- ―Ling's first word
Ling Bouvier is the adopted daughter of Selma Bouvier after she discovered that she had reached menopause.
She first appears in Goo Goo Gai Pan.
Selma adopted Ling in Beijing, China after discovering that she had reached menopause. She lied about being married to Homer Simpson, in order to fool the local authorities into thinking that Ling would be part of a traditional family as opposed to a single mother. Though she and Jacqueline Bouvier have only been seen once together, Jacqueline is her adopted grandmother. It is later revealed in Changing of the Guardian that Selma and Patty push her to her limit in numerous hobbies and fail to praise her. It is unknown who her biological parents are nor is it known if they are alive or deceased.
Behind the Laughter
In her first appearance in Goo Goo Gai Pan she only made a few appearances making baby giggles and her only actual word in the series was "momma". During her other 3 appearances she did not talk.
She appears slightly older by "Changing of the Guardian", walking, exhibiting manual dexterity, and even performing gymnastics. She also seems able to speak in complete sentences, saying "Help me!" to Marge.
Note: All of Ling's major appearances are in bold.
- In Changing of the Guardian, Ling is shown to have grown a couple of years older since her first appearance in Goo Goo Gai Pan, although for some reason, Maggie, who is about the same age as Ling, has not.
- She is one of the few characters who has aged in the series.
- She was voiced by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart, making her the only Bouvier female not voiced by Julie Kavner.