Lisa's Sax


Episode Info

Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright) has grown tired of listening to his sister Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) practice her saxophone, but she doesn't feel like stopping for the day; a fight breaks out between them, and the sax flies out the window, where it's soon crushed by a truck. Lisa becomes despondent, and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) and Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) share the story of how she picked up the instrument in the first place. Years ago, Bart was starting kindergarten and was having trouble fitting in with the other kids; they took him to see child psychologist Dr. J. Loren Pryor (voice of Harry Shearer), and Pryor quickly realizes that Lisa is a gifted child. Pryor suggests Marge and Homer send Lisa to a pre-school for children of above-average intelligence, but they discover there's no way they can afford it. Someone suggests they could encourage Lisa's creativity by getting her a musical instrument, but Homer isn't eager to spend the money he'd earmarked for an air conditioner on his daughter. Meanwhile, Bart makes an important discovery that sends him on a long path of proving bad attention is better than no attention at all. "Lisa's Sax" was first aired on October 19, 1997, and featured a brief voice cameo from Fyvush Finkel, who is shown playing Krusty The Clown in a made-for-TV movie.


Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grampa/Krusty the Clown/Barney/Mayor Quimby
Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson/Patty Bouvier/Selma Bouvier
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson/Nelson Muntz/Todd Flanders/Ralph Wiggum/Kearney
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Hank Azaria
as Apu/Carl/Comic-Book Guy/Snake/Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum
Harry Shearer
as Mr. Burns/Lenny/Ned Flanders/Seymour Skinner/Waylon Smithers
Doris Grau
as Lunchlady Doris
Maggie Roswell
as Teacher/Miss Tillingham
Pamela Hayden
as Jimbo/Worm-eating Boy/Milhouse
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Critic Reviews for Lisa's Sax

If you do the math, the years don't exactly line up with other established events in the Simpson family tree, but that is easily overlooked because the story itself stays so true to the heart and soul of this dysfunctional animated family.

Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 9.0/10 | Full Review…