"'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky" is the sixteenth episode of the fourteenth season of The Simpsons that aired March 30, 2003. The title is a punning reference to the line " 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" from the song "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix.
Declan Desmond, a British film producer, informs the students of Springfield Elementary School that he is filming a documentary in the school on the students' lives. He belittles Lisa as she goes on about the multiplicity of her interests, insinuating that she could neither be happy nor successful juggling too many hobbies or passions. Even though she is hurt by his criticism, she aims to correct it and resolves to find a singular passion to which she can devote herself, astronomy. She convinces Homer to buy her a telescope, but discovers that light pollution from the city is blocking her view of the sky. After a discussion with Professor Frink, Lisa starts a petition to reduce the city’s light pollution. After gaining enough signatures, Mayor Quimby turns off the streetlights, leading to a clear view of the stars, at which many people from Springfield marvel.
Meanwhile, Bart is looking for a way to regain his popularity after being humiliated. After seeing Nelson parading around with stolen car hood ornaments, he decides to steal one off Fat Tony's car. Milhouse and Bart are foiled on their first attempt because as has bowed to public pressure to switch the lights back on permanently due to rising crime. Lisa, still wanting to see the light pollution reduced, and Bart, still wanting to steal the Hood ornament, take a sleep-deprived Homer to the power plant and overload the generators causing a power outage, which dismays the citizens. However, Lisa points out a meteor shower and the town look on in wonderment while Bart sneaks off and steals Fat Tony’s hood ornament.
The show ends with a montage of clips from Declan’s documentary.
The recording from Springfield Museum mentions Rigel VII as a planet, although it is merely a fictional planet originally from the Star Trek universe, and the apparent home of Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons.
The store where Homer buys Lisa's telescope is called "Teenage Pasteland". This is a parody of the phrase "teenage wasteland" which is a line from (and is often mistaken to be the title of) the The Who song "Baba O'Riley".
The music playing when Lisa is in the museum and first develops her inspiration for astronomy is Jupiter from Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite.
The Krusty Burger documentary's name Do You Want Lies with That? became the tagline for the film version of Fast Food Nation and may also refer to Super Size Me.