Jazzy and the Pussycats
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"Jazzy and the Pussycats" is the second episode of season 18 of The Simpsons and the three-hundred and eightieth episode overall. It originally aired on September 17, 2006. The episode was written by Daniel Chun and directed by Steven Dean Moore. It guest stars Jack White as himself and Meg White as herself.
- "Bart starts to play drums following a psychiatrist's suggestion. He is pretty good at it, so a jazz group asks him to join their band, something that has been Lisa's dream for a long time."
While attending the funeral for Amber, Homer's recently deceased Vegas wife, Bart gets bored and plays a game of paddle ball, which goes awry by everybody getting choked by the paddle ball. As a result, he is forced to see a psychiatrist who suggests Bart get a drum kit. Bart gets a kit and instantly becomes a natural at it in seconds. He practices non-stop, and bumps into The White Stripes who are playing "The Hardest Button to Button". Eventually, his drumming drives Homer and Marge mad and Lisa suggests to her parents that she can take Bart to a jazz brunch. Lisa asks Bart to jazz along with her quintet at Jazzy Goodtime's, which he does. Bart easily overshadows everyone, including Lisa, and a legendary jazz group asks him to play with them, much to Lisa's chagrin.
Bart's drumming is such a success that he's a town icon and made the front cover of two magazines, thus making Lisa very annoyed as she knows Bart is not worthy of his newfound popularity. Marge, who doesn't want Lisa to compete against Bart, decides to let her adopt a puppy in order to make her happy. At the animal shelter, Lisa picks the cutest puppy over a very sick dog that would otherwise die. At night, the sick dog comes in a ghost-like form to tell her that his fate is doomed because she chose the other dog over him. Lisa decides to go back and adopt the sick puppy, but after seeing how sick many of them are, she decides to adopt them all in order to save their lives. On her way home, many other animals join her, including a horde of circus animals. Having nowhere to put them, Lisa puts them in the attic.
After dinner that night, Lisa goes into the attic and finds Bart jazzing with the animals she rescued. A tiger bites Bart's "drumming arm" causing extensive nerve damage and meaning that he can no longer play.
In order to raise money for the operation he needs, Bart organizes a benefit concert with his Jazz friends. Meanwhile, Lisa is informed that her animals will be taken to a pound and killed if she cannot find a suitable home for them. In the end, after the benefit concert was a good success, Bart feels empathy for Lisa and decides to use the money to build a home for all the animals.
The episode was viewed by 8.94 million people. IGN liked the previous episode, saying "it was decent", and praised the strength of the eighteenth season so far. The episode was given a final rating of 7/10, similar to the previous episode.