Bleeding Gums Murphy, Lisa’s jazz saxophone mentor on The Simpsons, has been immortalized as an “action” figure-though we doubt the rotund Mr. Gums does anything resembling action, especially now that he plays with Bird in heaven’s eternal jam sessions after he died in the “‘Round Springfield” episode.
In that same episode, Lisa Simpson asked Mr. Gums how he got his name:
“Well, lemme put it this way. You ever been to the dentist?,” he says.
“Yeah,” replies Lisa.
“Not me, I suppose I should go to one, but I got enough pain in my life as it is.”
This 5-inch figure, courtesy of Playmates Toys, comes with an alto saxophone and a copy of Bleeding Gums’ lone album, Sax on the Beach. Despite appearing on The Cosby Show a few times as the “jazz-playing grandpa,” Mr. Gums wasn’t able to get very far in his hardscrabble career. He wasn’t able to capitalize on his record release either, having been derailed by a serious addiction to Faberge eggs. In “‘Round Springfield,” Mr. Gums is shown begging for one more of the jeweled eggs:
“Sir, don’t you think you’ve had enough?,” says the shopkeeper.
“I’ll tell you when I’ve had enough,” screams Mr. Gums, who is then shown lying destitute in an alley surrounded by Faberge eggs.
The jazz life is a difficult one. Be reminded of it daily with this beautiful toy.Originally Published