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When Bart is hospitalized, Lisa runs into her hero, Bleeding Gums Murphy, who is also a patient. However, when he dies soon after, she is devastated.

Director:

Steven Dean Moore

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Krusty the Klown / Sideshow Mel / Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Hot Dog Vendor / Bill Cosby / Barney Gumble / Grampa Simpson / Hans Moleman (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Superintendent Chalmers / Dr. Nick Riviera / Blind Willie / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Croupier / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Dr. Hibbert / Faberge Egg Dealer / Kent Brockman / Reverend Lovejoy / KJAZZ DJ / Montgomery Burns / Mufasa / Darth Vader / James Earl Jones (voice)
Ron Taylor ... Bleeding Gums Murphy (voice)
Steve Allen ... Himself (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Lionel Hutz (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Bill Cosby's Daughter / Reporter / Nurse / Police Dispatcher (voice)
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Storyline

When Bart swallows a hazardous prize from a cereal box and winds up in the hospital, Lisa finds out her jazz idol Bleeding Gums Murphy has a room of his own there. Sadly, this turns out to be his deathbed, and not only is she upset about him dying, but she realizes that nobody will ever remember him for his music, unless she does something about it. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the Gracie Films logo, there is a saxophone version of the music. This is the first episode to have the logo's music played on a saxophone; the others being The Simpsons: Summer of 4'2" (1996) and The Simpsons: Lisa's Sax (1997). See more »

Goofs

Bart's appendectomy scar is on the wrong side - it's on the left, but the appendix is located on the right side of the body. See more »

Quotes

Blind Man Willie Witherspoon: I've been playing the saxophone for 30 years. I want you to have it.
Bleedin' Gums Murphy: This isn't a saxophone. It's an umbrella.
Blind Man Willie Witherspoon: So I've been playing the umbrella for 30 years? Why didn't anyone ever tell me?
Bleedin' Gums Murphy: 'Cause we all thought it was funny.
Blind Man Willie Witherspoon: That's not funny.
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Connections

Featured in Some Jerk with a Camera: The Simpsons Ride (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Hummed by Marcia Wallace
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The Simpsons at their finest

I have to say, The Simpsons don't get much better than this. Season 6 is a stunning season, but this episode is definitely a stand-out.

This is one if not my favourite Simpsons episode; it's paced, witty, sad and sweet.

Bart eats some Krusty-O cereal, accidentally eating a "metal Krusty-O" in the process, which gives him appendicitis. When he has his appendix removed, Bart's family visit him in hospital.

Lisa wanders around and fortunately meets her hero for the second time, jazz musician Bleeding Gums Murphy, who is residing at the hospital because of an illness.

The two become stronger friends and Bleeding Gums gives Lisa his special saxophone as a token of friendship for Lisa's school band recital.

Bleeding Gums passes away and Lisa is overcome with grief at the loss of her friend and hero. Meanwhile, Lionel Hutz (as Bart's lawyer) sues the Krusty-O Cereal Corporation and Bart receives $500, thinking he is getting a good deal.

Lisa wants to pay a tribute to Bleeding Gums Murphy through the local jazz station, but doesn't have his record to play.

Androids Dungeon has it on sale for $500 and Bart decides to buy it with his money for Lisa.

The jazz station plays it and Bleeding Gums takes on cloud-form and the two of them jam together (playing a rendition of Carole King's 'Jazzman') for the last time.

This episode is classic. There are plenty of funny moments, and touching and sad moments. The ending (a rendition of 'Jazzman') is sung by the talented Yeardly Smith (Lisa Simpson) and is just beautiful, leaving the audience on a high.

I'm surprised this episode didn't win an Emmy, it's well liked by many fans. But The Simpsons is just such a good show, they have won many Emmys so it doesn't really matter.

Everyone: SEE THIS EPISODE!


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