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Recap: The Simpsons S 6 E 22 Round Springfield
Episode - 2F24
First Aired - 4/30/1995

In this partial Very Special Episode, Lisa discovers that her friend and jazz mentor, Bleeding Gums Murphy, is in the hospital, and when he dies on the night of her recital, Lisa works to keep the musician's memory alive. Meanwhile, Bart comes down with appendicitis from eating Krusty the Clown's new cereal, which comes with a jagged metal "O" and sues the clown for personal harm.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Affirmative Action Girl: In-universe, Krusty's forced to add "Ms. No-Means-No" to his cast due to an expensive sexual harassment suit. Krusty immediately hits on her.
  • Artistic License - Medicine: Eating jagged metal doesn't cause appendicitis. It would have given Bart horrible internal bleeding and possibly killed him, but that's not very family-friendly, is it? It doesn't help that an actual medical consultant (who was related to Al Jean) was called in for the show and the writers had to resort to a ridiculous excuse to make Bart come down with appendicitis.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Bart buys Lisa the rare Bleeding Gums Murphy album because she was the only one to believe he was really ill.
  • Blind Musician: Bleeding Gums' mentor, Blind Willie Witherspoon. Subverted in that, for 30 years, he thought he was playing the saxophone...when he was actually playing an umbrella. No one said anything because they thought it was funny.
  • Call Back: After the news of Bleeding Gums' death, Lisa cries on the bridge where the two first met.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one except Lisa believes that Bart is truly sick, knowing his tendency to try to get out of tests.
  • The Cast Showoff: Yeardley Smith proves to have some serious pipes during Lisa's rendition of "Jazzman"
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Trope Namer. Groundskeeper Willie, due to budget cuts, is forced to teach French, and he calls the students this.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Springfield Elementary's school charter states that no teacher is to be held accountable if Bart dies or if Milhouse gets eaten by the school snake.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Lisa finds Bleeding Gums Murphy's only album at Comic Book Guy's store costing $250. But when Lisa mentions that Bleeding Gums has recently died, he immediately doubles the price to $500.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: See Take That.
  • Gambler Groupies: Bart has a Imagine Spot in which he's in a casino, surrounded by attractive woman.
  • Here We Go Again: Bart plans to re-earn the $500 dollars he spent on the jazz album by suing the Krusty corporation over their new Krusty-O's cereal...with flesh-eating bacteria.
  • Imagine Spot: Bart has two: what he could do with $500 (losing it immediately on roulette) and torching the school after he's reincarnated as a butterfly (and watching Principal Skinner get blamed for it).
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Bleeding Gums
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: Although it clears up when Lisa decides to find a way to honor Bleeding Gums' memory.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Like increase a radio station's broadcasting range.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Apparently, Bleeding Gums and Dr. Hibbert are brothers... not that either of them realize it.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Mrs. Krabappel only believes that Bart's really in pain when he completely finishes his test before asking to go to the nurse again. She still lets him suffer a few more seconds of pain before sending him off, though.
  • Running Gag: The hot-dog vendor that always shows up at events where Homer wants a hot dog.
    Vendor: Lady, he's putting my kids through college!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bleeding Gums was special guest in The Cosby Show in 1986. The scene parodies the fact that quite some famous jazz musicians like Dizzie Gillespie, Tito Puente and Lena Horne were once guest on the show. It also references Bill Cosby's tendency to clown around, talking gibberish and focus most of the attention to himself, exaggarated here to the point that Bleeding Gums doesn't even have a line.
    • Bleeding Gums appears in the sky to Lisa, together with Mufasa from The Lion King, Darth Vader from Star Wars and Steve Allen saying This is CNN, all references to the fact that James Earl Jones voiced these characters.
    • The song Jazzman by Carole King is covered by Lisa and Bleeding Gums near the end of the episode.
    • Bleeding Gums mentions he's got a date with Billie Holiday.
  • Sucky School: This episode truly shows how bad Springfield Elementary is (along with this season's "The PTA Disbands").
    • The school's charter has a rule stating that they are not responsible if Bart dies (or if Milhouse gets eaten by the school's pet snake). Bart can be a bad student at times, but having a rule stating that is straight up "Boys of Bummer"-style cruelty against Bart.
    • Lunchlady Doris works as Springfield Elementary's nurse due to budget cuts (even though "Whacking Day" revealed that Lunchlady Doris took the school nurse job so she can get two paychecks).
    • The very Scottish Groundskeeper Willie is now a French teacher.
  • Take That
    Homer: Lisa, honey, if you really wanna preserve his memory, I recommend getting a tattoo. It preserves the things you love...(Homer rolls up his sleeve to reveal a heart with the words...) "Starland Vocal Band"?! They suck!
    • "You must avenge my death, Kimba...dah, I mean Simba!
    • One against New Coke, in Bleeding Gum's flashback, courtesy of Bill Cosby.
    Crosby: "Jazz is like the New Coke. It'll be around forever."
  • Technology Marches On: An episode like this couldn't happen these days, as Lisa would easily be able to find Bleeding Gums Murphy's only album on websites like CraigsList, eBay, or available on torrent sites — unless it was really rare to find.
The Simpsons S 6 E 21 The PTA DisbandsRecap/The SimpsonsThe Simpsons S 6 E 23 The Springfield Connection

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