The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 2

Jazzy and the Pussycats

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2006 on FOX
7.6
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Jazzy and the Pussycats
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When Bart has problems with acting out, Marge and Homer take him to a child psychiatrist, who suggests that Bart should taking up drumming. Bart turns out to be a natural with the drums and much to the chagrin of Lisa; Bart is approached by jazz musicians, who want him in their band. Meanwhile, Lisa turns to rescuing animals as a way to deal with her jealousy and depression, over not being a member of a jazz band herself.moreless

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  • Bart becomes a jazz drummer and Lisa rescues animals

    10
    When Bart has problems with acting out, Marge and Homer take him to a child psychiatrist, who suggests that Bart should taking up drumming. Bart turns out to be a natural with the drums and much to the chagrin of Lisa; Bart is approached by jazz musicians, who want him in their band. Meanwhile, Lisa turns to rescuing animals as a way to deal with her jealousy and depression, over not being a member of a jazz band herself. I loved this episode of "The Simpsons" and it's one of the best Season 18 episodes that I have ever seen. I didn't see anything bad about this episode at all. Both storylines were very enjoyable and I just loved every moment of it. Of course, it was very very very predictable that those men wanted Bart to be in jazz band instead of Lisa. Lisa gets jealous and depressed about Bart being in a jazz band so she rescues animals to get over it. There were so many parts in this episode that made me laugh so hard such as Bart drumming all over school, Bart drumming away from that singer and drummer, Lisa hiding all of the animals up in the attic, Chief Wiggum borrowing the ostrich, and more. Definitely worth watching over and over again as I loved everything about this episode. Overall, this is easily one of my favorite Season 18 episodes. 10/10moreless
  • That's juzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

    3.0
    Sorry Matt, but this one really didn't cut it. OK, GREAT couch gag. But that shouldn't be the high spot of a Simps episode! Not even the brief White Stripes walk-on could lift it. Compare the excellent use of the Smashing Pumpkins in a previous episode. I have to admit when Lisa picks up that sax I know I'm in for a touch of the old tear-jerking and I'm outta there. The Simpsons CAN be moving - astonishng for a cartoon, but I for one always choke up at the end of the episode where Homer meets his mom. But Lisa's jazz aspirations are, dare one say it...not that involving. Oh well, looking forward to the Marge DIY one tonight.moreless
  • drums and animals

    6.5
    bart becomes a jazz drummer and becomes successful, but it was lisa who anted to be successful and she feels down. so what should she do? she starts rescuing animals and hiding them in the simpson attic. Yay...



    this episode was alright, better than the previous one but still not great. The plot was good but the sub plot was kinda weird, and I also do not remember anything that funny, really. So this episode is not terrible, but it isn't great either, I think personally a high "C" is an acceptable grade. Watchable, yes, but not much rewatchability, methinksmoreless
  • Bart is a gifted drummer!

    9.0
    When Bart turns a quiet funeral into a chaotic mess, his parents are faced with a mob of angry Springfieldians who have had enough. Homer and Marge desperately look to a child psychiatrist for help, who suggests that Bart take up drumming to channel his energy. Before long, Bart is laying down fills like a pro, getting into "drum-offs" with The White Stripes and jamming in a band with Lisa's favorite jazz musicians. It doesn't take long before Lisa's encouragement turns to deep-seated jealousy, forcing the siblings to step in line and learn how to march to the beat of the same drum. This is another under appreciated episode. I found it very funny and hilarious as Bart battles with the white stripes, becomes in love with the music of jazz, and then returns to normal. All in all it was a witty episode with a nice plot. Well done!moreless
  • Many disagree, but this episode was hilarious!!! :]

    9.8
    When Bart turns a quiet funeral into a chaotic mess, his parents are faced with a mob of angry Springfieldians who have had enough. Homer and Marge desperately look to a child psychiatrist for help, who suggests that Bart take up drumming to channel his energy. Before long, Bart is laying down fills like a pro, getting into "drum-offs" with The White Stripes and jamming in a band with Lisa's favorite jazz musicians. It doesn't take long before Lisa's encouragement turns to deep-seated jealousy, forcing the siblings to step in line and learn how to march to the beat of the same drum.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Jack White

Jack White

Himself

Guest Star

Meg White

Meg White

Herself

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • One of the musicians in Krusty the Clown's list of performers near the end of the episode is Richard Sakai. Sakai is one of The Simpsons producers. He is shown playing a xylophone.

    • Signs spotted around Springfield
      --Outside of Springfield Hospital: "Come for the surgery, stay for the complications."
      --In front of the Springfield Animal Shelter: "We're A Pet Store For Poor People."
      --In front of the Child Psychiatrist's office: "Where Imaginary Friends Come To Die."

