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Separate Vocations 

The results of a standardized test steer Bart in the direction of law and order at Springfield Elementary School. However, Lisa becomes so depressed by her results that she turns to juvenile delinquency.

Director:

Jeffrey Lynch

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Machine Operator / Mayor Quimby / Groundskeeper Willie / Lawyer in Bart's Fantasy / Mr. Glascock / Panicking Teacher #2 / Hippie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Kearney / Panicking Teacher #1 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Mailman / Lou / Snake / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Chief Wiggum / Mr. Montone (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Dr. J. Loren Pryor / Jazz Musician / Eddie / Act Two Announcer / Principal Skinner (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover / Mrs. Winfield (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Sherri / Martin Prince (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Janey Powell / Kid / Bad Girl #2 / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Bad Girl #1 (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Steve Allen ... Bart's Electronically Altered Voice (voice)
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Storyline

After taking a career aptitude test at school, Bart is surprised to hear that "police officer" is his ideal vocation, while Lisa is devastated to be told that she is only fit to be a homemaker. Bart becomes a hall monitor, while Lisa adopts a sulky, rebellious attitude. Written by crouchbk

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Plot Keywords:

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There was a discussion amongst the writing team of whether the episode should end with a joke or have a "sweet" ending. Mike Reiss said "With the better angels in our nature, we went with the sweet ending [of Lisa playing her saxophone for Bart]." See more »

Goofs

Eddie makes up a phonetic alphabet when calling in Snake's license plate. The NATO phonetic alphabet that the officer should have used would call the plate in as "Echo X-ray Charlie Oscar November." See more »

Quotes

Mr. Flascock: This is a great day for me! I thought I could never teach again.
Principal Skinner: Oh, times have changed. There will be no more mockery of your name, Mr. Flascock.
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Connections

Edited into The Simpsons: Lisa's Sax (1997) See more »

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Excellent Episode!
16 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the eighteenth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and it's a very good episode and it asks the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Of course, we will get to see the Simpsons answers in this episode. It's pretty funny and we get to see Lisa and Bart become the exact opposite of their usual characters.

In this episode, "Separate Vocations," Bart and Lisa take a career aptitude test at school and Lisa is destined to become a homemaker, thus ruining her music career and Bart is told he was going to be a police officer. Lisa is crushed by the result and becomes a rebellious person, while Bart gets better grades and even becomes hall monitor.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode and it was nice to see what Lisa's and Bart's characters would be like as the total opposite from what us viewers are used to seeing. So this ended up being an interesting episode. I rate this episode 9/10.


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