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Friend with Benefit

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Season 27 Episode
579 "Treehouse of Horror XXVI"
"Friend with Benefit"
"Lisa with an "S"" 581
"Friend with Benefit"
Friend with Benefit promo 4.jpg
Episode Information
Episode number: 580
Season number: S27 E6
Production code: TABF21
Original airdate: November 8, 2015
Couch gag: Short with Santa's Little Helper titled Feast and changed to fat. He gets fed by the family till he becomes fat and is sent to the Springfield Retirement Castle, where he's fed strained prunes and dies afterwards. He's greeted by God. He sees the Fit Dog Heaven but God sends him to Fat Dog Hell where a signs says free pizza.
Guest star(s): Kristen Bell as Harper Jambowski
David Copperfield as himself
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Rob LaZebnik
Directed by: Matthew Faughnan

"Friend with Benefit" is the sixth episode of season 27 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and eightieth episode overall. It originally aired on November 8, 2015. The episode was written by Rob LaZebnik and directed by Matthew Faughnan. It guest stars Kristen Bell as Harper Jambowski and David Copperfield as himself.


"Lisa makes a new pal at school named Harper, whose internet billionaire father becomes buddies with a different Simpson: Homer. Soon, though, Lisa becomes worried that Harper is a little too entitled."


Homer is watching TV when he sees an advertising for a self-lifting chair. He gets interested in buying it, but it costs $1,100, so he goes to Moe's Tavern to get some ideas to raise money. Lenny and Carl give him the idea for crowdfunding. He records a failed video for a website, which moves almost everyone in Springfield, so he gets enough money to buy a chair in almost no time.

Meanwhile at Springfield Elementary's club sign-up day, Lisa is trying to get signatures for The Magic Club, when she first meet Harper, who appears interested in joining the club because it was the only one that doesn't creep her out. Lisa shows interest in her new friend, discovering that she's also a pretty talented magician.

When the Springfielders realized that their money was spent on such a useless thing, they formed a mob and went to the Simpsons' House to burn the chair down. At night, Homer gets angry about the chair, complaining that he never gets the finest things in life. That's when Lisa asks him to take her to an Australian boy band concert with Harper, as her father has bought the seats. Feeling unconfident, he takes Lisa to the show.

At the sports arena, he is surprised when he's given platinum with stripes VIP wristbands. That's when he first meets Harper's dad. They discover that they also have a lot of things in common, and that Harper's father is extremely rich. On their way back home, Lisa complains about how Harper didn't let her say a word at the show, so Homer tries to convince Lisa to keep her as her best friend. That's when Harper invites them to see a David Copperfield presentation.

At the show, once again, Harper didn't let Lisa participate while their fathers were enjoying the good time together. So Lisa gets even more upset with Harper while Homer enjoys his great friendship with Harper's father, who invites the family to spend a week at their private island, but they can't go as the kids have school. That's when Skinner calls the Simpsons, saying that school next week has been canceled.

Later, Harper gives Lisa a gift: a new bicycle, but Lisa doesn't accept it for the emotional values of her old bike. This makes Harper mad, and soon it evolves into a discussion and they decide to end their friendship. As they wouldn't go anywhere, the family gets angry at Lisa, but Homer realized that he and Harper's father were still friends, so they could go to the island.

At the island, the family's fun is ruined when Harper and Lisa fight once again, so Homer has to make a hard decision: continue being friends with Harper's father or go home so Lisa can be happier. He decides to leave the island and go home, saying that Harper is "kinda spoiled" and that she doesn't deserve Lisa.

On the plane back, after seeing all the stuff they left behind on the island, they realize that Bart was still there.


The episode was watched by 3.48 million viewers.[1]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America April 17, 2016 Fox Latin America
Ukraine flag.png Ukraine December 21, 2016 NLO TV [2]



Promo videos[edit]

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