The Kid Is All Right

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"The Kid Is All Right"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 536
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Written by Tim Long
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Production code SABF04
Original air date November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24)
Couch gag "MusicVille",[1] a "Silly Simpsony" cartoon short featuring every character as a musical instrument. A parody of Music Land.[2]
Guest appearance(s) Anderson Cooper as himself
Eva Longoria as Isabel Gutierrez

"The Kid Is All Right" is the sixth episode of the 25th season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 536th episode of the series. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 24, 2013. It was written by Tim Long and directed by Mark Kirkland.[3] In the episode, Lisa makes friends with a new girl in school, who turns out to be a conservative Republican (a George W. Bush one rather than an Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan one) with connections to Springfield's Republican party.

Plot[edit]

Lisa befriends a new student named Isabel Gutierrez. She is thrilled until Isabel reveals that she is a Republican (and to make matters worse, when Lisa asks her if she is a Lincoln or a Reagan Republican or even a George H.W. Bush Republican, Isabel says no). The two girls end up running against each other for class President, and the Springfield Republican Party tells Isabel they're thrilled with her decision and want to offer their services, as she's the kind of Latina voter the GOP will need in the future. However, Isabel tells them to butt out, because she isn't going to be "owned" by them. The GOP decides to use some dirty tricks anyway, and Lisa is angry with Isabel when she thinks her classmate supported the actions, but respects her when she learns the local GOP are just acting like jerks. In a class debate, Lisa tells the assembled students that if believing that those with a lot should help those with nothing makes her a liberal, then yes, she is a liberal and proud of it. At the final debate, the two walk away from their podia and Isabel says they want to set aside politics and would be happy for whichever of them wins, Lisa goes to say the same, and is cut off by Superintendent Chalmers, saying they are out of time. The election goes to Isabel in a close vote, but Lisa is extremely heartened by an exit poll that reveals 53% of the students agree with her views; she says that this means they don't like her, but would vote for someone who shares her ideas, and that's a happy end result.

Reception[edit]

Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B–, saying "If there’s a bigger flaw with “The Kid Is All Right,” it’s that it’s just not very funny. Longoria brings nothing to the table, and there’s a dearth of quotable lines along the way. (Skinner’s glee at seeing Lisa “thoroughly de-high-horsed” notwithstanding.) For most of its running time (there’s no B-story), the episode seems content to let Lisa learn (and teach) a lesson in plain old Lisa Simpson decency, and I was strangely okay with that. As ever, Yeardley Smith imbues Lisa with genuine heart. Taking time out from its accelerating descent into gag-driven wackiness to engage in more character-based storytelling isn’t necessarily a bad thing for The Simpsons."[4]

The episode received a 3.0 rating and was watched by a total of 6.78 million people, this made it the most watched show on Animation Domination that night beating American Dad!, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy.[5]

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