Recap: The Simpsons S 1 E 6 Moaning Lisa

Episode - 7G06
First Aired - 2/11/1990

I got a bratty brother, he bugs me every day.
And this morning my own mother gave my last cupcake away.
My dad acts like he belongs, he belongs in the zoo.
I'm the saddest kid in Grade #2.
Lisa Simpson

Lately, Lisa is feeling depressed about life, but doesn't want to talk about it as no one truly understands what she's going through, so Lisa runs away and befriends a homeless, black saxophonist named Bleeding Gums Murphy. Meanwhile, Homer gets help from a video game master at the local arcade so he can beat Bart in a two-player boxing video game.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Marge taking Lisa away from Bleeding Gums Murphy, even though the two of them were getting along.
    Marge: (to Murphy) Nothing personal, I just fear the unfamiliar.
  • Bowdlerization: A lot of the violence in the boxing video game (including Homer's nightmare of Bart beating him) was edited when shown on UK TV.
  • Call Back: The chalkboard gag "I will not instigate revolution" references the previous episode where Bart uses war-like tactics to fight back against Nelson.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Homer wakes up from his dream screaming when Bart beats him in a boxing match.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The first appearance of Lisa as the brainy, wise sibling rather than a troublemaking female clone of Bart.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Lisa said this to Bart after he was ordered by Marge into cheering her up.
    Bart: Hey.
    Lisa: I don't want your pity.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Homer dreams about engaging in an actual boxing match with Bart. Bart mercilessly beats him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Video games: Mike Tyson's Punch Out takes center stage, as "Super Slugfest" is patterned directly off the legendary game. Other games in the arcade are "Eat My Shorts" (an early Simpsons Shout Out), Itchy & Scratchy and "Pac Rat" (a parody of Pac-Man).
  • Special Guest: Ron Taylor as "Bleeding Gums" Murphy
  • Stepford Smiler: Marge encourages Lisa to be this, as her mother had enforced upon her beforehand. She takes it back when it only makes her a doormat to people around her.
  • Take a Third Option: Bart and Lisa stand on opposite sides of the living room and ask Maggie to walk to the one she loves the most. After looking at both of them, she just walks over to the TV and hugs it.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After getting tips from a kid at the Noiseland Arcade, Homer goes to face Bart one more time in the boxing game. He had the winning advantage and he would've won after so many beatings if Marge hadn't come in and unplugged the game to get the boys' attention. And then Bart says he gives up on the game.