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Moaning Lisa

Moaning Lisa

Rating: 3 (261 votes)


Lisa's feeling blue, but none of her family seems to understand. She hears distant saxophone playing, and sneaks off to investigate. She meets Bleeding Gums Murphy, a fellow jazz musician, who jams with her. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart play video boxing, where Homer is constantly being beaten. While Homer has nightmares about video boxing, Marge worries about Lisa. The next day, Marge tells Lisa to smile, even though she is sad, to make her more popular. However, Marge sees Lisa's classmates take advantage of her, and tells her to be herself. Lisa becomes happy again. Meanwhile, Homer takes lessons on video boxing from a kid at the arcade. Just as Homer is about to beat Bart back at home, Marge unplugs the TV to announce that the family are going out that evening. Bart decides to retire undefeated from video boxing. That evening, the family go to The Jazz Hole, where Bleeding Gums Murphy plays.

Memorable quotes

Bart: Warm... cold... no, colder... ice cold!
Homer: What? Do you know where my keys are?
Bart: No, I'm talking about your breakfast.

Lisa: I'm wailing out for the homeless family living out of its car. The Iowa farmer, whose land has been taken away by unfeeling bureaucrats. The West Virginia coal miner, coughing up his--
Mr. Largo: Well, that's all fine and good, but Lisa, none of those unpleasant people are going to be at the recital next week.

Bart: ...and, in the lavender trunks, with a record of zero wins and forty eight defeats - correction: humiliating defeats - all of them by knock out--
Homer: Must you do this every time?

Bart: I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything.

Homer: I have feelings too. You know, like "My stomach hurts!" or "I'm going crazy!".

Lisa: I'm just wondering what's the point? Would it make any difference if I never existed? How can we sleep at night when there's so much suffering in the world?
Homer: Uh... well... Come on Lisa, ride the Homer-horsie! Giddy up!

Homer: 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.

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


  • Lisa brushes with Glum Toothpaste.
  • The boxers in the video game look like Homer and Bart.
  • One of the games at the arcade is called Eat My Shorts.
  • Other games at the arcade are "Time Waster", "Pac-Rat", "Escape from Grandma's House", "Itchy and Scratchy", and "Nuclear Disaster".


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