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Gal of Constant Sorrow 

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Lisa tries to launch the career of a homeless Appalachian folk singer, but Bart warns her that she will just let her down. Meanwhile, Homer tries to rescue the cat, who is trapped in the walls of the house.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... (voice)
Harry Shearer ... (voice)
Bob Boilen Bob Boilen ... Himself (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Natalie Maines ... Hettie (singing voice)
Kate McKinnon ... Hettie (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Russi Taylor ... (voice)


When Bart brings home folk singer Hettie Mae Boggs, who has fallen on hard times, an impressed Lisa decides to relaunch Hettie's career with a come-back concert but Hettie is unreliable and Bart fears she will let Lisa down,. Meanwhile Homer's attempts at DIY lead to his having to rescue the cat, whom he has accidentally walled up. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

21 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The song sung by Hettie on the boardwalk, is a variation of "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" See more »


Lisa Simpson: Did your daddy teach you to fiddle?
Hettie: No. He was gonna start me out on the cigar box banjo, but, uh, before he could, he, he lost his sight.
Lisa Simpson: Oh, no. I'm sorry.
Hettie: Yeah, he got shot in the face.
[Lisa gasps]
Hettie: You know them puzzles where you slide the tiles? He looks a little like that now. My mother was an amazing banjo player.
Lisa Simpson: Mmm.
Hettie: Unfortunately, she did also go blind.
Lisa Simpson: Really?
Hettie: Yeah, it was winter and she was runnin' a fever and, um, then she got shot in the face.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


The Wayfaring Stranger
Performed by Natalie Maines
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6 December 2016 | by bownarrowsSee all my reviews

I will be first to mention that this episode has use of alcohol and heroin. I work in a residential house with people who have drug restrictions and couldn't find on here that mentions the use of heroin and alcohol. I would appreciate it if people or IMDb would update the site or something that lets people know of any drug use in episodes of shows. Other than that this episode was pretty funny from what I saw. I personally liked the episode but it was more of the fact that I work in Human Resources with people who have restrictions and could not find that information on here. I hope this helps some people out! If there is a way to see if episodes have drug use or alcohol use where do I go to find that information?

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