The Simpsons

Season 6 Episode 22

Round Springfield

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Goof: The first time Bleeding Gums's spirit appears, he's entirely gray, except for the tongue, which is red. When he re-appears, his tongue is also gray.

    • Music From This Episode
      "Jazz Man" performed by Yeardley Smith -based upon Carole King's song of the same name- (Lisa and the spirit of "Bleeding Gums" play this song after his record is played on the radio)

    • During his career "Bleeding Gums" Murphy received his big break on Steve Allen's Tonight Show appeared on The Cosby Show, released his first and only album entitled Sax on the Beach and loses all his money after developing a $1,500 a day fabriche egg habit.

    • Sign seen at radio station: "KJAZZ: 152 Americans can't be wrong!"

    • Sadly, yet ironically, four guest stars from this episode passed away. They are Ron Taylor, Steve Allen, Phil Hartman, and Doris Grau.

  • Quotes

    • (Just after Ralph makes a noise with his flute which is jammed up his nose.)
      Chief Wiggum: That's some nice flutin' boy.

    • Barney: Hey Moe, what'll you give me for an AA chip?
      Moe: Barney, this is a 5 minute chip. Eh, it's worth a Pabst.

    • Lisa: Mom, I want to honor Bleeding Gums' memory but I don't know where to start.
      Marge: Maybe you could get the local jazz station to do a tribute to him, huh?
      Homer: Jazz, pfft. They just make it up as they go along. I could do that: dee dee-dee dee dee dee dee, dee dee dee …
      Marge: That's "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
      Homer: OK, then, this: doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo …
      Marge: That's the same thing; you just replaced "dee"s with "doo"s.
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Bill Cosby: Hey, kids! Meet Grampa Murphy.
      Girl: We have three grandpas already!
      Bill Cosby: This one's a great jazz musician.
      Girl: Oh, they all are!
      Bill Cosby: Oh, oh: you see, the kids, they listen to the rap music which gives them the brain damage. With their hippin', and the hoppin', and the bippin', and the boppin', so they don't know what the jazz…is all about! You see, jazz is like the Jello Pudding Pop … no, actually, it's more like Kodak film … no, actually, jazz is like the New Coke: it'll be around forever, heh heh heh.

    • Bleeding Gums Murphy: I cut my first and only album, "Sax on the Beach", but then I spent all my money on my $1,500 a day habit. (goes to flashback) … I'd like another Faberge egg, please?
      Man: Sir, don't you think you've had enough?
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: I'll tell you when I've had enough!

    • Lisa: It must be awful to be all alone in the world.
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Well, I always had my music. I learned at the feet of Blind Willie Witherspoon.
      (flashback to younger Bleedin' Gums in a bar)
      Blind Willie: I've been playing jazz for thirty years and I just can't make a go of it. I want you to have my saxophone.
      Bleeding Gums: This isn't a saxophone, it's an umbrella!
      Blind Willie: So I've been playing a umbrella for thirty years? Why didn't anybody tell me?
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Heh, we all thought it was funny. (laughs)
      Blind Willie: That's not funny.

    • Dr. Nick: Okay, Bart, I will count to three and you will be sound asleep. One, two, three… out like a light!
      Dr. Hibbert: Scalpel…
      Bart: Aaaah!
      Dr. Nick: Whoopsie. Maybe if I fiddle with these knobs. (sniffs) Hey, I smell gas… pleasant gas… Night-night gas… (collapses)

    • Dr. Hibbert: (to Bart) Don't worry, son, you'll be fine. (to audience) This boy's appendix is inflamed and about to burst, which will make it easier to find once I get in there. (chuckles)
      Homer: (watching from above) Man, these are primo seats. I could really go for a hot dog.
      Marge: Homer! This is an operation.
      Vendor: Hot dogs, get your hot dogs here!
      Homer: Woo hoo!

    • Principal Skinner: Superintendent Chalmers, I'd like you to meet our new school nurse, Lunch Lady Doris.
      Superintendent Chalmers: Yeah, nice to see you. Seymour, why is that student lying unconscious on the floor?
      Principal Skinner: Well in many cases, the floor is the best … (clears throat). Oh, look, here comes Lumpy, the school snake! (Some kids inside the snake cry for help) Oh, Lord…

    • Bart: Look, my stomach really hurts.
      Lunchlady Doris: All I can give you are these chewable Prozac for kids. Your choice: Manic Depressive Mouse, or the Bluebird of Unhappiness.

    • Krusty: Hey, kids! It's story time. (laughs) I'm going to tell you the story of Krusty's expensive new suit… his sexual harassment suit. (laughs painfully) Oh boy!

    • Jazzman Lyrics
      Lisa: Lift me, won't you lift me?
      Above the old routine.
      Make it nice.
      Play it clean
      When the Jazzman's testifyin', a faithless man believes.
      He can sing you into paradise, or bring you to your knees.
      Jazzman, take my blues away.
      Make my pain the same as yours with every change you play.
      Jazzman, oh, Jazzman.

    • Krusty: Don't blame me! It's the percadan. If you ask me, that stuff rots your brain ... And now a word from our new sponsor ... Percadan, oh crap!

    • Bleeding Gums Murphy: Lisa, I sure am glad you dropped by. You're the first visitor I've had.
      Lisa: What about your family?
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: I don't really have a family. All I had was a little brother who grew up to be a doctor. He used to laugh at the most inappropriate times.
      Dr. Hibbert: (chuckling) Hey, I've got an older brother that I'll never see. He's a jazz musician or some such. Oh well, bye bye.

