'Round Springfield (The Simpsons)

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'Round Springfield (The Simpsons)
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"Bleeding Gums was my hero and I never got to tell him how I felt" - Lisa Simpson
Series: The Simpsons
Part of Season: 6
Episode Number: 22
Air Date: April 30, 1995
Writer: Teleplay:
Joshua Sternin
Jeffery Ventimilia
Story:
Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Previous episode: "The PTA Disbands"
Next episode: "The Springfield Connection"

'Round Springfield is the 22nd episode of the sixth season of The Simpsons, and the 125th episode overall.

Plot

Lisa finds her idol, Bleeding Gums Murphy, in the hospital, while Bart has surgery after eating a jagged metal toy in his cereal.

Why It Rocks

  1. The episode is very emotional and is generally one of the saddest moments in the series, but it's done in a way where it makes you feel for the characters and it doesn't rely on using emotional manipulation.
  2. The episode shows a caring side to some of the characters, like how Bart uses money he got in a lawsuit to buy Bleeding Gums Murphy's album for Lisa, and Homer trying to comfort Lisa.
  3. The ending of the episode when Lisa sees Bleeding Gums Murphy in the clouds and they sing together is very heartwarming, and the "Jazzman" song that plays during it is amazing.
  4. Lisa is very likeable in this episode, as it does a great job at trying to make you feel for her, the episode is also a great character development episode for her as well.
  5. The subplot with Bart is also very interesting.
  6. The episode, despite being relatively serious throughout, does have a few funny moments, like Bart imagining himself as a butterfly.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Plot hole: It was never explained how Bleeding Gums Murphy died.

Reception

  • It holds a rating of 8.2/10 on IMDb.

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