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Convinced they can write better Itchy & Scratchy scripts than the writers who currently work on the cartoon, Bart and Lisa set out to write their own shows. Meanwhile, Homer goes to his high school reunion, and when Principal Dondelinger reveals that Homer never passed remedial science, Homer goes to night school to make up the lost credit.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x19
Production Number: 9F16
Airdate: Thursday April 15th, 1993

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: Adam I. Lapidus

Special Guest Stars
Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields
voiced Herself
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag

I will not sell miracle cures

Couch Gag

Repeat of Lisa's First Word.
The Simpsons enter & instead of sitting line up & start doing high kicks.
They are joined by other dancers, then the background opens revealing an elaborate set behind them complete with fireworks, jugglers on unicycles, magicians & elephants.

According to DVD commentary, the "Everyone Loves Ned Flanders" short at the end of the episode was done because the episode ran too short.

Simpsons' writer John Swartzwelder (far left) makes an animated appearance in this episode.
It also features a fictitious book written by him, How to Get Rich Writing Cartoons, however, John is the author of several best selling books.

The Itchy & Scratchy cartoons in this episode

Dazed and Contused

Little Barbershop of Horrors

Screams from a Mall

Episode Quotes
Song: Hens Love Roosters
Geese Love Ganders
Everyone else loves Ned Flanders
Homer: Not me!
Everyone who counts loves Ned Flanders!
Ned: Knock that off you two it's time for church!
Rod: We're not going to church today!
Ned: What? You give me one good reason!
Todd: It's Saturday.
Ned: Oakily doakily-doo!
Song: Hens Love Roosters
Geese Love Ganders
Everyone else loves Ned Flanders

Homer's Brain: This is it, Homer. It's time to tell her the terrible secret from your past.
Homer: Marge, I ate those fancy soaps you bought for the bathroom.
Marge: Oh, my God!
Homer's Brain: No, the other secret!
Homer: Marge, I never graduated from High School.
Marge: Well, that still doesn't explain why you ate my soap. Wait, maybe it does.

Secretary: Is this the Abraham Simpson who wrote the Itchy and Scratchy episode?
Grampa: Ishy and what? No, you must be some kind of crazy person.
Secretary: I'm sorry, but we have a substantial check here for a Mr. Abraham Simpson.
Grampa: That's right. I did the Iggy.

Episode Goofs
Abe's boutonniere is on his left side when he's sitting in the audience but switches to his right side as he approaches the stage to accept his award.

Homer is reading his yearbook & under his photo it reads "Sports: None" but in Season Two's The Way We Was, one of Homer's references is Coach Flanagan who says he's on the Junior Varsity Shot Put team.

Cultural References
Elvis Presley

The animated Elvis shooting the TV is based on an actual event or events.
Evidently Elvis would shoot his television when something came on he didn't like. It's mostly attributed to the times Robert Goulet would come on.

Cannell Entertainment

The ending shot of Itchy & Scratchy Productions is based on the closing credits for Cannell Entertainment, Inc. (also known as "The Cannell Studios" and formerly "Stephen J. Cannell Production")

He-Man & the Masters of the Universe

The main title character, He-Man is seen in a fictitious episode of his 1980s cartoon, He-Man & the Masters of the Universe (1983-1985).

Brooke Shields

American actress Brooke Shields (1965-) voices herself in this episode as a presenter of the animated awards show.

The titles for the Itchy & Scratchy cartoons seen in this episode are all take offs on actual movie titles.

Dazed & Contused is a play on Dazed and Confused, a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater.

Little Barbershop of Horrors is a play on Little Shop of Horrors, a 1960 film directed by Roger Corman which became a 1982 musical which then became a 1986 film based on the musical.

Screams from a Mall is a play on Scenes from a Mall, a 1991 film directed by Paul Mazursky

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