Premiered February 11, 1993.
"I love Lisa Simpson, and when I grow up I'm going to marry her!"
Valentines are passed out in Miss Hoover's class. Everyone gets at least one Valentine...except Ralph Wiggum (Nancy Cartwright).
Lisa notices this and feels sorry for Ralph. She erases her name from a Valentine and gives it to him. Ralph is touched by this gesture, thinking Lisa's Valentine was declaration of love. He asks if he can walk her home, she lets him but isn't comfortable with it.
Later, Ralph shows up at the Simpsons' house, and Lisa hides from him. When her father Homer (Dan Castellaneta) hears Ralph say "I'll do anything for Lisa", he puts him to work doing housework and home repairs.
Meanwhile, a school play is being planned in honor of Presidents Day. Ralph and Lisa are cast as George Washington and his wife Martha. Lisa fears that Ralph's "love" for her will ruin the play.
At the same time, Bart is attempting to cause havoc on Valentine's Day by writing confrontational messages on candy hearts.
|"Attention everyone, this is Principal Skinner. Some student (possibly Bart Simpson) has been circulating candy hearts with crude off-color sentiments."|
|"Watch this, Lisa. You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half."|
A week later, it's time for Springfield Elementary's Presidents Day play.
Will Ralph forgive Lisa? Or will he let his feelings get the better of him and make a scene during the play?
A very good episode from the classic era of The Simpsons. In elementary and middle school, I remember a few times when a Valentine led to misunderstandings. Lisa's pity for Ralph backfires and create a monster. Yes, Ralph is annoying, but he has no reason to think Lisa doesn't like him "in that way" until she tells him so.
|Itchy & Scratchy get a Valentine's Day cartoon!|
In addition to the stuff mentioned in the summary, we get some funny scenes that feature Ralph's father, Chief Wiggum (Hank Azaria) abusing his power as Chief of Springfield Police Department.
|Apu gouges Homer for (dusty) last-minute Valentine candy|
J.A. Morris' rating:
3 and a half Valentine Hearts.
This is a classic episode from season four of The Simpsons. It is also a bit of a rarity in the world of holiday television as it combines Valentine's Day AND Presidents Day. To my knowledge, this may be the only Presidents Day show on record -- or at least the only one that isn't a documentary.
|"We are the mediocre presidents. You won't find our faces on dollars or on cents ..."|
|Lisa and Ralph star in a "thorough re-telling of the life of George Washington"|
I also like that the situation resolves with Ralph and Lisa deciding to just "bee" friends.
This episode is well worth re-visiting!
3 and a half Valentine hearts