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.

* AlliterativeName: The ''Denied Dream'' magazine.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: 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.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: 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 "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E10VivaNedFlanders Viva Ned Flanders]]" and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS13E7BrawlInTheFamily Brawl in the Family]]"
* CareerEndingInjury: Bart's career as a drummer ends when [[ItMakesSenseInContext a tiger bites his right arm]].
* CreatorCameo: Creator/MattGroening.
* EpicFail: Homer, as a masked wrestler, ''lost to a skeleton''.
* InstantExpert: Bart shows off the gene's he got from Homer by learning to play the drum masterfully in no time flat.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: 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.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Lisa does this by getting jealous of Bart's knack for drums.