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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

Special Guest Stars
Barry WhiteBarry White
voiced Himself
Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor
voiced Herself
Hugh M. HefnerHugh M. Hefner
voiced Himself
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


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 Gag:

I will not charge admission to the bathroom

Couch Gag:

Repeat of Selma's Choice.
The family runs into the living room only to be snared in a net trap suspended from the ceiling.

Julie Kavner is credited for this episode but Marge does not speak. This is the first episode where one of the main characters has no lines, not counting Maggie of course.

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.

Episode Goofs
Kent Brockman has two visible chest hairs, but they vanish seconds later.

Krusty's dressing room door has a photo of himself on it which completes the five pointed star, but when the intern enters with the paper, his face is missing & replaced by a regular star.

During Bart & Nelson's race, the cars are purple & blue, however they both change to blue moments later.

When Homer is attempting to pull out the sofa, Krusty is seen with his stomach hanging out of his shirt, but when the scene chances its POV, Krusty's shirt covers him completely.

Cultural References
Hollywood Squares

Springfield Squares is a nod to the long running game show Hollywood Squares which debuted in 1966 with various incarnations and runs (Daytime, Primetime, a Kids version) finally ending in 2004.

Wally Cox

Character actor & Hollywood Squares mainstay Wally Cox appears on Springfield Squares when the tidal wave is approaching the shore.


Gabbo dancing with the marching band & Russian marionettes is a direct allusion to the 1940 animated Disney movie.
Pinocchio does the same spinning dance although he becomes entangled in their strings and ruins the performance.

The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson

Bette Midler singing to Krusty is a direct allusion to the next to last Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson that aired on May 21st 1992.


The intro to Krusty's special is an allusion to the 1968 Comeback Special from Elvis Presley that aired on December 3, 1968.

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