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The Secret War of Lisa Simpson

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Season 8 Episode
177 "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"
"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson"
"The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" 179
"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 178
Season number: S8 E25
Production code: 4F21
Original airdate: May 18, 1997
Couch gag: The room is upside-down. The family runs in on the ceiling and sit down on the couch, until they fall to the "real" ground.
Guest star(s): Willem Dafoe as The Commandant
Showrunner(s): Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Written by: Richard Appel
Directed by: Mike B. Anderson
DVD features

"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" is the twenty-fifth and final episode of season 8 of The Simpsons and the one-hundred and seventy-eighth episode overall. It originally aired on May 18, 1997. The episode was written by Richard Appel and directed by Mike B. Anderson. It guest stars Willem Dafoe as The Commandant.


"After Bart smashes everyone's windows in town at once with a speakerphone, he is sent to military school. Lisa decides she wants to go and is determined to stick it out as the only girl at boot camp."


Lisa confronts Principal Skinner at school, concerned that lessons spent watching videos aren't helping her realize her full potential, but is rebuffed by Skinner telling her that if he did make it harder other students would be in his office about the curriculum like she is. Meanwhile, Bart manages to link up several police megaphones together and then says "testing" into one. The word is amplified by the megaphone which is further amplified by the next and so on until a sonic shockwave is realised that's powerful enough to shatter every piece of glass in town and renders the population temporarily deaf, Homer and Marge decide to take Chief Wiggum's advice and put him in Rommelwood Military School (luring Bart into the car with the lie that they're going to Disneyland). Bart does not want to be there from the get-go, but Lisa sees the education the cadets receive and decides to stay there with him. Marge tells Lisa that if she wants to quit and come home at any time she can, while ignoring Bart's pleas for just that

Both of them get a hard time from the other cadets: Bart starts to fit in after a while, the others calling him a "natural solider," while Lisa, the first female ever to join the academy, remains an outcast despite enduring the same hazing as her brother. Bart tries to keep her spirits up, while keeping the fact that he cares about her a secret from the others.

At the end of term, a final challenge awaits all the students; they must pass a physical test called "The Eliminator." In the Commandant's own words, it's a "150 foot hand-over-hand crawl across a 60 gauge Hemp-Jute line with a blister factor of 12. The rope is suspended a full 40 feet over a solid British acre of Old Growth Connecticut Valley Thorn Bushes." Bart helps Lisa to train in secret. The others cheer when she nearly falls off, and Bart starts calling out helpful things such as, "C'mon, you can do it!" and "I believe in you Lisa!" They both pass, and Lisa receives a medal for "Satisfactory Completion of the Second Grade."

Homer and Marge pick up Bart and Lisa from school, and agree to take them to Disneyland for real. But it turns out they've been tricked agan, as they're being taken to a dentist—which makes Bart and Lisa sad, but Homer and Marge find to be funny.


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