The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson
- "This school was supposed to prepare you for the jobs of the future. But in the future, all the jobs we've learned here will be done by robots. The only job left for humans will be..."
- ―Lisa Simpson
- "Elder care!"
- ―Bart and Lisa Simpson
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"The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson" is the twelfth episode of season 31 of The Simpsons and the six-hundred and seventy-fourth episode overall. It originally aired on February 16, 2020. The episode was written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Matthew Nastuk. It guest stars John Legend as himself, Chrissy Teigen as herself and Zach Woods as Zane Furlong.
- "The sea captain finds a treasure he's been searching for all his life, but it's taken from him by the townspeople. Marge convinces the people of Springfield to build a S.T.E.M. school with the money."
Horatio McCallister is in a bar with his wife drinking when Germans enter the bar and asks for the other half of a map. Horatio and the woman use a candle to burn the German men and excape, blowing out the bar. Outside they set their destination for treasure hunting, Springfield.
40 years later, the sea captain is on his boat, searching for the sunken treasure, living with his wife. Years pass by until finally he finds the big treasure, but his wife betrayed him, telling Quimby to extend the limits of Springfield to the area they found the treasure, thus it belongs to the town.
At the Town Hall, a debate on what to use the treasure for is held, and Marge suggests to use it for the kids, to build a STEM school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and calls John Legend for support singing the STEM song. The Springfielders agree on building the Springfield STEM Academy.
Bart and Lisa meet the CEO Zane Furlong. Lisa and other smart kids get put in the "gifted" class. Bart for once is excited for the new school, with video game like learning. During "Career Day", Zane explains to the children's parents how their jobs are going to cease to exist in little time. Lisa starts to grow suspicious of what the kids not in the gifted class are doing.
Eventually she realizes that they are being trained for mundane, minimum wage jobs. Homer tries to warn the Power Plants about the robots taking over their job. Lisa tries to tell the other students about it but Bart, who had finally found a school he enjoyed, stops her.
Lisa goes to the server room in the school to try and find out what is happening with the school's algorithms, only for Bart to stop her. Zane finds them arguing and the three of them look up what jobs would be for humans in the future.
At the Nuclear Plant Homer stops Lenny and Carl from using the machine, by demonstrating how men do it better and collapses due to too much stress. He gets up after a bit saying their job is safe, as humans can still do the job, while new robots are starting to work on Mr. Burns command in the background.
Lisa, Bart and Zane reveal that they only found one job, elder care and they tell the students this, saying STEM stays for Sponge Bathing, Toileting, Elderly, Massage. All of the students give the school bad reviews, and cause the school's servers to self-destruct.
Zane gets Bart and Lisa out and the school explodes, leaving the kids to return to their old school, now repurposed as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while Lisa reminds Bart that the only job would still be elder care, but they wouldn't know how to do it.
Zane, who is now working for Postmates, delivers Hot Wings to Homer and suggests nobody knows where technology would take them, then a vision of the future is shown with Bart and Lisa filling cups of drinks for the machine that took over the world, pondering that the algorithm didn't predict that. Chalmers goes on a cruise on The Buckeye Belle to try and get together with widows. On the ship, he talks to a woman who lost her husband, saying he'd love to sketch her.
A rejected title for the episode was "Lisa vs. the 1099 Percent". A deleted scene that was cut from the episode to make time shows Lisa arguing with Zane about the kids doing menial tasks, which Zane tells Lisa are what the algorithm is saying are the jobs of tomorrow. In the original draft for the episode, Bart was Lisa's hallucination all along. However, this got written out.
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