Round 32: Springfield Up vs. Lisa On Ice

Round 32: JABF07 vs. 2F05.

JABF07: “Springfield Up” (Season 18 / February 18, 2007)
Written by Matt Warburton
Directed by Chuck Sheetz
Showrunner: Al Jean

Growing Up Springfield

Earlier this year I watched the first seven films in Michael Apted’s “Up” series – still waiting for the eighth and most recent one to hit Netflix – so I enjoyed the Simpsons‘ take on it very much. There are some nice visual references in the beginning, and some thematic references, too. For an episode so far into Zombie Simpsons territory it’s surprisingly good. But obviously they had to put in an incredibly awful Smithers joke so there’d still be a bitter aftertaste. So close, though.

2F05: “Lisa On Ice” (Season 6 / November 13, 1994)
Written by Mike Scully
Directed by Bob Anderson
Showrunner: David Mirkin

Bart Simpson in Mrs. Krabappel's class.

“Bart Simpson, stop raising your hand. You haven’t had one right answer today.”

Like in “Burns’ Heir,” we get an angry and mean Homer here, but like in that episode it’s bearable because it’s just for a couple of jokes and not fueling the main plot. Although I’ll always prefer the Homer of “Lost Our Lisa,” genuinely caring for and helping out his kid, to the Homer of “Lisa On Ice,” pitting his kids against each other.

But the center here is Bart and Lisa’s rivalry, and it’s a great example of what the show does (well, did) so well: kids behaving and experiencing things like kids. Plus it’s a lot of fun and beautifully animated.

  • “Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girl sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing and such and such.”

The winner: 2F05: “Lisa On Ice.”