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Encyclopedia > Lisa the Skeptic
The Simpsons episode
"Lisa the Skeptic"
Episode no. 186
Prod. code 5F05
Orig. airdate November 23, 1997
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by David S. Cohen
Directed by Neil Affleck
Chalkboard "I will not tease fatty"
Couch gag Three old men in towels use the couch as a sauna, with one of them pouring water onto the coals. The family arrives in the room in towels and leave.
Guest star Stephen Jay Gould as himself
DVD commentary by Matt Groening
Mike Scully
David X. Cohen
George Meyer
Yeardley Smith
Pete Michels
Season 9
September 21, 1997May 17, 1998
  1. The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson
  2. The Principal and the Pauper
  3. Lisa's Sax
  4. Treehouse of Horror VIII
  5. The Cartridge Family
  6. Bart Star
  7. The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons
  8. Lisa the Skeptic
  9. Realty Bites
  10. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
  11. All Singing, All Dancing
  12. Bart Carny
  13. The Joy of Sect
  14. Das Bus
  15. The Last Temptation of Krust
  16. Dumbbell Indemnity
  17. Lisa the Simpson
  18. This Little Wiggy
  19. Simpson Tide
  20. The Trouble with Trillions
  21. Girly Edition
  22. Trash of the Titans
  23. King of the Hill
  24. Lost Our Lisa
  25. Natural Born Kissers
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The three people are caricatures of (left to right) Rich Moore, Wes Archer and David Silverman[1] The following is a list of directors who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Neil Affleck is an animator on The Simpsons. ... Bart writes The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with Hail Satan The chalkboard gag is a running visual joke that occurs during the opening credits of many episodes of The Simpsons. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... A sauna on Lake Vättern, in Karlsborg Municipality, Sweden. ... (left to right) Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Keith Richards, Homer, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz and Brian Setzer guest starred in the heavily promoted season 14 episode How I Spent My Strummer Vacation. This is a list of guest stars who appeared on The Simpsons. ... It has been suggested that Darwinian Fundamentalism be merged into this article or section. ... The Simpsons DVD season boxsets have been released since 2001 in different regions all over the world. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[3] his family name is pronounced ) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons,[4] Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... Mike Scully Mike Scully is a former executive producer of the Fox series The Simpsons (Seasons 9-12, 1997-2001). ... David X. Cohen (born David Samuel Cohen) is a writer for The Simpsons and head writer and executive producer of Futurama. ... George Meyer is a producer and writer for The Simpsons, and arguably the writer who has contributed the most to the show over its long run. ... Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Pete Michels is an animation director on Family Guy. ... The Simpsons 9th season (September 1997 - May 1998) began on Sunday, September 21, 1997 with The City of New York vs. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The City of New York vs. ... The Principal and the Pauper is the second episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Lisas Sax is the third episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, which explains how she got her saxophone. ... Treehouse of Horror VIII is the fourth episode of The Simpsons ninth season, as well as the eighth Halloween episode. ... The Cartridge Family is the fifth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Bart Star is the sixth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... The Two Mrs. ... Realty Bites is the ninth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Miracle on Evergreen Terrace is the 10th episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... All Singing, All Dancing is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Bart Carny is the twelfth episode of the ninth season of the animated series The Simpsons. ... The Joy of Sect is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Das Bus is the 14th episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, and a parody of the book and film Lord of the Flies. ... The Last Temptation of Krust is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Dumbbell Indemnity is an episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Lisa the Simpson is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... This Little Wiggy is the eighteenth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Simpson Tide is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... The Trouble with Trillions is the 20th episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Girly Edition is the 21st episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons // Spoiler warning: After Groundskeeper Willie confiscates his skateboard, Bart decides to get back at him by filling up his shack with a tankerfull of creamed corn as he sleeps. ... Trash of the Titans is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... King of the Hill (not to be confused with the animated series of the same name), is the 23rd episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Lost Our Lisa is the twenty-fourth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Natural Born Kissers is the last episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, and is especially notable for its risque subject matter. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

As Homer attempts to get a motor boat, a new shopping mall in Springfield is being built on an area where a large number of fossils were found. Lisa condemns and protests the building of the mall. Thanks to her protest, it prompts the school to conduct an archaeological dig. When Lisa is digging, it reveals a human skeleton with wings. Springfield's residents are convinced it is an angel, and Homer cashes in by moving the skeleton into the family's garage; however, Lisa is skeptical, believing it may not actually be an angel, and even has Stephen Jay Gould test a sample of the skeleton. The next day, Dr Gould runs to the Simpson house and said the tests came out inconclusive and after Lisa on television compares belief in angels to belief in unicorns and leprechauns, Springfield's religious zealots riot and destroy all of the scientific institutions. In keeping with the typical collective Springfield intelligence, the victims of this rampage include a Christian Science library. Lisa goes into the garage to destroy the skeleton; however, it has disappeared. Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... For the Simpsons episode, see $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling). ... Three small ammonite fossils, each approximately 1. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character on the animated television series The Simpsons, and is voiced by Yeardley Smith. ... A Gothic angel in ivory, c1250, Louvre An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... It has been suggested that Darwinian Fundamentalism be merged into this article or section. ... The Unicorn (from Latin unus one and cornu horn) is a legendary creature whose power is exceeded only by its mystery. ... A modern stereotypical depiction of a Leprechaun of the type popularised in the 20th Century. ... Institutions are structures and mechanisms of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of two or more individuals. ... Christian Science is a religious teaching regarding the efficacy of spiritual healing according to the interpretation of the Bible by Mary Baker Eddy, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (First published in 1875). ...


When the skeleton reappears, it carries a foreboding message that The End will come at sundown. As for science vs. religion, Judge Snyder issues a restraining order that keeps science and religion 500 yards apart at all times. Sundown approaches, and Springfield's citizens are frightened, but nothing catastrophic occurs. The skeleton suddenly yells "Prepare for the end... the end of high prices!" and is hoisted over to the entrance of a new discount shopping mall. Lisa realizes that the "end is near" saga was actually a publicity stunt for the mall as a way to exploit the deepest beliefs of people, and calls for a boycott of the mall. However, the bargain-hunting public still go shopping immediately; Dr Gould also confesses to Lisa that he actually didn't do any testing. In the end Marge points out to Lisa that, despite all her skepticism, for a few seconds while the Angel was rising Lisa really did believe the Angel was real. Lisa denies this, but thanks her mother for her support in her moment of weakness. Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that either prohibits or compels (enjoins or restrains) a party from continuing a particular activity. ...


Cultural references

Gabriel José García Márquez, also known as Gabo (born March 6, 1928), is a Colombian novelist, journalist, publisher, political activist, and recipient of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. ... This article is in need of attention. ... A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Spanish:Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes) is a fictional short story by author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ... Americas Dumbest Criminals is a television series featuring news reports and reconstructions of particularly foolish criminal behavior, which makes the polices job of arresting them very easy. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer who was a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. ... Messiah (1741) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. ... Scientific American is a popular-science magazine, published (first weekly and later monthly) since August 28, 1845, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. ... Treehouse of Horror VIII is the fourth episode of The Simpsons ninth season, as well as the eighth Halloween episode. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981, Academy Award-winning adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. ... An October 1869 photograph showing the Cardiff Giant being exhumed. ...

Trivia

It has been suggested that Darwinian Fundamentalism be merged into this article or section. ... Papas Got a Brand New Badge is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons thirteenth season. ... The Simpsons Hit & Run is a video game based on The Simpsons franchise and the last one as yet made for consoles. ...

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