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Lisa the Tree Hugger

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Couch gag: The family are dressed as Teletubbies. Maggie claps as they all sit down.

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Guest voice:
Joshua Jackson as eco-hunk Jesse Grass

Synopsis: Lisa lives in a tree to stop it being cut down.

Discussion: Despite a lot of great lines (“Have a good time at hippy club!”), this episode falls flat for me. Buoyed by eco-hunk Jesse, Lisa agrees to live in Springfield’s oldest tree in order to stop it being cut down by a rich Texan. Yawn. I feel that we’ve been over this before… sure, it’s great to see Lisa on her high horse about environmental issues again, and to feel the adrenalin of having another crush, but really, it’s just too predictable. I read that the last piece, about Lisa Land’s log floating out to sea, was a last minute inclusion. It totally looks it too.

Lisa’s rampant environmentalism hasn’t been explored for a while. Jesse Grass is the kind of enviro-hero you want to see: he’s just dreamy! Marge remarks he’d be cute if he weren’t so idealistic… Nothing wrong with ideals. The plot was sorta kinda based on a real person who lived in a tree for TWO YEARS!! I cannot comprehend that kind of commitment, never mind the day to day living in the tree part. Go you!

Anyhoo, this episode ends up in the realms of average. It’s too predictable to be fantastic but the addition of charismatic Jesse Grass definitely lifts it.

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