    • Bart: Mrs. Krabappel, I can't take the test. I have a stomach ache.
      Mrs. Krabappel: Well, that's a lame excuse for an excuse. Hah!
      Bart: Look if you ignore me and I die, you'll get in a lot of trouble.
      Mrs. Krabappel: Read page six of the school charter.
      Bart: (reading) "No teacher will be held accountable if Bart Simpson dies."
      Mrs. Krabappel: Were also absolved if Milhouse gets eaten by the school snake.
      Milhouse: (inside the snake) Hey, cool! There's a rabbit in here.

    • Krusty: This thing is shredding my insides!
      Sideshow Mel: Krusty, that wasn't the metal one, that was a regular Krusty-O.
      Krusty: It's poison.

    • Lisa: Oh, Dad, why did he have to die?
      Homer: Well, it's like the time that your cat Snowball got run over.
      Lisa: Uh huh.
      Homer: Remember, honey?
      Lisa: Yeah.
      Homer: What I'm saying is, all we have to do is go down to the pound and get a new jazzman.
      Lisa: (wailing) Oh, Dad!

    • Bart: I believe that after you die, you get to come back as anything you want. I'll be a butterfly.
      Lisa: Why?
      Bart: Because, nobody ever suspects the butterfly... (laughs evilly)

    • Grampa: Death stalks you at every turn!
      Lisa: Grampa!
      Grampa: Well, it does-- Aah! Death! There it is! Death!
      Lisa: It's only Maggie.
      Grampa: (laughs sheepishly) Oh, yeah. You know, at my age, the mind starts playing tricks. So-- Aah! Death!
      Lisa: That's only the cat.
      Grampa: Oh. Aah! Death!
      Lisa: That's Maggie again, Grampa.
      Grampa: Oh. Where were we? Death!

    • Homer: I won't rest until I've gotten a hot dog.
      Marge: Homer, this is a cemetery!
      Vendor: Hot dogs! Get your hot dogs here!
      Homer: Woo hoo!
      Marge: What do you do, follow my husband around?
      Vendor: Lady, he's putting my kids through college.

    • (Groundskeeper Willie teaches French class.)
      Groundskeeper Willie: Bonjour, you cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys!

    • Lisa: That was for you, Bleeding Gums.
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: (appearing in the clouds) You've made an old jazzman happy, Lisa.
      Mufasa: (appearing in the clouds) You must avenge my death, Kimba -- I mean, Simba.
      Darth Vader: (appearing in the clouds) Luke, I am your father.
      James Earl Jones: (appearing in the clouds) This is CNN.
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Will you guys pipe down? I'm saying goodbye to Lisa!

    • Marge: Bart, are you ready for your history test?
      Bart: Oh, you bet, Mom! Ask me anything.
      Marge: OK. Who was George Washington Carver?
      Bart: Um…the guy who chopped up George Washington?
      Homer: Really? Wow.

    • Lisa: Hi, I have a request. I would like you to do a tribute to Bleeding Gums Murphy, please.
      DJ: Aw, I'd love to, little sister, but we don't have his album.
      Lisa: What if I could find it?
      DJ: Well, I'd spin it for you, but you know, ain't no one going to hear it. Our broadcast range is only 23 feet which makes us the most powerful jazz station in the entire US of A.
      Lisa: Gee, your station has a lot of problems.
      DJ: Tell me about it: just look at our morning guy.
      Moleman: This is Hans Moleman in the morning. Good Moleman to you. Today, part four of our series about the agonizing pain which I live with everyday.

    • Krusty: I contend those toruists were decapitated before they entered the Krustyland House of Knives.

    • (Bart is equipped with a stethoscope and two eyes painted on his butt.)
      Bart: Hi, I'm Dr. Cheeks. I'm doing my rounds and I'm a little behind.

    • (Over the End Credits)
      Lisa: One more time!
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: Oh come on, Lisa! I've got a date with Billie Holliday!

  • Notes

    • Groundskeeper Willie's description of the French as "cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys" has become widely used, particularly in the run-up to the war in Iraq. The New York Post used the phrase "Surrender Monkeys" as the headline for its December 7, 2006 front page, referring to the Iraq Study Group and its recommendation that U.S. soldiers be withdrawn from Iraq by early 2008.

    • Al Jean and Mike Reiss took story credit on this episode because they thought it was going to win a lot of awards.

    • Blackboard Joke: Nerve gas is not a toy.
      Couch Gag: The family run in, except their sizes are reversed, Maggie being the largest and Homer the smallest.

  • Allusions

    • ER
      When we first see the Springfield General Hospital building (where Bart is about to be operated), the background music is very similar to the music in the opening credits of the show ER.

    • Kimba the White Lion
      When Mufasa (the lion) appears in the clouds before Lisa, he says "You must avenge my death, Kimba... I mean, Simba." This is a reference to the idea that Disney's was not original. The Lion King's idea is very similar to a Japanese anime show called Kimba the White Lion, which originated in the 60s, where the main character is a white lion named Kimba who's father also dies.

    • 'Round Midnight
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of a famous Thelonious Monk jazz composition and of a 1986 movie about an impoverished French artist who attempts to redeem a self-destructive once great American jazz artist called 'Round Midnight.

    • Star Wars
      Darth Vader, from Star Wars, appears among the clouds to speak with Lisa.

    • Carole King
      During Lisa and "Bleeding Gums'" impromptu jam session at the hospital, they play Carole King's 1974 hit "Jazzman."

    • The Lion King
      Mufasa, from Disney's 1994 film The Lion King, appears in the clouds to talk to Lisa.