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"All About Lisa"
The Simpsons episode
AllAboutLisa.jpg
The episode's promotional image featuring Krusty the Clown, Lisa, and Drew Carey.
Episode no. 420
Prod. code KABF13
Orig. airdate May 18, 2008
Show runner(s) Al Jean
Written by John Frink
Directed by Steven Dean Moore
Couch gag The family is dragged onto a computer screen then are put into the recycle bin.
Guest star(s) Drew Carey[1]

"All About Lisa"[1] is the twentieth episode and season finale of The Simpsons' nineteenth season, and first aired on May 18, 2008. Lisa Simpson becomes Krusty the Clown's newest assistant and steals his spotlight. She wins Entertainer of the Year at the Springfield Media awards, but is warned that with her sudden fame comes a new attitude towards others and herself.[1] Meanwhile, Homer and Bart bond over their newfound love of coin collecting.[1] The episode features narration by Sideshow Mel.[2] It was written by John Frink and directed by Steven Dean Moore.[1] Drew Carey guest voices as himself, appearing as a guest on Krusty's show.[1]

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Plot

Lisa receives Entertainer of the Year Award.[1]

The episode begins at the 38th Annual Springfield Media Awards, and is narrated by Sideshow Mel. Inside the hall, the Entertainer of the Year Award goes to Lisa Simpson. Mel then explains how Lisa became an entertainer. At Krusty the Clown's 4,000th episode, Krusty decides to hire brand-new "Krustkateers", children who used to star alongside Krusty in his early episodes. Bart has the best performance of all the children auditioning, but Krusty chooses Nelson Muntz instead. Lisa decides to defend Bart and demands Krusty hire him. However, Krusty decides to hire Lisa as his intern instead.

As Krusty's intern, Lisa is frequently bullied by Krusty. Noticing how Krusty degrades Lisa, Mel tells her that Krusty is very conceited, so in order to bear Krusty's rudeness, Lisa must compliment him. Lisa takes Sideshow Mel's advice, and a conceited Krusty finally praises Lisa's assistance. Meanwhile, Bart and Homer decide to sell all of Krusty's merchandise in Bart's room. Comic Book Guy trades a coin album and a bicentennial quarter for the collection. Bart and Homer start coin collecting. When the two believe they have filled the entire collection book, they discover a secret coin slot for the rare 1917 "Kissing Lincolns" penny. When Krusty fails to entertain the audience at one of his shows, Lisa attempts to make Krusty look better. After pushing Krusty off the diving board, the entire audience laughs at Krusty and praises Lisa, who's mind is swept with fame and fortune. Krusty is warned by his agent that Lisa's popularity may steal his spotlight. Later, Krusty discovers the network executives have hired Lisa to replace him, and have renamed the show "The Lisa Show". Lisa becomes an overnight success, but Sideshow Mel warns Lisa not to overdo her pride. Krusty is relegated to a local late-night talk show.

Bart and Homer head to a coin auction house in an attempt to buy the "Kissing Lincolns" penny, but Mr. Burns buys it instead. Mr. Burns does not willingly give Homer the penny, but unknowingly gives it to Homer as part of change for a nickel. The flashback concludes, and Lisa is shown proudly accepting her award. After the awards show, Mel reveals to Lisa that he had previously won the Entertainer of the Year Award. But he also tells Lisa that nobody who won the award has ever received any long lasting fame. Lisa realizes that she needs to get out of the business while she still can. She runs back out on stage and calls Krusty up, giving him a chance to be in the spotlight again. The episode ends with Krusty regaining his reputation and his show, where he continues to torture Mel to make people laugh.[1][2][3]

Cultural references

Reception

Robert Canning of IGN said the episode lacked the normal spark and was an average season finale. He also criticized the premise of the main plot for being identical to that of "Bart Gets Famous". Although he gave it a lackluster review, he said Homer's storyline, despite being a "time filler", had more laughs. He gives the episode a final 5.8.[4] In its original run, the episode was watched by 6.11 million, which makes it the sixth lowest watched episode in the history of The Simpsons after "Mona Leaves-a", "No Loan Again, Naturally", "Gone Maggie Gone", "Lisa the Drama Queen" and "Four Great Women and a Manicure".[5] At the Springfield Showbiz Awards, the MC's quote, "We now come to our final award: Entertainer of the Year. An award so prestigious that it recently won the 'Award of the Year' Award at the 2007 Awardie Awards," was nominated for Best Quote of the Week.[6]

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