Little Big Girl
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"Little Big Girl" is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons' eighteenth season, which was originally broadcast on February 11, 2007. It was written by Don Payne, and directed by Raymond S. Persi. Natalie Portman guest starred as a new character, Darcy. The title is a play on the Dustin Hoffman movie Little Big Man. The last time the title was parodied was in season 11's "Little Big Mom."
When Lisa struggles to find excitement and intrigue in her family heritage for a school presentation, she decides to take creative license (a concurrent plot for which the episode is titled). Inspired by Bart's "Indian butter trick" and the well-known kitchen curtains, with their stalks-of-corn pattern, Lisa claims to be Native American, from the "Hitachi" tribe, a name Lisa selects based on the brand of the family's microwave oven. The embellishment turns into a web of lies when Lisa is chosen to represent the school and her "people" at City Hall, then as a keynote speaker for the National Native American Tribal Council. She eventually admits she lied about her heritage, but is spared from prosecution when the other speakers admit they are not true Native Americans. Homer compares his daughter to CBS News in a reference to the 2004 Killian documents controversy. As they leave, Homer casually mentions that his great-great-grandmother actually was a Native American, and Lisa angrily agrees with him that, "why yes, it WOULD have helped to know that earlier", to which Homer replies that she did not ask him about it.
At his farm, Cletus is milking his cow when he accidentally kicks over a lantern, prompting a series of Rube Goldberg-esque events that leads to a chick starting a fire. Cletus's cow succeeds in extinguishing the fire, but Cletus drops his smoking pipe, leading to a wildfire around Springfield. Everyone tries to extinguish it, but it is not enough. At Springfield Elementary, Principal Skinner asks Groundskeeper Willie to get the fire extinguisher, but all of them have been stolen, as Bart has taken them to propel his wagon. Nevertheless, while Bart rockets around town, the foam released from the extinguishers puts out the wildfire for good. Bart is cheered as a hero by everyone and rewarded with a driver's license by Mayor Quimby.
Delighted, Bart starts using Homer's car for his own pleasure, but is eventually tabbed for family errands (mostly chauffeuring Homer). Bart flees to North Haverbrook, where he meets a 15-year-old girl named Darcy (voiced by Natalie Portman), who believes Bart is older. They quickly begin a romantic relationship and Darcy soon proposes marriage. At the Court house, Bart reveals his age, whereupon a shocked Darcy reveals that she is pregnant, much to Bart's shock. Darcy admits that Bart is not the father - the real father is a Norwegian exchange student, who moved back to "Norwegia", and she wants to get married because her parents would be angry with her unwed pregnancy. Bart agrees to marry Darcy, and they drive to Utah, where marriage restrictions are looser. Eventually, Homer, Marge and Darcy's parents catch up with them to stop the wedding, where Darcy's father intends to attack Bart as he believes that Bart took advantage of a girl five years older than him and got her pregnant. However, Darcy confesses to her parents that Bart is not the father and that she wanted to get married to him. It was then Darcy's mother reveals that she is pregnant herself too, and the family agrees to pass the two babies off as twins. Darcy and Bart end their relationship, while Bart (in his own way) assures her they will meet again, to which she agrees. Later, Bart admits to Homer that he looked forward to being a father, and they both end up driving happily while singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".
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