Moaning Lisa

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005 "Bart the General"
"Moaning Lisa"
"The Call of the Simpsons" 007
"I'm too sad."
Lisa Simpson
Moaning Lisa
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 6
Production Code: 7G06
Original Airdate: February 11, 1990
Couch Gag: The Simpsons pile on to the couch, Maggie pops up in the air and Marge catches her.
Blackboard Text: "I will not instigate revolution"
Special Guest Voices: Ron Taylor as Bleeding Gums Murphy
Miriam Flynn as Ms. Barr
Show Runner(s): James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written By: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Directed By: Wes Archer
DVD features

"Moaning Lisa" is the sixth episode of season 1. It originally aired on February 11, 1990. The episode was written by Al Jean and Mike Reiss and directed by Wes Archer. It features the first appearance of Bleeding Gums Murphy.


"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."


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 dodgeball Lisa doesn’t move and gets pummeled by dodgeballs, 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.

The note is a progress report from Principal Skinner informing Homer and Marge that Lisa was too sad to play dodgeball at school. Homer attempts to discover the cause of Lisa’s sadness and Lisa tells Homer she wonders if the world would be any different if she didn’t exist. When Homer clearly can't come up with a good quick answer Marge tells Lisa to take a hot bath and Homer tells Bart to vacuum the floor. When Lisa is done with her bath she walks into the living room where Bart is still vacuuming and is not happy about it. Maggie sits by herself on the couch watching Bart and Lisa. In an effort to see who Maggie likes more both Bart and Lisa coax her to each other, instead Maggie chooses the TV. Later Homer and Bart are playing Super Slugfest again where Bart easily wins again, Homer blames the loss on Lisa’s loud saxophone playing. Homer goes up to Lisa’s room to yell at her. Lisa agrees to just practice on playing the notes without blowing into the saxophone. After Homer leaves the room, Lisa hears a saxophone playing off in the distance outside her window and leaves the house to go find the source. Lisa walks through the town at nighttime and discovers a man playing a saxophone alone on a bridge overpass. Back at the Simpson house everyone is asleep and Marge dreams about her childhood. In the dream Marge is a sad little girl and before going out to play her mother tells her to make sure she smiles. Homer also has a dream that he is trapped inside the boxing video game with Bart. Bart K.O.’s Homer and he wakes up screaming from his nightmare. Marge expresses her concern with Lisa’s sadness to Homer. Meanwhile Lisa is jamming with the man who introduces himself as Bleeding Gums Murphy. Lisa and Bleeding Gums play the blues together, and he tells Lisa he plays at a club called the Jazz Hole when a worried Marge, after realizing Lisa is gone, shows up to bring her home.

Homer watches a news report in the living room when he discovers Barney's Bowlarama has burned down. He runs in the kitchen to tell Marge the bad news, but Marge is fretting over Lisa. Bart enters the kitchen and Marge tells him to go find Lisa and act nice to her and cheer her up. Bart goes and finds Lisa and in an effort to cheer her up he plays a prank phone call on Moe, Lisa is not amused. Cut to Homer walking into the local video arcade. Homer seeks advice on Super Slugfest from Howard at the arcade. After some time Homer feels he has learned enough tricks to defeat Bart. Meanwhile Marge takes Lisa to band practice, and on the way Marge tells Lisa to smile and keep her true feelings inside so she can fit in with the other kids. Marge drops off Lisa in front of the school and observes Lisa fake smiling and interacting with the other kids. Marge sees that she has reduced Lisa to a child without opinion or complaint. Mr. Largo comes out of the school to gather the children in for practice and tells Lisa he hopes he doesn’t hear any more creativity from her again today. This makes Marge realize the error of her ways and she quickly does a tire squealing u-turn, snatches Lisa and drives away. In the car Marge apologizes and tells Lisa it is okay to be sad and that she should always be herself no matter what. Lisa is now once again happy. Back at the house Bart and Homer are playing Super Slugfest again and this time Homer puts Bart on the ropes and dominates the fight. Marge walks in to make announcement and Homer is too busy winning to listen. Much to Homer’s dismay Marge pulls the plug on the video game to gain his attention. Bart announces that he has retired from the world of video game boxing undefeated. Marge then tells the family that Lisa has a fun idea for everyone. Cut to the club, The Jazz Hole, where the family listens to Bleeding Gums play a blues song written by Lisa.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Lisa bläst Trübsal" Moping Lisa
Spain flag.png Español "El blues de la Mona Lisa" The blues of Mona Lisa
Hispanic America.gif Español "La depresión de Lisa" Lisa's Depression
France.png Français "Ste Lisa Blues" St. Lisa Blues
Flag of Quebec.svg.png Français "Les blues de Lisa" The blues of Lisa
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Lisa sogna il blues" Lisa dreams of the blues
Hungary flag.png Magyar "Lisa és a világfájdalom" Lisa and the weltschmertz

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