The Simpsons (1989– )
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Bart and Lisa decide to write their own episodes of the "Itchy and Scratchy" show after they begin to grow bored with the current scripts.


Rich Moore


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


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Itchy / Elvis / Writer #1 / Grampa / Artie Ziff / Barney Gumble / Audience Member #1 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Child in Action-Figure Man / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Roger Meyers Jr. / Bobby Mindich / Documentary Narrator / Cowboy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Krusty's Chef / Scratchy / Retirement Home Employee / Principal Dondelinger / Rich Moore / Animation Awards Announcer / Audience Member #2 / Ned Flanders (voice)
Brooke Shields ... Brooke Shields (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Roxie (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Itchy & Scratchy End Credits / Anti-Fur Protesters (voice)


After watching a particularly tame Itchy and Scratchy show Lisa and Bart send one of their own scripts to the studio but it is rejected as they under age so they write some more and get Grandpa to say that he is the author. As a result Grandpa wins an award but at the presentation ceremony is horrified to see one of the cartoons for the first time. Homer,meanwhile,has to attend night school after it is discovered that he never actually graduated. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

15 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The initial running time was "way, way short", and the writers had to use "every trick in the book" to make the episode reach the minimum length. Even after greatly expanding the original script and adding an extra-long couch gag during the opening sequence, the episode was still one minute too short; "The Adventures of Ned Flanders" was added to address the problem. The segment, which plays at the end of the episode, was designed purely as filler and had nothing to do with the other events of the episode. Showrunner Mike Reiss later commented, "As always, when we try something bold and new the general reaction is, 'What the hell was that?'" The scene was also an homage to Archie Comics, which sometimes used a similar technique to fill a final page; the font used in the scene's title card is similar to the font used by Archie. See more »


Lisa Simpson: It's so sad that Krusty is ashamed of his roots.
[Homer walks in, with a plunger stuck on his head]
Homer: Marge, it happened again!
[he wrenches at it, but only pulls off the handle]
Bart Simpson: What are you gonna change your name to when you grow up?
Lisa Simpson: Lois Sanborn.
Bart Simpson: [points to himself] Steve Bennett.
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


The Hustle
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"I do eggy"
26 February 2018 | by Gerardrobertson61See all my reviews

One of my favourite episodes of the 4th season, (and they are a few), I love every scene with Abe, Bart and Lisa. Love how Abe removed his under pants with taking off his trousers, his comment, "I did eggy" once he heard of the cheque and just as though it could not get funnier, Homer has the running gag with the plunger. As I continue to re-watch Season 4, I realize that it is my favorite season.

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