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Moaning Lisa 

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


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Jacqueline Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Boy #1 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Largo / News announcer / Clerk (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak (voice)
Susan Blu Susan Blu ... Howie / Boy #2 (voice)
Miriam Flynn ... Miss Barr (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Janey Powell / Boy with Howie / Howie's mother (voice)
Ron Taylor ... Bleeding Gums Murphy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Vélez Humberto Vélez ... Homero Simpson (Spanish)


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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Did You Know?


The title comes from the painting entitled "Mona Lisa" or "La Gioconda" by Leonardo Da Vinci executed in the 16th century which now is residing in the Louvre in Paris. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, when Homer searches for his keys, Marge's pearls are white instead of red. See more »


Marge Simpson: Lisa, I apologize to you, I was wrong! I take it all back. Always be yourself. If you want to be sad, honey, be sad. We'll ride it out with you. And when you get finished feeling sad, we'll still be there. From now on, let me do the smiling for both of us.
Lisa: [smiles] Okay, Mom.
Marge Simpson: I said you could stop smiling, Lisa.
Lisa: I *feel* like smiling.
[They embrace]
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Good, But Pretty Weak!
29 October 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Nothing against this episode in general, but of all the episodes so far in Season 1, I feel like this one is the weakest. It's not bad in any sense, but it's too depressing and not as interesting as I would like. Lisa carrying the episode is not the best thing to do since I only like her in a supporting role. The chemistry between Homer and Bart with their video game competition is spot on and really funny. But with Lisa and her depression.....not so much. But I did like the Bleeding Murphy character.

The sixth episode, "Moaning Lisa," is about how Lisa gets depressed about problems around her and she meets a jazz man, Bleeding Murphy. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart engage in a video game wrestling competition that usually has Homer losing. But, Homer may be out for revenge....

Overall, this is not the best episode, but it's still very watchable and sometimes enjoyable. The animation keeps getting better and better and it's nice how we are starting to be drawn into these characters. This is a good, but not great episode. I rate this episode 7/10.

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Release Date:

11 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Depresion De Lisa See more »

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