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Lisa's Rival

Lisa's Rival

Rating: 3.9 (146 votes)


There is a new student in Lisa's class, Allison Taylor, who seems pretty smart. However, Lisa learns that she is younger and has been skipped ahead a grade. Furthermore, they both play sax and are vying for first chair in the school band. After they both try way too hard, Lisa faints, and Allison gets the position. Meanwhile, Homer comes across an overturned truck of sugar and steals all the contents. He tries to sell it door-to-door, but has no luck. Marge insists that he get rid of it, but he refuses. After guarding it day and night, a rainstorm melts it all away. Lisa tries to be friends with Allison, but her jealousy gets the better of her. Bart persuades her to sabotage Allison's entry into the school diorama contest by swapping it with another. Lisa becomes overridden with guilt, and uncovers the real one, but Allison still doesn't win - Ralph Wiggum does! Lisa apologizes and they both become friends.

Memorable quotes

Marge: Lisa, stop blowing my sex! I mean stop blowing your sax, your sax, stop it.

Allison: Are you hyperventilating?
Lisa: No, I just like to smell my lunch.

Bart: Hurry up and finish eating!
Homer: Your steering's fine boy! Hard to the left! Hard to the right! Cat! Deer! Old man!!

Bart: Dad, isn't this stealing?
Homer: Read the town charter, boy: 'If foodstuff should touch the ground, said foodstuff shall be turned over to the village idiot.' Since I don't see him around, start shovelling!

Marge: Believe me honey, she's more scared of you than you are of her.
Lisa: You're thinking of bears, Mom.

Bart: If you change your mind, here's my card.
Lisa: I don't need a card, you live in the room next to me.
Bart: Note to self: next year, order fewer cards.

Homer: And you didn't think I'd make any money. I found a dollar while I was waiting for the bus.
Marge: While you were out 'earning' that dollar, you lost forty dollars by not going into work. The plant called and said if you don't come in tomorrow, don't bother coming in Monday.
Homer: Woohoo! A four day weekend!

Lisa: I should be Allison's friend. I mean, she is a wonderful person.
Bart: Way to go, Lis. Why compete with someone who's just gonna kick your butt anyway?
Lisa: I prefer my phrasing.

Homer: I can't live the buttoned down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles! Sure, I might offend a few of the blue-noses with my cocky stride and musky odor - oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called 'City Fathers' who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about what's to be done with this Homer Simpson?

Bart: We could just sabotage her diorama, humiliating her in front of the students and faculty.
Lisa: Perfect!
Bart: Leaving her prime for the most traumatic hose-soaking of her life!
Lisa: Enough with the hose!

Homer: I've learned my lesson: a mountain of sugar is too much for one man. It's clear now why God portions it out in those tiny packets, and why he lives of a plantation in Hawaii.

Ralph: I bent my wookie.

Bart: As Allison comes out of here house we spray her with the house. Soaking her from head to foot, leaving us relatively dry.
Lisa: Relatively dry?
Bart : Well, there's bound to be some splash back.

Bart: You're a shoe-in now Lis.
Lisa: After what I've done I don't deserve to win.
Skinner: (looking at Lisa's diorama) Well this doesn't deserve to win.


  • Marge reads ''Life In the times Of Scurvy''.
  • Hans Moleman peels the ''How Am I Driving?'' sticker off the truck after he crashes.
  • Bart reads ''Bad Boys Life'' magazine.
  • Allison has an autographed picture of Bleeding Gums Murphy in her room.
  • Sugar is transported in huge tankers.
  • When Milhouse is being chased by the FBI agent, he jumps into the waterfall and shouts ''My glasses!'' Later in the episode, he appears with his glasses taped up.


  • The scene with Milhouse jumping into the waterfall parodies The Fugitive.
  • Homer's line, ''First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women'' is from Scarface.
  • The beekeeper says ''To the Beemobile!'', referencing Batman.
  • The sugar melting scene spoofs The Wizard of Oz.