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The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Kancelled

The Krusty the Clown show gets bumped in the ratings by Arthur Crandall, a droll ventriloquist, and Gabbo, his excitable dummy. Gabbo is a huge hit, and Krusty's show is canceled as a result of falling ratings. It's up to Lisa and Bart to get Krusty's celebrity friends to create a comeback special for him.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x22
Production Number: 9F19
Airdate: Thursday May 13th, 1993



  • Currently 4.7/10
4.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Barry WhiteBarry White
voiced Himself
Recurring
Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor
voiced Herself
Recurring
Hugh M. HefnerHugh M. Hefner
voiced Himself
Recurring
Bette MidlerBette Midler
voiced Herself
Johnny CarsonJohnny Carson
voiced Himself
Luke PerryLuke Perry
voiced Himself
Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers
voiced Themselves
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

Recap

Bart, Lisa, and Homer are watching a game show, when a tidal wave destroys the set. Right after it was done, The word "Gabbo" flashes out on the screen, and the Simpsons try to find out what that word meant. After many long days of waiting, they find out that Gabbo is a dummy, with a new show at the same time as Krusty's. Gabbo's ratings skyrocket compared to Krusty's, and Krusty's show moves downhill until he's flat broke while trying to find a new job and betting on a losing horse. Bart and Lisa decide to help him get back on his feet with his show after finding him dropping his pants for food. While in his home, Bart and Lisa find pictures on him and other celebrities he's been with, which include Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Luke Perry, Bette Midler, and Elizabeth Taylor. They get an idea of a comeback special. They use Krusty's address book to track the celebrities down, and all but Taylor agree to do the show. In the comeback special, we hear Hugh Hefner play music on goblets of water, Luke Perry getting shot out of a cannon, Johnny Carson lifting an automobile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing their music, and Bette Midler singing a duet with Krusty. After the special, they all go to Moe's to celebrate, and Bart gives a toast to Krusty, the greatest entertainer on Earth (except maybe for Johnny Carson)...

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Episode Notes
Chalkboard: I will not charge admission to the bathroom

Even though Julie Kavner is in the credits, Marge does not speak in this episode.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Red Hot Chili PeppersGive it Away 


Episode Quotes
Bart: Moe, look over there! (as a distraction)
Moe: What? What am I looking at? I don't see nothing. I'm gonna stop looking soon… What? What, is that it?
(Homer walks into Moe's Tavern)
Homer: Hey Moe, can I look, too?
Moe: Sure, but it'll cost ya.
Homer: My wallet's in the car.
(Homer runs out)
Moe: He is so stupid. And now back to the wall.

Gabbo: (singing) You're gonna like me,
You're gonna love me,
'Cause I can do most anything.
I can do the hully gully,
(does a crazy dance)
I can imitate Vin Scully!
(now speaking, imitating Vin Scully and holding a microphone) Let's take time out from that triple play for this message from Farmer Dan's Pure Pork Sausages! Mmm, mmm…
(singing, back to normal) I'll give out shiny dimes, (tosses coins to the audience)
I'll travel back in time! (disappears and reappears with a confused pilgrim)
(Now a bunch of dolls dance onto stage, including soldiers, Cossacks, clowns, and more.)
Toy Soldiers: You're gonna like him!
Toy Cossacks: You're going to love him!
Everyone: It's the greatest show in to-ow-ow-ow-own! Gabbo!
(a set of jets fly overhead leaving a rainbow trail of smoke)

Bart: Somebody ought to ruin Gabbo's career the way he ruined Krusty's.
Lisa: Two wrongs don't make a right.
Bart: Yes, they do.
Lisa: No, they don't.
Bart: Yes, they do.
Lisa: No, they don't.
Bart: Yes, they do.
Lisa: Dad!
Homer: Two wrongs make a right, Lisa.

Krusty: Now boys, the network has a problem with some of your lyrics. Do you mind changing them for the show?
Anthony: Forget you, clown.
Chad: Yeah, our lyrics are like our children, man. No way.
Krusty: Well okay, but here where it says, "What I got you gotta get and put it in ya," how about just, "What I'd like is I'd like to hug and kiss ya."
Flea: Wow. That's much better.
Arik: Everyone can enjoy that.



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