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Episode Number 170
Production Code 4F13
Original Airdate March 2, 1997
Couch Gag Wave couch gag
Show Runner(s) Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Written By Dan Greaney
Directed By Jim Reardon
Dislocated shoulder, a bump on the noggin. My diagnosis... Bad babysitting!
―Dr. Hibbert in Lisa's nightmare.

"My Sister, My Sitter" is the seventeenth episode of Season 8 and originally aired on March 2, 1997. The episode was written by Dan Greaney and directed by Jim Reardon.

SynopsisEdit

Lisa's babysitting reputation is put to the test when she is assigned the task of babysitting Bart and Maggie, for which Bart is determined to make Lisa's life a 'living Hell'. It is also the 170th episode overall.

Full Story Edit

Inspired by reading a book about two babysitters, Lisa embarks on a career in babysitting. After many successful jobs, when Homer and Marge go out for the night, Lisa is left in charge of Bart. Bart becomes outraged with the proposition, so he decides to 'teach' Lisa a lesson that he is not so easy to babysit. First, he refuses to eat his dinner. Next, he watches TV without Lisa's approval. He feeds Maggie ice cream with caffeine in it, causing her to run rampant in a hyper state. Then, he makes outrageous orders by phone, including a massive sandwich and hiring Krusty, leaving Lisa to answer the door for each one. When Lisa finally orders him to go to bed, Bart finds loopholes in her instructions.

Enraged, Lisa starts chasing him around the house, and accidentally knocks him down the stairs,causing a large lump to form on Barts head,and giving him a dislocated elbow. However, despite the dislocated arm and the bump on his head, Bart continues to make baby-sitting hard for Lisa. Bart locks himself in his room, preserving his injury to show their parents. He then bangs his head against the door 'to make the lump bigger', knocking himself out.

Lisa considers calling Dr. Hibbert for help, but realises her reputation as a babysitter will be ruined - Lisa decides she must get him to a hospital without anyone knowing. She finds Dr. Nick's number in the phone book, and climbs into Bart's room via a tree to recover him. She pops him in a wheelbarrow, along with Maggie, locked in a pet cage.

At the emergency clinic, Lisa can't get Bart an appointment, so she decides to take her cargo to the hospital by foot. After avoiding discovery by Chief Wiggum, Bart falls out of the barrow, sliding down a muddy hill. Lisa follows with Maggie and the barrow, only to have a searchlight turned on her. She has ended up at the Squidport opening Marge and Homer were attending, along with many Springfield residents, Dr. Hibbert included. The panicked onlookers assume Bart is dead, Lisa is on drugs and Maggie was being taken to be drowned. This is quickly debunked by Hibbert.

Bart gets treated for his injuries, apologizing to Lisa for being a jerk and ruining her babysitting business. She later gets calls from Dr. Hibbert and Ned Flanders, asking her to babysit for them.

Citations Edit

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Treehouse of Horror VIIYou Only Move TwiceThe Homer They FallBurns, Baby BurnsBart After DarkA Milhouse DividedLisa's Date with DensityHurricane NeddyEl Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)The Springfield FilesThe Twisted World of Marge SimpsonMountain of MadnessSimpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)ciousThe Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie ShowHomer's PhobiaBrother from Another SeriesMy Sister, My SitterHomer vs. the Eighteenth AmendmentGrade School ConfidentialThe Canine MutinyThe Old Man and the LisaIn Marge We TrustHomer's EnemyThe Simpsons Spin-Off ShowcaseThe Secret War of Lisa Simpson

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