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Round Springfield

Episode Number: 125    Season Num: 6    First Aired: Sunday April 30, 1995    Prod Code: 2F32
Bart gets his appendix removed after swalling a jagged metal prize in his bowl of Krusy-O's. He is awarded $500. Meanwhile, "Bleeding Gums" Murphy passes away and leaves Lisa his saxaphone. To honor Murphy, Lisa must raise $500 to buy his record so that it can be played on the radio.

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Writer: Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin
Story: Al Jean, Mike Reiss
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Star: Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson),  Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others),  Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier),  Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others),  Hank Azaria (Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others),  Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others)
Recurring Role: Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel),  Pamela Hayden (Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others),  Doris Grau (Lunchlady Doris),  Phil Hartman (Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices)
Guest Star: Ron Taylor ("Bleeding Gums" Murphy),  Steve Allen (Himself)


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Groundskeeper Willie's description of the French as "cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys" has become widely used, particularly in the run-up to the war in Iraq. The New York Post used the phrase "Surrender Monkeys" as the headline for its December 7, 2006 front page, referring to the Iraq Study Group and its recommendation that U.S. soldiers be withdrawn from Iraq by early 2008. (edit)
Al Jean and Mike Reiss took story credit on this episode because they thought it was going to win a lot of awards. (edit)
Blackboard Joke: Nerve gas is not a toy.
Couch Gag: The family run in, except their sizes are reversed, Maggie being the largest and Homer the smallest. (edit)


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(Just after Ralph makes a noise with his flute which is jammed up his nose.)
Chief Wiggum: That's some nice flutin' boy. (edit)
Barney: Hey Moe, what'll you give me for an AA chip?
Moe: Barney, this is a 5 minute chip. Eh, it's worth a Pabst. (edit)
Lisa: Mom, I want to honor Bleeding Gums' memory but I don't know where to start.
Marge: Maybe you could get the local jazz station to do a tribute to him, huh?
Homer: Jazz, pfft. They just make it up as they go along. I could do that: dee dee-dee dee dee dee dee, dee dee dee …
Marge: That's "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
Homer: OK, then, this: doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo …
Marge: That's the same thing; you just replaced "dee"s with "doo"s.
Homer: D'oh! (edit)
Lionel Hutz: Good news, Bart: the Krusty O Cereal Corp. has settled your case for $100,000, less, of course, my legal fees.
Bart: What kind of legal fees?
Lionel Hutz: Well, for a case this complex, I had to assemble a crack team of lawyers… Ronald Shapiro, trial attorney, Albert Dershman, who can hold three billiard balls in his mouth.
Bart: How much of the hundred though do I get? (Hutz hands him a check) $500?!
Lionel Hutz: Yes, well, er…
Bart: Cool!
Lionel Hutz: Let's roll. (edit)
Bill Cosby: Hey, kids! Meet Grampa Murphy.
Girl: We have three grandpas already!
Bill Cosby: This one's a great jazz musician.
Girl: Oh, they all are!
Bill Cosby: Oh, oh: you see, the kids, they listen to the rap music which gives them the brain damage. With their hippin', and the hoppin', and the bippin', and the boppin', so they don't know what the jazz…is all about! You see, jazz is like the Jello Pudding Pop … no, actually, it's more like Kodak film … no, actually, jazz is like the New Coke: it'll be around forever, heh heh heh. (edit)


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Music From This Episode
"Jazz Man" performed by Yeardley Smith -based upon Carole King's song of the same name- (Lisa and the spirit of "Bleeding Gums" play this song after his record is played on the radio) (edit)
During his career, "Bleeding Gums" Murphy appeared on The Cosby Show. (edit)
"Bleeding Gums" Murphy blew all his money on his $1,500 a day habit: fabriche eggs. (edit)
"Bleeding Gums" Murphy's first and only album was entitled Sax on the Beach. (edit)
"Bleeding Gums" Murphy got his big break on Steve Allen's Tonight Show. (edit)


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Pabst Blue Ribbon
Moe's quote about Barney's 5 minute AA chip being worth a Pabst is a reference to Pabst Blue Ribbon being a cheap, low-quality beer. (edit)
When we first see the Springfield General Hospital building (where Bart is about to be operated), the background music is very similar to the music in the opening credits of the show ER. (edit)
Kimba the White Lion
When Mufasa (the lion) appears in the clouds before Lisa, he says "You must avenge my death, Kimba... I mean, Simba." This is a reference to the idea that Disney's was not original. The Lion King's idea is very similar to a Japanese anime show called Kimba the White Lion, which originated in the 60s, where the main character is a white lion named Kimba who's father also dies. (edit)
Episode Title: "Round Springfield"
The title is a play on Round Midnight, the title of a famous Thelonious Monk jazz composition and of a 1986 movie about an impoverished French artist who attepts to redeem a self-destructive once great American jazz artist. (edit)
O.J. Simpson Trial
The two members of Lionel Hutz's "crack team" of attorneys are Ronald Shaporo and Albert Dershman (who can hold three billiard balls in his mouth). Their names and appearances are spoofs on famous O.J. Simpson defense attorneys Robert Shapiro and Alan Dershowitz. (edit)
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Round Springfield
"Fine example"
Bleeding Gums Murphy dead, but who the H&^% cares?? jk
Continue » Posted Jan 26, 2008 6:07 pm PST
Round Springfield
"Series classic"
Last of Bleeding Gums Murphy
Continue » Posted Dec 25, 2006 1:43 am PST
Round Springfield
"Fine example"
Very Nice Episode
Continue » Posted May 25, 2006 5:21 pm PST
Round Springfield
"Another great installment"
A very sweet episode
Continue » Posted Dec 8, 2005 8:11 am PST
Round Springfield
Bleeding Gums Murphy returns for another fun-filled eppie.
Continue » Posted Dec 7, 2005 9:23 am PST
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Episode: Round Springfield
Season Number: 6
Episode Reviews: 6
8.4 Great 138 votes
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