The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 3

Lisa's Sax

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Lisa's Sax
After Lisa saxophone is accidentally destroyed, Homer tells her the story of how she received her fabled instrument in the first place.

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  • Lisa's saxophone is accidentally destroyed by Bart. Which leads to a retelling of just how Lisa received her most prized posession.

    Right after Simpsons fans were given the worst episode of the series, they were given one of its best. There is a lot to like about "Lisa's Sax". The episode contains some of the best jokes and sight gags of the entire series. Just when you think the episode has run out of ideas they hit you with another very clever joke. Also, how can you not like an episode which features the rock classic "Baker Street" by the late Gerry Rafferty? "The Simpsons" always uses the best songs for their episodes and this is certainly no exception. This review would not be complete without mentioning the excellent parody of the classic 1970s sitcom "All in the Family". Priceless. This episode is just as good today as it was when it premiered in 1997. If you have not seen it already, do so by all means.moreless
  • Best. Episode. Ever.

    This HAS to be my favorite episode of The Simpsons. I love the thought put in, how cute Lisa was back then, and some of the jokes like the 'Funky Grandpa' joke. "Oh I'm the... [Snoring].
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons lisa sax gets broken and she is really sad and then the simpsons sit down on the couch and homer tells her how she got her sax. and its a warm day and he must choose to either buy a sax to replace lisas old one or but air conditioner and live with the fact lisa is upset and then buy her one later on . this was a good story and it was warm story how she got her first one . and that is why i gave it 8.5 and it had some funny parts in it.moreless
  • Origins

    In this episode, after Bart destroys Lisa's sax {she should've stopped playing when they told her to ;)} Homer reveals the origin of how they bought the sax.

    After the origin, Homer buys her a new one to make her feel better.

    This episode, like Mom and Pop Art, it seems, try to be funnier then most other episodes. This episode has a lot of humor ,and most of the jokes worked. At times, to me, it felt a bit corny, but it was still pretty funny. This was a good episode for a somewhat good of a season. Perfect scoremoreless
  • Those were the days...

    Once again, an episode that brings us a little bit more information about why things are the way they are in the Simpson's house. This time, it is how Lisa got her Sax. An ok story and what makes it really great for me, is to see the kids as much younger versions of themselves, they are actually cute, even Bart with that mama boy's hairdo. Homer used to be as stupid as he is now and that's odd, because Homer was not that dumb in the first season. The best part: Grampa dn the dog. Haha, that is one of the best scenes in the whole series.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel


Guest Star

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

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (Bart's breakout moment in kindergarten.)
      Bart: Skinner is a nut, he has a rubber butt!
      Principal Skinner: Young man, I can assure you my posterior is nothing more than flesh, bone, and that metal plate i got in 'Nam. Now I want you to knock off that potty talk right now.
      Bart: The principle said potty!
      Principal Skinner: You listen to me, son. You've just started school, and the path you choose now may be the one you follow for the rest of your life. Now, what do you say?
      Bart: Eat my shorts.

    • Lisa: You have thirteen pickled eggs in that jar. And one cockroach.
      Moe: Who are you, sweetheart, the Health Inspector?
      Health Inspector: No, but I am.
      Moe: Here, have a margarita.
      (The Health Inspector finds a syringe in his margarita.)
      Moe: Uh, that's a parasol.

    • Marge: So, just when things looked their worst …
      Grampa: I realized I could make money selling my medication to Deadheads!
      Marge: Grampa, what are you talking about?
      Grampa: Uhhh … nothing.

    • Bart: A, B, C … uh, line?
      Teacher: D!
      Bart: D, E … line?
      Teacher: F, Bart. And believe me; you'll be seeing plenty of them.

    • Homer: Now son, on your first day of school, I'd like to pass along the words of advice my father gave me.
      Grampa: (From Homer's memory) Homer, you're dumb as a mule and twice as ugly, if a strange man offers you a ride, I say take it!
      Homer: (Angrily) Lousy traumatic childhood!

    • Homer: Oh, but Marge, am I doomed to spend the rest of my life sweating like a pig?
      Bart: Yeah, not to mention looking like a pig, and eating like a pig.
      Apu: Don't forget the smell!
      Homer: Will you get off my front lawn?
      Apu: Why don't you make me!

    • Salesman: Would you like an inscription, sir?
      Homer: Yeah! 'To Lisa, never forget your daddy loves d'oh!' … And that inscription is still there today!

    • Nelson: Ah, he's the greatest showman since that kid who eats worms!
      Kid Who Eats Worms: My 15 minutes of fame are over!

    • Homer: Our family was suffering its worst crisis ever. Bart was miserable at school, and Lisa's gifts were going to waste.
      Bart: Ah, Homer, it's five years later and I'm still miserable at school!
      Lisa: And my gifts are still going to waste.
      Marge: And sometimes I just feel so smothered by this family I just want to scream till my lungs explode!!!

