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:
* AdultFear: 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 BBC Two in the UK.
* CallBack: The chalkboard gag "I will not instigate revolution" references [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E5BartTheGeneral the previous episode]] where Bart uses war-like tactics to fight back against Nelson.
* CatapultNightmare: Homer wakes up from his dream screaming when Bart beats him in a boxing match.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: The first appearance of Lisa as the brainy, wise sibling rather than a troublemaking female clone of Bart.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Lisa said this to Bart after he was ordered by Marge into cheering her up.
-->'''Bart:''' Hey.
-->'''Lisa:''' I don't want your pity.
* EpicFail: Bart beats Homer so badly in the boxing video game that it shows Homer's boxer being lowered into a grave. Bart's boxer [[CrossTheLineTwice dances on his opponent's grave]].
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Super Slugfest'', a boxing game that Homer becomes obsessed with beating Bart at; it has arcade and console versions (the latter with single button UsefulNotes/Atari2600-style controllers). At the Noiseland Video Arcade, there are six unnamed arcade cabinets in a lobby area; a red cabinet and green cabinet visible on the wall across the entrance doors; a blue arcade cabinet on the right wall; an unseen cabinet at the lower right corner of the arcade; an aquamarine cabinet at the right of the entrance; a blue cabinet, red cabinet, and yellow cabinet at the left of the entrance; pink, green, and orange cabinets on the left wall, leading up to the change booth; an area to the right of the change booth with a blue, pink, and yellow-orange cabinet; on the wall opposite the change booth, an orange cabinet, a pink-orange cabinet, and a yellow-orange ''Eat My Shorts''; a semi-circle area with a green arcade cabinet, ending in -"H the" and -"rels", an aquamarine cabinet, a pink cabinet starting with "Capt." and ending in "-sy", possibly "Noisy", a blue ''Pac Rat'', a green ''Itchy Vs Scratchy'', a red cabinet, a blue cabinet through an area past an archway, and to the right of the archway, yellow ''Freeway!'', pink ''Escape from Grandma's House II'', an orange cabinet, and ''Time Wasters'', with a blue and yellow decal, played by Sherri and Terri Mackleberry, which is the unseen game to the right of the change booth, but is on the wrong wall; in an area further to the right of the change booth, "in the corner", a sequence of a blue ''Pac Rat'', red ''Nuclear Winter'', green ''Robert Goulet Destroyer'', blue ''Escape from Grandma's House'', yellow ''Eat My Shorts'', pink Itchy Vs Scratchy, blue Pac Rat, and orange ''Time Waster'' (in other shots, the sequence is preserved, but both ''Pac Rat'' games change to ''Pac Rat II''), and the arcade version of regular ''Slugfest''.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Both Homer and Marge are shown to be incredibly neglectful in this episode. Homer cares more about a video game and the fact that the bowling ally is closing down than his daughter’s depression. While Marge tells Lisa to [[StepfordSmiler suppress her sadness and smile]] because it makes her look better. At least, Marge learned the error of her ways.
** Though it also falls under CompletelyMissingThePoint because while Marge tells Lisa not to suppress her feelings, she states that she will do it for both of them.
* MisplacedRetribution: Lisa is in such a depressed state that the school takes notice and sends a note home to her parents, and even then out of worry rather than her being in trouble. Homer's so used to Bart being in trouble with the school instead that, in response, he punishes his son anyway by making him vacuum the entire house, despite Bart not doing anything wrong. Bart understandably is less than pleased with this and also makes sure to vacuum up a deck of Homer's playing cards in retaliation.
* NightmareSequence: Homer dreams about engaging in an actual boxing match with Bart. Bart mercilessly beats him.
* OffModel: Special mention goes to [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S01E06/968766.jpg this face Moe makes]], making him almost look like an animal.
* ShoutOut: Video games: [[VideoGame/PunchOut 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 VideoGame/PacMan).
* SpecialGuest: Creator/RonTaylor as "Bleeding Gums" Murphy
* StepfordSmiler: 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.
* TakeAThirdOption: 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.
* YankTheDogsChain: 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 to make sure his winning streak remains unbroken.