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Smart and Smarter

Couch gag: The family are delivered to the couch via dry cleaning bags

Director: Steve Dean Moore

Guest Voice:
Simon Cowell as Henry

Synopsis: When Maggie is found to be more intelligent than Lisa, Lisa struggles with her identity and role in the family.

Discussion: Another case of deja vu. Lisa struggles with identity and is jealous that someone is smarter than her. We’ve seen it before (click on the links for more info). The difference this time is that she’s competing against her own sister, which is surely much worse than anything she’s encountered before. Oh, to be eight again! So little to worry about…

Anyhoo, Lisa’s struggle with identity sees her trying to be different people in order to gain acceptance. I don’t know what the point is during this sequence, it’s quite obvious that she’s still Lisa and how her peers view her isn’t going to change if she’s wearing a cheerleader outfit. Realising that changing her outfits wasn’t going to cut it, Lisa decides to run away and live at the museum. An excellent choice, until she decided to sleep on a tongue of a giant, working model of the digestive system. Eww.

In the end (of the ep, not the digestive system), Henry and snobbish cohort inform the family that Maggie is not actually smart, she’s been coached by Lisa. I feel cheated by this ending. What’s wrong with having a smart baby and Lisa perpetually in her shadow? In true sitcom style, this doesn’t even have to be referenced ever again- Maggie could go on dancing to Sex Bomb and sucking her pacifier like always and maybe there’s a problem and the family turn to Maggie but she doesn’t speak so it’s a pointless exercise… And I’m rambling again. Instead, we’re left with Maggie as a regular baby with average intelligence and Lisa feeling like Queen Bee again. Cheated, I tell you. Cheated!

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