A depressed Lisa's spirit is lifted when she meets a jazz-man, Bleeding Gums Murphy.


(as Wes Archer)


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Boy #1 (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Mr. Largo / News announcer / Clerk (voice)
Moe Szyslak (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Howie / Boy #2 (voice)
Miriam Flynn ...
Miss Barr (voice)
Janey Powell / Boy with Howie / Howie's mother (voice)


Lisa is sent home from school with a note exempting her from games because she is sad,though she perks up when she meets fellow saxophonist Bleeding Gums Murphy and Marge encourages her to express her moods. Homer,meanwhile,sick of always beaten by his son at video games,finds a boy who can teach him to win but,just as he is about to triumph,Marge unplugs the television leaving Bart's victories unchallenged. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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11 February 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original idea for this episode came from James L. Brooks who wanted to do this episode clear back in the days of Taxi (1978). The idea was that Alex would be sad for some unknown reason, but the script never came to be. See more »


Lisa's progress report says that she "refuses to play dodge ball because she is sad." That sport is typically spelled "dodgeball," as it is a compound word, not two words. See more »


Bleedin' Gums Murphy: You know, you play pretty well for someone with no real problems.
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References Punch-Out!! (1984) See more »


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Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Sweet and soulful yet very funny
2 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Lisa Simpson, and that wonderful voice she has by Yeardley Smith, is the heart and soul of the series. Whereas the other cast members are more talented as comedians; Smith is able to get such pathos as Lisa, which makes her such a valuable member of the cast, though she is the only regular to only do one voice. Moaning Lisa is an early Lisa-centric episode, and it is one of the best. As the title implies, Lisa is afflicted by a deep sadness for a reason she can't explain. Meanwhile, Homer tries desperately to find a way to beat Bart in video game boxing. As a subplot, it works beautifully because it uses Homer in a way that is funny without being as overbearing as Homer can be in episodes devoted to him.

This episode introduced Bleeding Gums Murphy.

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