Lisa's happiness comes at a price for Homer.
Written by Al Jean and Mike Reiss
Directed by Carlos Baeza
Also starring: Doris Grau, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker
Special guest voice: Marcia Wallace (as Ms Krabappel)
Premise: Homer embarrasses Lisa horribly at a school concert. To make it up to her, he buys her Princess, a pony - but he has to take a second job, at the Kwik-E-Mart, to pay for its upkeep.
Features: Principal Skinner, Grampa, Jasper, Moe, Groundskeeper Willie, Milhouse, Ms Krabappel, Lunchlady Doris, Bleedin' Gums Murphy, Sherri and Terri, Nelson Muntz, Ned Flanders, Maude Flanders, Smithers, Mr Burns, Apu, Ralph.
Couch: The Simpsons rush in - and sit on Homer.
- Princess is bought from the Grateful Gelding Stables.
Homage: When Lisa was taking her first steps, Homer was busy watching the cheesy seventies TV series Fantasy Island. There's a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1969) which we aren't going to spoil by explaining here. National Velvet (Clarence Brown, 1945) also supplies a reference.
Notes for Brits: The sequence in which Homer's sleeping self drifts away is inspired by the US cartoon strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, which dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.
Look out for: Lisa waking up with Princess in her bed.
Notes: In which Lisa has to face up to her responsibilities as the only level-headed member of the family. We get some nice flashbacks to Lisa as a baby (but not as cute as those in Lisa on Ice. Good stuff.