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

    • Marge: Homer, I want you to look at this drawing Bart did!
      Homer: Ooooh it's beautiful! Oh, oh let's put Bart's beautiful drawing up on the fridge!
      Marge: Homer, stop, will you please look at the drawing?
      Homer: Oh alright, what a … Aahhh! Burn it! Send it to hell!

    • Marge: Ooh there's the bus! Goodbye sweet heart!
      Bart: School will be fun!

    • Lisa: I'm supposed to practice an hour a day!
      Homer: I'll practice you!
      Lisa: You'll practice me, what does that mean, is it supposed to be some sort of a threat?
      Homer: Grrrrr!

    • Homer: Oy, the way the Bee Gee's played,
      Marge: Movies John Travolta made,
      Homer: Guessing how much Elvis weighed,
      Homer & Marge: Those were the days!
      Marge: And you knew where you were then,
      Homer: Watching shows like "Gentle Ben",
      Homer & Marge: Mister, we could use a man like Sheriff Lobo again!
      Homer: Disco Duck and Fleetwood Mac,
      Marge: Coming out of my eight-track,
      Homer & Marge: Michael Jackson still was black, those were the days!
      Homer: Bart was feeling mighty blue
      Marge: It's a shame what school can do
      Apu: For no reason, here's Apu
      All: Those were the days!

    • Dr. Pryor: Mrs. Simpson, you don't need to worry, it's normal for your son to have a flamboyant lifestyle and have homosexual tendencies.
      Marge: Bart's gay?
      Dr. Pryor: Bart? Whoops, wrong file.
      (Camera shows a file with Van Houten, Milhouse on it.)

    • Homer: So, what do you like Lisa? Vio-ma-lin? Tuba-ma-ba? Obo-mo-boe?

    • Homer: Hey meat-head. What are you doing?
      Bart: Ah I thought I'd check out the Warner Bros. Network.
      (On TV, a frog in a straw boater dances among a WB shield with the W on top and B on bottom)
      Michigan J. Frog: (singing) We're proud to present on the WB, another bad show that no one will seeeeeeeee! Ahh, I need a drink.

    • (Flashback to when Homer wrapped his wagon around the tree when he was young.)
      Barney: Let's never drink again!
      (Returns to present.)
      Homer: And we never did.
      (Sips beer.)

    • Commercial: To cool off, nothing beats Fruitopia! The iced tea brewed by hippies, but distributed by a heartless, multi-national corporation!

    • Teacher: So you see children, there is hope for anyone.
      Bart: Even me?
      Teacher: No.

    • Little Girls' Pattycakes Chant: … Cross my heart and hope to die; here's the digits that make pi: 3.141592653589793238462…

    • Homer: Name one person that went without air conditioning!

      Marge: Balzac!!

      Homer: No need for potty-mouth just because you can't think of one...

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the final episode that Doris Grau (Lunchlady Doris) appeared in. She passed in 1995.

    • The scene where Homer says "Brilliant...I have absolutely no idea what's going on."
      is the introduction scene to episode "Trash Of The Titans" in the DVD "The Simpsons Greatest Hits".

    • Blackboard Joke: I no longer want my MTV.
      Couch Gag: Homer is standing in front of the couch with his arms sticking out horizontally. The top half of him pops off and on to the couch revealing a smaller Marge standing inside the lower half of Homer, like a Russian nesting doll. The top half of Marge pops off revealing Bart, whose top half pops off revealing Lisa, whose top half finally pops off to reveal Maggie.


    • Homer Brilliant... I have no idea what's going on.
      Twin Peaks was a cult-classic TV show that lasted two seasons (1990-91) on ABC despite being shuttled from time slot to time slot. Many people, like Homer, had a hard time following the series, in which each show covered one day in the town of Twin Peaks, "where no one is innocent".

    • Bart: I no longer want my MTV.
      Bart's couch gag is originally from the Dire Strait's song "Money For Nothing". It only began being MTV's catchphrase after the song became a hit.

    • After Homer beat David of Michaelangelo at foosball, "The Scream" by Munch appeared. Edvard Munch's classic 1893 masterpiece was stolen (in August 2004) from an Oslo Museum.

    • Kent Brockman's picture of a dog pulling his swimming trunks down with the headline, "Hot Hot Hot," is inspired by the Coppertone mascots.

    • Homer: What you doin', meathead?
      Homer calls Bart "Meathead," another All in the Family reference. Archie used to call his son-in-law Mike "Meathead."

    • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
      The part where an old man in a raincoat on a tricycle runs over Lisa's saxophone and falls off (along with the music) is a running gag on the 1960's variety show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

    • Homer: It all took place back in 1990, and Tracey Ulman entertained millions with her hilarious comedy skits and crudely drawn filler material.
      This is a direct reference to the series itself, the crudely drawn filler material being the origins of The Simpsons.

    • Homer and Marge are singing a parody of the theme song to All in the Family at the beginning of this episode.

    • Dr. Hibbert's hairstyle and many gold necklaces are a reference to Mr. T.