Round 126: Lisa the Greek vs. Treehouse of Horror XI

Round 126: 8F12 vs. BABF21.

8F12: “Lisa the Greek” (Season 3 / January 23, 1992)
Written by Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed by Rich Moore
Showrunners: Al Jean & Mike Reiss

The Simpsons 8F12 Lisa the Greek

Sweet little episode. Homer and Lisa stories are always special to me, and this one explores their relationship very nicely.

  • -Homer: “You see, Lisa, your mother has this crazy idea that gambling is wrong, even though they say it’s okay in the Bible.”
    -Lisa: “Really? Where?”
    -Homer: “Uh… somewhere in the back.”

BABF21: “Treehouse of Horror XI” (Season 12 / November 1, 2000)
Written by Rob LaZebnik, Mike Scully, John Frink, Don Payne, Carolyn Omine
Directed by Matthew Nastuk
Showrunner: Mike Scully

The Simpsons BABF21 Treehouse of Horror XI

Only made it half-way through. It’s crazy, I know, but I’m one of the few people who actually can get enough of splattering blood and horrible violence in my cartoon shows.

The winner: 8F12, “Lisa the Greek.”


Round 71: Margical History Tour vs. Dial “N” for Nerder

Round 71: FABF06 vs. KABF07.

FABF06: “Margical History Tour” (Season 15 / February 8, 2004)
Written by Brian Kelley
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Showrunner: Al Jean

Bart Simpson, as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dying

I get why the writers like to stick our familiar characters into historic settings every once in a while, and there’s some fun stuff here, but overall I can live without these anthology episodes. And, this being season 15, there are of course a few crude jokes that probably replaced better ones in the last draft of the script, like Lisa trying to grow a penis. Sigh.

KABF07: “Dial ‘N’ for Nerder” (Season 19 / March 9, 2008)
Written by Carolyn Omine & William Wright
Directed by Bob Anderson
Showrunner: Al Jean

Nelson Muntz as Lieutenant Columbo

Bart and Lisa’s story is pretty solid for an episode so far into Zombie Simpsons territory, but it can’t redeem the awfulness that is the Homer and Marge plot.

The winner: FABF06, “Margical History Tour.”