Friend or Faux? (Mid High Tier) - Not bad for a Lisa - focused segment, but nothing I'm in too much of a hurry to watch multiple times, either - then again, that's because what we're getting here isn't as hilarious to me as the last 2 times Lisa got focused on, IMHO. However, getting serious for a moment, a Lisa - focused segment where she actually doesn't mentally/partially physically (Making The Grade) or physically (Snow Bored) hurt other characters without doing much, only to come off as unlikable, has yet to truly be pulled off - at least until now with this segment, as she is actually forced unto a situation where she actually has to act like a proper human being, rather than some book-smart archetype who severely lacks any real street smarts. It may have been funny in those 2 examples I mentioned, but here's why I feel that way: Making The Grade: Lincoln shouldn't have tried to ask Lisa to change into something that she's not, so seeing him suffer in that segment was hilarious and really cathartic in a way - especially Lisa's line about "getting the whole package" that is her character. Point is, if she changes anything about herself - it'll be by her own hand! I don't aim to watch cartoons for their moral - pushing, but that was a good note to conclude said segment on, IMHO. Snow Bored: Well, seeing her go crazy on snow days like that (e.g.: actually having fun, especially like a kid her age should, even if just to keep her ass in shape!) shows there's something more there to her than being that bland, boring book-smart archetype... Besides being hilarious to sit through, again - IMHO. The only thing missing there was a proper apology for it, rather than her snarking about being right as usual, which only makes her look rather unlikable and less worth focusing on than Lori is for too long, honestly. To be brutally honest, and to get back to it, it's about time Lisa got an episode like this: one where she's forced to finally act like a real human being (by actually making real friends, not "acquainting herself with just test subjects", as she puts it!), instead of just another bland, boring book-smart archetype, which the first two Lisa - focused segments I mentioned did try and almost succeeded in doing - only to fall back on her core character at the last minute. Yeah... My positive opinion on those 2 episodes has heavily faded upon repeat viewings of them, save for their hilarious moments - I can safely say watching them again NOW - I'd rank BOTH Making the Grade & Snow Bored as Mid Tier (at best): for having good ideas for giving Lisa more of a character, but falling down and tripping up quite noticeably (e.g.: just about throwing some good character development out the window like that.) by simply going back into that genius archetype mode we know Lisa to always be by the respective episodes' end. Too bad I can't rank this one too high, either... Seriously, Lisa had to be told the obvious moral on display here - only proving another point of mine: she's book smart - that's it. Being street smart helps, too: that means being able to make friends for real, not as some assignment to get an "A" on and whatnot. If this were to be allowed to stick as something meaningful for Lisa to learn and take with her to grow as a character - because we actually did get some character development at the end with Lisa actually wanting to be friends for real with that girl, well - it's simple enough: we need to see more episodes with Lisa and her hanging out (in the background, of course; so as not to force things in our faces, as that would NOT be anything better, honestly.). Anything to make Lisa less archetype and more actual character worth a damn - again, IMHO. Hell, if these writers can do the right thing here and NOT only remember, but feature Lisa's new friend in more segments (again, in a background sense, so as not to overtake the true stars of this show! NO POOCHIES ALLOWED.) to show off that character growth, I'll re-consider this to be High Tier material for this show, as that was a good step towards something meaningful for Lisa as character that she needs, other than to think she's better than everyone else just because of book smarts and whatever else drives her, because - SCIENCE. Long as hell rambling aside, this was truly quite the above average effort (especially for an easily bashed character like Lisa!), overall, instead of in just the ending parts like the last two segments (Future Tense, Yes Man) ever could hope to have been, IMHO - like I said before, those 2 segments only really got good in my eyes once they got to their respective endings (hence my overall Mid Tier ranking for them, unfortunately.).