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Lisa the Treehugger 

Lisa's crush on an environmental activist inspires her to live in a tree threatened by loggers.


Steven Dean Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty / Jake / Quimby / Sideshow Mel / Snake (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Thai man / Lou / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Announcer / Kent Brockman / Man (voice)
Joshua Jackson ... Jesse Grass (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Caleb (voice)


Smitten by charismatic environmentalist Joshua Grass,Lisa joins his campaign to save an ancient tree by camping out in it. However,whilst she has sneaked home to see how the family are the tree is destroyed by lightning. She is presumed dead and declared a posthumous heroine with a national park dedicated to her. She decides to let things ride for a while and bask in the glory... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

19 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Jesse Grass was named after Matt Selman's brother Jesse Selman, who according to Matt acts a lot like Jesse Grass. The last name came from Jesse Selman's bluegrass band named Grass See more »


Lisa's carved head atop the log changes orientation between the vertical and the horizontal. When vertical it sits atop the log as if on its neck. When horizontal the head is facing forward, attached at the back of the head. See more »


Homer: Thanks for the beer, Moe. But before Lisa died, she made this tape that I think you should hear.
Lisa Simpson: [on tape] Dear Moe. If anything should ever happen to me, I want you to tear up my dad's tab, and pour cocktail onions... Dad, I can't.
Homer: [in a threatening voice] Read it!
Lisa Simpson: ...pour cocktail onions down your pants...
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References Julia Butterfly Hill: Adventures in Treesitting (1999) See more »


This Land is Your Land
by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Hank Azaria and Chorus as "This Log Is Your Log"
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One of my favorites
30 September 2007 | by Yax214See all my reviews

This episode used to be one of my all-time favorites. I still love this episode a lot, but it does lack the endearing quality of those of the earlier seasons (which someone pointed out), so I give it a 9/10.

There are just so many great Simpsons moments in this episode, SO MANY, which is why i love it so much. The best for me was probably "Take that, Lisa's beliefs!" after Bart zings Lisa by stealthy placing a Thai door-hanger menu on her nose. Also, the "Lisa's Dead! ..Unless.." is hilarious as well as the Kentucky Fried Panda and "Daughter now goes to state college, baseball caps everywhere!", and of course the closing song with the Lisa Log going cross-country!!

Ahh so many classic Simpsons moments! All of these combined with a very entertaining, spontaneous (if not exactly coherent, but that's part of the charm!) plot makes "Lisa the Tree Hugger" one of my favorite episodes.

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