The Simpsons

Season 1 Episode 6

Moaning Lisa

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa meets a new friend, Bleeding Gums Murphy, a jazz musician who helps her cope with the blues. Meanwhile, Bart and Homer duke it out in video game boxing.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Lisa's plot was okay, but Homer and Bart's plot was fantastic.

    The episode starts with a sad Lisa staring at herself in the mirror in the bathroom while Homer pounds on the door waiting for his turn. Later in the kitchen before work Homer searches for his keys, while Bart and Lisa eat breakfast before school. Lisa finds the keys still in the front door. Marge only has two cupcakes for Homer, Bart and Lisa; Lisa defers the cupcakes to Homer and Bart, she is clearly depressed. During band practice at school the band plays terrible while Lisa jams away expertly with her saxophone much to the dislike of the band teacher Mr. Largo. At lunch during a food fight Lisa does nothing but sit and look sad. During gym class while playing dodge ball Lisa doesn't move and gets pummeled by dodge balls, all while looking sad. After school in the living room Bart and Homer play a boxing video game called Super Slugfest. Homer suffers his 49th loss at the hands of Bart while Marge walks and shows Homer a note from school about Lisa.

    Overall, Lisa's plot was okay, but Homer and Bart's plot was fantastic.

    6.0 out of 10moreless
  • Lisa has the blues. Homer and Marge try their best (at least Marge does) to lift Lisa's sprirts, but their efforts are in vain. However Lisa finds help and friendship in a fellow sax player named "Bleeding Gums" Murphy.moreless

    Over the twenty plus year season run of "The Simpsons" one thing that the show does well is introduce recurring characters. The episodes in which those characters are brought in are memorable and well written. This episode is one such example. There are laughs through out this episode. Another high point is Lisa's jams with "Bleeding Gums" Murphy. They make beautiful music together. I must also mention the hysterical subplot involving Homer vs. Bart in video boxing. Between the video fights and Homer's nightmares, the subplot is a total knockout. After more than twenty seasons, "Moaning Lisa" still stands out.moreless
  • Underrated Episode

    A lot of people don't like this episode, probably becuase it has a lot of emotion, and not much humor. But I don't really mind that, becuase I thought it had a lot of humor.

    Lisa starts feeling depressed, so she starts playing jazz on the saxophone. But the music teacher dosn't approve of it. She soon starts feeling even more depressed, until she meets a man named Bleeding Gumps Murphy. She starts playing her feelings with him. Marge dosn't approve of this, and she tells lisa to smile. But when she sees people at school walking over her, she tells Lisa she can do whatever she wants.

    Meanwhile, Homer and Bart start playing video games together, and Homer just can't stand losing. So he starts training at the arcade.

    This was a pretty good episode. There were a few funny moments, but I liked Homer and Bart's B plot better.

    Overall Grade:80%/B-moreless
  • Moaning Lisa: When Lisa fells blue she finds hope in a Jazz musician.

    Review for Moaning Lisa:

    This episode for me anyway is not bad far from it. I just find it very very VERY boring. Lisa is a good character (I feel for her because I have the same personality and interests as her) But this episode didn't seem very good to me anyway. The Bart and Homer story seemed kind of a filler and didn't have many jokes (More than the main plot but still few) The ending was good but still didn't really make up for the episodes quality. This is my second least favourite of Season 1 but it's still not bad.

    Score for Moaning Lisa: C+, 3/5, 6.5/10, Adequatemoreless
  • lisa got the blues and bleeding gums helpe her out and died

    in this ep lisa has the blues and is feeling down alot latly and she comes acrross a man in a hospital by the name of bleeding gums murphy her and bleeding gums play music togther all the time latly and bart and homer are playing video game and fighting against each other and so bleeding gums and lisa are having a good time they play over the bridge togeather at night they made some good music togeather and homer and bart are still going round aftr round and bart keep punching homers head off . and lisa meets murph at the bridge and they play musice in the night when the moon is out and stars are out so it was a good ep.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Susan Blu

