“Lisa the Greek,” season 3 episode 14
As they like to say where I’m from, it’s football time in Tennessee! (And everywhere else in America!) Really, that means one thing: snacks. It also means it’s the perfect time to visit “Lisa the Greek,” a season three cutie.
Homer is watching football and eating an insane amount of snacks at an alarming rate, almost stopping his heart. He calls Moe to place a bet on the game as Lisa tries to show him the Malibu Stacy dollhouse she made. He dismissed her in lieu of the TV, and Lisa laments to her mom that Homer’s never interested in anything she likes. Marge suggests that Lisa tries taking an interest in the stuff Homer likes, such as football.
Lisa joins Homer on the couch. He’s watching sports shows trying to decide which team to put a bet on, and even calls the coach hotline. He ends up just asking Lisa who he should put his money on. With a bet on the line, they both get into the game and enjoy watching together. Plus, she guessed right!
From then on, they watch the games together every Sunday, and Lisa’s intuitive powers lead them to more gambling victories. They’re bonding on their daddy-daughter days and cleaning up while they’re at it. Homer starts spoiling the family with his winnings, taking them to a fancy meal and buying them gifts (like Meryl’s Streep’s perfume, Versatility).
Lisa suggests that next Sunday after the Superbowl they continue their daddy-daughter days and go on a hike up Mt. Springfield. Homer tells her he’s going bowling with Barney that day, and Lisa is upset. She proclaims that he is just using her to gamble.
Homer tries to patch things up with Lisa, but can’t help asking what team to bet on for the Super Bowl. She’s disappointed, and tells him to bet on Washington… BUT she might be so “clouded with rage” that she subconsciously wants him to lose. If Washington wins, she still loves him. If Buffalo wins, she doesn’t.
Homer can’t stand hearing Lisa play the blues, so he heads to Moe’s to watch the game. Moe is having his Super Sunday Brunch Spectacular, and Barney can’t believe it. Bologna! Bread! Homer watches the game and weeps every time Buffalo scores. When someone asks him what he has riding on the game he replies “my daughter” (What a gambler!).
Washington wins, and even though Homer didn’t bet a cent, he’s elated that his daughter still loves him. “Money comes and money goes, but what I have with my daughter could go on eight more years!” The two reunite for a daddy-daughter day hike up Mt. Springfield, happily ever after.
Want to be as good a host as Moe and no better? Then serve Moe’s Super Sunday Brunch Spectacular. It’s literally the least you can do. (Read on for a recipe actually worth serving.)
Moe’s Super Sunday Brunch Spectacular
1 package plain white bread
1 package bologna
Don’t even bother opening or unwrapping, just set these out and see what happens. Maybe a Barney will come to your party and be super impressed.
While planning your next game day bash, I have a hunch you can do better than Moe’s Super Sunday Brunch Spectacular. In fact, I’ve provided a recipe that only calls for two additional ingredients and it is so much better it’s crazy. In fact, it’s a pretty perfect app for a Super Bowl party.
Fried Bologna Sliders
Makes 20 sliders
10 slices Texas toast-style bread (thick-cut)
1 package thick-cut bologna (10 slices)
Bread and butter pickles
Spicy brown mustard
- Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Butter one side of each piece of bread. Use a bread knife to cut each slice of bread into four equal squares.
- Place the bread, buttered side down, in a single layer in the hot skillet. Cook until lightly browned and toasted. Remove and set aside.
- Cut the slices of bologna into four equal triangles. Add to the hot skillet in a single layer (cooking in two batches in you need to) and cook until lightly browned on one side. Flip and cook the other side.
- Spread mustard on the untoasted sides of half of the bread squares. Top with two slices of bologna, pickles, and another slice of bread.
- Repeat with the remaining sliders and serve.