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Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy

Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy

Rating: 3.6 (161 votes)

Plot

Realizing that he is getting older, Grampa decides to give his family their inheritance before they die. He takes them to the mall, where Lisa buys the new talking Malibu Stacey. However, she soon finds out that the speaks sexist phrases that demean women. When her complaints go unnoticed, she tracks down Stacey Lovell, the original creator of the doll. However, on learning that she does not work for the company anymore, Lisa persuades Stacey to help he make their own talking doll, without stereotypes. Meanwhile, Grampa takes a job a Krusty burger to go where the action is, but soon realizes that he belongs on the other side of the counter with the complaining pensioners. Lisa and Stacey create their doll, called "Lisa Lionheart," however they discover they cannot beat the big business of Malibu Stacey. When a little girl buys Lisa's doll, Lisa concludes that getting through to that one girl will all be worth it.


Memorable quotes

Grampa: Looking at that tired old freak has made me realize I'm no spring chicken myself. I can feel death's clammy hand on my shoulder... wait, that's my hand.

Grampa: I leave these: a box of mint-condition 1918 liberty-head silver dollars. You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J. D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run of the house with a big washtub and… hey! Where are you going?

Grampa: Anyway, about my washtub. I’d just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as... a walking bird. We'd always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called "baseball"...

Grampa: Eh, why didn't you get something useful, like storm windows, or a nice pipe organ? I'm thirsty! Ew, what smells like mustard? There're sure a lot of ugly people in your neighborhood. Oh! Look at that one. Ow, my glaucoma just got worse. The president isn’t Democrat! Hello? I can't unbuckle my seat belt. Hello? (coming inside) There are too many leaves in your walkway...

Grampa: Why are you people avoiding me? Does my withered face remind you of the grim specter of Death?
Homer: Yes, but there's more. Dad, I love you...but you're a weird, sore-headed old crank, and nobody likes you.

Lisa: It's not funny, Bart. Millions of girls will grow up thinking that this is the right way to act - that they can never be more than vacuous ninnies whose only goal is to look pretty, land a rich husband, and spend all day on the phone with their equally vacuous friends talking about how damn terrific it is to look pretty and have a rich husband!
Bart: Just what I was going to say.

Lisa: Mom! We could go on the factory tour and I could complain in person!
Marge: Honey, you're not going to throw red paint at the executives, are you? The Keebler people were very upset.

Lisa: It's awful being a kid. No one listens to you.
Grampa: It's rotten being old. No one listens to you.
Homer: I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are!

Lisa: Change what she says. It's your company.
Stacey: Not since I was forced out in 1974. They said my way of thinking just wasn't cost effective.
Lisa: That's awful.
Stacey: Well, that, and I was funneling profits to the Viet Cong.

Mr. Peterson: We need some more secret sauce. Put this mayonnaise in the sun.

Lisa: I'd be mortified if someone ever made a lousy product with the Simpson name on it.

Lisa: This is great. They're really going to sell our doll!
Stacey: Well, it wasn't difficult. I just told them who I was, and who you were, and they couldn't resist.
Lisa: Really?
Stacey: Well, I didn't tell them who you were.

Grampa: I shouldn't be listening to complaints - I should be making them with you guys! The good Lord lets us grow old for a reason: to gain the wisdom to find fault with everything He's made.

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Notes

  • Stores at the Springfield Mall include: ''House of no Refunds,'' ''One Size Fits All Lingerie,'' ''Yoghurt Nook,'' and ''Origami Designs.'' Flanders' Leftorium can also be seen.
  • The sign outside Kidstown USA reads: ''Not Affiliated With Kidstown Juvenile Correction Farm.''
  • Smithers wears his ID card in the Malibu Stacey film.
  • Bart is in the photo accompanying the gay rights story in the newspaper.
  • The sign in front of the factory: ''PetroChem Petrochemical Corporation, Proud Makers of Caustic Polypropylene and Malibu Stacy.''

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References

  • The ''We Love You, Matlock'' song parodies the ''We Love You, Conrad'' song from Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Homer plays on the giant keyboard at the toy store a la Big.
  • The Buzz cola commercial is reminiscent of an ad for Pepsi.

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