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Lisa's Pony 

Homer buys Lisa a pony that the family can ill afford.


Carlos Baeza


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Tattoo / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Pet Store Clerk / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Jerry / Bleeding Gums Murphy / Phineas Q. Butterfat's Clerk / Mr. Roarke / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Johnny Carson (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Credit Union Clerk / Kid (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Singing Kid / Aristocrat (voice)
Frank Welker ... Monkeys / Princess (voice)


Homer loses much of Lisa's respect for him after he botches the task of getting her a saxophone reed she needs for a talent show. Homer realizes that he's been ignoring Lisa since she was a baby and thinks that's what's causing problems now, so he buys Lisa a pony to change her opinion of him.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

7 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lunchlady Doris makes her first appearance in this episode as one of the judges in the talent show. See more »


Homer is hired to work the 12am-8am shift at the Kwik E Mart, but when Bart is bothering him at the store, it is daytime. However, depending on the time of year, the sun could very well be up for hours of this shift. See more »


[Homer goes to the plant credit union to get a loan to buy Lisa a pony]
Homer: Uh, I'd like to borrow $5,000.
Bank Clerk: Sorry, I can't approve a loan that size myself.
[she walks off; Mr. Burns and Smithers appear]
Mr. Burns: Hello.
Homer: Aah!
Mr. Burns: Simpson, eh? How can I help you?
Homer: Mr. Burns, you do this personally?
Mr. Burns: Oh, it's a hobby. I'm not in this for any personal gain, heavens no! By the way, are you acquainted with our state's stringent usury laws?
Homer: Us-ury?
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Alternate Versions

Homer's dream sequence was accompanied by a version of the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" when originally aired. A different song is featured in the syndicated version, although the original soundtrack plays on the Season 3 DVD set. See more »


Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


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Rather Heartwarming Episode!
13 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the eighth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and it is funny and heartwarming. There is a sweet message about how love for one's child can make a parent do anything they can. I found it hilarious that towards the end, Homer was essentially acting like a zombie. There are a few sad moments here as well, but they go hand-in-hand with the heartwarming.

In this episode, "Lisa's Pony," Homer fails to bring Lisa a new sax reed in time for her talent show and she is upset. Homer buys her a pony to cheer her up, but now the family is running short of money. That makes Homer take a second job at the Kwik-E Mart in order to help pay things off.

Overall, this is an excellent episode. Not only because of the underlying themes, but because of the movie references. I loved the references to both 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Godfather. This is one of the best episodes this season. I rate this episode 9/10.

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