    • Music From This Episode
      "Killer Joe" by Benny Golson (Heard at Jazzy Goodtime's)
      "The Hardest Button to Button" by White Stripes (Used in their music video parody)
      "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck (The song Bart and Lisa play together at Jazzy Goodtime's)
      "Little Green Bag" by George Baker Selection (Heard as Lisa walks down the street with the assortment of animals)

    • The funeral at the beginning of the episode is for Amber, Homer's Vegas Wife, whom he married in episode 10-10, "Viva Ned Flanders."

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (after informing the family that all of the animals Lisa has rescued will be gathered up and killed)
      Chief Wiggum: Can I borrow that ostrich?

    • Bart: Jazz folks may have the smallest apartments, but they have the biggest hearts! And the biggest heart I know lives inside my sister, Lisa.
      (entire audience gasps)

    • Jazzy Goodtimes Waiter: What it is, hip cats? Would you like me to scat-sing the menu?
      Bart: Hell, no.
      Jazzy Goodtimes Waiter: Oh, god bless you, sir!

    • Bart: So how did Malt Liquor Mommy die?
      Marge: Stop calling her that!

    • Lisa: All I wanted was to save those animals while Bart became a drummer, but I never thought the two stories would intersect!

    • Bart: I need you to teach me all about the world of juzz.
      Lisa: It's jazz! Jazz! You don't even know the name of the thing you're stealing from me!

    • Homer: Boy, get dressed! You're going to a jazz brunch as punishment for all the racket you're making.
      Bart: I thought you wanted me to drum?
      Homer: Hmph. I'm sending you mixed messages. Now get the hell out of here! (slams door then opens it again) I love you so much. Damn you!

    • Defonzo 'Skinny' Palmer: We were about to play a quick set and we were wondering if you…
      Lisa: Yes?
      Defonzo 'Skinny' Palmer: Lisa Simpson…
      Lisa: Yes?
      Defonzo 'Skinny' Palmer: Would do us the honor…
      Lisa: Yes!
      Defonzo 'Skinny' Palmer: Of sitting in…(Lisa gasps) that chair in the audience. We wanna jam with your brother.

    • Bart: My arm! It hurts where the tiger's biting it!

    • (Bart practices his new drum set all over town and accidentally crashes into the band White Stripes.)
      Jack White: Hey, kid, why don't you watch where you're drumming?!
      Bart: Sorry, White Stripes. No hard feelings?
      (Meg and Jack White look at each other.)
      Meg White: Let's kick his ass!

    • (Marge is stressed about the possible doom of Lisa's animals.)
      Bart: Oh, this benfit concert is gonna be Scooby Dooby!
      Marge: I'm very happy for you, Bart. (Sighs)
      Bart: Why are you sad? Thinkin' about your marriage?

    • (The dog Lisa didn't pick at the Animal Shelter comes back to haunt her in her sleep.)
      Dog Spirit: Lisa Simpson, you've doomed me.
      Lisa: Me? How?
      Dog Spirit: By choosing the cuter puppy. You picked looks over personality, youth over experience, no history of rabies over unknown rabies status. And now I'm going to die!
      Lisa: I never wanted that to happen!
      Dog Spirit: You suuuck, You suuuck!
      (The Dog Spirit scratches on Lisa's door to get out and Lisa opens it.)
      Dog Spirit: Ah, thanks, sweetie. You suuuck!

    • (Marge takes away Bart's laser pointer.)
      Marge: Bart! Do you want to leave the funeral early? Do you?
      Bart: Yes! Of course.

    • Child Psychiatrist: First, let me assure you that Bart's antics are perfectly normal for a seven-year-old.
      Marge: Actually, he's ten.
      Child Psychiatrist: Oh, dear. Dear, dear, dear, dear, dear.

    • (Lisa picks out a dog at the Animal Shelter.)
      Lisa: Okay, this little guy's comin' home with me. (Pets the dog) Ooh! Who's going to get neutered tomorrow? You are! Oh, yes you are!

    • (Lisa spots Bart and his Blues muscian friends hanging out in the attic.)
      Lisa: Bart! What are you doing here?
      Bart: Uh, (Stammers) not smoking reefer.
      Blues Musician: Uh, that's right. We--we all not smokin' reefer.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Marge and the kids sit on the couch as usual, Homer looking King Kong-like peers in the windows and reaches in and grabs Marge. He takes her out the window and up the side of the Empire State Building. A biplane comes into view, just like in the film(s) preparing to shoot him down.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Josie and the Pussycats
      The title alludes to this Hanna-Barbera cartoon from the early 1970s.

    • House of Blues
      The architecture of Jazzy Goodtime's, both outside and inside, is extremely similar to that of the House of Blues restaurant in West Hollywood.

    • Reservoir Dogs
      The scene where Lisa is accumulating animals while strolling down the street (while the tune "Little Green Bag" by George Baker Selection is played) is a nod to the opening credits from Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs.

    • The Hardest Button to Button
      When Bart practices his drumming through the school and on the streets of Springfield, Bart's drum kit seems to keep multiplying as he moves; this mimics the stop motion photogragphy in the White Stripes music video for, "The Hardest Button to Button."

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