Synopsis by Mark Deming
The City of Springfield is soon to celebrate its bicentennial, and nearly all of the citizens are embracing a newfound local patriotism. Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) puts his natural boisterousness to good use as the town crier in the town's historical pageant, and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) has decided to write an essay for school on the town's founder, Jebediah Springfield. However, while doing research at the Springfield Historical Society Museum, Lisa discovers a document which proves Jebediah Springfield was actually a bloodthirsty pirate with an artificial tongue named Hans Sprungfeld. However, city officials do not eagerly embrace this news, and Hollis Hurlbut (voice of Donald Sutherland), president of the Historical Society, declares that Lisa is a fraud. Homer, however, believes that his daughter speaks the truth, and uses his new credibility as Town Crier to give her a chance to prove her story is true. "Lisa the Iconoclast" first aired on February 18, 1996.