Susan Blu


Guest Star

Miriam Flynn

Miriam Flynn

Miss Barr

Guest Star

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor

"Bleeding Gums" Murphy

Guest Star

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Bart and Homer play "Super Slugfest" one last time)
      Bart: (to Homer) I'm gonna knock you out one more time and that's it - this is getting boring, man!
      Homer: (smirking) Just try not to kill me too hard, son! Heh, heh, heh, heh!
      (The game begins, and Homer's video boxer ducks a punch from Bart's before knocking him onto the ropes)
      Bart: Whoa!
      Homer: Kid, tonight's not your night!
      Bart: All right, man, you asked for it! No more Mr. Nice Guy!
      (Homer's video boxer blocks one punch from Bart's, then dodges another)
      Homer: Ha ha, blocked it! Ha ha, you missed me!
      (Homer's video boxer lands punch after punch on Bart's)
      Homer: Ha ha! I got ya! Ooh, ooh! Don't! Don't try that! I got ya! Blocked ya! (as a commentator) And the crowd is on its feet as Arcade Homer moves in for the kill!
      (Marge and Lisa walk in)
      Marge: Boys, I'd like your attention, please!
      Homer: Quiet, Marge! This is my big moment! (Marge scowls) Bart the Bloody Pulp Simpson is on the ropes! He's hoping I'll put him out of his misery! (Homer's video boxer winds up for the knockout punch) Well, you're in luck, Bart! Here comes my right!
      (But just as the punch is about to be delivered, Marge unplugs the TV set)
      Homer: Oh, no!!!! My game! My game! (falls to his knees in despair) I could have beat the boy! Marge, how could you! I was so close!
      Marge: I'm sorry, but this is more important than that silly loud game.
      Bart: You're right, Mom! I'd just like to use this occasion to announce my retirement, undefeated from the world of video boxing.
      (Homer starts to cry)
      Marge: Oh, calm down, Homer! Lisa has an idea that she thinks will be fun for the whole family.

    • Homer: Where the hell are my keys? Who stole my keys? Come on, I'm late for work! (Lifts Maggie and looks underneath)
      Marge: Oh Homer, you'd lose your head if it weren't securely fastened to your neck.
      Bart: Did you check the den?
      Homer: The den! Great idea!
      (Homer heads into the den with Bart following him and Homer begins to pull couch apart.)
      Bart: Warm. No, cold. Colder. Ice cold.
      Homer: You know where my keys are?
      Bart: No, I'm talking about your breakfast. (Laughs)
      Homer: (Growls)

    • (Lisa and Bleeding Gums Murphy have a little jam session.)
      (Lisa plays a jazz tune on her sax.)
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Now, now low b-flat.
      (Lisa plays some lower notes on her sax.)
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Okay, Lisa. "Altissimo" register.
      (Lisa plays very high notes on her sax.)
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Very nice. Very nice. I once ruptured myself doin' that.
      Lisa: Thanks, Mr. Murphy
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: My friends call me Bleedin' Gums.
      Lisa: Eww. How'd you get a name like that?
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Well, let me put it this way. You ever been to the dentist?
      Lisa: Yeah.
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Not me. I suppose I should go to one, but I got enough pain in my life as it is.

    • Bleeding Gums Murphy: You know, you play pretty well for someone with no real problems.
      Lisa: Yeah, but I don't feel any better.
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: The blues isn't about feelin' better. It's about makin' other people feel worse and makin' a few bucks while you're at it.

    • (Bart and Homer play the "Super Slugfest" video boxing game)

      Bart: In the red trunks, with a record of 48 wins and no losses, the undisputed champ of this house, Battling Bart Simpson! (whistles and whoops) And in the lavender trunks, with a record of zero wins and 48 defeats - oh, correction, humiliating defeats, all of them by knockout...

      Homer: (grumbling) Must you do this every time?

      Bart: Homer "The Human Punching Bag" Simpson!

    • (Bart tries to cheer Lisa up by prank calling Moe's Tavern)

      Moe: Yeah, Moe's Tavern, Moe speaking.

      Bart: Is Jacques there?

      Moe: Who?

      Bart: Jacques. Last name Strap.

      Moe: Uh, hold on. (calling out) Uh, Jacques Strap! Hey, guys, I'm lookin' for a Jacques Strap!

      (The entire bar laughs at Moe)

      Moe: What?Oh, wait a minute! Jacques Strap? It's you isn't it, you cowardly little runt! When I get a hold of you, I am gonna gut you like a fish and drink your blood!

      (Bart rolls on the floor laughing, but Lisa isn't impressed)

      Bart: (to Lisa) Where's your sense of humor, man?

    • (Marge can't sleep, because of her worries about Lisa.)
      Homer: So, why are you still awake?
      Marge: Well, I'm still trying to figure out what's bothering Lisa. I don't know. Bart's such a handful, and Maggie needs attention. But all the while, our little Lisa is becoming a young woman.
      Homer: Oh, so that's it. This is some kind of underwear thing.

    • Homer: You know Marge, getting old is a terrible thing. I think the saddest day of my life was when I realized I could beat my Dad at most things, and Bart experienced that at the age of four.

    • (Marge has a flashback to her childhood.)
      Mrs. Bouvier: Wait, Margie. Before you go out that door, let's put our happy face on, because people know how good a mommy you have by the size of your smile.
      (Little Marge forces a large fake smile on her face before she heads to school.)

    • (Lisa meets Bleeding Gums Murphy for the first time, as he plays his saxophone on a bridge.)
      Lisa: That was beautiful. What's it called?
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Oh, it's a little tune that I call the "I Never Had an Italian Suit Blues."

    • (Marge interrupts Homer and Bart as they play "Super Slugfest")

      Marge: Homer?

