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Lisa’s Sax

I no longer want my MTV

Couch gag: Homer is a Russian nesting doll and each family member is inside him.

Director: Dominic Polcino

Guest voice:
Fyvush Finkel as himself, playing Krusty

Synopsis: Homer and Marge recount the story of how Lisa got her saxophone.

Discussion: Despite being a flashback episode and having a musical number, this ep just ain’t working for me. It’s cutesy and has a lot of good bits, but there’s just something niggling at me that makes it not quite work. Perhaps it’s that it feels stitched together, stretched to fit time, covering a lot of old ground (even though it doesn’t- we’ve hardly seen anything of the Simpson kids as toddlers).

Lisa’s saxophone is an integral part of the character and through this episode, it’s revealed that the instrument was to encourage Lisa to use her intelligence and nurture her academic gifts. Bart’s first day at school doesn’t really add to the story but it’s cute but kinda explains how and why he became a brat (if there’s such a thing as the nature vs nurture thing). The central plot is good, it’s just that you can definitely tell the episode has come up short on time so they’ve tried every trick in the book to lengthen it. Like when you do an essay and you’re 200 words short so you just throw in a random paragraph that doesn’t really fit…


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