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Summer of 4'2" 

After realizing how unpopular she is, a disillusioned Lisa sees the vacation to Ned Flanders' beach house as an opportunity to reinvent herself.


Mark Kirkland


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Eustace B. Tilley (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Chuck / Ralph Wiggum / Nelson Muntz / Alice (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Lou / Ben / Val-U-Mart Owner (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ice Cream Man / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders (voice)
Christina Ricci ... Erin (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Becky (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Girl #1 / Dean / Rick (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover / Pippi Longstocking (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Beezee (voice)


The end of the school year, and an empty yearbook causes Lisa to contemplate her lack of popularity. When Ned Flanders is summoned for jury duty and offers Homer a chance to stay at his beach house, Lisa sees this as the opportunity to reinvent herself as a slacker in the hope of gaining friends, which proves to be far more successful than she could possibly imagine --- but not if Bart has any say in the matter. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

19 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


TeeJay's ZayMart is a spoof of defunct retailer Zayre and parent company T.J. Maxx. See more »


When Marge and Lisa are talking in the bedroom at the beach house, there is a picture over each of the beds of Ned and Maude. In a subsequent shot, one of the pictures changes to a portrait of Rod and Todd. See more »


[the school bell rings]
Milhouse: School's out! Up yours, Krabappel!
[Milhouse runs off, no one else moves]
Mrs. Krabappel: Well, I'm glad the rest of you remembered that summer vacation starts at the end of the day, not the beginning.
[Krabappel motions to a clock that reads; 9 am]
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Alternate Versions

The syndicated version also misses out on the scene with Bart and Milhouse at the beach after Lisa gets her new look. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) See more »


All Summer Long
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Season 7: Wider plots but good use of the ensemble cast and generally very funny and clever
26 November 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This seventh season of the Simpsons sees the quality kept high. The plots this time are variable but are mostly good and even when fantastic, remain grounded in who the characters are an stay about them rather than the plot devices themselves. This isn't always the case as there are a few weaker episodes which are about the events (eg Homerpalooza) but they are in the minority. The majority of the episodes also use the ensemble cast really well, so while there may be one main plot, there are usually smaller ones involving others of the family and also plenty of good asides involving supporting cast.

The writing remains fresh and smart with only a very few pop cultural things which have fallen by the wayside in the passing years. Generally though by staying true to the characters the writing works well and also has plenty of funny dialogue, visual gags and throwaways all around. The voice cast delivery is as consistent as in previous seasons although my favorites remains the supporting voices from Azaria, Hartman and Shearer. Animation is great and the design and detail is easy to overlook because it is so well done that it looks easy.

Another really enjoyable, engaging and funny season of The Simpsons – perhaps not the heights of it at its best as a season, but still really setting a high bar.

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