      Homer: Not now, Marge! (to his video boxer) Gaaah! Get out of the corner!

      Marge: But they sent a note from school!

      Homer: (to Bart) What did you do this time, you little hoodlum? (to his video boxer) Oops, get out of the way!

      Bart: (talking quickly) I didn't do it. Nobody saw me do it. There's no way they can prove anything.

      Marge: No, Bart! This note isn't about you!

      Bart: It isn't? There must be some mistake! (looks at the note as Marge hands it to Homer) Hey, you're right! This note's about Lisa!

      Homer: (surprised) Lisa?

      (As Homer looks at the note, Bart's video boxer knocks off the head of Homer's)

    • (At lunch, Lisa shares her thoughts with Janey.)
      Lisa: Every day at noon a bell rings, and they herd us in here to feeding time. And we sit around like cattle, chewing our cuds, dreading the inevitable--
      Bart: (Laughs) Food fight!

    • (At an arcade, Homer seeks some tips from Howie on "Super Slugfest")

      Homer: Listen, can you teach me to fight like you do?

      Howie: I don't think so.

      Homer: Oh, come on!

      Howie: I tell you what. I'll do it if you bark like a dog.

      Homer: (angry) You! Youlittle... Woof, woof woof!

      Howie: (laughs) You got yourself a deal, Fido.

      (Later, the arcade is empty except for Homer and Howie)

      Howie: Well, looks like you're out of quarters, old man!

      Homer: That's okay! With the tips you've given me, I'm gonna pound the tar out of a cer-tain little smartypants tonight!

      (He chuckles to himself as Howie's mom arrives)

      Howie's Mom: (disgusted) Howie! I thought I told you to stop wasting your money in this stupid place!

      Howie: Uh, sorry, Mom!

      Howie's Mom: (to Homer, even more disgusted) And you! A man of your age! You should be ashamed of yourself!

      Homer: (walking away, sheepish) Excuse me, I think I hear my wife calling.

    • (Homer tries to console Lisa, who is feeling sad.)
      Homer: I have feelings too. You know, like "My stomach hurts." Or "I'm going crazy!"

    • (Lisa's gym teacher blows the whistle and stops play, as Lisa is unresponsive during dodge ball.)
      Gym Teacher: Lisa, we are playing dodge ball here. The object of the game is to avoid the ball by weaving or ducking out of it's path.
      Lisa: In other words, to dodge the ball.

    • Marge: (to Bart, Homer and Lisa.) I'm sorry, everybody, but I've only got two cupcakes for the three of you.
      Bart: Well, mom, one of us has scarfed down more than enough cupcakes over the past three decades to keep--
      Homer: Bart!

    • (Lisa sings the Blues with Bleeding Gums Murphy.)
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: (Singing)
      Oh, I'm so lonely,
      Since my baby left me.
      I got no money,
      And nothing is free.
      Oh, I been so lonely,
      Since the day I was born.
      All I got is this rusty,
      This rusty old horn.
      Lisa: (Singing)
      I got a bratty brother,
      He bugs me every day.
      And this morning my own mother,
      She gave my last cupcake away.
      My dad acts like he belongs,
      He belongs in the zoo.
      I'm the saddest kid,
      In grade number two.

    • (Marge tracks down Lisa in the middle of the night.)
      Marge: Lisa! Get away from that jazz man!
      Lisa: But, mom! Can't I just stay a little longer?
      Marge: Come on. Come on. We're worried about you. (to Bleeding Gums Murphy) Nothing personal. I just fear the unfamiliar.

  • NOTES (5)

    • According to Matt Groening the opening title sequence for the series is an homage to the opening sequence for The Mickey Mouse Club. The changing chalkboard and couch gags were inspired by the changing opening where Donald Duck would hit the gong, and his reaction would change every week.

    • The original idea for this episode came from Jim Brooks who wanted to do this episode clear back in the days of Taxi. The idea was that Alex would be sad for some unknown reason, but the script never came to be.

    • First Appearance: Jacqueline Bouvier, "Bleeding Gums" Murphy, Ralph Wiggum

    • This episode's couch gag, was also featured in The Simpsons Arcade Game.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not instigate revolution.
      Couch Gag: The family runs in and squeezes onto the couch. Maggie pops into the air and lands in Marge's arms.


    • Life In Hell
      The referee in the boxing game is a drawing by Matt Groening. In quick tribute to his comic strip Life In Hell, the referee is designed to look like Akbar or Jeff.

    • Mike Tyson's Punch Out
      The video game that Bart and Homer are playing has sound effects similar to the video game, Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Also, the controllers they are using are very similar to Atari's joysticks.

    • "Blind" Lemon Jefferson
      The character of Bleeding Gums Murphy was loosely based off the personality and name of blues musician, "Blind" Lemon Jefferson.

    • Episode Title: "Moaning Lisa"
      This episode's title is a take on Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting, Mona Lisa.