Recap: The Simpsons S 18 E 2 Jazzy And The Pussycats

After being a nuisance at the funeral of Homer's Vegas wife, Amber, Bart visits a psychiatrist, who recommends a drum kit for Bart to vent out his extra energy. Meanwhile, Lisa loses the chance to jam with a local jazz band and begins collecting animals.

Tropes:

  • Alliterative Name: The Denied Dream magazine.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When the jazz band talked to Lisa, they gave the impression they wanted her to join. They wanted Bart.
    • Earlier in the episode, Amber's death started being explained with a mention of the sign warning people not to stand up at the roller coaster. The viewer thinks she died after standing up on a roller coaster, but she actually died of a drug overdose while standing in line to go on that roller coaster.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Bart was given a jazz nickname, Lisa moaned that she never had one. She was then nicknamed "Downbeat Simpson".
  • CallBack: Homer's Vegas wife from "Viva Ned Flanders" and "Brawl in the Family"
  • Career-Ending Injury: Bart's career as a drummer ends when a tiger bites his right arm.
  • Creator Cameo: Matt Groening.
  • Epic Fail: Homer, as a masked wrestler, lost to a skeleton.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Lisa notes that Bart was supposed to be a jazz musician while she collected animals and laments that she never thought the two stories would intersect.