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The Simpsons: The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show

The Itchy and Scratchy Show faces a crisis of quality when the ratings show a slight drop-off and Bart and Lisa don't find it that interesting to watch anymore. To save the show, Roger Meyers and his crew come up with a new character: Poochie the Dog, and hire Homer Simpson as the character's voice artist. But when everyone sees through this marketing ploy, The Itchy and Scratchy Show is hated even more and Homer must do something to save the character and the show.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x14
Production Number: 4F12
Airdate: Sunday February 09th, 1997

Guest Stars
Alex RoccoAlex Rocco
voiced Rodger Meyers Jr.
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse
Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
voiced Troy McClure
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
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
Couch Gag:
Original Airing: Repeat of the couch gag from "Bart After Dark" where The Simpsons are part of a detailed replica of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper album.
Syndication: Repeat of the couch gag from season four's "Kamp Krusty" where the Simpsons run in and find Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles Flintstone on the couch.

Chalkboard: None

According to the DVD commentary:
1) The obnoxious teen who lives with the Simpsons (Roy) was supposed to appear in one of the alternate realities on the season six Treehouse of Horror story where Homer travels back to the age of the dinosaurs and changes the future by changing the past ("Time and Punishment")
2) Poochie the Dog was originally supposed to be unlikable because he was rich and forced Itchy and Scratchy to do his bidding, not unlikeable because he's a stereotypically "cool" character.

Episode Quotes
Comic Book Guy: Your attention, please.
Fan: Uh, in episode…
Comic Book Guy: Your attention, please! … Mr. Simpson will now be autographing 8x10 glossies of Poochie, ONE per customer. Please form a line. There will be no cutting. I'm talking to you, Mr. Cutter.
(later on…)
Comic Book Guy: (cutting the line) Pardon me, look out, pardon me, excuse me, hot soup… Hi. Kindly make one out to me, and three out to my friend of the same name.

Homer: Ruff, ruff! I'm Poochie, the rockin' dog!
Myers: Now, that's just bad. You've got no attitude, you're barely outrageous, and I don't know what you're in, but it's not my face. Next!
Homer: (angry) Oh, no attitude, eh? Not in your face, huh? Well, you can cram it with walnuts, ugly!
Myers: That's it! That's the Poochie attitude, do that again!
Homer: Huh? I can't, I don't remember what I did.
Myers: Then you don't get the job. Next!
Homer: (sarcastically) Oh, I don't get the job, do I? We-ell boo-hoo! I don't get to be a cartoon dog!
Myers: That's it, you've got the job!
Homer: (still sarcastic) Oh, now I've got the job, huh? (realizes) Oh, thank you.

Doug: Hi, question for Ms. Bellamy. In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes that same rib twice in succession yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we, to believe that this is some sort of a, a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
June Bellamy: Uh, well, uh...
Homer: I'll field this one. Let me ask you a question. Why would a man whose shirt says "Genius at Work" spend all of his time watching a children's cartoon show?
Doug: I withdraw my question.
Database: Excuse me, Mr. Simpson, on the Itchy & Scratchy CD-ROM, is there a way to get out of the dungeon without a wizard's key?
Homer: What the hell are you talking about?

Comic Book Guy: Last night's Itchy & Scratchy was, without a doubt, the worst episode ever. Rest assured, I was on the Internet within minutes, registering my disgust throughout the world.
Bart: Hey, I know it wasn't great, but what right do you have to complain?
Comic Book Guy: As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me.
Bart: What? They've given you thousands of hours of enertainment for free! What could they possibly ow you? if anything, you owe them!
Comic Book Guy: Worst episode ever.

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