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Smart and Smarter

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Season 15 Episode
325 "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
"Smart and Smarter"
"The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" 327
"Smart and Smarter"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 326
Season number: S15 E13
Production code: FABF09
Original airdate: February 22, 2004
Couch gag: The Simpsons are on a clothing line
Guest star(s): Simon Cowell as Henry
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Carolyn Omine
Directed by: Steven Dean Moore

"Smart and Smarter" is the thirteenth episode of season 15 of The Simpsons and the three-hundred and twenty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on February 22, 2004. The episode was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Steven Dean Moore. It guest stars Simon Cowell as Henry.


"When Maggie was revealed to have an IQ of 167, Lisa is no longer the genius of the family, causing a rivalry between the sisters."


The family, after visiting a pancake house, visits the snooty Mrs. Wickerbottom's Pre-Nursery School, where Apu and Manjula are sending two of their octuplets. Homer and Marge have a talk with Dr. Hibbert about getting in, and decide to have Maggie go in. However, Maggie fails the initial screening because she cannot talk, until Lisa discovers some traits of intelligence. Homer and Marge make another screening. The results show that not only is Maggie brilliant, but her IQ of 167 is higher than Lisa's IQ of 159. Lisa is no longer considered "the smart one" of the Simpson family. Her attempts to find a new identity, including a goth named Ravencrow Neversmiles, a cheerleader, a rapper, a soccer player, a cowgirl, and even a stand-up comedian, do not work out well.

At home, Lisa teaches Maggie false information. Homer (with the Phonics Frog) and Marge scold her for trying to sabotage her sister's education and that if that is how she really feels, then she should not be her sister's rolemodel. She leaves the house and hides in the Natural History Museum, where there is no chance of Homer and Marge finding her, until Chief Wiggum, Lou and Eddie find her in there. The family goes in the human body, but Maggie accidentally presses the swallow button, swallowing Homer, Marge and Bart. Maggie presses many buttons until she finally presses the evacuate button, following a visual cue from Lisa as to its color.

Ironically, after Maggie saves Homer, Marge, and Bart, she no longer has a secret to her intelligence. Henry (the owner of Mrs. Wickerbottoms and a parody of Simon Cowell, voiced by Cowell) reveals a video tape of Maggie's audition and it turns out Lisa was subconsciously showing her answers. Henry starts criticizing Maggie which leads an angry Homer to start punching him; Henry criticizes his punches. Maggie, however, plays Lisa's saxophone in the end. Lisa reclaims her saxophone and tells her that it is not for babies. During the credits, Simon Cowell (as himself) criticizes the people who work on The Simpsons. When it comes to 'Special Guest Star: Simon Cowell', he remarks "Finally, a real celebrity!'"

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