The Simpsons: Season 9, Episode 3

Lisa's Sax (19 Oct. 1997)

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Homer recounts the story of Bart's first day of school, which corresponds with the story of how Lisa got her saxophone.



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Episode credited cast:
Bart Simpson / Chin-Ho / Todd Flanders / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Apu (voice)
Movie Announcer / Skinner / Man in "Twin Peaks" / Dr. Hibbert / J. Loren Pryor / Voice in Homer's Noble Prize Image / Kent Brockman / Ned Flanders / "Frutopia" Announcer (voice)
Jimbo Jones / Milhouse Van Houten / Worm-eating boy (voice)
Teacher / Miss Tillingham (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Lunchlady Doris (voice)


When Lisa's saxophone gets flattened by a truck,Homer recalls how he came to buy it for her. Bart had just started school but Lisa was so gifted he was told learning an instrument would nurture her talents and he spent the money ear-marked for the air conditioning system on it, even having it engraved - after a fashion. Now is the time to spend what it is left in the air conditioning fund on another sax. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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19 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Because this is a flashback episode in some scenes you can see 'Snowball', the first cat, which is white. Every other cat in the Simpsons has been named after 'Snowball' - and hasn't been white: 'Snowball II' up to 'Snowball V', except for the cat Coltrane, which dies in the same episode it's introduced in. See more »


When Bart is upset about his first day at school, Marge offers to read him the book "Curious George and the Ebola Virus." The Ebola Virus wasn't known in 1990. See more »


Marge Simpson: And so, just as things looked their worst...
Grampa Simpson: I realized I could make money selling my medication to dead-heads!
Marge Simpson: Grandpa, what are you talking about?
Grampa Simpson: Ohh... nothing.
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References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »


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Performed by Nancy Cartwright
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One of the greats
1 August 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one of the most underrated Simpsons episodes as it is one of the best. From the hilarious "Those Were the Days" parody to the Bart/Milhouse file mix-up to Homer and the peas to the Flanders' air conditioner theft, it's just great. We are also poignantly given the origin of Bart's misbehavior and Lisa's sax. And then there's this classic exchange:

Homer Simpson: Bart son, do you want to play catch? Bart Simpson: No. Homer Simpson: Oh, when a boy doesn't wanna play catch with his old man, something is seriously wrong. Grampa Simpson: I'll play catch with you, son. Homer Simpson: Get the hell out!

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