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Whiskey Business 

A new makeover could put Moe in a position to make big money, Bart fails at his job of taking care of Grandpa, and Lisa fights the shameless exploitation of Bleeding Gums Murphy's likeness.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Abraham Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney Zzyzwicz / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Carl Carlson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny Leonard (voice)
Tony Bennett ... Capital City Singer (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Cop with a Secret (voice)
Sonny Rollins ... Self (voice)
Ron Taylor ... Bleeding Gums Murphy (voice) (archive sound)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dolph / Princess Diana / Brandine Spuckler / I Don't Like Anything Woman / Suicide Hotline Voice / Various (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)


Marge takes a depressed Moe to Capital City where he acquires a new suit and a new image, wowing market men into selling shares in his home-made whiskey. Unfortunately the suit unravels in a lift and with the smart image gone nobody is interested in Moe any longer. Meanwhile Grandpa has an accident whilst in Bart's care and feigns illness to get attention and Lisa, initially shocked to see a hologram of Bleedin' Gums Murphy used in an ad campaign, learns that such commercial exploitation is actually a means of bringing a dead artist to a wider audience. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

5 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title is a reference to the film "Risky Business". See more »


Marge Simpson: While we're away, Grampa is going to take care of you.
Abraham Simpson: [Giving baby food to the mailbox] You sure are a good eater, Maggie.
Marge Simpson: Bart, you take care of Grampa.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Suicide Is Painless
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Mike Altman
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A Solid Episode with Some very Dark Humour,
14 June 2015 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Whiskey Business is a very well written Simpsons episode with loads of very funny scenes. It may not be the highlight of the twenty fourth season, but it is still enjoyable, taking us on a surprisingly dark journey as we follow Homer, Marge, Lenny and Carl trying to cheer up Moe after a suicide attempt, the episode as a hole isn't very dark but the set up and several jokes certainly are, I liked this, the show dosen't do it too often but whenever they do its refreshing to watch. I didn't really like the Bleeding Gums Murphy segment, it was a very brief part, lasting literally only two scenes, and when there is already one side story this one just felt unnecessary. I enjoyed the side story as it brought a lot of light to this episode, I love seeing Bart and Grandpa bonding, it dosen't occur often but when it does it's very sweet. Brings in many laughs with some dark humour while still keeping a natural Simpsons feel, Whiskey Business is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

After receiving a new suit and being discovered by some important people, Moe is given the opportunity to make some big money.

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