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The Simpsons: 'Round Springfield

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 7th 2006 2:31PM

simpsons(S06E22) This episode kicks off, as so many do, with an episode of the Krusty the Clown Show. It seems Krusty got into some hot water with a sexual harassment lawsuit, so his special guest that day is a woman named Officer No Means No. Meanwhile, Bart enjoys his breakfast of Krusty-Os, which contain a special prize inside: one jagged metal Krusty-O.

Bart swallows the jagged O unknowingly, and begins to feel the effects while in class. He begs Ms. Krabappel to let him see the nurse, but she thinks he's faking. Bart tries to persuade her by insisting that if he dies, she'll get in trouble, but according to the school charter, "No teacher shall be held accountable if Bart Simpson dies." Bart is forced to finish his test, and finally Ms. Krabappel let's him see the nurse, who also happens to be Lunch Lady Doris due to budget cuts.

Bart is taken to the hospital for what is assumed to be appendicitis, and during surgery the jagged Krusty-O is found and removed. His friends are so impressed with Bart's cool scar they ask if they can have their appendixes out, too. Dr. Hibbert agrees and the kids follow him eagerly.

At this point, the episode takes a turn and becomes about Lisa. She finds her hero Bleeding Gums Murphy is in the hospital, and he tells her tales of his sordid life, including a $1500 a day Faberge egg habit (cut to scene of Bleeding Gums in an alley throwing newly-purchased Faberge eggs at a wall).

Inspired by her hero, Lisa turns a saxophone, triangle, and flute rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever" into a jazzy ditty that gets the audience cheering. She's overjoyed, but when she gets to the hospital she finds out Bleeding Gums has died. Homer tries to console her: "It's like when the cat got run over, all they have to do is go to the pound and get a new jazz man."

There's a very nice moment when Maggie offers her pacifier to Lisa to console her. It happens pretty quickly, but it's one of the sweetest moments of the whole season, I think.

It turns out nobody knew much about Bleeding Gums, and after a lackluster funeral, Lisa vows to make sure everyone will know about him. Bart, as a favor to Lisa because she was the only one who believed him when he was sick, purchases Bleeding Gum's album for her, and his song is played all over Springfield. Lisa and Bleeding Gums (who now appears as a spirit in the clouds along with Mufasa, Darth Vader and James Earl Jones) play one last duet together.

Great moments:

  • Willy teaching French class: "Bonjour, you cheese-eating surrender monkeys!"
  • Steve Allen pimping his books on TV: How to Make Love to Steve Allen; Happiness is a Naked Steve Allen; Journey to the Center of Steve Allen; The Joy of Cooking Steve Allen
  • Moe running a "retox" clinic right next to a detox clinic
  • Ralph Wiggum with a flute up his nose
  • Bart telling Lisa that when he dies, he'll come back as a butterfly, because "no one suspects the butterfly." In Bart's fantasy, he's a butterfly and burns down the school, and Skinner is blamed for it.

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The best part about the pacifier moment is when it's repeated after Lisa leaves. Homer is distraught that he didn't cheer up Lisa, and Maggie offers him the pacifier, which he accepts.

September 07 2006 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheMatt

The butterfly and cheese-eating surrender monkeys are two of the best lines from a Simpsons ever.

September 07 2006 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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