to do another clean up job to get money for a new fan. Her new job was to clean the scene of a “suicide-murder”. She did get enough money for a new fan, but the body parts and the blood ended up traumatizing her.
Meanwhile, Lisa was so thrilled by the emotion of saving animals that she has become more ignorant towards others, that’s when Bart decided to remind her that she was so busy taking care of other people’s pets that she forgot about her own class pet: Nibbles. He was extremely depressed and ill, and Dr. Budgie said that the only solution would be to perform surgery. However, Nibbles died only after a few seconds of operation, making Lisa extremely sad, as she technically killed an animal by neglecting it.
Back home, Homer realized that if he took Marge to calm Lisa down about the deceased hamster, this could calm Lisa down, but also put Marge‘s emotions back together, and it does. The episode ends showing Nibbles‘ funeral and a video memorial with clips of past episodes.
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COUCH GAG: Roomance by Bill Plympton
The television and the couch dreams of the television bouncing on the couch and both having fun. At the end of the dream, the television tries to bounce on the couch but the plug line stops it and crashes.
- The title of the episode is reference to the season 7 episode “Lisa the Vegetarian“.
- Ralph says he is Finding Nemo while he drowns.
- Shelly the Turtle is named after Shelly the Turtle from Sesame Street.
- Sallymander could be a reference to the enemy Sillymander in Ni no Kuni.
- Hamilton Fish is named after the politician Hamilton Fish.
- Willie plays the song Amazing Grace on his bagpipes at Nibbles‘ funeral, just like he did at Maude Flanders‘ funeral ceremony in the season 11 episode, Alone Again, Natura-Diddily.
- This is the fourth Bill Plympton‘s couch gag. The first was in “Beware My Cheating Bart“, the second was in “Black-Eyed, Please” and the third was in “Married to the Blob“.
- The “fish that swim up your wiener” are actually real. They are called “Candiru“. They are common in South America and do the same as what Bart mentioned, but rolling around in the snow naked is not the cure.
- A gag with the homeless guy looking at a store’s window, where he rambled on about peanut butter, was cut.
- Bart is seen wearing his red hat in this episode. The last time he wore it was in “Blazed and Confused“.
- Homer and Marge watches a video on MyTube. (“Elementary School Musical“)
- Nibbles dies. (“Skinner’s Sense of Snow“)
- Lisa says this was her first kiss, but Lisa and Nelson shared their first kiss in the Springfield Observatory. (“Lisa’s Date with Density“)
- At the car crash scene, when Marge was talking with Wiggum, the crash was a head-on or a rear-end impact between a red and a purple vehicle, but when Marge start cleaning the scene, it’s a t-bone crash.
- There were also two ambulances and a fire truck at the crash site, but when Marge starts cleaning the scene, there’s only one ambulance.
- The buildings surrounding the crash change appearances between scenes.
Previous Episode: Gal of Constant Sorrow
Next Episode: The Marge-ian Chronicles
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!